Jeanetta du Plessis

North-West University, South Africa

Jeanetta du Plessis obtained her Ph.D. degree in 1992 from North-West University, North West, South Africa. Her professional career has been at the Department of Pharmaceutics in the same university and she is currently the Director of the Research Unit. She has worked at international laboratories in two occasions: first as a Visiting Scientist at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich, USA in the Laboratories of Dr. N. Weiner, sponsored by the FRD and Eli Lilly (SA) and from July 1 1998 till June 30 1990, she worked as a Visiting Research Fellow in the Laboratories of Professor Jonathan Hadgraft, sponsored by The Wellcome Trust, UK. Her main teaching and research interests are in the field of absorption processes across physiological membranes, especially the skin and formulation strategies for topical and transdermal drug delivery. Her research has been rewarded on several occasions and she won several prizes such as prize for best presentation at the SASPEN Congress, February, Cape Town, South Africa (1988), Academy for Pharmaceutical Sciences Congress, Port Elizabeth, South Africa (1988), Maison de Nevarre Prize: International Federation of Cosmetic Societies Essay Prize (Value 5 500 Swiss Franc) (1994), and Upjohn Achievement Award for best publication in Pharmaceutics (1995) and again in 2009. She is the author and coauthor of more than fifty scientific contributions to peer-reviewed journals and books. She is a Member of the Controlled Release Society, South African Pharmaceutical Society, and the South African Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences. In the Unit for Drug Research and Development of which she is currently the director, her main tasks are the setup and implementation of a strategic research plan for the research unit, leadership, innovation, and initiation of research programs within the research unit as well as the preparation of funding applications, setup of research contracts, and exploitation of research outcomes. One of her core tasks is to ensure the quality of the total research program.

Biography Updated on 14 October 2010

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