Name: Prof. Attama, Anthony A.

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Name: Prof. Attama, Anthony A.
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Phone Number: +234 803 661 8204
Contact Address: Department of Pharmaceutics
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
University of Nigeria
Nsukka 410001, Enugu State

Brief Biography

Professor Anthony A. Attama is a Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutics,

Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences,

University of Nigeria, Nsukka. His research interests include

development and formulation of novel delivery systems

of bioactive agents for the control of tropical diseases, pharmaceutical raw

materials development and quality control

of pharmaceuticals. He teaches undergraduate and masters degree

courses in Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical

Microbiology and also supervises masters and doctorate students.

He has served as internal and external examiner

for many undergraduate and postgraduate examinations in many Universities

in Nigeria. He has received many international

research grants and awards from major funding bodies such as: International

Foundation for Science (IFS) and Alexander

von Humboldt Foundation (AvH). He was on postdoctoral fellowship at

Technical University, Braunschweig, Germany.

He is a member of Editorial Board for many national and international

journals and is currently the Associate Editor,

Nanotechnology Development, Page Press, Italy. He has attended

many courses and workshops within and outside

Nigeria and has delivered many invited lectures. He has coauthored

many books, contributed many book chapters

and has many articles published in peer-reviewed journals and has attended

many conferences. He has fostered the

establishment of some pharmaceutical industries in Nigeria.

Areas Of Interest/Summary of Expertise

Main research interests include formulation of novel delivery systems of bioactive agents such as small molecule drugs, proteins, peptides and immunopharmaceuticals. Pharmaceutical nanotechnology. Pharmaceutical microbiology and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Pharmaceutical material sourcing and characterization, quality control of pharmaceuticals, pharmaceutical mechanochemistry and solid state pharmaceutics.


Courses taught/Co-ordinated
Dispensing, Physical Pharmaceutics, Cosmetic Science and Technology, Design and Formulation of Dosage Forms, Drug Stability, Pharmacokinetics, Biopharmaceutics, Forensic Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Polymers, Sterilization Techniques, Recent Drug Delivery Systems, Quantitative and Qualitative Pharmacology, Metabolism and Temperature Regulation, Sterile Products and Pharmaceutical Microbiology.

Other scholarly activities
•   Member, Institute of Public Analysts of Nigeria (IPAN).
•   Member, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN).
•   Member, Nigerian Association of Pharmacists in Academia (NAPA).
•   Member, International Controlled Release Society (CRS).
•   Member, American Nano Society and ICPC Nanonet.

Research Archive

Current research and publications

1.   Ogbonna JDN, Inya-Agha SI, Kenechukwu FC, Momoh MA, Chime SA and Attama AA (2013) Evaluation of six herbal plants used in the treatment of malaria in south-eastern Nigeria: A review. Int. J. Pharm. Res. Bioscience 2(1) 148-167.

2.   Ugwu MC, Ikegbunam MN, Nduka SO, Attama AA , Ibezim EC and Esimone CO (2013). Molecular characterization and efficacy of antibiotic combinations on multiple antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aureus isolated from nostrils of healthy human volunteers. J. Pharm. Sci. & Res. 5(1), 26 – 32.

3.   Uronnachi EM, Ogbonna JDN, Kenechukwu FC, Attama AA, Okore VC (2013). Formulation and in vitro/in vivo evaluation of zidovudine contained in solidified reverse micellar delivery system in immune compromised rats. J. Applied Pharm. Sci. 3(2) 031-035.

4.   Chime SA, Attama AA, Onunkwo GC (2012) Sustained release indomethacin-loaded solid lipid microparticles, based on solidified reverse micellar solution (SRMS): In vitro and in vivo evaluation J. Drug Deliv. Sci. Tech. 22(6), 485-492.

5.   Umeyor EC, Kenechukwu FC, Ogbonna JD, Chime SA, Attama AA. (2012). Investigation of solidified reverse micellar systems as novel carriers for oral delivery of gentamicin. Journal of Pharmacy Research 5(9),4914-4920.

6.   Onuigbo EB, Okore VC, Ofokansi KC, Okoye JOA, Nworu CS, Esimone CO, Attama AA (2012) Preliminary evaluation of the immune-enhancement potential of Newcastle disease vaccine formulated as a cationic liposome. Avian Pathology, 41:4, 355-360.

7.   Builders PF, Mbah CC, Attama AA (2012). Intrinsic and functional properties of a gelling gum from Dioclea reflexa: A potential pharmaceutical excipient. British Journal of Pharmaceutical Research 2(1): 50-68, 2012.

Selected previous publications
1.   Umeyor, CE, Kenechukwu FC, Ogbonna JDN, Chime SA, Attama AA (2012). Preparation of novel solid lipid microparticles loaded with gentamicin and its evaluation in vitro and in vivo. J. Microencapsul. 29(3):296–307.

2.   Madu KC, Ukoha PO, Attama AA (2011). Spectrophotometric determination of lamivudine using chloranilic acid and 2,3-Dichloro-5,6-dicyano-1,4-benzoquinone (DDQ). American Journal of Analytical Chemistry, 2011, 2, 849-856.

3.   Bamigbola EA, Ibrahim MA, Attama AA, Uzondu AL (2011). In vitro-in vivo correlation of four commercial brands of aspirin tablets marketed in Nigeria. African Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, 5(14), 1648-1654.

4.   Charles L, Attama AA (2011). Current state of nanoemulsions in drug delivery. Journal of Biomaterials and Nanobiotechnology, 2, 626-639.

5.   Esimone CO, Attama AA, Ngwu G, Iloabanafo CA, Momoh MA, Onaku, LO (2011). Mosquito repellent activity of herbal ointments formulated with Occimum gratissimum oil. Journal of Pharmacy Research. 4(10) 3442-3444.

6.   Momoh M A, Adikwu MU, Ibezim EC, Attama AA (2011). Effect of metformin and Vernonia amygdalina leaf extract loaded PEGylated mucin formulation on haematological, kidney and liver indices of healthy and diabetic rats. Journal of Pharmacy Research. 4(10).

7.   Attama AA (2011). SLN, NLC, LDC: State of the art in drug and active delivery. Recent Patents on Drug Delivery & Formulation 5(3): 178-187.

8.   Attama AA, Reichl S, Müller-Goymann CC (2009) Sustained release and permeation of timolol from surface modified solid lipid nanoparticles through bio-engineered human cornea. Current Eye Research 34(8) 698-705.

9.   Attama AA, Weber C, Müller-Goymann CC (2008) Assessment of drug permeation from SLN formulated with a novel structured lipid matrix through artificial skin construct bio-engineered from HDF and HaCaT cell lines. J. Drug Deliv. Sci. Technol. 18(3) 181-188.
10.   Attama AA, Müller-Goymann CC. (2008) Effect of beeswax modification on the lipid matrix and solid lipid nanoparticle crystallinity. Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects. 315, 189-195.
11.   Attama AA, Schicke BC, Paepenmüller T, Müller-Goymann CC (2007). Solid lipid nanodispersions containing mixed lipid core and a polar heterolipid: Characterization. Eur. J. Pharm. Biopharm. 67, 48-57.