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Blog - April 2017

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28 Apr 2017 by in Editorial published April 2017

​We have certainly kicked off 2017 with a bang here at the Society and this issue brings together the latest developments and changes driven by you!

Your Society

28 Apr 2017 by Jono Bruun in Your Society published April 2017

In recent months British Pharmacological Society members have been encouraging us to do more to protect and promote pharmacology – whether in academic, industrial or clinical settings – and to communicate where we have real impact. Against that backdrop, this section of Pharmacology Matters will let you know of some of the work that the Society has been doing to advocate our discipline.

Introduction to the Finance Committee

28 Apr 2017 by Mike Poole published April 2017

The Finance Committee at the British Pharmacological Society may seem a little mysterious in comparison with those committees more directly relevant to members’ areas of primary interest and expertise. This article will give a bit of an insight into what the Committee is really like, the value it adds to the work of the Society and the experience of members who serve on it.

Meetings update

28 Apr 2017 by Niall Hyland in Meetings update published April 2017

The Society's vice-president (meetings) and head of meetings and events reflect on some highlights from 2016 and look forward to a busy programme of meetings in 2017.

The Society’s Advisory Groups – guest starring the new International Advisory Group members

20 Apr 2017 by published April 2017

The British Pharmacological Society is proud to have four Advisory Groups to represent the interests and views of its diverse membership. The Advisory Groups make a valued contribution to the Society’s activities by ensuring that members' needs are listened to and addressed. The success of these groups has paved way for the formation of a new group in 2017: the International Advisory Group.

Ambassadors update: Extending and celebrating the importance of pharmacology in London

20 Apr 2017 by Aisah Aubdool published April 2017

Ahead of Women’s History Month in March, we organised a Women in Pharmacology event to celebrate the achievements of female pharmacologists at King’s College London (KCL). This event was a collaboration between British Pharmacological Society, KCL Bioscience Students’ Association and KCL Pharmacological Society. 

The AllTrials campaign. Bring out your unreported trials!

18 Apr 2017 by Síle Lane published April 2017

Clinical trials are at the heart of modern medical research. They are the best means we have of testing whether a medicine is safe and whether it works. Around the world, pharmaceutical companies, universities, government research institutes and medical charities run tens of thousands of trials every year. So it’s a problem that the results of around half of all clinical trials currently remain hidden.

Using animals in research? It’s time to refine!

18 Apr 2017 by Elliot Lilley, Sarah Bailey, Emma Robinson published April 2017

During the last Olympics, the Team GB medal haul was their best since 1908. Many commentators attributed this to the ‘aggregation of marginal gains’. We can apply this concept to refining techniques in animal research. In this article, we focus on the ‘R’ of refinement and present examples of how small changes to everyday procedures can be implemented to refine experimental procedures.