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Blog - January 2018

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Prescribing Assessment: News from the UK and Internationally

29 Jan 2018 by Simon Maxwell published January 2018

Prescribing is a core activity for all healthcare systems and most of the doctors who work in them. The average member of the public in the UK will be in receipt of around 20 prescriptions annually which are intended to treat current illnesses and symptoms or prevent future disease.

Guide to PHARMACOLOGY and the Concise Guide to PHARMACOLOGY 2017-18

19 Jan 2018 by Stephen Alexander, Adam Pawson published January 2018

There are many ways in which the British Pharmacological Society promotes pharmacology. Some of the more visible routes include the organisation of scientific meetings, as well as education and policy work. Alongside the publication of its three peer-reviewed journals, the Society also supports the IUPHAR/ British Pharmacological Society Guide to PHARMACOLOGY database (GtoPdb), a free online resource for pharmacologists and scientists in related disciplines. Here, Steve Alexander and Adam Pawson reflect on the Concise Guide to PHARMACOLOGY (CGtP) 2017/18 and the database that underpins it.

President's message: my priorities for 2018

10 Jan 2018 by Stephen Hill in President's message published January 2018

As I begin my term as President I want to update you on my priorities for the year ahead.

Pharmacology Careers in South Africa

08 Jan 2018 published January 2018

Current university applicants are at the interface of two generational cohorts: they are sufficiently old to relate to the values and entitled attitudes of generation Y millennials, but young enough to embrace the more socially conscious generation Z with their concerns for fairness, equity and justice. These digital natives inhabit a hybrid space between generations that hold divergent views on technology and ethics.

Affinity groups update - Education and Skills

03 Jan 2018 by Michael Seed, Andrew Webb in Affinity groups published January 2018

For a Society Affinity Group, the Education & Skills Affinity Group is unusual in that it aligns with a British Pharmacological Society committee - the Education and Training Committee chaired by Dr Lisa Wallace and managed by Dr Anna Zecharia, Director of Policy & Public Affairs at the Society. This gives group members important opportunities to inform the Society of pharmacology educators’ needs and concerns, and to advise of developments in innovative practice. It also allows Lisa and Anna direct access to members for ‘on the ground expertise and opinion’.