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President's message: Society prizes and awards

Published: 14 Feb 2018
Category: President's message
By Stephen Hill

This is the time of year when the Society looks to its members to help us recognise and celebrate the achievements of individuals in the pharmacology community.

You may have seen on social media and in our newsletters that the deadline to apply or nominate someone for one of our range of prizes and awards is just two weeks away, on Tuesday 28 February. So I would invite you to think about nominating a colleague, or applying yourself, for any of our prizes and awards this year.

They are an essential part of our mission as a Society to promote and advance pharmacology in all its forms. They recognise achievement regardless of geography, with the eligibility criteria for the vast majority placing no restriction on nationality or place of work/residence.

We especially welcome nominations from underrepresented groups. The Society is committed to removing barriers to participation and success, while welcoming equality and celebrating diversity, and being inclusive in all we do.

Many of you will already have come across one or more of our prizes and awards, as an applicant, nominee or even winner. But even if you have – and especially if you haven’t – here’s a summary of the full list of prizes and awards that our Membership & Awards Committee will be considering in the coming weeks.

Recognising leaders in pharmacology, established scientists and teachers

  • AstraZeneca Prize for Women in Pharmacology whose career achievements have contributed significantly to our understanding of a particular field through excellence in research
  • Grahame-Smith Prize to recognise outstanding contributions to research in clinical pharmacology
  • Novartis Prize to recognize the achievements of members through their published work
  • Rang Prize to support and enhance the discipline of pharmacology by recognising excellence in teaching
  • Sir James Black Award to recognise the achievements of pharmacologists in drug discovery
  • Vane Medal for outstanding pharmacological work in any research area

Supporting early career researchers and career returners

  • Bill Bowman Prize Lectureship to support the professional development of early career non-clinical members in the early stages of their career
  • B├╝lbring Award to assist members in enhancing training opportunities following a career break
  • Dunlop Prize Lectureship to support the professional development of early career clinical members
  • Pickford Award to assist members in the early stages of their career, with career enhancing opportunities

Recognising and supporting students

If you would like any more information (or advice) about any of our prizes and awards, please contact Paul Tizard, Membership Manager.

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About the author

Professor Stephen Hill, President

Steve studied Pharmacology in Bristol and then undertook PhD studies in the Department of Pharmacology in Cambridge.  After postdoctoral studies in Cambridge he was appointed to a lectureship in the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Nottingham in 1981. Steve is currently Professor of Molecular Pharmacology in the School of Life Sciences in Nottingham and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Australia. His research interests are the molecular pharmacology of G Protein-coupled receptors and the study of single ligand-receptor interactions in membrane microdomains using fluorescence correlation spectroscopy.