|APS PharmSci 2014
Declared Huge Success
Please browse some of the messages below from the Conference Science Chair, APS
Chair and Chief Scientist regarding their positive experiences at the recent
APS PharmSci Conference.
Message from Linda Hakes-Conference Science Chair
It was a tremendous honour to be asked to be the Conference Science Chair for
PharmSci 2014 but also more than a little daunting. The previous holders of
the position had helped to establish the meeting as the premier UK conference on
the pharmaceutical sciences and I didn’t want to let the side down.
I chose “Working together for patients”
as the theme of the
conference because we all work in multidisciplinary teams nowadays
and because our ultimate goal should be to develop innovations that
truly improve the lives of patients. It was very encouraging, as I
attended various sessions organised by the Focus Groups, to see this
theme reflected not only in slides but, more importantly, in the
discussions. There is clearly a genuine recognition amongst
pharmaceutical scientists that we not only do great science but we
also think about the impact on patients.
This was also reflected in the lectures given by our three Award
winners, each of whom demonstrated how their research is helping to
improve therapeutic interventions. Ben Whalley discussed the
potential use of cannabinoids in the treatment of refractory
epilepsy, Mark Dweck demonstrated how imaging techniques can help to
anticipate and thus prevent coronary thrombosis, and Abdul Basit
described how understanding of the g-I tract can help to reduce the
variability that is so often inherent in the delivery of drugs via
the oral route.
I was inspired and encouraged by the quality of the science from
young researchers and by the confidence with which students were
able to engage with conference attendees to either describe their
work or ask questions. The future of our profession is bright when
there is so much talent around. I am looking forward to PharmSci
2015 and to learning more from these future pioneers.
PharmSci 2014 was a huge success. Attendance was excellent, content
was good and participants were lively and engaged. My lasting memory
of the conference this year was the quality and enthusiasm of the
poster presenters. They were professional and their material was in
many cases really novel and thought provoking. Those selected for
podium presentations did really well, particularly those for whom it
was their first occasion. I well remember my first communication
which seemed a blur I was so nervous. I still have no idea whether I
did well or not.
Message from Bill Dawson, Chair APS
We had an excellent group of plenary speakers with topics ranging from
patient engagement through a very personal view of GI absorption and
uptake to cannabis and non-invasive detection of cardiac disease. Open
innovation and partnership strategies were key to two of the plenaries and all
the talks reflected the holistic nature of the pharmaceutical science
This really is our key selling point and our new APS strategy which
was launched at the Conference will provide all the membership with
key points for discussion as we seek to raise our profile.
At the organisational level the Board were really pleased that the
membership liked our vison for the future and the ways we seek to
implement it. There will be lots of opportunities for all to get
engagement, particularly round the key areas highlighted by our
It seemed that our new venue at the University of Hertfordshire
Conference Centre was appreciated and the logistics went smoothly.
Next year will be at the East Midlands Conference Centre and in 2016
we return to Scotland. That will be our three year cycle which will
help involvement from our communities across the country
Finally, my very great thanks go to the great organisation which
underpinned the conference- the Exec, the Board, the secretariat and
the University of Hertfordshire which gave us an intense and very
Message from Claire Thompson-APS Chief Scientist
The APS PharmSci conference was, once again, a huge success. Gathering more
than 550 scientists from industry, academia and regulatory agencies, the
conference showcased innovation in research, ranging from graphene to
regenerative medicine and biopharmaceutics to theranostics.
The Focus Groups (http://apsgb.org/focus_groups/default.asp) were
the backbone of the conference, delivering technically-focussed
presentations from established and aspiring scientists.
The collaboration theme ran through the conference from the overall
title "Working together for patients" to the sessions ran by the APS
partner groups of the Joint Pharmaceutical Analysis Group (JPAG) and
the UK and Ireland Controlled Release Society (UKICRS).
Science was celebrated at all career levels with multiple poster
prizes awarded to undergraduates and post-graduates, Dr Marc Dweck
winning the GSK Emerging Scientist award and Prof. Abdul Basit and
Prof. Benjamin Whalley winning the AstraZeneca and RPS-sponsored
A fantastic conference. I'm looking forward to the next one in
Nottingham in Sep 2015!
Keep your eye open for more reports, photos, feedback from the conference to
follow over the coming weeks.
The Academy of
The Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences
is the professional body for the
Pharmaceutical Sciences in United
Kingdom. A Pharmaceutical Scientist is
an individual who contributes to
bringing a new drug from concept through
to a medicinal product. This includes,
but is not exclusive to, individuals in
academia, industry, regulation, clinical
research and manufacturing.
The mission of the Academy
of Pharmaceutical Sciences is to champion
innovation and opportunity in Pharmaceutical
Sciences for the delivery of medicines.
In order to achieve this mission, our aims
- Promote the Pharmaceutical Sciences to stakeholders to facilitate understanding and achieve engagement
- Share learning, drive collaboration, partnership and innovation
- Deliver insights into industry and academic roles for aspiring scientists
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