Cherry's Picks for Pharmacology 2022

Published: 26 Aug 2022

With our annual meeting just a few weeks away, preparation and excitement for Pharmacology 2022 is ramping up at the Society. It is always a pleasure to gather our pharmacology community together for our flagship event, but this year is particularly special, given that it is our first in-person annual meeting since the pandemic began.

Hundreds of tickets for in-person registration have sold – with more colleagues joining us online from around the world – so I am looking forward to seeing many of you in Liverpool next month. There is still time to purchase a ticket (for both the main meeting and the dinner) so if you haven’t yet registered, please do so now so that you don’t miss out!

I’m sure you have already looked at our planned programme, and perhaps selected some key sessions that you want to attend. Of course, the sessions and workshops you attend may be linked to your particular area of interest, or your career stage. However, if you still need a little help planning, here are my picks for Pharmacology 2022.

Day one – Tuesday 13 September

On the first day of the meeting, I would recommend heading to Professor Sir Munir Pirmohamed’s opening plenary at 9am ‘Individual variability in drug response: looking forward’. This is an excellent opportunity to hear our former President Munir build on the Society’s report on personalised prescribing and pharmacogenomics, which was published earlier this year in collaboration  with the Royal College of Physicians – a great way to kick off the conference.

At 10.45am ELRIG’s symposium on PROTACs proves to expand on a topical issue that featured highly in our recent joint meeting on New Modalities in Drug Discovery, continuing the collaboration between our two organisations.

At 1.55pm, we move into new and important territory with our symposium ‘Medicines and women's health, across the life course’. Join our panel of speakers in examining how the legacy of undervaluing women has resulted in less funding for women’s health research, a data and health gap, and what can – and must – be done to rectify it. 

At the end of day one, join us for welcome drinks and enjoy a session in the open theatre, ‘In conversation with Professor Amrita Ahluwalia’ at 6pm. This promises to be an interesting and entertaining end to the day, with insights from Amrita as she comes to the end of her term as Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Pharmacology and, in her role as Secretary-General of WCP2023, takes us forward to the World Congress.

After this session we will be heading to St George’s Hall - our stunning venue for the annual conference dinner. Make sure to select a dinner ticket when you register, so that you can round off the first day of the meeting celebrating with friends and colleagues.

Day two – Wednesday 14 September

At 9am on day two, we continue our Pioneers in Pharmacology & Drug Discovery series by paying homage to Professor Richard Green. A leading neuropharmacologist, Richard was best known for his work on the pharmacology of the neurotransmitter 5-hydroxytryptamine (5HT or serotonin). He was also Vice President (Meetings) at the Society for many years, so this tribute to him also honours his significant contribution to our community.

Another great option at 9am is the joint symposium between our Society and the British Toxicology Society on ‘Therapeutic targeting of Nrf2'. This session showcases the benefits of collaboration between disciplines, and is a fantastic example of how the annual meeting covers the full spectrum of pharmacology, from basic through to clinical.

My final pick is Professor Hovorka’s plenary at 12.15pm on ‘The centenary of insulin’, which encapsulates the life-changing impact of pharmacology on global health.

I hope this has been helpful, but remember that no matter which sessions, meetings, and workshops you attend at Pharmacology 2022, you will come away informed, inspired and reconnected with others who share your passion for pharmacology.

See you in Liverpool!



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Professor Cherry Wainright

Cherry is Director of the Centre for Cardio-metabolic Research at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. She is also a Fellow and Vice President (Meetings) of the British Pharmacological Society.