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Dr Simon Pitchford

Dr Simon Pitchford

Name:

Dr Simon Pitchford FBPhS

Organisation:

King's College London

Year elected:

2020

Primary professional setting:

Academia

Dr Simon Pitchford is a Reader in Immunopharmacology within the Institute of Pharmaceutical Science at King’s College London (KCL). Simon obtained his BSc in Pharmacology at the University of Bath, and PhD at KCL in 2003. He was then awarded a European Respiratory Society Research Fellowship to undertake post-doctoral studies at the University of Perugia, Italy. Simon is interested in understanding the character and functions of platelets during host defence and inflammation, that are dissociated from their well-characterized involvement in haemostasis and thrombosis. Simon’s research contributions have revealed that platelet activation is often critical for inflammation to progress. Simon believes exploiting knowledge in understanding mechanisms that drive the dichotomy of platelet activation might lead to the development of new therapies either to ‘boost’ host defence to combat infection, or conversely to ‘dampen’ inflammation in the case of inflammatory disorders, whilst preserving normal haemostasis. Simon has developed specialized ‘integrative’ pharmacology teaching programmes, incorporating industrial experience since 2010 to undergraduate and postgraduate students.