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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.

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18–20 Dec 2018

Abstracts deadline: 14 Sep 2018

Registration deadline: 10 Dec 2018

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  • Programme & Speakers
  • Day One
  • Day Two
  • Day Three
  • Registration
  • Venue & Accommodation
  • Abstracts
  • Sponsorship & Exhibition
  • Bursaries

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: 

Prof Jacqueline Hunter CBE

Prof 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 organisartion'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
  • Reproducability 
  • Cardiovascular & Respiratory Pharmacology
  • Drug Discovery, Development & Evaluation
  • Education and Skills
  • Integrated Systems Pharmacology
  • Molecular & Cellular Pharmacology
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Toxicology

Tuesday 18 December 2018


09.00 - 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 



  • Clinical Pharmacology Skills Alliance (CPSA)



  • 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 



  • 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 

Online registration will open in August 2018 with the following fees. 

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.

Early bird rate deadline is 18 November 2018.

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Rate 1 Undergraduate member £0 £0 £0 £0 £0 £0 £0 £0 £0
Rate 2 Postgraduate member £25 £40 £60 £45 £60 £80 £65 £80 £100
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Rate 3 Journal author £35 £65 £90 £55 £85 £110 £75 £105 £130
Full member
Rate 4 Non member - Affiliate £70 £120 £170 £90 £140 £190 £110 £160 £210
Rate 5 Non member £115 £200 £290 £135 £220 £310 £155 £240 £330


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.


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 (will be hyperlinked)
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:
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Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 9.00am – 5.30pm, closed on weekends and Bank Holidays.


Abstract submission deadline: 14 September 2018

Submit an abstract

Before clicking to submit an abstract, please read the guidelines for submitting an abstract

Submit an abstract to Pharmacology 2018 for your chance to present your research at our flagship annual meeting alongside hundreds of other researchers. 

Successful abstracts will be published in the British Journal of Pharmacology or the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. 

Oral and poster prizes will be awarded on each day of the meeting, along with prizes for the best “flash poster” presentation.

Abstract reviewers required

We are looking for volunteers to support in the abstract review for Pharmacology 2018.
Enthusiastic Society members with interest in any area of pharmacology are encouraged to apply. Applications are accepted for the following two review opportunities:
•    Initial abstract review in September 2018
•    To chair and review abstracts at the conference for publication and prizes

Please note you must have reached the early career level (two years post-PhD) to be eligible to apply.  Guidance on how to assess abstracts will be provided.
Benefits to you
•    Opportunity to shape the annual meeting programme
•    Insight into current research undertaken in your field
•    Recognition as reviewer in the conference programme booklet
•    Growing your involvement in the Society
To apply, please complete the online form for applicants

A wide range of sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are available at Pharmacology 2018.  A full prospectus will appear here shortly, including branding, advertising, session hosting and exhibition space.  

Why support Pharmacology 2018? 

  • Demonstrate equipment and best practise techniques
  • Meet your next investment or collaboration opportunity
  • Raise the profile of your brand at an internationally recognised event
  • Engage with decision makers and principal investigators
  • Access a target-rich community of young and promising researchers and established names all under one roof
  • Support high-quality, cutting edge research that is helping to solve critical global issues

Who will you meet? 

The British Pharmacological Society's annual conference is growing in size each year.  2017 attracted over 1,000 academics, students, industry experts, researchers, consultants and government and health service leaders. 

For further information, please contact Lindsay McClenaghan, Head of Meetings and Events - / Tel: 020 7239 0176


Bursary application deadline: 28 September 2018

Member bursaries 
The British Pharmacological Society makes available bursary support for members. To be eligible for an award, applicants are generally expected to have been a member of the Society for at least one year, and they must have submitted an abstract that has been accepted for poster and/or oral presentation at the meeting. Bursaries are normally restricted to a maximum of 75% of the aggregate cost of accommodation and travel for students, and 50% for non-students. The maximum award is £750. Food and beverage costs and travel incidentals will not be reimbursed. Costs will be based on the Society’s assessment of the most economical mode of travel and a reasonable standard of accommodation.

Care support bursaries
Care support bursaries are also available to members who have caring responsibilities and would benefit from financial support towards caring costs. For further information, please click here.