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  • Title: pA2 Online - home
    Descriptive info: .. Home.. Abstracts.. Articles.. BPS Website.. ARTICLES.. Articles from.. pA.. 2.. In addition to BPS meetings abstracts you can obtain from here some of the same material contained in the paper copy that you regularly receive.. Articles Index.. RECENT ARTICLES.. 2007.. Volume 5 - Issue 1.. Volume 5 - Issue 2.. Volume 5 - Issue 3.. Volume 5 - Issue 4.. 2006.. Volume 4 - Issue 1.. Volume 4 - Issue 2.. Volume 4 - Issue 3.. Volume 4 - Issue 4.. BPS INFORMATION.. If you would like to keep up to date on the British Pharmacological Society's news and meetings visit the BPS's main website.. www.. bps.. ac.. uk.. ABSTRACTS.. Citing of Abstracts.. The Proceedings of the British Pharmacological Society are only published on this website.. It is recommended that authors refer to this material in the following manner.. More.. Full Index of Abstracts.. RECENT ABSTRACTS.. 2012.. 6th European Congress of Pharmacology - EPHAR 2012.. Volume 10  ...   Endothelin.. Volume 9 - Issue 1.. Search abstracts.. Author.. Keyword.. Category.. All.. N/A.. Molecular Pharmacology of Receptors.. Cell Signalling.. Ion Channels.. Systems Neuropharmacology.. Cellular Neuropharmacology.. Excitatory Amino Acids.. Cannabinoids.. Nitric Oxide.. Autonomic Pharmacology.. Pulmonary and Cardiovascular.. Endothelium.. Pain and Inflammation.. Respiratory Pharmacology.. Gastro-intestinal Pharmacology.. Renal Pharmacology and Shock.. Pharmacokinetics and Drug Metabolism.. Drug Safety and Toxicology.. Pharmacogenomics.. Imaging.. Education.. Obesity and Metabolic Diseases.. Integrative Mammalian Pharmacology.. Meeting.. Summer 2005.. Winter 2004.. Summer 2004.. Spring 2004.. Winter 2003.. Autumn 2003.. Summer 2003.. Spring 2003.. Winter 2005.. Spring 2006.. Winter Meeting 2006.. Winter Meeting 2007.. Focused Meeting Cannabinoid Research 2007.. Focused Meeting: High Throughput Pharmacology 2008.. EPHAR 2008 Late Breaking Abstracts.. 6th James Black Conference 2008.. Winter Meeting 2008.. New Drugs in Cardiovascular Research 2009.. BPS Summer Meeting 2009.. 7th James Black Conference.. BPS Winter Meeting 2009.. BPS Winter Meeting 2010.. BPS Winter Meeting 2011.. BPS Focused Meeting on Neuropeptides.. 2013.. Online ISSN 1741-1157.. Citation.. |.. Contact us.. Top of page..

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  • Title: pA2 Online - Abstracts Search
    Descriptive info: ABSTRACTS SEARCH.. Search results.. 11β-Hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 2 (11β-HSD2) knockout mice as model of prenatal glucocorticoid programming.. C.. T.. Abrahamsen; C.. J.. Kenyon; J.. R.. Seckl and M.. C.. Holmes.. 1-Methyl-1,2,3,4-tetrahydroisoquinoline produces antidepressant-like effect in clonidine model of depression: behavioral and neurochemical studies.. Wasik A, Michaluk J, Mozdzen E, Romanska I, Antkiewicz Michaluk L.. 1.. adenosine receptor antagonists" >2-Aminopyrimidine derivatives as selective A.. adenosine receptor antagonists.. Val C, Brea J, Sotelo E, Cadavid MI, Loza MI.. 2D-DIGE analysis of thrombin induced changes in the proteome and secretome of human vSMCs.. Ingo Vormbrock, Gernot Kaber, Karsten Schror.. 4-aminopyridine contracts pulmonary artery in voltage-dependent and voltage-independent manner.. Rahman M, Smirnov  ...   Susan.. 4?-Phorbol 12,13-Didecanoate Activates Cultured Murine Dorsal Root Ganglia Neurons Independently Of TRPV4.. Kerby A, Alexander R, Grant A.. 5-HT7 receptor activation inhibits substance-p-induced but not carbachol-induced contractions in guinea-pig ileum: a possible cross-talk between 5-HT7 and NK receptors?.. Michael J.. Etty, Gareth J.. Sanger & Selim Cellek.. 2B.. receptors regulate enteric neurotransmission in the submucosal plexus of rat colon.. " >5-HT.. O Connell S, O Mahony S, Hyland N.. 4.. receptor distribution in the human adrenal revealed by.. 3.. H-GR113808 A 5-HT.. receptor antagonist" >5-HT.. receptor antagonist.. Kuc RE, Parker CA, Gee AD, Bao YP, Brown MJ, Davenport AP.. |.. 4.. 5.. 6.. 7.. 8.. 9.. 10..

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  • Title: pA2 Online - Articles
    Descriptive info: Volumes.. Volume 1.. Volume 2.. Volume 3.. Volume 4.. Volume 5..

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  • Title: pA2 Online - Volume 5 - Issue 1 - After the Party, the Challenge
    Descriptive info: After the Party, the Challenge.. Blood test development by UK scientists may provide an early diagnosis for Alzheimer's disease.. Defending the use of animals in research and testing.. Meeting Report.. Issues.. Issue 1.. Issue 2.. Issue 3.. Issue 4.. VOLUME 5 - ISSUE 1 - AFTER THE PARTY, THE CHALLENGE.. Well, that s it, the BPS 75th Anniversary is over and after a year of celebrations, as they say in Scotland, it s back tae auld claes and purridge.. I have in my more wistful moments allowed myself to believe that my second year as BPS President might be less taxing if perhaps also slightly less exciting than my first.. However, life is never as one plans and as you will gather from what is outlined at the end of this article, this year already looks like being a busy one.. It will be spring by the time this issue of pA2 is distributed but at the time of writing it is still darkest January, and for some like myself the only relief from the seemingly eternal winter gloom has been the annual celebration of Burns Night.. Apparently there are now more Burns Suppers held in England than in Scotland which to some Scots may seem like another example of the pillaging of our national treasures by southern neighbours.. But then, celebrating Shakespeare s birthday in late April would be much less attractive as by then the nights will be lighter, the daffodils will have bloomed and summer will be just around the corner.. Also, exporting haggis as some sort of national delicacy to the unsuspecting English is sure to raise a smile up north.. In his memoirs J K Galbraith relates how his alma mater, the University of Guelph, awarded him its first honorary degree.. On the morning of the ceremony he rose early and walked around the beautiful campus recalling by the newspapers that they are awarding you one of those honorary degrees.. Well, if I had my way they d be taking away the degree you already have.. I think this is what Burns  ...   Advanced Pharmacology and three workshops scheduled during the year.. One of my own postdocs, whose training was in molecular neuro-science and not pharmacology, will be studying for this diploma.. I am looking forward to our lab meetings after he has done the Receptor Theory workshop, when I will no longer have to explain to him concepts that are fundamental to pharmacological research.. Finally, those universities that received grants under the Capacity Building Awards in Integrative Mammalian Biology scheme in which the BPS played a significant role are moving forward, hiring new staff as well as research students and developing new courses.. This is just one of a number of ways in which the BPS has sought to re-invigorate in vivo research and teaching in the UK.. Sad news.. Finally, most members will have already heard that Sarah-Jane Stagg, our Executive Officer, has decided after nearly 14 years with the BPS and after steering the Society through its 75th Anniversary celebrations, that she feels it is time for her to move on to seek new challenges elsewhere.. The news of Sarah-Jane s resignation broke just as this issue of pA2 was going to press and so there was not sufficient time to put together a full article that truly did justice to all of her contributions to the Society over the years.. There will be an appreciation of Sarah-Jane in the next edition of pA2 as well as hopefully some reminiscences from Sarah-Jane herself on her time with us.. So, there goes my dream of a nice restful final year as BPS President! But we must move on and begin to see this unexpected development as an opportunity.. Council and the Executive Committee will be meeting shortly to discuss the way forward.. Sarah-Jane largely created and grew into her current role and her departure provides us with an opportunity to consider what type of Executive Officer the Society will need to take our administration forward to meet the changes and challenges that lie ahead.. Members will be kept informed of what is happening on this front.. Graeme Henderson.. President..

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  • Title: pA2 Online - Volume 5 - Issue 2 - The Way Ahead
    Descriptive info: The Way Ahead.. How do we deal with the loss of practical skills?.. Do health professionals need more pharmacology teaching?.. End of a Staggerin Era.. VOLUME 5 - ISSUE 2 - THE WAY AHEAD.. By comparison to most other national pharmacological societies in Europe and the rest of the world, the BPS is currently in a strong financial position.. In large part this is due to the continued financial success of our scientific journals and to sound financial management of our resources over the years.. The question then arises as to what purposes should these resources be put and for whose benefit.. Should we just spend the money on ourselves or should we also use it to promote pharmacology throughout the world? Indeed, in this day and age do we have any right to be isolationist when we have members from over 50 countries and when many of our journal editors are non UK based and manuscript submissions from outside the UK outnumber those from within?.. Recently the BPS Council and Executive Committee have put in place a number of initiatives to support and enhance pharmacological research in the UK and worldwide.. I thought it might be appropriate to devote my article in this issue of pA2 to outlining these for you.. When gathered together I think that these initiatives make an impressive list and I hope, like me, you will take pride in what the BPS is trying to do.. At the international level:.. The BPS will host and underwrite the EPHAR Congress in.. Manchester in the summer of 2008.. The draft programme of symposia and plenary lectures has already been drawn up and it looks exceedingly good.. Financial support has been provided to the governing body of EPHAR for three years to assist this organisation in developing its other activities.. The Society now offers BPS membership at reduced subscription rates to pharmacologists in developing countries.. The BPS has committed funds over the next three years to maintain the NC-IUPHAR receptor and ion channel database.. If you have not already done so you should log on to this site (follow the links to NC-IUPHAR from  ...   research currently being done in.. China.. As part of the 75th Anniversary Strategic Initiatives Fund new activities, that are more directly aimed at members in the.. UK , are also being developed.. We propose to fund:.. travel grants to help initiate research collaborations between.. UK and foreign based research groups.. grants for up to one year to provide salary support for outstanding young foreign postdoctoral researchers to come and work in.. UK laboratories while longer term funding is sought.. vacation scholarships to encourage school leavers and undergraduate students to specialise in pharmacology by working for a short period in an academic or industrial pharmacology laboratory.. Calls for applications for funding through these new schemes will be issued in due course via pA2 and email alerts to members.. In addition to the above activities that will continue to be supported by the Society are:.. the pilot mentoring scheme for young women scientists.. the revamping of the BPS web site in order that it serves not only BPS members but also provides accurate information on drugs for the general public.. Our charitable status requires us to provide benefit not only to members but also to society in general.. the Bain Fund to provide funds for student members to attend BPS meetings.. We and other financially strong biological societies in the UK have agreed to provide funding for the Biosciences Federation as it seeks to develop its role as the umbrella organisation for the biological sciences.. We biologists do need a powerful, unified lobbying organisation to ensure that government bodies both in the UK and in the European Union are aware of our views, needs and expectations.. Their latest report, an appeal for the strengthening of the teaching of practical skills, appears in the adjacent columns.. From the above it is clear that the BPS in now much more than just a group of pharmacologists organising scientific meetings.. I hope you agree that we are using our resources wisely and effectively to promote pharmacology in an international as well as a national context.. I look forward to seeing many of you at the 2007 Life Sciences Meeting in Glasgow..

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  • Title: pA2 Online - Volume 5 - Issue 3 - President's Message
    Descriptive info: President's Message.. BPS/BJP/BJCP Visit to China, May 2007.. Meetings Report.. VOLUME 5 - ISSUE 3 - PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE.. As from 1 October the BPS will have a new Chief Executive Officer, Kate Baillie, leading our administrative team at Angel Gate.. The process of searching for and appointing a CEO was a most interesting experience for those involved.. First, consideration had to be given to the job title.. Unlike the discussion of a new title for pA2 there was no great discussion or disagreement on this issue, just a realisation that most other related organisations now use CEO, and to avoid confusion it was agreed that the BPS should follow suit.. But of much more importance was defining the job description.. Council and the Executive Committee of the Society spent considerable time considering the type of person and the professional background and qualifications that were required to run the BPS on a day-to-day basis, as well as positioning the society for the challenges it will face over the next five to ten years.. At times it seemed that we were suggesting that the person we needed was someone combining the attributes of Genghis Khan, Richard Branson and Mother Teresa.. To solicit applications we used a firm of headhunters, KMC International, who had experience of filling CEO posts for other learned societies and were contemporaneously trying to fill the posts of Head of the MRC and the Government s Chief Scientific Officer.. KMC worked hard on our behalf indeed, I understand that they called a number of BPS members either for advice or to ask them if they had an interest in applying for the position.. From the large number of well-qualified applicants we finally managed to pick a shortlist for interview.. At interview, Kate came out head and shoulders above the rest and was our unanimous choice.. Then there was just the anxious question of whether she still wanted the job, having by now met several of the senior members of the Society! Thankfully she said Yes.. And so, it was with a spring in my step that I set off to Glasgow for the Life Sciences 2007 meeting.. This was an excellent meeting but I will leave it to our VP (Meetings), Mandy MacLean, to give a full report (see page 15 of  ...   with well-meaning BPS members.. The first was with an old friend who said that he and his colleagues had been discussing how difficult it was to become a member of the BPS and how it took too long a time for applications to be approved.. Well, it says on our website that applications are considered once a month and that is what we try to do.. Also, for Associate and Student Members it is not a prerequisite that they should have published in our journal or have presented at our meetings.. They have to demonstrate evidence of commitment to the discipline of pharmacology and that could, for example, be by taking up a post in a pharmacological laboratory.. The second was with a senior scientist who is a member of both the BPS and the Physiological Society.. He told me that he made sure that his PhD students become student members of the Physiological Society because the Phys Soc, unlike the BPS, funds their student members to go to one meeting per year.. Well, contrary to what he said, that is exactly what the BPS does do, from the Bain Fund!.. Perhaps the problem is that, for reasons that are not obvious to Council and the Executive Committee, we are not getting our message across to our members concerning the changes we have introduced, and the perception of the Society by our members is somewhat out of date.. I would welcome any ideas that you may have for improving communication, and hope that members will continue to pass on their criticisms of the Society so that we can either dispel them when appropriate, or, if true, take steps to improve what we are doing.. Finally, the Winter 2007 meeting will be the occasion of the inaugural Presidential Lecture.. This will be given by the journalist, Ben Goldacre, who has long championed the need for quality research rather than unsubstantiated opinion, especially in the area of medical research.. It was he who, in his column in the Guardian, publicised the decision of the Provost of UCL to remove David Colquhoun s website from the UCL server.. Thankfully, in part due to Ben s intervention, David s website has been restored.. I hope you will all come along to hear what Ben has to say..

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  • Title: pA2 Online - Volume 5 - Issue 4 - A message from the Chief Executive
    Descriptive info: A message from the Chief Executive.. VOLUME 5 - ISSUE 4 - A MESSAGE FROM THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE.. On 1 October 2007 I took up the position of Chief Executive of the BPS and at the time of writing have been in post for nearly 3 weeks.. I have spent the past 8 years as Executive Director of the International Association for the Study of Obesity.. During this time I undertook a strategic review which led to a merger with a charity with complementary objectives, to ensure that the organization embraced all aspects of the subject from cell to society.. I also established a wholly owned trading subsidiary which enabled my office to provide association management and conference organizing services to the European Association for the Study of Obesity.. I was closely involved with the initiation and development of the SCOPE (Specialist Certification of Obesity Professionals Education) programme which initially focussed on Europe but has since been extended to Latin America and the Asia Oceania region.. For the past 2 years I have worked closely with 5 other NGO s (World Heart Federation, International Diabetes Federation, International Paediatric Association and the International Union of Nutritional Sciences) to develop the Global Alliance for the Prevention of Obesity and Related Chronic Diseases with a particular focus in Asia, which included developing primary prevention policies with national ministries and local clinicians in Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Pakistan and PRC China.. Prior to this I worked at London Business School for 3 years as Associate Director of the Centre for Central and Eastern Europe and Foundation for Entrepreneurial Management.. I was also the Chief Executive of the British Society for Rheumatology for  ...   of critical importance.. One of my first tasks, therefore, was to familiarise myself with the workings of the Angel Gate office.. I conducted face-to-face interviews with each member of staff to establish people s background, skills, current workload, future objectives and to gain their opinions on the challenges and opportunities facing BPS.. Moving forward, there are a whole series of issues which I believe need addressing in order to develop and expand BPS membership and services and to raise the profile of pharmacology.. I have listed a few of my initial thoughts below but would welcome other views via email to.. kb@bps.. Working with the Executive, Council, members and wider stakeholders to develop a sustainable long term strategy and business plan for BPS.. Retaining existing members and ensuring that the needs of younger members are adequately addressed, whilst attempting to engage new members from other sectors and countries.. Bringing the scientific and clinical sections of the Society together through emphasis on translational medicine in all aspects of BPS s work.. Developing an appropriate portfolio of services to satisfy existing and prospective members.. Examining ways of diversifying income to ensure long term financial stability.. Assisting with the renegotiation of the journal contracts and addressing the challenges presented by open-access publishing.. Making BPS more externally focused, including the redevelopment of the website and greater use of electronic communication tools.. Strengthening BPS s role in policy where appropriate.. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the BPS officers, members and staff for their help and support to me in my first few weeks and look forward to meeting many of you in person at the Winter meeting.. Kate Baillie.. Chief Executive..

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  • Title: pA2 Online - Volume 4 - Issue 1 - Our 75th Anniversary: A time to look forward to as well as back
    Descriptive info: Our 75th Anniversary: A time to look forward to as well as back.. Student employability: Whose job is it?.. 75th Anniversary: The best is yet to come.. VOLUME 4 - ISSUE 1 - OUR 75TH ANNIVERSARY: A TIME TO LOOK FORWARD TO AS WELL AS BACK.. By now, all BPS members must be only too well aware that this is the 75th Anniversary of the founding of our society.. So the only question is, how many of our celebratory events that will be held both around the UK and at several international pharmacological meetings this year will you be attending?.. If you haven t yet delved into the 75.. th.. Anniversary Special Edition of the BJP then you really are missing a treat.. It s a fantastic volume that contains a marvelous collection of reviews highlighting and putting into context the many significant contributions that members of our Society have made right across the spectrum of the discipline of pharmacology.. Science is not only about experimental results and theories, it s also about the personalities involved in making discoveries and the paths they took to make them and this comes across clearly in many of the reviews.. We do indeed have a fine history of which we can be proud.. But, as Rod Flower writes in the 75.. Anniversary Brochure, there are many challenges ahead and we must not be complacent.. This topic has also been taken up by Patrick Vallance and Trevor Smart in their article on The Future of Pharmacology in the 75.. Anniversary Special Edition of the BJP.. Patrick returned to this theme in his provocative address to the assembled guests at the Official 75.. Anniversary Launch Event in London in January (a report of this event appears on page 5 of this issue of pA.. and copies of the speeches have been posted on the BPS web site).. He challenged today s pharmacologists about  ...   pharmacology club but the term club was soon changed to society.. The Oxford Dictionary defines a society as an association of persons united by a common aim or interest.. Within the BPS we should all wish to be involved in determining the future direction of our discipline.. In planning for the future we should consider whether there were failings in the past that might have been avoided.. In his review of the Pharmacology of Intracellular Signaling Pathways , Steve Nahorski opines that the development of molecular pharmacology in the UK was blunted in the 1970s and 1980s by an unwillingness of pharmacologists to embrace new approaches, and that even today in the genomic/proteomic era we are not truly competitive.. You may disagree with Steve s assessment or you may agree but wish to put the blame not, as he does, on the conservatism of UK pharmacologists, but on the under-funding of academic science during that period.. Whatever, what we must do is position pharmacology in Britain in order that such a criticism will not again be leveled against it when our current and future activities are reviewed in 25 years time at our centenary.. Before anyone accuses me of being a heretic, traitor or troglodyte I would like to point out that in this, my first pA.. article as your President, I have been careful not to present too many of my own opinions but have highlighted the opinions expressed by eminent members in an attempt to initiate further discussion.. I hope that you as members of the BPS will join in the debate about the future of pharmacology.. What else are the pages of pA.. for?.. On reflection, being a troglodyte might not be so bad.. They didn t have to cope with the burden of administration and paperwork that gets in the way of what we really love, the science.. Let s get out there and celebrate!..

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  • Title: pA2 Online - Volume 4 - Issue 2 - Diploma in Advanced Pharmacology
    Descriptive info: Diploma in Advanced Pharmacology.. Translational science - A sexy title for pre-clinical and clinical pharmacology.. Dale's Decorations Rediscovered.. Clinical Pharmacology in the Headlines: Reflections on the TGN1412 Trial.. VOLUME 4 - ISSUE 2 - DIPLOMA IN ADVANCED PHARMACOLOGY.. The BPS is establishing a Diploma in Advanced Pharmacology to enable members to further their education in selected aspects of Pharma-cology.. The course will be open to members of the Society and will consist of a programme of nine units carried out over two to three years.. In designing the course, the Steering Group has attempted to provide a significant additional pharmacological education without appearing too onerous to employers/supervisors.. To gain the Diploma, participants will complete at least three core interactive workshops; up to three special interest pre- or post-symposium ( bolt-on ) workshops; a dissertation and two presentations at BPS meetings.. Award of the Diploma will be dependent on the participant completing a portfolio consisting of short reflective reports on each workshop.. Portfolios will be assessed annually by the BPS Diploma Steering Group.. The dissertation will be tutored and marked by designated BPS members.. The Diploma programme will be managed by Dr Judith Hall, under the guidance of the BPS Diploma Steering Group.. The workshops will be organised and run by acknowledged experts (either from industry or academia) who are recognised for their communication expertise and working at the cutting edge of their science.. The Diploma will be unique in the UK and will act as a mechanism for continuing and updating education in Pharmacology, providing a range of networking opportunities, and raising the profile of the Society and of the subject.. Who is eligible and how do they apply?.. The course is open to all areas of membership but preference will be given to members who are i) carrying out a Ph.. D.. in Pharmacology, ii) entering the discipline from another area (e.. g.. Biomedical Sciences or Medicine) or iii) working full time as researchers or technicians in academia and industry.. Applicants will be asked to submit a full c.. v.. together with a letter of support from their supervisor/line manager.. Details on how to apply can be found in the Diploma website, which can be accessed via the Members area of the BPS site.. How much will it cost?.. Each registrant will pay 100 to enter the course (plus BPS membership).. Each workshop will normally cost 50 (academic rate) or 100 (industry rate).. What does the course consist of?.. The course is designed with three components that make up nine units and would normally be expected to be completed over a two-to-three-year period.. The three components comprise:.. Two presentations (one poster and one oral) to BPS meetings.. The presentations will be made following normal abstract submission.. The BPS will place these communications in a designated group in the programme.. The exercise is primarily to present and contribute to the Society, thus if some registrants are unable to present novel data, publication of the abstract is not essential.. Attendance at (a) at least three core workshops and (b) up to three symposium-associated special interest workshops.. The initial workshops are now being organised.. It is planned to hold the first  ...   access to key scientists in a more educational and informal setting.. The format will be as for core workshops.. Complete a 6,000 to 7,000 word dissertation.. The title will be chosen from a list and the dissertation will be written under the e-mail guidance of a designated tutor.. The dissertation will be marked by the tutor and by one other (either a member of the BPS with relevant interests or a member of the BPS Diploma Steering Group).. Each participant will build up a portfolio consisting of an abstract from each presentation, a one-page report from each workshop attended and the dissertation.. The portfolio will be assessed annually by the BPS Diploma Steering Group Meeting.. Following this meeting the participant will receive a report.. To gain the award participants will be expected to demonstrate a reflective, critical appraisal of the material covered by the workshops and a good depth of understanding of the topic addressed by the dissertation.. For all general queries please contact.. Dr Judith Hall.. Are you willing to help?.. We have already recruited a number of volunteers to teach on the programme.. However, we need further help as follows:.. Workshops.. Billy Martin.. is putting together a series of receptor workshops.. The organisation for the first is now advanced: it is entitled General and advanced receptor theory and will be held in July 2007 in Glasgow.. The workshop will comprise a morning session of presentations from 3-4 individuals, followed by an interactive/practical session in the afternoon.. If you have not already contacted him and would like to be involved in helping with later workshops.. Mark Christie.. is organising a series of workshops on drug discovery and pharmacokinetics.. He is also working to bring together various branches of expertise from industry.. Paul Skett and.. Ian Mcfadzean.. are organising a molecular pharmacology workshop that will deal with how molecular biology is used by pharmacologists.. Are you involved in organising a symposium, perhaps under the auspices of a special interest group? Would you be willing to organise a bolt-on workshop either just before or just after your symposium? If so, please contact.. Sue Brain.. for more details.. Workshop leaders will be eligible to receive travel and accommodation costs.. Professor Rang has indicated that he would welcome the proceedings of educational symposia being published in the British Journal of Pharmacology.. The journal s policy would allow small payments to be made.. Dissertations.. We are now seeking tutors for the dissertation component.. Tutors should be full or retired members of the Society, with experience of supervising library-type projects in academia.. The tutors will provide a title that is relevant to their expertise.. If this title is selected by a participant, they will then work via e-mail with the tutor to plan and write the dissertation.. We hope that sufficient tutors will volunteer to enable each tutor to supervise only one project at a time.. We do not think this will be more onerous than supervising a university library project.. We will be able to provide a book token in appreciation of this duty.. The regulations for this component will be available on the website.. To discuss this further please contact.. Jude Hall..

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  • Title: pA2 Online - Volume 4 - Issue 3 - President's Message
    Descriptive info: VOLUME 4 - ISSUE 3 - PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE.. I am writing this piece for pA2 having just returned from a wonderful trip to the IUPHAR meeting in Beijing, after which I made a brief sojourn to see the terracotta army in Xian.. But more of this later.. In the week before IUPHAR the Society held the summer celebration of our 75th Anniversary at the London Zoo.. Full marks to Clive Page and his sub-committee for selecting such an unusual and fascinating venue for this event.. There was a large turnout of members, partners and guests.. The food, wine and music were excellent and even the weather, over which the organisers had no control, was good; the sun shone and the evening temperature was pleasantly warm.. A few of the photographs taken at this event are reproduced on page 17 of this issue.. Initially the fine weather produced a rather unfortunate problem for our guest speaker Mark Lythgoe, from the Brain Imaging Centre at UCL.. He arrived to find that the outdoor auditorium at London Zoo was covered only by a white canvas awning and that the light colours on some of his slides were bleached by the evening sun.. But not to worry: while members gathered in the gardens, Mark set about changing all his colour slides to black on white.. Thank heavens for Powerpoint.. Mark delivered a fascinating, interactive presentation on the nature of personality and brain structure.. His enthusiastic and provocative style soon had the audience shouting out responses which is quite unheard of for pharmacologists attending a scientific lecture.. Most of the audience were relieved to discover that as biologists, pharmacologists are not so obsessive that they can be classified as suffering from Asperger s Syndrome, unlike members of some other scientific disciplines.. It is just a pity for our students and work colleagues that we do not rank highly on the empathy scale either.. Then it was on to Beijing, where the BPS anniversary celebrations continued and where the Society made a big effort to publicise our activities and our journals to the Chinese, who are certainly en route to becoming a major scientific nation.. We had two display stands providing information on the Society, its journals and pharma-CAL-ogy.. We even had BPS display posters in Mandarin! I am not sure what they said but the Chinese delegates who visited the stands were very impressed.. We gave away more than 400 free copies of each of the BJP Special Edition and the Guide  ...   mid-July to Jim Naughtie on the Today programme pronouncing on the lack of pharmacology and clinical pharmacology, particularly prescribing, being taught to medical students in the UK.. This was the result of a press briefing that the BPS sponsored in conjunction with the Science Media Centre (see full report on page 14).. The Society has for some time been providing journalists with expert advice but up until now we have done this in a reactive rather than a pro-active manner.. Following our recent Strategy Review, it was agreed that it was time the BPS set the agenda and raised issues with the media it thinks topical.. There are advantages and dis-advantages in dealing with the press in this way.. The advantages are that the BPS chooses the topic and can provide appropriate briefing papers as well as supporting published evidence.. The disadvantages are first, we cannot gauge in advance the level of press interest and second, we have no control over the spin that may be put on our message.. Thus, it came as a pleasant surprise that in this instance we received wide coverage on television, radio and in national newspapers.. Unfortunately, the headline writers had a field day with the story running under banners such as Young doctors kill patients.. However, across the board our message was reported correctly and has certainly been noted by the medical professional organisations.. There are as yet no specific plans for the next press briefing.. It is the significance of the subject matter, not the frequency of each briefing, that is important.. As a society with members in academia, industry and the health service we can only highlight issues on which we have highlight issues of broad agreement across the membership.. One thing we will do in the future is alert members in advance to any upcoming press briefings and provide them with copies of the briefing notes in order that they know exactly what the message is that we are putting out and can inform the discussion of the topic within their own institution.. Finally, on your behalf, I would like to congratulate our Hon Treasurer, Arthur Weston, who was elected President of EPHAR at its recent General Assembly.. I must consult Debrett s to find out if I have to touch my forelock before addressing him in future.. More seriously, Arthur s appointment is a good one for EPHAR.. His enthusiasm and financial acumen will help this fledgling organisation define and expand its role as a scientific organisation..

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  • Title: pA2 Online - Volume 4 - Issue 4 - President's Message
    Descriptive info: VOLUME 4 - ISSUE 4 - PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE.. At the end of the summer I had the good fortune to come across a very readable account of the life of James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879)[1], one of the most influential scientists to have come out of Scotland.. Amongst Maxwell s scientific achievements were his mathematical contributions to the kinetic theory of gases, his proposal that light was a form of electro-magnetic radiation and, motivated by his interest in the perception of colour, the taking of the first permanent colour photograph appropriately of a piece of tartan ribbon.. Einstein described Maxwell s work as the most profound and the most fruitful that physics has experienced since the time of Newton.. My interest in Maxwell is in part because at different times we both worked in Marischall College, a large and imposing granite edifice in the centre of Aberdeen.. I, however, left the University of Aberdeen of my own accord to take up a position in the USA, while Maxwell was actually made redundant from his professorship when Marischall and King s Colleges combined to form the University of Aberdeen.. Mind you, he was made an FRS a year later and went on to hold chairs at King s College, London and at Cambridge University, where he set up the Cavendish Laboratory.. For most of his adult life Maxwell combined running the family estate in Kirkcudbrightshire in the south west of Scotland with his academic responsibilities.. Indeed, it is suggested that he found teaching students in London such a chore that he resigned and went back to his estate to carry on his research.. Maxwell firmly believed that much of his scientific thinking was performed by his subconscious and that his outdoor activities as a laird facilitated the development of his scientific theories.. This reminded me of a withering comment the eminent economist Sir Austin Robinson once made to me on  ...   members urging them to sign up as individuals to the statement (see http://www.. senseaboutscience.. org.. uk) and have put on our own website the view of our Society on homeopathic remedies.. I highlight this to provide an example of how, as individuals, all members should take an interest in what the Society is doing on their behalf.. Where appropriate, BPS members should feel that they can put forward suggestions on what the Society should be doing or could be doing better.. It should not only be an old codger with an FRS who bullies the President and the Society into action! After all, the BPS is your society.. You can also provide much needed financial support for Sense about Science.. If you intend to purchase anything on line from Amazon then first click on the SaS website and use the connection in the bottom right to log into Amazon.. Each time you make a purchase via this link Sense About Science receives a small donation.. The culmination of our 75th Anniversary celebrations will be the Winter Meeting in Oxford.. There can be few members who are unaware of the significance of holding the meeting in Oxford, where the Society was founded all those years ago.. This Winter Meeting will also be the last organised by our tireless Vice President (Meetings), Steve Hill.. Steve s goal when he took over responsibility for our meetings was to broaden and enhance the quality of the scientific programme.. He has certainly achieved that with the programme for the Oxford Meeting.. Now he is off for a well-earned rest, if you can call serving on an MRC board a rest.. Thanks, Steve - you ve done a marvellous job.. I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible in Oxford.. [1] The Man Who Changed Everything: The Life of James Clerk Maxwell by Basil Mahon.. John Wiley Sons Ltd, UK, 2003..

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