Clinical Pharmacology

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, epidemiology, and other fields of medical practice. The professional society for Clinical Pharmacology in Australasia is ASCEPT, which in turn is affiliated with international societies concerned with Clinical Pharmacology. The Clinical Special Interest Group of ASCEPT is ASCEPT’s forum for...

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What is Pharmacology/ Toxicology?

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 the biological function of living organisms can be considered a drug. This definition includes not only medicines that have beneficial effects in the treatment of various disorders, but also common everyday chemicals such as caffeine, nicotine and alcohol, illegal substances...

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About ASCEPT

About ASCEPT

ASCEPT was founded in 1966, and held its first scientific meeting a year later. Since that time, ASCEPT has developed into the peak professional society devoted to advancing excellence in Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Toxicology in Australasia. Membership is open to persons who are actively engaged in or interested in the pharmacological and toxicological sciences, and who have appropriate qualifications. ASCEPT is represented by elected council members. Several ASCEPT members serve on other International and National bodies. ASCEPT is a founding partner of the Australian Medicines Handbook.

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