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Chairman's Blog

As 2011 draws to a close, as Chair of the Academy I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many people who have supported the APS this year. We have received a number of generous denotations from several large companies and I would particularly like to thank Pfizer, GSK and Astra Zeneca for their contributions which have allowed us to run more scientific symposia and to offer many students the opportunity to attend and participate in scientific meetings at much reduced prices. We as the Academy appreciate that the future of Pharmaceutical Science lies in the hands of students and post-docs and we will continue to encourage students to attend our conferences at the best possible rates.

I would like to thank the many volunteers who work tirelessly on behalf of pharmaceutical science in the UK and I am especially indebted to the Board Members of the academy and to the Focus Group members who have organised and run a wide range of symposia, often jointly with other groups and organisations throughout the year. Next year, 2012 promises to be another busy year for the Academy and the Focus Goups are working hard to provide an exciting and interesting range scientific meetings and symposia and the diary is rapidly filling. I am pleased to confirm that our flagship scientific conference APS Pharm Sci 2012 will be held on Sept 12-14 at the East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham. Do keep an eye on the website for details of all of our forthcoming meetings. If you are not already a memebr of the Academy I do hope that you will join in 2012.

I look forward to catching up with you next year.

Posted by: Martin Snowden @ 14.00 


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Chairman's Blog

The APS Focus Groups (FGs) are key to delivering the APS vision of Developing the Pharmaceutical Sciences’ and I am pleased to announce the re-launch of these following discussions with the existing FGs and a survey of APS members.

Focus Group

Current Chairperson(s)

Contact details

New Scientists and Development

Helen Barker


Biomolecules and Vaccines

Kevin King and Barry Moore

Biopharmaceutics and oral drug delivery

Mark McAllister


To be confirmed: contact Eddie French in the mean time

Material Sciences

Martyn Ticehurst


Michael Heinrich

Process Engineering, Product Formulation and Manufacturing

Ron Roberts

Anti-infectives (Microbiology)

To be determined: contact Jayne Lawrence in the mean time

The remit of the FGs has been better defined and their key role in tackling the challenges facing pharmaceutical sciences and scientists is better recognised.  If you wish to contribute to the FGs please do not hesitate to contact one of the FG leaders listed above. If you’re passionate about pharmaceutical sciences then the FGs are where you can express that passion!

Please look out for progress and updates from the FGs on the APS website or on Linked In. Why not subscribe to regularly Email updates from APS?

Posted by: Robert Harrison @ 13.00 


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Chairman's Blog
UK Pharm Sci 2011, held at the East Midlands Conference centre, was a great success with over 600 delegates, sponsors and exhibitors in attendance. Several excellent plenary and award lecturers were given. During the conference the Royal Pharmaceutical Society award was made to Dr. Ryan Donelly of Queen's University Belfast. Professor Bill Charman from Monash University gave an excellent presentation on neglected diseases while Professor Steve Wicks from the University of Greenwich delivered the APS award lecture. The GSK emerging scientist award was made to Professor Giuseppe Battaglia of Sheffield University. In addition to the many excellent podium presentations there were a record number of posters, nine of which were very worthy recipients of GSK sponsored prizes. I as Chair of APS would like to thank all of those who contributed to the huge success of this event. Professor Jayne Lawrence from King's College London will take over the conference Chair from Professor Richard Guy for the 2012 UK Pharm Sci meeting which will be held at the same venue from September 12 -14 in 2012

Posted by: Martin Snowden @ 10.31 


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Chairman's Blog
The APS is the foremost organisation in the UK promoting the pharmaceutical sciences. Over the past few months the APS Board has been active identifying the most significant scientific challenges that face pharmaceutical scientists. The APS is well placed to coordinate activities to tackle these challenges and in the process help its members and ultimately get medicines to patients more efficiently and effectively. Our intent is that the APS Focus Groups drive our scientific efforts. To this end we are recommending changes to their organisation. We are proposing the creation of nine FGs in total and have recently surveyed existing FG members. Once we have their views we will contact all APS members in July and invite contributions to the new FGs with a formal launch at UKPharmSci 2011 (31st Aug to 2nd Sept). We believe this will be an exciting development which will reinvigorate the APS's focus on science and provide an opportunity for members to be more involved in tackling the key issues we face. I look forward to communicating further details to you in July.

Posted by: Martin Snowden @ 10.05 


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Chairman's Blog
The Academy will be contacting all of its members very shortly with respect to membership renewals and this year there will be a significant difference. We will be offering all non-student members the opportunity to become MAPS (Members of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Science). For those who renew or indeed take up membership for the first time a certificate will be sent confirming  your membership status. We will also be offering a higher membership category of membership for those individuals who are more established in their careers as Fellows of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Science (FAPS). The eligibility criteria for FAPS can be found at I would like to take this opportunity to urge all Professional Pharmaceutical Scientists to renew or join the Academy and become a part of the growing community of Pharmaceutical Scientists who are enjoying the many network and other befits of membership.

Posted by: Martin Snowden @ 13.14 


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PharmSci 2011 - Registration NOW OPEN!
...The Science of Medicines
31st August - 2nd September 2011
East Midlands Conference Centre
Registration Now Open
Delegate registrations for PharmSci 2011 are now being taken, to register for your place or for further details including the outline programme visit

Don't forget register before the 1st June and you will automatically receive a 10% early bird discount.

There are only a few Exhibition spaces left at PharmSci 2011, if you are interested in exhibiting then make sure you book your space now.  Visit the interactive floorplan at for more information and to book your space.

Posted by: Robert Harrison @ 12.23 


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Materials by Design: From Molecule to Product

22nd - 23rd June 2011, University of Nottingham, UK

Full programme details and online registration is now available at:

Posted by: Robert Seager @ 14.58 


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