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'Painless' needles developed by Belfast researchers

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Scientists have designed smaller needles that take the pain out of injections.

'Painless' needles developed

Tiny medical equipment can painlessly penetrate the outer layer of the skin and may be used to deliver medication or monitor the level of drugs in a patient’s body without drawing blood.

Dr Ryan Donnelly, from Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland, said the work of his team of researchers has been well-recognised.

“We have received a lot of industrial interest in our microneedle technology and are currently working on industrial scale-up of the manufacturing methods described in this paper,” he said.

“This award is further recognition of how research at Queen’s is advancing knowledge and changing lives.”

Some patients with diabetes are among those who take daily injections and could benefit from smaller needles.

The team from the School of Pharmacy at Queen’s has received the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) pharmaceutical research meritorious manuscript award.

The award recognises outstanding achievement in the pharmaceutical sciences.

Research on the device has been published in the journal Pharmaceutical Research.


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