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Upcoming British Pharmacological Society prizes & awards

28 Jan 2016

The Society warmly welcomes your nominations for our many prizes and awards open this year. Over £300,000 is available each year in prizes and awards that recognise and reward the contributions of our members to pharmacology throughout their careers.

Improve early access to data from catastrophic clinical trials: A statement on behalf of the British Pharmacological Society

22 Jan 2016

In 2006, in London, six young men almost died in a private clinic after receiving an immunomodulatory drug, TGN1412, which caused severe inflammatory reactions in a first-in-man study. Earlier this month, in France, at least five men were injured (one of whom subsequently died) in a private clinic after being given an FAAH inhibitor in its first study with multiple-dosing. Thankfully, such devastating outcomes to clinical trials are extremely rare events.

Pharmacology 2015 prize winners

12 Jan 2016

It is with great pleasure that the British Pharmacological Society announces the winners of the Society’s most recently-judged prizes and awards.

Statement on industrial action by junior doctors in early 2016

08 Jan 2016

Given the crucial work undertaken by junior doctors in the NHS, the British Pharmacological Society is disappointed that the Department of Health, NHS Employers and BMA leadership have been unable to agree terms and conditions of employment for doctors in training. The Society supports the view of junior doctors in England that they have no option other than to take industrial action in January and February 2016.

BJCP article: Antidepressant Drug Linked with Increased Risk of Birth Defects when Taken in Early Pregnancy

05 Jan 2016

Using paroxetine—a medication prescribed to treat conditions including depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety and posttraumatic stress disorder—during the first trimester of pregnancy may increase newborns’ risk of congenital malformations and cardiac malformations. That’s the conclusion of a recent analysis published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.

Game-changing medicine for hepatitis C wins prestigious drug discovery award

16 Dec 2015

A drug to treat chronic hepatitis C infection has today (16 December) received Drug Discovery of the Year 2016, a prestigious award from the British Pharmacological Society. Sofosbuvir dramatically improves the chances of a cure of this serious and potentially fatal disease compared to historic treatments. The award is made to the team of researchers at pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences which is responsible for the development of sofosbuvir, in recognition of the drug making a...

New members join the Society's Council

16 Dec 2015

The British Pharmacological Society's Annual General Meeting on 16 December confirmed that new members will join Council as Trustees, effective from 1 January 2016.  

News from Pharmacology 2015: Reducing medication errors

16 Dec 2015

OVERHAUL BY NEW HUMAN FACTORS GROUP WILL REDUCE MEDICATION ERRORS Scientists are embarking on a new approach to overhaul the system for safe research and use of medicines which will help tackle medication errors, delegates at Pharmacology 2015 in London heard today (16 December).  The Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors has established a unique group with organisational scientists, the pharmaceutical sector and healthcare professionals to examine how society can improve...

News from Pharmacology 2015: Students and academics working in partnership

15 Dec 2015

Students and academic staff working in partnership improves learning and prepares students for employment, according to a new initiative at the University of Leeds. With students as partners, staff can draw on the skills and experiences of students to make changes to teaching practices to enhance learning.   Senior lecturer, Dr David Lewis, aims to give his students ownership of and responsibility for their learning, encouraging them to pursue knowledge in areas they are particularly...

UK Pharmacology on the Map recognises contributions to improving human health

14 Dec 2015

The UK has an illustrious history of discovering drugs that have treated and saved the lives of countless people around the world. In recognition of success, the British Pharmacological Society each year selects and highlights sites in different locations around the UK where academic institutions and pharmaceutical companies have made a significant contribution to improving human health.  UK Pharmacology on the Map winners this year are announced today (14 December) at a special...

Statement on new employment contracts for doctors in training

09 Dec 2015

The British Pharmacological Society’s growing membership includes junior doctors working around the clock to provide general medical and specialist care in NHS hospitals. Junior doctors also contribute their time and expertise to vital medical research and teaching, maintaining the UK skills base and the country’s international reputation for excellence and innovation.   Given the crucial work undertaken by junior doctors in the NHS, and the concern expressed by many of our...