Nov

Congratulations to Miral for her collaborative work with Dr. Song Liu's research group titled A new strategy for battling bacterial resistance: turning potent, non-selective and potentially non-resistance-inducing biocides into selective ones being published in the Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine!

Nov

Congratulations to Yufei on successfully defending his Ph.D. thesis! Proud of you! Yufei(Andy) has been very productive during his Ph.D. studies with 4 first-author papers published (along with other 9 co-authored paper in total) and been awarded multiple competitive prestigious awards provincially and nationally. Nicely done, Dr. Chen!

Nov

Congrats to Yannick, Miral, and Jijin for their article titled Dynamic Mechanical Behaviour of Nanoparticle Loaded Biodegradable PVA Films for Vaginal Drug Delivery being published in the Journal of Biomaterials Applications! Well done guys!

Aug

With mixed emotions we announce HoResearchGroup is relocating to School of Pharmacy at University of Waterloo! We sincerely appreciate the support from University of Manitoba, especially all our colleagues at the College of Pharmacy!

Aug

Congratulations to Seungil and Yannick for their new paper titled Self-assembled nanoparticles made from a new PEGylated poly(aspartic acid) graft copolymer for intravaginal delivery of poorly water-soluble drugs just being published! Good job everyone!

July

Congratulations to Sidi on successfully defending her Ph.D. thesis! Proud of you! Sidi has been very productive during her Ph.D. studies and been awarded multiple competitive prestigious awards provincially, nationally, and internationally. She is the first Ph.D. student graduated from HoResearchGroup! We wish you a great success in your future career, Dr. Yang!

June

Congratulations to Yannick Traore being awarded a highly competitive 2-year Graduate Studentship by Research Manitoba! We sincerely appreciate Research Manitoba for this prestigious award!

May

Welcome back Gabriel for working with us this summer again!

May

Congrats Lyndon Walker for being awarded the 2017 GSK/CSPS National Undergraduate Student Research Award! He is the 5th consecutive undergraduate student from the our group for this prestigious award!

March

Congratulations to Jijin and Karam on their paper titled Development of antibody-modified chitosan nanoparticles for the targeted delivery of siRNA across the blood-brain barrier as a strategy for inhibiting HIV replication in astrocytes has been officially accepted for publication in Drug Delivery and Translational Research!

Janurary

Congratulations to Yufei! His research project is featured in University of Manitoba ResearchLIFE Winter 2017 edition (page 8)!

News in Years

Dec

Congrats to Dr. Ho on being awarded the prestigious Leslie F. Buggey Professorship in Pharmacy! It is a great honor!

Oct

Congrats to Leo and Andy for their co-first author paper "Reversibly pH-responsive Polyurethane Membranes for On-demand Intravaginal Drug Delivery" being published in Acta Biomaterialia! Our first collaboration paper with Liu Group from Textile Sciences at U of Manitoba - well done everyone! More papers to come!

August

Welcome Giulia joining our group as a French Pharmacy Undergraduate Student!

July
Congratulations to Yufei for being awarded a 2-year PhD Graduate Studentship from Research Manitoba!

June

Congratulations to Yannick on receiving CC-CRS abstract award at the 2016 CSPS/CC-CRS conference! Yannick was also chosen to give an oral presentation during the "Protein and Peptide Delivery" session! We would like to express our greatest gratidutes to CIHR, NSERC, MHRC, CC-CRS, and Collge of Pharmacy, U of Manitoba for providing the research funding and travel support!

June

Congratulations to Sidi and Celine on receiving CC-CRS post award and abstract award at the 2016 CSPS/CC-CRS conference!

June

Congratulations to Karam being awarded the GlaxoSmithKline National Summer Student Research Program Award at the 2016 CSPS/CC-CRS conference! Karam has been the 4th consecutive winner from the HoResearchGroup for this prestigious award!

June

Congratulations to Miral on receiving her M.Sc. degree! Proud of you! Miral has been very productive during her M.Sc. studies and been awarded multiple competitive prestigious awards both provincially and nationally. She is the first student graduated from HoResearchGroup! We wish her a great success in her future career!

May

Congratulations to Miral - her paper titled Nanoparticles encapsulated with LL37 and serpin A1 promotes wound healing and synergistically enhances antibacterial activity has been officially accepted for publication in Molecular Pharmaceutics!

May

Welcome Lyndon, Gabriel joining our group as summer students!

March

Congratulations to Dr. Ho for being granted Tenure and promoted to Associate Professor!

March

Congratulations to Sidi for being awarded the Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad from the China Scholarship Council!

March

Congratulations to Miral for passing her MSc defense - the first graduate of HoResearchGroup!

Feb

Learn more about Yannick's Research on intravaginal rings and HIV prevention !

December

Congratulations to Yufei for being awarded the 2015 Leslie F. Buggy Graduate Scholarship in Pharmacy and Miral for being awarded the 2015 MPhA/William G. Eamer Graduate Scholarship in Pharmacy by College of Pharmacy, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, U of Manitoba!

November

Congratulations to Miral for being awarded the Manitoba Graduate Scholarship from the Province of Manitoba. This is given to the highest ranked applicant that applied for the most recent UMGF competition!

November

Congratulations to Sidi for being awarded the 2015 Outstanding International Student Award by Manitoba Council for International Education!

October

Welcome Vincent Jimenez, our new NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award recipient joining our group!

Congratulations to Karam Al-Bayati and Celine Jimenez on receiving this year's Pharmacy Student Research Award!

September
Congratulations to Yannick and Yufei – their paper titled Evaluating the Impact of Hydroxychloroquine-Loaded Polyurethane Intravaginal Rings on Lactobacilli has been published in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy!

Congratulations to Miral, Sidi, and Jijin their paper titled Protein/peptide-based entry/fusion inhibitors as anti-HIV therapies: challenges and future direction has been officially accepted for publication in Reviews in Medical Virology!

August
Congratulations to all summer students for the great productivity during the summer and nice presentations! Impressed with all work everyone has accomplished!

August
Congratulations to Sidi and Yufei for their marriage! We wish them eternal love and happiness!

June
Congratulations to Sidi for being awarded a 2-year Graduate Studentship from Research Manitoba!

June
Congratulations to Jijin and Sidi – their paper titled Biodegradable Film for the Targeted Delivery of siRNA-loaded Nanoparticles to Vaginal Immune Cells has been officially accepted for publication in Molecular Pharmaceutics!

May
Welcome our summer students Karam, Kelsie, Celine, Fernanda and Jimmy joining our group!

May
Congratulations to Dr. Ho for being awarded a grant from the University Research Grants Program (URGP) for the project entitled "Topical Nanomedicine for Accelerated Chronic Wound Healing"!

April
Congratulations to Dr. Ho for being awarded a 5-Year Discovery Grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)!

April
Congratulations to Dr. Gu, Yufei(Andy), Sidi, Miral and Yannick for their abstracts being accepted for presentation at the 2015 CSPS/CC-CRS meeting in Toronto from May 26 to 27! Congratulations to Dr. Gu and Andy for being awarded the CC-CRS travel award to attend the conference! Andy also has been selected to give an oral presentation during the "Mucosal Drug Delivery" session! We would like to express our greatest gratidutes to CIHR, MHRC, CC-CRS, and our Faculty for providing the travel support!

April
Congratulations to Dr. Ho for being awarded the 2015 Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada (AFPC) New Investigator Research Award! Join us to celebrate this during the upcoming CSPS/CC-CRS conference!

April
Congratulations to Miral for being awared the 2015 University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship (UMGF)!

April
Congratulations to Jessica! - Recipient of the 2015 GSK/CSPS Undergraduate Student Research Program Award!

April
Congratulations to Miral! - Recipient of the 2015 Gattefosse/CSPS Award in Lipid-Based Drug Delivery! She will receive her award in Toronto in May!

March
Congratulations to Dr. Ho for being awarded a Diagnostic Services Manitoba (DSM) Research Operating Grant (2015-2017) for the project entitled "Development of a Microfluidic Device for the Rapid Detection of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria".

March
Dr. Ho has been invited to give a presentation entitled "Application of nanotechnology and medical device design in microbicide development" as part of the University of Manitoba, Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics Seminar Series.

January
Dr. Ho's TEDxUManitoba talk, "Nano-medicine: The Way of the Future?", is available on TEDx YouTube channel! If you missed the event, watch it now!

December
Congratulations to Sidi for being awarded this year's College of Pharmacists of Manitoba/William G. Eamer Graduate Scholarship in Pharmacy!

December
The interview of our group - "Research group is developing new strategies to prevent HIV" is featured in UM TODAY for 2014 World AIDS Day!

November
Dr. Ho gave a TEDx talk "Nano-medicine: The Way of the Future?" on Nov 4, 2014 at TEDxUmanitoba!

October
We are indexed by the Canada Foundation For Innovation (CFI) Research Facilities Navigator and can help with your pharmaceutical formulation development! Check out our services page and contact Dr. Ho for more information.

September
Congratulations to Yufei and Sidi – their paper titled Development of an Analytical Method for the Rapid Quantitation of Peptides Used in Microbicide Formulations has been officially accepted for publication in Chromatographia!

September
Welcome Seungil (Leo) Kim for joining our group as a PhD student from Biomedical Engineering!

September
Congratulations to Dr. Ho for being selected to speak at the TEDxUmanitoba with the topic "Nano-medicine: The Way of the Future?" on Nov 4, 2014! Check out other amazing speakers and sign up to attend the talk (before Oct 10, 2014)!

September
Congratulations to Jessica on receiving the Pharmacy Student Research Award!

August
Yufei(Andy) is presenting his research poster at Globalization of Pharmaceutics Education Network (GPEN) 2014 meeting at Helsinki, Finland!

August
Congratulations to Yufei, Yannick, and Amanda – their paper titled Development of Polyether Urethane Intravaginal Rings for the Sustained Delivery of Hydroxychloroquine has been officially accepted for publication in Drug Design, Development and Therapy!

July
Jijin, Yufei(Andy), and Sidi are presenting their research posters at 2014 CRS Annual Meeting at Chicago!

July
Congratulations to Sidi for being awarded the International Graduate Student Scholarship from University of Manitoba!

June
Congratulations to Dr. Ho for being awarded a 2-year Operating Grant from MHRC!

June
Congratulations to Dr. Ho for receiving the GSK/CSPS Early Career Award and giving the Lecture at 2014 CSPS/CC-CRS conference! Sidi is also discussing the RNAi-based nanomicrobicides at the conference! Also, congratulations to Amanda for being one of the recipients of the GlaxoSmithKline National Summer Student Research Program Award!

May
Congratulations to Dr. Ho for being invited to give a talk on "Polymeric Intravaginal Rings for Microbicide Development" at the 2014 Prairie Infectious Immunology Network (PIIN) Meating at Hecla Provincial Park!

May
Congratulations to Sidi for being selected to give an oral presentation on "RNAi-Based Nanomicrobicides" at the CSPS/CC-CRS Meeting in Montreal!

May
Congratulations to Dr. Gu, Yufei(Andy) and Sidi for their abstracts being accepted for presentation at the 2014 CRS meeting in Chicago from July 13 to 16! We would like to express our greatest gratidutes to MHRC, CC-CRS, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Faculty of Pharmacy for providing the travel support!

May
Congratulations to Yufei(Andy) and Sidi for receiving the CC-CRS Travel Award and Graduate Student Travel Award from the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Manitoba to attend the CSPS/CC-CRS Meeting in Montreal! They will be presenting their research posters at the 2014 CSPS/CC-CRS conference at Montreal from June 10 to 13! We are so grateful for the support from CC-CRS and our Faculty!

April
Congratulations Yannick on winning 3rd place for his research presentation during "La Journee Du Savoir"!

April
Congratulations to Dr. Ho for being awarded the 2014 University of Manitoba Rh Award as an emerging researcher for outstanding contributions to display exceptional promise, high qualities of innovation and stimulation to research colleagues in their own and related disiplines!

March
Congratulations to Sidi for being awarded the 2014 Rx&D Student Research Poster Award at the 2014 AFPC Annuel Meeting at Saskatoon!

Feburary
Welcome Miral Fumakia for joining our group as a MSc student!

October
Dr. Ho was invited to host a scientific workshop at the China Pharmaceutical University in Nanjing.

October
Congratulations to Juliana Nguyen and Amanda Li for being awarded the 2013 Faculty of Pharmacy Summer Student Research Award!

September
Welcome Yannick Traore (Lab Assistant) for joining our research group!

Aug
Our research paper titled Novel Intravaginal Nanomedicine for the Targeted Delivery of Saquinavir to CD4+ Immune Cells
has been offically published in the International Journal of Nanomedicine. Congratulations to the authors!

July
The interview of Dr. Ho - Treating and preventing HIV has been published in International Innovation.

June
Congratulations to Jijin and Sidi for being awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship and a Graduate Studentship respectively from MHRC!

June
Congratulations to Alicia for being one of the recipients of the GlaxoSmithKline National Summer Student Research Program Award in 2013 CSPS conference!

June
Our lab is funded by the Federal Government through the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) Leaders Opportunity Fund (LOF) to establish a "Microbicide Development and Characterization Laboratory" - offically announced by CFI! The news is also reported by University of Manitoba News Room!

June
June – Dr. Ho has been invited to speak at the 2013 joint conference for the Canadian Chapter-Controlled Release Society (CC-CRS) and Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences (CSPS) and will also be co-chairing the session "Nanomedicine and Gene Delivery".

June
Yufei, Sidi, and Alicia will be presenting their research posters at the 2013 joint conference for the Canadian Chapter-Controlled Release Society (CC-CRS) and Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences (CSPS) - June 11-14 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

May
Congratulations to Sidi for being awarded the International Graduate Student Scholarship from University of Manitoba!

May
Congratulations to Sidi, Yufei, Kaien, and Alicia – their paper titled “Novel Intravaginal Nanomedicine for the Targeted Delivery of Saquinavir to CD4+ Immune Cells“ has been accepted for publication in the International Journal of Nanomedicine!

April
Our paper entiltiled Characterization of long-circulating cationic nanoparticle formulations consisting of a two-stage PEGylation step for the delivery of siRNA in a breast cancer tumor model recently published in the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences is recognized as one of the top 10 most downloaded papers in the past three months!

March
Congratulations to Dr. Ho for being awarded an Operating Grant (CHVI Vaccine Discovery and Social Research) as co-PI from CIHR entitled "Limiting HIV target cells by inducing immune quiescence in the female genital tract".

Feburary
Congratulations to Sidi, Yufei and Roien – their paper titled Advancements in the field of intravaginal siRNA delivery is published in Journal of Controlled Release!

June
Congratulations to Dr. Ho for being awarded a 3-year Establishment Grant from MHRC.

June
Congratulations to Yufei for being awarded a 2-year Graduate Studentship from MHRC.

March
Congratulations to Dr. Ho for being awarded a grant from The Dr. Paul H. T. Thorlakson Foundation Fund entitiled "Novel nanomedicine for the active targeting of lymphoid tissue".

December
Congratulations to Yufei for being awarded the Manitoba Pharmaceutical Association / William G. Eamer Graduate Scholarship in Pharmacy and the University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship in 2011!

December
Congratulations to Sidi for being awarded the Faculty of Graduate Studies International Graduate Student Entrance Scholarship in 2011!

December
Congratulations to Dr. Ho for being awarded a Grant from the >Manitoba Medical Service Foundation (MMSF) entitled "Novel Intravaginal Ring for Prevention of HIV Transmission".

March
Congratulations to Dr. Ho for being awarded an Operating Grant from CIHR entitled "Intravaginal Ring to Prevent HIV Transmission".

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Congratulations to Dr. Ho for being awarded a grant from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation!