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Prescribing Assessment: News from the UK and Internationally

29 Jan 2018 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 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 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 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’.

Editorial - December 2017

21 Dec 2017 in Editorial published December 2017

In our winter issue of Pharmacology Matters we hear from members from across the world who share their diverse experiences of being part of a global community of pharmacologists.

Young Life Scientists’ Symposium

19 Dec 2017 in Young pharmacologists published December 2017

The Young Life Scientists’ Symposium is an annual conference supported by the Biochemical Society, British Pharmacological Society and Physiological Society and organised by PhD and Post Doc students for other early career researchers.

Your Society

18 Dec 2017 published December 2017

In September, we published a report from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) as part of our ongoing Focus on Pharmacology project. The report was commissioned with the intention that it would provide a valuable insight into the educational and career landscape for UK pharmacologists.

Empty columns and or rows devised primarily to confuse?

18 Sep 2017 published September 2017

A cruciverbalist (Latin crux = cross and verbum = word) is “A person who compiles or solves crossword puzzles; a crossword enthusiast” (Oxford English Dictionary). The earliest recorded instance dates from 1971. The term “cruxverbalist” appeared in a letter written in 1939, quoted in Alexander Waugh’s family biography Fathers and Sons, but this appears to be a hapax legomenon.

Pharmacology education and employment landscape report launch

12 Sep 2017 published September 2017

Today the Society has published a report from PwC showing that pharmacology is alive and well in UK higher education, and that graduates go on to a wide range of successful careers.

Through the eyes of a young pharmacologist: The value of internships and work experience

12 Sep 2017 in Young pharmacologists published September 2017

The Society’s published report from PwC shows that pharmacology is alive and well in UK higher education, and that graduates go on to a wide range of successful careers. The PwC report also points to the value of internships and work experience and our young pharmacologists agree.