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Dr. Neil Frankish

Adjunct Assistant Professor (Pharmacy)


  Applied information systems   Autoimmune and hypersensitivity diseases   Autoimmunity   Cardiovascular and molecular pharmacology   Chronic inflamation   Commercialisation of scientific research   Computerised clinical systems   Cytoskelton, cell division   Digestive Diseases & Disorders   Digestive System   Drug Development   Drug discovery, profiling, targeting   Gastrointestinal Diseases/Disorders   Immune System   Immune System Disorders   Immunoassays   Immunopathology   Immunosuppression   Inflammation   Inflammatory Bowel Disease   Information management   Pharmaceuticals   Pharmacology   Pharmacy   Transplantation immunology, tolerance and rejection
 Effect of novel indanes on mast cell function
 Assessment of Novel Indanes as potential anti-asthmatic drugs
 Studies on LFA-1 stimulated T-cell Motility
 Novel indanes as potential therapies for auto-immune disease
 Effect of Extracts of Isodon & Bauhinia Species on Inflammation

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British Pharamacologigal Society 1979 Present
Zhang, T. and Scalabrino, G. and Frankish, N. and Sheridan, H., Bioactive indanes: Proof of concept study for enantioselective synthetic routes to ph46a, a new potential anti-inflammatory agent, Molecules, 23, (7), 2018, p1503-, Notes: [cited By 0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Cumming, Graham; Zhang, Tao; Scalabrino, Gaia; Frankish, Neil; Sheridan, Helen, Investigation of the Stereoselective Synthesis of the Indane Dimer PH46A, a New Potential Anti-Inflammatory Agent , Organic Process Research & Development, 2018, p1972-1979 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Frankish, N.H. and McHale, B. and Sheridan, H., The indane diastereoisomers, PH2 and PH5: divergence between their effects in delayed-type hypersensitivity models and a model of colitis, Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, 70, (1), 2018, p101-110 , Notes: [cited By 0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Nazir I, Ur Rahman N, Alvi Z, Hafizur Rahman M, Sendker J, Zhang T, Frankish N, Sheridan H., Erratum: Antidiabetic Activities of an LC/MS Fingerprinted Aqueous Extract of Fagonia cretica L. in Preclinical Models., Planta medica, 2017, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Imran Nazir, Nisar ur Rahman, Zunaira Alvi, M. Hafizur Rahman, Jandirk Sendker, Tao Zhang, Neil Frankish, Helen Sheridan, Antidiabetic Activities of an LC/MS Fingerprinted Aqueous Extract of Fagonia cretica L. in Preclinical Models*, Planta Medica, 83, 2017, p1-9 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
N Frankish, H Sheridan -, 'Compounds for use in the treatment of immune related inflammatory disease', UPTO, 9,586,885, 2017, Venantius, Patent, GRANTED  URL
Neil Frankish and helen Sheridan, 'Compounds for use in the treatment of inflammatory Bowel Disease', USP, 9,586,885 B2, 2017, Venantius Ltd., Patent, GRANTED  URL
Tao Z, Paluch K, Scalabrino G, Frankish N, Healy AM, Sheridan H, Molecular structure studies of (1S,2S)-2-benzyl-2,3-dihydro-2-(1H-inden-2-yl)-1H-inden-1-ol, Journal of Molecular Structure, 2015, p286 - 299, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
N Frankish, H Sheridan -, 'Compounds for use in the Treatment of Autoimmune Inflammatory Disease', USPTO, 20,150,141,523,, 2015, Trino Therapeutics Ltd., Patent, GRANTED  URL
Frankish N, A study to assess the safety and tolerability of PH46A in healthy volunteers, to measure drug levels in these subjects and to determine the effect of food on the drug's absorption, 2014, -, Miscellaneous, PUBLISHED  DOI

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E Passante, C Ehrhardt, H Sheridan, N Frankish, Toll-like receptors and RBL-2H3 mast cells, Inflamm Res, 37th Annual Meeting of the European Histamine Release Society, Stockholm, Sweden, 07-10/05/2008, 58, (S1), 2009, pp11-12 , Meeting Abstract, PUBLISHED
E Passante, C Ehrhardt, H Sheridan, N Frankish, Effect of novel indanes on the degranulation of rat basophilic leukemia mast cells (RBL-2H3), FASEB J, Experimental Biology Meeting 2007, Washington, DC, 28.04.-02.05.2007, 21, (5), 2007, pp574.9 , Meeting Abstract, PUBLISHED
E Passante, S Endter, MH Tindal, MR Pankratz, NH Frankish, C Ehrhardt, Albuterol is net absorbed across human bronchial epithelial cell layers in an enantiomer-dependent fashion, FASEB J, Experimental Biology Meeting 2007, Washington, DC, 28.04.-02.05.2007, 21, (5), 2007, pp881.2 , Meeting Abstract, PUBLISHED


Current research is largely concerned with finding novel drugs to treat auto-immune inflammatory disease such as inflammatory bowel disease multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Many of the classic immunosuppressive drugs available have a less than satisfactory toxicology profile. More recent monoclonal antibody anti-TNF therapy may be subject to auto-antibody formation and confer susceptibility to opportune infections. The research group concentrates on small molecule inhibitors, novel indane dimer derivatives, and their effects on several systems, including isolated T-cells and mast cells in culture and in vivo disease models. I have been responsible for directing a research program that took a potential drug candidate from its design in Chemdraw to clinical trial. This process included in vitro and in vivo validation studies, assessment in a variety of disease models together with the GLP toxicology and safety studies required for regulatory approval. In addition I was instrumental in designing the clinical trial respecting GCP guidelines, making the Clinical Trial Application to the MHRA and satisfying the Ethics Approval Board prior to the trial. During the clinical trial, I chaired the safety review committee and was responsible for approval for dose escalation in the human subjects. This is an achievement unparalleled in an Irish university.