Pharmacology in the Media

Congratulations to recent winners of BPS prizes and awards

08 October 2014

“On behalf of the British Pharmacological Society, I am delighted to announce the names of the winners of its most recently-judged prizes and awards. These are in addition to the prizes and awards that I had the pleasure of announcing earlier in June and brings the total awarded during 2014 to £20,750. The winners will be invited to join the official announcement at the Annual Dinner and Prize-Giving, part of the Society’s flagship meeting Pharmacology 2014,” commented Professor Humphrey Rang, President of the British Pharmacological Society and Chair of the Membership & Awards Committee that judged the nominations.

Five innovators join the Pharmacology Hall of Fame

29 September 2014

UK initiative honours pioneers in the science of new medicines

Monday 29 September 2014, London UK: The British Pharmacological Society today announced that its +3,000 members have elected five trailblazers in the science of new medicines to its Pharmacology Hall of Fame. The following distinguished individuals were elected this year:

Bill Bowman
Sir Derrick Dunlop
Hans Kosterlitz
Heinz Otto Schild
Marthe Vogt

Consultation on the Society’s Governance plans

03 September 2014

Consultation on the Society’s Governance plans

An update from Professor Humphrey Rang, BPS President 

How predictive & productive is animal research?

29 August 2014

BPS members including British Journal of Pharmacology and Pharmacology Research  Perspectives Editors-in-Chief responded to the BMJ editorial How predictive & productive is animal research?

Aspirin and its use in preventing disease

26 August 2014

BPS Fellow Professor Singer contributes to BBC Mundo article on the use of aspirin in preventing disease. 

Is paracetamol safe? Studies links the everyday painkiller to serious side-effects

13 August 2014

BPS Fellow Professor Donald Singer contributes to Daily Mail article Is paracetamol safe? Research suggests our most popular pain killer isn't as effective as many think, there are also worries about its side-effects.

Professor Singer warns: 'Paracetamol is present in a range of over-the-counter medicines for coughs and colds. But two out of five people who take such remedies don't realise this.
'It is a useful drug when used in the right way, but it is a powerful drug with powerful side-effects when taken excessively. 
'Doctors should take a good patient history to ensure that people are not already taking it through such products. 
'They should also ensure that patients are taking paracetamol at the lowest possible dose that can give relief.'

New Impact Factors for BPS journals

01 August 2014

The British Pharmacological Society (BPS) is pleased to announce the new Impact Factor results for its journals:

  • British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology achieved another strong result of 3.688, its highest ever Impact Factor (2012: 3.578)
  • British Journal of Pharmacology maintained its 21/254 ranking amongst Pharmacology and Pharmacy journals with an Impact Factor of 4.990 (2012: 5.067)

Professor Graeme Henderson, BPS Vice President – Publications, comments: “BPS journals continue to support the Society’s aim to promote and advance pharmacology, including clinical pharmacology. These strong Impact Factor results are an opportunity to congratulate our editors, publishers and those who referee submissions to our journals, and thank them all for their enthusiasm and commitment.”

Drug Discovery Advisory Forum

29 July 2014

The Drug Discovery Pathways Group calls for the creation of a Drug Discovery Advisory Forum in a letter sent to George Freeman MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Life Sciences at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department of Health on 29 July 2014.

BPS advocates the importance of evidence-based scientific advice in Europe

28 July 2014

On 22 July, nine representatives from environmental NGOs wrote to the President elect of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, asking him to 'scrap the position' of Chief Scientific Advisor. BPS has joined ten other organizations by signing a Sense about Science coordinated letter to Mr Juncker in support of the position and of independent scientific evidence in policy making.

Putting UK Pharmacology on the Map: get involved

09 July 2014

The British Pharmacological Society's initiative Putting UK Pharmacology on the Map, led by the External Affairs Committee, is designed to increase awareness of the Society and pharmacology by announcing sites of special pharmacological interest in the UK – providing an opportunity to engage external audiences nationally as well as locally to each site. Highlights and winners from 2013.

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