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Grants and Awards,
Grayson Mendenhall
October 30, 2007

Heidi Mansour, PhD, RPh, a Postdoctoral Pharmaceutical Research Scholar at the UNC School of Pharmacy, has earned awards from the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Foundation, and UNC-Chapel Hill.

She will receive two of the accolades during the opening ceremony of the AAPS annual meeting in San Diego, California, on November 11. She will receive the PhRMA Career Award and the AAPS Postdoctoral Fellow Award. Only one or two candidates are selected annually for either award.

The PhRMA Career Award is a competitive award for an NIH-format, novel research grant proposal. The award recipient gets an annual stipend of $40,000 for up to two years. Mansour received the award for her project, titled “Biomaterial Microparticulate and Nanoparticulate Self-Assemblies for Pulmonary Aerosol Delivery”. Professor Tony Hickey, PhD, is her mentor.

The AAPS Postdoctoral Fellow Award aims to recognize the contribution of postdoctoral fellows in research and development and to encourage them to participate in AAPS activities. The award recipient gets a plaque and $1,000 to cover travel expenses for the AAPS annual meeting.

In addition, Mansour recently received a 2007 Postdoctoral Scholars Award for Research Excellence from UNC-Chapel Hill’s Office of the Vice Chancellor. She is one of ten recipients of the award, which was established in 2004 and recognizes research promise demonstrated by individual postdoctoral scholars. Each recipient receives a plaque and a $1,000 award to support his or her professional development.

Originally trained in pharmacy, Mansour earned her PhD in pharmaceutical sciences in 2003 from the University of Wisconsin at Madison with a PhD-major in pharmaceutics and drug delivery and a PhD-minor in advanced physical and biophysical chemistry. She came to UNC-Chapel Hill in January 2006, joining the School’s Division of Molecular Pharmaceutics.

She is working on pulmonary inhalation aerosol delivery systems for targeted lung delivery and for novel needle-free delivery of vaccines in the form of microparticles and nanoparticles. She also has served as a course instructor for the School’s doctor of pharmacy and graduate programs and has participated in NIH training workshops.

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