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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: 14 Sep 2018

Registration deadline:

London, UK - View map

  • Overview
  • Registration
  • Programme
  • Speakers
  • Venue & Travel
  • Abstracts & Bursaries
  • Sponsorship & Exhibition

Pharmacology 2018 is the British Pharmacological Society's flagship annual meeting which attracts over 1,200 scientists each year from across the world. 

This year the event will showcase 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.  Programme details will be updated on the programme tab as they become available, highlights include

  • Professor John Mattick, Genomics England
  • Dr Jackie Hunter, BenevolentAI
  • Dr Andrew Morris, Health Data Research UK
  • Dr Menelas Pangalos, AstraZeneca Innovative Medicines and Early Development Biotech Unit 
  • Content from The European Laboratory Research & Innovation Group (ELRIG) and
  • Two fantastic networking events

Online registration will open in June 2018 with the following fees.  British Pharmacological Society members receive discount on attendance, to become a member, visit the Society Membership page.

    Early bird
1 day fee
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3 day fee
1 day fee
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1 day fee
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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
Affiliate member
Early career member
Diploma student member
Retired full member
Retired fellow
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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.

Each year the society delivers a three-day event including interactive workshops, debate, key-notes and abstract-led sessions.

Confirmed sessions for Pharmacology 2018 include:

  • Clinical ED50: Improving the evidence basis of dose. Doses above ED50 are often precluded by escalating adverse events. Led By Simon B. Dimmitt, University of Western Australia, Australia
  • ‚ÄčCardiac non-myocytes; emerging therapeutic targets. Led by David Grieve, British Society for Cardiovascular Research and Queen's University Belfast, United Kingdom
  • Medicines optimisation - how could clinical pharmacologists contribute?  Led by Emma Baker, St George's, University of London, United Kingdom
  • New Psychoactive Substances: pharmacology influencing practice, policy and the law.  Led by Graeme Henderson, University of Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Targeting calcium ion channels in disease.  Led by Gary Stephens. University of Reading, United Kingdom
Further sessions will cover a range of topics of interest to clinical and academic pharmacologists including: 
  • Big data
  • Artificial intelligence
  • 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

The programme for Pharmacology 2018 is currently being developed and will appear here as information becomes available.  

If you have any questions about Pharmacology 2018 or  please email or call +44 (0)20 7239 0183. 

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: 


Since August 2017 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 spanning three continents and 2500 people.  

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. 

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.

Mene is the holder of an Honorary degree of Doctor of Science from Glasgow University.

Mene is also overseeing the creation of AstraZeneca’s new £500 million research centre in Cambridge - a state of the art facility designed to stimulate collaborative scientific innovation and which will play an important role in the future success of the UK life science industry.



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.


Abstract submission deadline: 14 September 2018

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.

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

Submit an abstract


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

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