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President’s message: celebrating research and education

Published: 13 Mar 2019
Category: President's message
By Steve Hill

When we launched our five-year strategy in 2018, we made a clear commitment to increasing the visibility and influence of pharmacology and therapeutics through excellence in education.

Research and education really are at the heart of the Society’s work and they underpin everything we do. We know that joining with academic institutions is key to achieving our mission of global scientific, health, and economic impact by 2022.

I am therefore delighted to congratulate Society members from pharmacology departments  around the world that made the top ten in the 2019 QS World University Pharmacy and Pharmacology Subject Rankings; an accomplishment that highlights the quality and strength of research and teaching in these subjects. The leaders of the league table were:

  1. University of Oxford (UK)
  2. Harvard University (USA)
  3. Monash University (AUS)
  4. University of Toronto (CAN)
  5. University of California, San Francisco (USA)
  6. University of Cambridge (UK)
  7. University College London (UK)
  8. University of Nottingham (UK)
  9. Johns Hopkins University (USA)
  10. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (USA)

I particularly want to congratulate the Department of Pharmacology at Oxford for being awarded the top spot this year. These rankings are the outcome of the biggest compilation of international data on higher education ever published, so they truly are a cause for celebration.

Chris Garland, Professor of Vascular Pharmacology at the University of Oxford, told me:

This is an outstanding accolade, because it includes the views not only of colleagues and employers around the world, but also the great number of times our research has been cited. The achievement is also a fantastic reflection of the high international standing of pharmacology in the UK.

I am sure you will join me in recognising our colleagues’ success.

I also want to bring your attention to our Educators Workshop on 9 May 2019 at the University of Manchester. This free workshop will bring together educators in pharmacology for a collaborative day of discussions and networking, to share knowledge and support delivery of the Society’s undergraduate core curriculum.

Finally, I look forward to attending the Life Sciences 2019 meeting on post-translational modifications and cell signalling in Nottingham on Sunday.  This is a joint meeting with the Biochemical Society and Physiological Society, and reminds me of the first joint Life Sciences meeting that was held in Glasgow when I was Vice-President Meetings over a decade ago. I am delighted that the Society is continuing to work closely with our colleagues from other societies.

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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.