New Zealand Forum

New Zealand Forum

To provide an annual forum to promote and disseminate pharmacology & toxicology research, clinical practice and education within New Zealand and beyond.

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We are pleased to announce that registration for the 2023 ASCEPT NZ Annual Scientific Meeting is now open!
Meeting dates are Wednesday 30th of August to Friday 1st of September 2023.
Register here:
Submit your abstracts here: (please use the ASCEPT abstract template as indicated on the webpage)
Early Bird Deadline: Monday 31 July 2023
Late-breaking abstract submissions will be accepted by email at


Wednesday 30th August 2023 (evening)
Welcome Function

Thursday 31st August 2023 (Full day)
Free Communications
Student Presentations

Friday 1st September 2023 (half day)
Free Communications
Student Presentations (if required)
ASCEPT Speaker

ASCEPT Plenary Speaker

Associate Professor Nicola J Smith
Nicola leads the Orphan Receptor Laboratory at UNSW Sydney, where her team takes a multidisciplinary approach to orphan G protein-coupled receptors as potential cardiovascular drug targets. She prides herself on mentoring the future generation of scientists, with many receiving accolades during their time in her laboratory. Nicola is internationally recognised as a champion for research integrity, advocating for reproducibility and rigour in scientific research, and has been recognised for her research and outreach with numerous awards and fellowships. She currently holds leadership positions as ASCEPT Scientific Advisory Committee Chair and is a member of the Australian Cardiovascular Alliance Disease Mechanisms Flagship.

Invited Speakers: Symposium

Professor Mike Dragunow
Mike is an internationally recognised neuropharmacologist, with research focuses on CNS drug discovery and development utilising human brain tissue microarray, human brain cell culture, high throughput devices and high-content analysis combined with molecular pharmacology methods. He was part of the team that first invented trofinetide for brain injuries (now FDA-approved for Rett’s syndrome), and co-founded Neurovalida – a human brain-based drug target validation service.

Professor Arduino Mangoni
Arduino trained in Clinical Pharmacology, Cardiology and Internal Medicine in Milan, Boston and London. In 2003 he was awarded a PhD at King’s College London and was appointed as Senior Lecturer in the Department of Clinical Pharmacology at Flinders University. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2007 before taking up the Chair of Medicine of Old Age at the University of Aberdeen in 2010. In 2013 he returned to Flinders University as Professor of Clinical Pharmacology and Senior Consultant in Clinical Pharmacology and Internal Medicine. His research interests include repurposing of anti-inflammatory drugs for cardiovascular risk management and pharmacoepidemiology and drug safety in old age.

Dr Rachael Sumner
Rachael is a Research Fellow in the School of Pharmacy with a research focus on mechanism-informed rational drug selection and measuring brain-based pharmacodynamics in human clinical trials. Her current work includes a Phase 1 trial of microdosing LSD, and the follow-on Phase 2 trial determining if it is an effective treatment for depression. She has a particular passion for women’s health and leads research on menstrual cycle related disorders. Her work primarily involves using electroencephalography (EEG) with computational modelling, and blood analyte measurements.

This meeting will be held during the annual Queenstown Research Week (QRW) when numerous other scientific societies hold conferences in diverse areas including molecular biology, neuroscience, physiology, and cancer. Further information
Please join us in Queenstown for some great pharmacology!

ASCEPT NZ Forum Committee:
Dr Katie Burns (Chair), A/Prof Matt Doogue (Secretary), Dr Jacqui Hannam (Treasurer), Prof Michelle Glass (member), and Dr Jack Flanagan (member), A/Prof Hesh Al-Sallami (Past Chair).

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