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Liam is the Head of the Centre for Research in Topical Drug Delivery and Toxicology and a Reader at the University of Hertfordshire.
He is a pharmacist by background and completed his undergraduate training and PhD at Queen’s University Belfast. Following industrial experience with Wyeth Consumer Healthcare and an EPSRC funded postdoctoral research position at UCL School of Pharmacy, Liam joined the University of Hertfordshire in 2008. Since then, he has undertaken several roles at Herts; most recently he was Head of Pharmaceutics before taking on his current position.
Liam’s research interests largely centre around optimisation and characterisation of formulations to solve problems in drug delivery, particularly those involving drug delivery to skin or mucous membranes. Examples of current and recent projects include the development of polymeric film forming formulations to improve topical drug delivery and the use of heated systems to increase follicular drug absorption into the skin for the management of skin conditions such as acne and alopecia. Other projects involve improving understanding of how the clinical use of topical formulations can impact on drug delivery; for example examining how eczema patients should use topical corticosteroids and emollients in order to obtain optimal treatment outcomes.
Related interests include in improving understanding of stresses experienced by the skin and mucosa to improve health outcomes. For example a current project is investigating the effects of environmental stresses on skin barrier and oral health in competitive athletes, particularly swimmers.
Liam’s work has been funded by UK Research Councils, the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries and he has a wide range of academic collaborations. He acts as a consultant to pharmaceutical and cosmetic companies and as an expert witness in patent and trade secret litigation.
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Impact of lifestyle on skin barrier health
McAuley, L., Kass, L. & Raj, N.
1/10/19 → 30/09/23
Novel controlled release formulations for improved cardiovascular health in older patients. Department funded PhD studenship
Liu, F., McAuley, L. & Bhalla, N.
1/10/13 → 1/10/16
Optimisation of topical drug delivery using heat
McAuley, L. & Brown, M.
1/10/13 → 30/09/16
Co-application of topical corticosteroids and emollients: impact on treatment and patient safety. Department funded PhD studentship
McAuley, L., Brown, M., Hutter, V., Kravitz, L. & Kravitz, L.
1/10/12 → 29/09/17
Development of on novel heat producing system for dermal drug delivery ((2 year student + 1 year student self support)
McAuley, L. & Brown, M.
1/09/12 → 30/08/14
Reduced skin permeation and penetration of clobetasol propionate when Dermovate cream is applied at short time intervals with emollientsBeebeejaun, M., Brown, M., Kravitz, L., Hutter, V. & McAuley, L., 3 Feb 2023, (Submitted) In: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology Clinical Practice.
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Skin permeation and penetration of mometasone furoate in the presence of emollients: An ex vivo evaluation of clinical application protocolsBeebeejaun, M. T., Brown, M. B., Hutter, V., Kravitz, L. & McAuley, W. J., 20 Jan 2023, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Skin Health and Disease.
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The effect of dilution of fusidic acid cream and betamethasone dipropionate cream in complex extemporaneous mixes on formulation performanceMcAuley, W., Hutter, V., Brown, M., Beebeejaun, M. & Kravitz, L., 2022, (Accepted/In press) In: International Journal of Pharmaceutics.
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Polymer Architecture Effects on Poly(N,N‐Diethyl Acrylamide)‐b‐Poly(Ethylene Glycol)‐b‐Poly(N,N‐Diethyl Acrylamide) Thermoreversible Gels and Their Evaluation as a Healthcare MaterialHaddow, P. J., da Silva, M. A., Kaldybekov, D. B., Dreiss, C. A., Hoffman, E., Hutter, V., Khutoryanskiy, V. V., Kirton, S. B., Mahmoudi, N., McAuley, W. J. & Cook, M. T., 11 Dec 2021, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Macromolecular Bioscience. 13 p., 2100432.
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Thermoresponsive Triblock‐Copolymers of Polyethylene Oxide and Polymethacrylates: Linking Chemistry, Nanoscale Morphology, and Rheological Propertiesda Silva, M. A., Haddow, P., Kirton, S. B., McAuley, W. J., Porcar, L., Dreiss, C. A. & Cook, M. T., 23 Nov 2021, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Advanced Functional Materials. 10 p., 2109010.
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