Have you met your new Network Leaders on the Community?

Since its launch in May 2020, the Community has grown and brought together members from around the world. With nearly 1000 members active across the Community, and 27 different Networks, there are lots of ways to connect with pharmacology from wherever you are in the world, whatever your interest, research area, or career stage!

The Community, available online and via a mobile app, allows members and staff to connect, collaborate and offer support. Members can find and message others via the platform, and can use dedicated Networks to share news, opportunities, and research updates related to specific interests.

As the Community continues to grow, we are very excited to welcome a team of Network Leaders to join the fun and help you to get the most from the Community and the Society. Read on to get to know some new faces, and learn how they can help you as you explore the Networks.

Why should I join a Network?

Networks are the areas within the Community where you can connect with other members with a shared interest. They provide a space for more tailored discussions, to find potential collaborators, ask questions, keep up to date with the latest opportunities, and share exciting updates. As well as the Networks focussed on particular areas of research, there are also Networks to support you at different career stages, and Networks like the International Pharmacology Network that bring together the community around the world. You will also see some Networks relating to Society Committees and groups, which help their members connect all year round outside of meetings.

Joining a Network is a great way to keep up to date with the latest conversations and opportunities, and it couldn’t be much easier to do! To join a network, simply click on the Network you would like to be part of, and then click the ‘Join’ button on the right-hand side of the banner at the top of the page. Once you’ve done this, congratulations, you’re now part of the Network and will receive notifications to let you know what’s happening in the group. You can also tailor how you receive notifications at any time by going to the ‘my settings’ tab under your profile.

New Networks are under consideration all the time, so if you have an idea for a Network that you’d like to discuss, you can always get in touch with the team by sending us an email.

Meet the Network Leaders

If you haven't yet explored the Networks, now is a great time to get started. Here you can get to know the Network Leaders a little better and explore their Networks too.

Jacobo Elies

Cardiovascular and Respiratory Pharmacology Network

Network Leader: Jacobo Elies

Based at: University of Bradford
Interests: Cellular Pharmacology, Physiology

“I am keen on increasing our sense of community by fostering collaboration among members, providing support to ECR members, and promoting discussion about topics of interest within the Cardiovascular and Respiratory Pharmacology Theme.”
Join the Cardiovascular and Respiratory Pharmacology Network
Takondwa Chidumayo

Toxicology Network

Network Leader: Takondwa Chidumayo

Based at: University of Zambia
Interests: Clinical pharmacology, Drug Interactions, Drug Development, Traditional and Herbal Medicines, Clinical trials

I hope the more experienced members in the network can offer guidance and avenues that early career members can use to find help with their projects, publications, and long-distance supervision of work for those in countries that are still developing the field of pharmacology.”
Join the Toxicology Network
Niru Nirthanan

International Pharmacology

Network Leader: Niru Nirthanan

Based at: Griffith University, Australia
Interests: Education, Curricula and Program Design


“I am keen to channel my enthusiasm to share pharmacology practices and learn from our collective experiences, and in doing so, create opportunities for participation for all members across geographical divides. The International Pharmacology Network has enormous potential to deliver on this, and I am keen to work together to harness this capacity.”
Join the International Pharmacology Network
Vanessa Lok

Early Career Pharmacologists Network

Network Leader: Vanessa Lok

Based at: Queen Mary University of London, UK
Interests: Cardiovascular and Clinical pharmacology

“As a huge advocate in resource sharing, I cannot wait to relay all the activities ECRs can participate in, and use the platform to meet like-minded individuals from across the globe.”
Join the Early Career Pharmacologists Network

Undergraduate Network

Network leaders:
Alina Zorn Blessing Oboro Habibah Kahn
Alina Zorn,
University of Aberdeen, UK
Blessing Oboro,
University of Lagos, Nigeria
Habibah Khan,
Queen Mary University of London, UK
The network is a great opportunity to bring pharmacology undergraduates across the world closer together, allowing us to connect with others over similar interests and experiences, and support one another in these challenging circumstances.
– Alina Zorn
Romessa Mahmood Sophie Inthinathan Weston James
Romessa Mahmood,
Swansea University, UK
Sophie Inthinathan,
Queen Mary University of London, UK
Weston James,
University of East Anglia, UK
I joined the Community platform and became a Network Leader so that I could build connections but also inspire and enthuse others on their path to a pharmacology career. I’m a big believer in having a good network around you and as a Network Leader, I really want to build the connections between undergraduate students.”
– Romessa Mahmood
Join the Undergraduate Network

Why don’t all Networks have Leaders?

It’s a good question. Some Networks already have natural leaders, such as Society Committees and groups who already have a Chair or staff contact. These groups don’t have an additional Network Leader, but you should be able to see who to contact on the Network page, should you have any questions or ideas you’d like to share.

For other Networks, we are still in the process of appointing Network Leaders, so if you are keen to get involved, keep an eye out for future calls for applications. We will let you know when new Network Leaders are appointed so you can get to know them.

Join the conversation

The Network Leaders and staff team are here to help you make the most of the Community and to bring ideas to life, answer questions, and build our Community on a global scale. So don't hesitate to get in touch with the Leaders and the wider Community team to say ‘hi’, share your ideas and ask any questions – we look forward to hearing from you!


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Published: 24 Mar 2021

About the author

Sorrel Bunting


Sorrel is the Engagement Manager at the British Pharmacological Society, having joined the team in 2019. Following the completion of her PhD in Cell Signalling and Cancer Cell Biology at King’s College London, Sorrel’s career has focussed on engaging diverse audiences with science and health. Her current role at the British Pharmacological Society encompasses both public engagement and membership engagement activities. You can get in touch with Sorrel by emailing getinvolved@bps.ac.uk.

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