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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!

New CEO of NPSMedicine Wise

Mr Steve Morris to replace outgoing chief executive Dr Lynn Weekes. Steve Morris has extensive clinical and senior leadership experience coupled with deep knowledge of quality use of health technologies and the Australian health landscape. Steve is currently Chief Pharmacist for South Australia and Executive Director of SA Pharmacy. Prior to this he was Deputy Chief Executive of the National…

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DIA Global Forum – June 2017

The June 2017 edition of DIA Global Forum: Driving Insights to Action is now available. DIA’s digital magazine offers expert global and regional coverage of the discovery, development, regulation, surveillance, and marketing of health care products, including interviews with thought leaders and topical summaries from educational events. June provides the opportunity to look both backward and forward. So does your June Global…

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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). Lachlan Rash and Dom Geraghty recently edited…

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Guide to Pharmacology

An expert-driven guide to pharmacological targets and the substances that act on them. Read more here

Thinking of Joining?

We promote advances in research, provide teaching & training and ensure that ASCEPT has a major role in advising government and other organisations on related matters. You can also benefit from discounted rates and networking opportunities. Becoming a member is easy and we we provide international links and professional partnerships. READ MORE

Life and Honorary members

ASCEPT is proud to recognise the achievements and contribution of the following members:


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…

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Clinical Pharmacology

Clinical Pharmacology is concerned with the science of drugs and their use in humans. It encompasses all aspects of the safe, effective and rational use of medicines applied at individual, group, and population levels. Clinical Pharmacologists are physicians specialised in Clinical Pharmacology. People from a range of backgrounds are involved in Clinical Pharmacology, e.g. clinical pharmacy, experimental pharmacology and biochemistry,…

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What is Pharmacology/ Toxicology?

What is pharmacology? Pharmacology is the branch of science concerned with the study of drugs and how they affect living organisms. When most people think about the word “drug”, they usually associate it with illegal substances, such as cannabis, heroin or cocaine. But in pharmacology, the word “drug” has a much broader meaning than that; any compound that can modify…

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