About Professor Daniela Traini

My main research area of interest is inhalation drug delivery. Specifically, pharmaceutical technology, including investigation into surface energy and particle interactions; characterisation and optimisation of pharmaceutical materials used in dry powders, nebulisers and pressurised metered dose inhalers; evaluation of inhalation formulations for lung infections, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis and tuberculosis, both in vitro and in vivo.

Dr Traini major contributions are in the design and evaluation of optimal aerosol drug delivery systems. An important area of research that Dr Traini is investigating is the co-formulation and co-deposition of inhalation active pharmaceutical ingredients to enhance their synergistic therapeutic effect. This is a very important area especially for respiratory infections and tuberculosis where resistance is still a major problem. This approach has also been coupled with the formulation of controlled release agents to delay drug release in the lung. More recently, Dr Traini has been working toward establishing and validating in vitro and in vivo methods for characterisation of aerosol deposition and dissolution in the lung

Dr Traini is Professor in Respiratory Science in the Faculty of Health and Medicine, based at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research.

She has extensive experience in both academic and industrial pharmaceutics, and still retains strong link with the pharmaceutical industry. As an industrial senior scientist, she directed a team, developing inhalation based drug systems. She has established research collaborations with several research groups in Australia and Europe.

Working within Respiratory Technology group, together with Professor Paul Young, her focus is primarily on inhalation drug formulation, delivery and technology and physical pharmaceutics. During the past years Dr Traini has worked consistently to secure both competitive (ARC Fellowship, ARC-Discovery, A RC-Linkage, ARC-LIEF, USYD R&D, EUFP7) and non-competitive funding, to support her research activities. Dr Traini success in this area has come as a result of a sustained effort in applying for grants, strategic collaborations, building a strong track record and designing innovative research projects that are outcomes focused

Please see Respiratory Technology at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research's website for further information.

Selected publications

For a comprehensive list of Associate Professor Traini's publications, please visit her Sydney Medical School academic profile.