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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.


Empty columns and or rows devised primarily to confuse?

18 Sep 2017 by Jeffrey Aronson 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.

Meet the Medicine Makers

11 Sep 2017 by Teesha Bhuruth, James Brown published September 2017

It all began with the 1962 hit novelty song, Monster Mash by Bobby “Boris” Pickett. In 2009, Dr Steven Rossington from the University of Salford, UK used a Biochemical Society Scientific Outreach Grant to create a giant 3D molecular modelling workshop for schools. When bemused colleagues asked what he was building, he would cheekily reply that he was creating a monster – one he subsequently named BORIS – the Biological ORIgins of Systems.

Young Pharmacologists update

04 Sep 2017 by Vedia Can in Young pharmacologists published September 2017

At the British Pharmacological Society, we define a “young pharmacologist” as an Undergraduate, Postgraduate or Early Career member, usually individuals who are no more than five years post-PhD or medical qualification.

Affinity groups update

22 Aug 2017 by David Kendall, Elizabeth Rosethorne, Niall Hyland in Meetings update published August 2017

The Drug Discovery, Development & Evaluation (DDDE) Affinity Group aims to support members of the Society with interests in all aspects of pharmacology from drug discovery to prescribed use including target identification, drug development, safety pharmacology, conduct of medical research and clinical trials, approval and licensing. DDDE also serves members with interests in natural products and nutraceuticals. Key to this is integrating the interests of members across academic, clinical and industrial settings.

Meetings update

21 Aug 2017 by Niall Hyland, Susanne Schweda in Meetings update published August 2017

At our most recent Focused Meeting, the Society welcomed delegates to the University of Nottingham for a two-day conference organised by the Society’s Drug Discovery, Development and Evaluation Affinity Group co-chairs Professor David Kendall (Pharmnovo AB, UK) and Dr Elizabeth Rosethorne (University of Nottingham, UK).

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.


25 Jul 2017 by Margaret Cunningham in Editorial 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.

Pharmacology Matters library

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