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Drug Delivery


This information is without prejudice. Alterations can be made for next year.


Part 1. Transdermal drug delivery
In this series of lectures several aspects of the skin barrier formation will be discussed in order to obtain insight in the structure and function of the skin. Normal skin as well as diseased skin will be evaluated. After this general introduction we will focus on the various delivery methods that are currently available and their applicability to several groups of drugs. In addition, the penetration routes of drugs and the interaction between the formulations and the skin will be discussed. Studies performed in vitro as well as in vivo will be included.

Part 2. Vaccines
Vaccines are among the most used and most cost effective biopharmaceuticals. They are also the most atypical with regard to their composition (whole pathogen to synthetic peptide), target group (healthy people) and effectiveness (2 – 4 doses protect). In this course insight will be provided in the basics of vaccinology with emphasis on the pharmaceutical aspects. These include – vaccine delivery: immune modulators and delivery vehicles – formulation: stabilisation, immunisation routes, needle free administration – analytics: immunogenicity testing, systems vaccinology, protein characterisation techniques.


Prof. dr. J.A. Bouwstra

Admission requirements

Drug Delivery Technology (300 level course 3rd year of bachelor study BFW).

Mode of instruction

Combination of lectures, student presentations, and discussions.

Reading list

Will be handed out during the course.

Course objectives

  • To broaden the knowledge of drug administration via the skin and advanced visualization methods used

  • To gain basic insight into several aspects of the delivery of protein drugs.

Assessment method

Written and/or oral exam.


The lecture series is taught in December.


Application via uSis. Registration closes 1 month before the start of the course.


A minimum of 5 participants and a maximum of 25 participants applies to this course.