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Pharmacology 2018

The British Pharmacological Society's flagship annual meeting attracts over 1,100 scientists each year from across the world.

18–20 Dec 2018

Abstracts deadline: 02 Nov 2018

Registration deadline: 10 Dec 2018

London, UK - View map

  • Programme & Speakers
  • Day One
  • Day Two
  • Day Three
  • Registration
  • Venue & Travel
  • Abstracts
  • Sponsors & Exhibition
  • Conference app
  • Accommodation
  • Networking

Each year the Society delivers a three-day event showcasing content led by the pharmacology community, through submitted symposia sessions and abstract presentations alongside invited speakers and commissioned content. 

Led by our organising committee, the programme is representative of the British Pharmacological Society's membership, covering topics relevant to every career stage and specialism. 

View the programme at a glance

Confirmed sessions for Pharmacology 2018 include:

The British Pharmacological Society looks forward to welcoming over 150 world leading experts to speak at Pharmacology 2018. The faculty will be announced here over the coming months, speakers currently confirmed are:

Professor Jacqueline Hunter CBE

Professor Jacqueline Hunter is a Professor at St George’s Hospital Medical School and currently CEO of BenevolentBio where she leads the application of BenevolentAI’s technology for drug development.  Following her PhD, she undertook a Wellcome Trust postdoctoral research fellowship at St George’s Hospital Medical School before joining the pharmaceutical industry working for a number of companies including GSK, Proximagen and OI Pharma Partners, which she founded.  

Jackie served as CEO of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council between 2013-2016. She is also a Fellow of the British Pharmacological Society and of the Academy of Medical Sciences. She is a non-executive director of Chiltern International plc, an Advisory Board member for A* Singapore, a non-Executive Director of the Centre for Excellence in Livestock and an In Focus Ambassador for Women Entrepreneurs for Innovate UK.

For her services to the pharmaceutical industry she was awarded a CBE in 2010 Birthday Honours and the 2010 Women of Achievement in Science, Engineering and Technology Award for Discovery, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.  

Prof John MattickProfessor John Mattick AO FAA FTSE FAHMS FRCPA(Hon)

Professor Mattick was appointed the first CEO of Genomics England in March 2018.  He heads up the organisation's 100,000 Genomes Project providing the foundation for the systems NHS England is mobilising in its ground breaking Genomic Medicine Service.

Prior to this, he led the Garvan Institute of Medical Research for six years.  Under his stewardship, the Garvan has embedded genomics, bioinformatics and big data at the centre of its research programmes – making the Garvan one of the leading exponents of whole genome sequencing in the world.  Throughout his distinguished career, Professor Mattick has championed genome research and the development of national research facilities, for which he was awarded the Order of Australia and the Australian Government Centenary Medal. He has received international recognition for his scientific contributions to understanding the human genome, specifically his work showing that most of the genome is not evolutionary ‘junk’ as previously thought, but rather is devoted to an extensive RNA regulatory system that organises human development.

Most recently he has been awarded the 2011 International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB) Medal, the 2012 Human Genome Organization Chen Award for Distinguished Achievement in Genetic and Genomic Research, and the 2014 University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Bertner Memorial Award for Distinguished Contributions to Cancer Research.

Professor Andrew Morris CBE MSc MD FRCP (Edin, Glas) FRSE FMedSci

Andrew Morris has been the inaugural Director of Health Data Research UK, the multi-funder UK Institute for health and biomedical informatics research that will capitalise on the UK’s renowned data resources and research strengths to transform lives through health data science. He is seconded from his position as Professor of Medicine, and Vice Principal of Data Science at the University of Edinburgh, having taken up position in August 2014.  Prior to this Andrew was Dean of Medicine at the University of Dundee.  
Andrew was Chief Scientist at the Scottish Government Health Directorate (2012-2017) and has served and chaired numerous national and international grant committees and Governmental bodies.

Andrew was awarded a CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in the 2018  New Year’s Honour’s List.  His research interests span informatics and chronic diseases. He has published over 300 original papers and has attracted over £50million in grant funding.

Menelas (Mene) Pangalos PhD FRSB FMedSci

Mene Pangalos, is Executive Vice President of AstraZeneca’s Innovative Medicines and Early Development Biotech Unit and AstraZeneca’s Global Business Development.  A member of the company’s Senior Executive team, Mene has overall responsibility for AstraZeneca’s research and early development activities.  Since joining AstraZeneca in 2010, Mene has been instrumental in transforming the company’s commitment to science.  He has led the transformation of R&D productivity through the development and implementation of the “5R” framework; driven greater collaboration with academic, NGO and peer organisations; pioneered programmes to promote more open innovation and fostered a science driven culture that rewards truth-seeking behaviours. 

Mene is the holder of an Honorary degree of Doctor of Science from Glasgow University. and as one of AstraZeneca’s leading scientists, Mene has published over 145 peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals and has served as editor of a number of books and journals.  

Mene is also a leading figure in UK science. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and of the Royal Society of Biology.  He is a Visiting Professor of Neuroscience at King’s College London and is a Fellow of Clare Hall at the University of Cambridge. Mene is a Board member on the Medical Research Council (MRC) and Remuneration Committee, the council for the National Centre for Universities and Business, and is a Board member of the British Pharmaceutical Group. Other Boards of which Mene is a member include the Judge Business School, Cambridge University, the UK National Genomics Board, and the Board of Dizal Pharma a privately owned Chinese biotech.

Visit the daily programme tabs to see more of the content planned for 2018 including:

  • Gene editing
  • Biosimilars
  • Innovative medicines development
  • Reproducibility
  • Cardiovascular & Respiratory Pharmacology
  • Drug Discovery, Development & Evaluation
  • Education and Skills
  • Integrated Systems Pharmacology
  • Molecular & Cellular Pharmacology
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Toxicology

Tuesday 18 December 2018


08.00 - 10.00  

  • Academia and industry: How to navigate the (many) crossroads of a research career


10.00 - 11.00

  • Hot trends in pharmacology: New science and the business landscape - Dr Mene Pangalos, AstraZeneca, United Kingdom  



  • Targeting calcium ion channels in disease
  • Drug development to target the ageing process
  • Glial cells: A rich therapeutic resource?
  • ELRIG: Driving drug discovery through novel industry-academic engagement



  • Tools and translation in GPCR drug discovery
  • Let's get engaged: Marrying pharmacological research to impact


  • Tackling the reproducibility crisis in preclinical drug discovery

Prize lecture


  • Lilly Prize Lecture - Professor Adam Cohen, Centre for Human Drug Research, Netherlands                 

Wednesday 19 December 2018


08.00 - 09.00

  • How to effectively peer review



  • Cardiac non-myocytes; emerging therapeutic targets
  • New psychoactive substances: Pharmacology influencing practice, policy and the law
  • Experimental models of inflammation in man: Driving drug development
  • Immunogenicity – prediction and control of unwanted immune responses to biological drugs
  • The role of biomarkers in translational pharmacology
  • Medicines optimisation – how could clinical pharmacologists contribute?

Prize lectures


  • Gary Price Memorial Lecture - Professor Andrew Plested, FMP Berlin, Germany


  • Gaddum International Lecture - Dr Charles Serhan, Harvard Medical School, United States 



  • Growing the clinical pharmacology workforce



  • Title to be confirmed, Professor John Mattick, Genomics England, United Kingdom

Thursday 20 December 2018


08.00 - 09.00

  • Education



  • Drug Repurposing: Opportunities and challenges
  • Celebrating the 20-year birthday of the Nobel Prize for NO: The legacy continues
  • Biosimilars: from science to the patient
  • How to choose the clinical dose: ED50 and the therapeutic window


  • Artificial intelligence 
Professor Jackie Hunter CBE, BenevolentAI, UK                      
Professor Andrew Morris CBE, Health Data Research, UK                     
Professor Andrew Hopkins, Ex Scientia Ltd, UK                    
Dr Sara-Jane Dunn, Microsoft Research, UK    



  • Innovations in pharmacology education
  • Innovations in life sciences, new medicines, new opportunities

Prize Lectures


  • AstraZeneca Prize for Women in Pharmacology Lecture  - Dr Fiona Marshall, MSD Research Laboratories, United Kingdom


  • Drug Discovery of the Year Lecture 

British Pharmacological Society members receive a significant discount on attendance – it costs significantly less for one year’s membership than to attend the meeting as a non-member.

To become a member, visit the Society Membership page.

Online registration is now closed, should you wish to attend the event registration onsite is available with the below onsite costs. There will be a no show fee of £10 per each day you are registered for undergraduates. 

    Early bird
1 day fee
Early bird
2 day fee
Early bird
3 day fee
1 day fee
2 day fee
3 day fee
1 day fee
2 day fee
3 day fee
18 December)
Dinner (Wednesday
19 December)
Rate 1 Undergraduate member £0 £0 £0 £0 £0 £0 £10 £20 £30 £5 £55
Rate 2 Postgraduate member £25 £40 £60 £45 £60 £80 £65 £80 £100 £5 £55
Affiliate member
Early career member
Diploma student member
Retired full member
Retired fellow
Honorary fellow
Rate 3 Journal author £35 £65 £90 £55 £85 £110 £75 £105 £130 £5 £55
Full member
Rate 4 Non member - Affiliate £70 £120 £170 £90 £140 £190 £110 £160 £210 £5 £55
Rate 5 Non member £115 £200 £290 £135 £220 £310 £155 £240 £330 £5 £55
Rate 6 Non member undergraduate £0 £0 £0 £0 £0 £0 £10 £20 £30 £5 £55
Rate 7 Non member postgraduate £35 £65 £90 £55 £85 £110 £75 £105 £130 £5 £55

Student ID will be asked to be presented when collecting your badge at the meeting. 

Your registration includes access to all of the programme sessions and exhibition, lunch and beverages throughout the day and CPD accreditation when you attend the event.  If you have any questions about registration, please contact the office at or +44 (0)20 7239 0183.


Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre
Broad Sanctuary, Westminster
Tel: +44 (0)20 7222 5000



The nearest train stations are Charing Cross (a 12 minute walk) and Victoria (a 14 minute walk).


The nearest tube stations are St James's Park (a 4 minute walk) and Westminster (a 6 minute walk).


The Q-Park Westminster car park is located a short distance from the venue in Great College Street, SW1P 3RX.


Black cabs are readily available across the road from the QEII Conference Centre on Victoria Street. Should you wish to book a taxi, please call the Transport for London 24hr travel information centre on +44 (0)843 222 1234 or, between 09:00 and 18:00.


There are train and coach services from all London airports into Central London. Useful telephone numbers are:
Heathrow: +44 (0)844 335 1801
London City: +44 (0)20 7646 0088
Gatwick: +44 (0)844 335 1802

Tourist information

A nearby Tourist Information Centre is: Victoria Station Travel Information Centre

Opposite platform 8, Victoria Railway Station, London, SW1V 1JU, Tube: Victoria

For further information about London and locations of other tourist information centres, please visit their website.

We have opened Pharmacology 2018 up for late breaking poster abstracts for research:

  • that was not known or fully available at the regular abstract submission deadline
  • that is of high impact and will have an immediate or significant effect
  • from undergraduates, based on data from final-year research projects

As with already-accepted abstracts, successful late-breaking abstracts will be eligible for:

  • poster prizes awarded on each day of the meeting
  • publication in the British Journal of Pharmacology or the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology

Submission is now closed. Authors have been notified of their acceptance. 


The British Pharmacological Society would like to thank our sponsors for their support of the conference.

Our Sponsors


Diamond Sponsor

Tocris Bioscience is a leading supplier of life science reagents. With over 30 years of experience in its field, Tocris provides researchers with the most reliable reagents, allowing them to publish with confidence.  

Tocris is part of the life science division of Bio-Techne, which also includes the best in class brands R&D Systems, Novus Biologicals, ProteinSimple and Advanced Cell Diagnostics. Bio-Techne has united these brands to provide researchers with a full portfolio of research reagents, assays and protein platforms.


Silver Sponsor

Elsevier Pharmacology journals are home to many highly respected journals in the field, including prestigious society titles. All our journals are available online via, the essential information resource with over 14 million pieces of content.
Featured Pharmacology journals include: Journal of Ethnopharmacology, Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biochemical Pharmacology and others.


Bronze Sponsor

The American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) is a nonprofit, international scientific society founded in 1908 devoted to advancing pharmacology and experimental therapeutics through scientific meetings, publications, education, and advocacy efforts. ASPET provides its members with the tools and resources to promote their research, advance their careers, and build lasting relationships with fellow scientists.

ASPET has 5,000 members worldwide in 69 countries. ASPET members conduct basic and clinical pharmacological research and work for academia, government, large pharmaceutical companies, small biotech companies, and even non-profit organizations.  Though very diverse, our members have a common bond through their membership in ASPET. Our members’ research efforts help develop new medicines and therapeutic agents to fight existing and emerging diseases.


Bronze Sponsor

BMG LABTECH is a world leader in microplate reader instrumentation for fluorescence, fluorescence polarisation, UV Vis absorbance, luminescence and Nephelometry. As specialists in the development and supply of microplate readers we offer the most diverse selection of optical detection systems including the CLARIOstar, our latest multimode microplate reader  with its triple technology - LVF Monochromators, filters, and an ultra-fast spectrometer, PHERAstar FSX, the Gold standard in high throughput screening and NEPHELOstar Laser-based microplate Nephelometer for light-scattering and turbidity measurements.
For information on the complete range of products visit our website at or see on our stand.


Bronze Sponsor

Frontiers in Pharmacology is a leading journal in its field, publishing rigorously peer-reviewed research across disciplines, including basic and clinical pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, pharmacy and toxicology. Field Chief Editor Heike Wulff at UC Davis is supported by an outstanding Editorial Board of international researchers. This multidisciplinary open-access journal is at the forefront of disseminating and communicating scientific knowledge and impactful discoveries to researchers, academics, clinicians and the public worldwide.

Our Exhibitors


The Biochemical Society is a learned society and supports the future of the molecular biosciences. This is achieved through facilitating the sharing of expertise, promoting the advancement of biochemistry and molecular biology, and raising awareness of its importance in addressing societal grand challenges. The Society also wholly owns Portland Press, publishers of The Biochemical Journal, Clinical Science, Bioscience Reports and more.


In-vivo E-phys and Behaviour

Listening to our customer’s requests, we developed an integrated In-vivo electrophysiology, with tethered/wireless headstages, and Bussey-Saksida touchscreen systems with ‘time-stamped’ video have been integrated into e.m.c. shielded chambers. The Brainhavior™ system provides artefact free recording and temporally linked data streams for easy search/analysis. With our development partner, Plexon Inc.; we have developed a chamber for high resolution tracking, utilising the powerful CineLab software suite. These systems are delivered ‘ready-to-go’ for immediate productivity in your lab.

Vibrotomes and Slice Chambers

Vibrotomes for a range of applications the Campden 7000smz-2 and 5100mz/5100mz-plus models with z-axis deflection calibration and specialist blades delivering healthy, high viability slices consistently. Slice chambers with integral heater/controllers and p.i.d. algorithms for recovery, visual patching/ imaging and for LTP recordings and for biochemistry.


Carbosynth is a specialist chemicals supplier to research and industry laboratories. We offer an impressive portfolio of carbohydrates, nucleosides and natural compounds as well as molecular probes for biomedical research. The Carbosynth Bioscience products range includes a variety of compounds as probes for 7-TM receptors, nuclear receptors, ion channels, transporters, enzyme modulators, stem cells and epigenetics.

ELRIG is a UK-based, not-for-profit organisation that hosts scientific meetings and conferences which bring together industry experts and thought leaders from academia and biopharma to exchange ideas and information. These meetings, tailored to address the changing needs of the drug discovery and life science communities, are hosted throughout the UK and Europe. Our flagship event, “Drug Discovery” regularly attracts over 1,000 delegates making it the biggest conference of its kind in Europe. ELRIG meetings are accessible to all delegates free-of-charge. To meet our open-access aims, we cover the cost of staging our events through the contributions of exhibitors and sponsors. We support an open policy of collaboration with other well-established and respected professional societies to add both breadth and depth to our offering. 

Emka Technologies & Scireq specializes in software & hardware for preclinical research.
We offer a complete range of products for CNS, Cardiovascular, Pulmonary & isolated organs studies with data recording and analysis software.
This includes:
- non-invasive & implantable telemetry for large & small animals, to record (biopotential, blood pressure, temperature…)
- the flexiVent system, gold standard for in vivo lung function measurements
- the inExpose, cost-efficient inhalation exposure system

Visit our booth for more!


The recognised global leader in physiologic monitoring, Data Sciences International offers proven, innovative products and services to help scientists acquire, analyse and report physiologic data from small and large animal studies.

Products include telemetry, pulmonary function instrumentation and software. Services include data analysis, validation and surgical services.

Our solutions are tailored specifically to meet the unique research needs of our customers.


LifeArc is a medical research charity with a 25-year legacy of helping scientists and organisations turn their research into treatments and diagnostics for patients.  LifeArc is turning great science into greater patient impact.  The charity brings together a network of partners to tackle specific diseases and directly funds academic and early stage research.  So far, LifeArc’s work has helped to develop four drugs (Keytruda®, Actemra®, Tysabri® and Entyvio®) and a test for resistance to carbapenems.        


In-vivo and clinical measurements of Blood-flow and Oxygenation for research in Endothelial function (cardiovascular biomarker), Inflammation, Brain / Neuroscience, Angiogenesis, FLARE response, Neuropathy and Vascular responsiveness Technologies include Laser Doppler, Laser Speckle, NIRS, SO2 and others.


As the largest network of physiologists in Europe, with academic journals of global reach, we continue our 140 year tradition of being at the forefront of the life sciences.
Through our activities, we showcase physiological research, spotlight new areas of discovery and provide opportunities for all those involved in aspects of physiology to interact.
Join us to boost your CV, raise your profile and expand your network.

Interested in sponsoring Pharmacology 2018? 

Download the sponsorship options document or contact Lindsay McClenaghan, Head of Meetings and Events to discuss options. Terms and Conditions of sponsorship

Conference app

To get the app for your mobile phone or tablet simply download CrowdCompass AttendeeHub, then search for “Pharmacology 2018” in the event listing.

Download the app

The app is the only place you can:

  • View full programme details
  • Create your own personalised schedule for your time at the conference
  • Read full oral and poster communications
  • Win prizes by playing our Click Game
  • View speaker biographies
  • Read about our exhibitors

In an effort to be more environmentally friendly the printed programme will be smaller this year, so the app is the only place you will find full details.

Download it before you arrive and make the most of your time at the conference.

If you would prefer to use the app on a desktop, you can use the same link above. 

MICE Concierge are the official concierge team for Pharmacology 2018, they are here to help take care of your booking requirements during your visit to London.

Using the official service means you get some great additional benefits: 

•    Why pay more when we can give you the best rates at the core event hotels
•    Why miss out on the action when we can get you in to the core event hotels
•    Why go it alone when there’s expert help available to help you
•    Book securely with the only concierge appointed to work on your event

How to book your accommodation:

1.    Visit the accommodation website 
2.    Go to the 'official core hotels’ tab
3.    Click on ‘Book Now’ under ‘Official Flexible Event Rate’
4.    Select ‘next’ and complete your ‘check-in’ and ‘check-out’ dates and insert your full name
5.    Click ‘proceed to check-out’ and follow through payment steps

For enquiries relating to your accommodation booking on this website, please contact:

T: +44 (0) 1438 908770
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 9am – 5.30pm, closed on weekends and Bank Holidays.

Alongside world-class research, Pharmacology 2018 offers excellent networking opportunities for attendees to catch up with colleagues or meet new collaborators. Each day has over two hours of uninterrupted time for networking and we will be hosting two evening events to give delegates a chance to unwind after sessions.  

Welcome Reception

Tuesday 18 December

Join the Society's President and Trustees to celebrate the opening day of the conference with a drinks reception and canapes with a fantastic view of London. The winners of the top scoring abstracts for each day will be announced at the reception and we encourage you to bring along your colleagues for a fantastic start to the conference week.  

Tickets for this event are just £5.

Conference dinner

Wednesday 19 December

Our annual conference dinner has always proven to be a highlight of the Society's calendar as we celebrate the Pharmacology community through presentation of Society awards and enjoy a fantastic three-course dinner together.

Tickets for this event are £55.

You can purchase tickets for either event through the registration system.