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Pharmacology Matters blog

Welcome to the Pharmacology Matters  blog, which accompanies the British Pharmacological Society's Pharmacology Matters  magazine. The blog is designed to:

  • Give members the chance to comment on published articles: remember to sign in to the Society's website with your email and password, in order to be able to comment.
  • Alert readers to articles in press: the blog will feature some articles early online for comment, before the magazine itself is even published.

Please scroll down to enjoy the latest contributions.

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2016 British Journal of Pharmacology Early Career Researcher Prize

15 Aug 2017 by Nicolas Monjotin published August 2017

Each year the Society awards an annual prize of £1,000 for the best paper published by an early career researcher in an issue of the British Journal of Pharmacology (BJP) during the previous 12 months. The goal of the BJP Early Career Researcher Prize is to recognise outstanding work by young pharmacology investigators and to encourage them to submit their most exciting pharmacological work to BJP.

The Schachter Award in action

10 Aug 2017 by Simon Cleary, Joanna Clarke published August 2017

Twice a year the British Pharmacological Society awards the Schachter Award to a postgraduate research student. Here, the two winners from 2016, Simon Cleary and Joanna Clarke, report on their Schachter Award visits and reflect on what they gained from their experiences.

Ambassadors update: Pharmacology Summer School at the University of East London

25 Jul 2017 by Samir Ayoub published July 2017

Samir Ayoub, Society Ambassador, tells the story of the summer school he ran to promote pharmacology to young people in the local area.

Editorial

25 Jul 2017 by Margaret Cunningham published July 2017

Firstly, I would like to take the opportunity to introduce myself as your new Editor-in-Chiefs. Pharmacology Matters has grown from strength to strength so I know I will have big shoes to fill but I’m excited to be involved in driving Pharmacology Matters in new directions.

Your BPS

26 Jun 2017 by JONATHAN BRUUN published June 2017

It’s quite something to think that by the end of this year we will have delivered and reported on our 2012–2017 strategy. I’m struck by just how far we as a Society have come in that time: increasing and diversifying our membership, ramping up our engagement with policymakers, and sharpening our brand and how we present ourselves to the wider world, among other achievements.

Clinical Pharmacology Month – get involved

19 Jun 2017 by Lee Page published June 2017

Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (CPT) is the only medical specialty in the NHS focusing on the safe, successful and cost-effective use of medicines. Lee Page, Clinical Education, Training and Policy Manager, reveals plans for the first ever Clinical Pharmacology Month, to take place in October 2017, which aims to raise awareness of the specialty.

Affinity Groups Update

30 May 2017 by Gary Stephens, Stephen Safrany, Niall Hyland published May 2017

Three of our Affnity Group co-chairs introduce their groups, what they have been up to, and what they have planned for 2017.

Education @ Pharmacology 2016

29 May 2017 by Steven Tucker, Anna Zecharia, Melisa (Lisa) Wallace published May 2017

A look back at Education Day at 2016's Pharmacology annual meeting, including the official launch of the new Pharmacology Core Curriculum.

Purdah – protecting the scientist’s voice

19 May 2017 by JONATHAN BRUUN published May 2017

We have joined many other leading organisations in signing a letter to the Cabinet Secretary asking for clarification from government on how ‘purdah’ affects scientists in the run up to an election. Here, Jono Brüün shares a few thoughts about why this issue is so important.

Editorial

28 Apr 2017 by 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 BPS

28 Apr 2017 by JONATHAN BRUUN 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.

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The Society’s magazine publishes articles on current issues and perspectives in pharmacology.