Membership Announcement

Membership Announcement

It is with great sadness the ASCEPT Executive notify you that Professor Sir Alasdair Breckenridge passed away on 13 December 2019. He had been a member of BPS since 1971 and was elected to Honorary Fellowship in 2002. His contribution to the Society was longstanding, as was his contribution to clinical pharmacology. He was also a major influence on UK regulatory pharmacology. The BPS will be publishing an obituary shortly but in the meantime they encourage you to watch Sir Alasdair discuss his life and work in an interview with President-Elect, Professor Sir Munir Pirmohamed. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

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Professor Rebecca Ritchie to head DDB

Professor Rebecca Ritchie to head DDB

Leading cardiovascular disease researcher Professor Rebecca Ritchie has been appointed as the new Theme Leader of the Drug Discovery Biology Theme in the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS). Professor Ritchie is currently an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Heart Failure Laboratory at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute.

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ASCEPT member recognised

ASCEPT member recognised

Professor Andrew McLachlan was made a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) for “significant service to pharmacy as a researcher, educator and administrator, and to professional medical and scientific organisations”. Andrew was also recently appointed as the Head of School and Dean of Pharmacy at the University of Sydney. Congratulations Andrew!

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ASCEPT-Led Publications

ASCEPT-Led Publications

Tina Hinton and others edited a special issue of Pharmacological Research, Pharmacology in Australia, highlighting some of the many advances in clinical and basic pharmacology and toxicology to which Australian researchers, and particularly members of ASCEPT,  have contributed significantly. The issues comprises reviews from established and emerging researchers  (New Investigator Symposia finalists).  http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/10436618/116 Lachlan Rash and Dom Geraghty recently edited a volume of Advances in Pharmacology,  Ion Channels Down Under, with contributions from prominent Australia-based scientists and highly-recognized experts with major accomplishments in the field of ion channel pharmacology. Topics covered include the role of ion channels in health and...

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History

History

The Beginning: the Australasian Society for Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists (ASCEP) There was a recognition in the mid-1960s that it was time for Pharmacology to have a more identifiable and exclusive image than it had hitherto enjoyed. Up to this time, there were almost no separate academic departments of Pharmacology in Australia and Pharmacology was still seen by many as a sub discipline of Physiology. To this end, a small group, known as the Steering Committee, met formally in November 1966 to discuss the formation of a society that would have as its primary focus clinical and experimental pharmacology. The...

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