28 February 2014
BPS President Elect Professor David Webb review of the way drugs are approved for the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) welcomes improved access to medicines but estimates significant financial impact on NHS Scotland.
13 February 2014
BPS Fellow Professor Simon Maxwell responds to the draft guidelines for the NHS in England recommending that more people should be put on cholesterol-lowering statin drugs to protect them against heart attacks and strokes. Professor Maxwell commentsthat, 'patients should be helped to make a truly informed decision about the benefits and risks of taking long-term preventative therapy that will not make them feel any better in the short term.'
06 February 2014
Science and Technology Select Committee report on women in scientific careers published today (6 February 2014). BPS highlights that "many women in STEM suffer bias due to expectation, in that the potential for a woman to take maternity leave or to require flexible working in future can impact the judgement of interviewers." The report concludes that universities need to do more to keep women in science.
16 January 2014
BJCP Press release
Patients with a single illness who take many drugs have an increased risk of being admitted to hospital, but for patients with multiple conditions, taking many medicines is now associated with a near-normal risk of admission. This is the key finding of work published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. Doctors call the situation where people take many drugs ‘polypharmacy’, a state of affairs that is becoming increasingly common in part because we have more elderly people and also a rising number of people are being diagnosed with multiple health conditions.
15 January 2014
The BPS Meetings Committee is seeking symposia proposals for Pharmacology 2014 (formerly known as the BPS Winter Meeting) which will be held from Tuesday 16 to Thursday 18 December 2014. Please send your proposals including all the information listed below to the BPS office by Monday 27 January 2014:
19 December 2013
First-of-its-kind treatment for skin cancer offers hope for patients and their families
Thursday 19 December 2013, London UK: The British Pharmacological Society proudly announces that its Drug Discovery of the Year award has been won by the team at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) responsible for the development of trametinib – a new treatment for malignant melanoma (a type of skin cancer).
19 December 2013
Announced as part of Prize-Giving event where over £10,000 was awarded
Wednesday 18 December 2013, London UK: The British Pharmacological Society has announced that the Society’s 2013 Lilly Prize has been won by Professor Nick Bateman, for his major contribution to clinical pharmacology. The award will be presented at the Society’s Annual Dinner and Prize-Giving on Wednesday 18 December.
17 December 2013
New initiative recognizes outstanding scientific achievements at sites in Glasgow, Cheshire, Oxford and London
Monday 16 December 2013, London UK: Four sites of special scientific interest linked to discoveries and contributions in pharmacology have won recognition in a vote by MPs, peers and senior members of the scientific community. On behalf of the British Pharmacological Society, Andrew Miller MP revealed the names of the winning sites at a special parliamentary reception held this evening:
16 December 2013
Tuesday 17 December 2013, London UK: The British Pharmacological Society is celebrating the opening of its annual meeting known as Pharmacology 2013. The three-day scientific meeting is held every year and showcases the latest cutting-edge research in drug discovery and development, including a special symposium dedicated to exploring the potential of nanomedicines, which is sponsored and organized by the British Society for Nanomedicine.
24 October 2013
BJP press release
New cocaine and cannabis research reveals that regular cannabis users have increased levels of impulsive behaviour. It had previously been argued that this increased impulsivity after cannabis administration was only experienced by occasional users, but that regular users were no longer affected in this way. Published in the British Journal of Pharmacology, the results provide evidence for how drug use may trigger addictive behaviours.