Simon Maxwell (Co-Director)
Simon Maxwell is Professor of Student Learning/Clinical Pharmacology and Director of Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics teaching at the University of Edinburgh, where he has been active in developing e-Learning strategies to support education in this area. His clinical responsibilities include supervision of acute medical admissions and the management of outpatients at increased cardiovascular risk. He was lead author of the core curriculum for CPT teaching in UK medical schools. He is Chair of the European Association of CPT (EACPT) Education Committee and Secretary of the International Union of Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacology (IUPHAR) Education Section. He was formerly Vice-President of the BPS and is a fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physicians in London and Edinburgh and of the Higher Education Academy. He is Clinical lead for the Prescribe project, a joint collaboration between the Department of Health, Medical Schools Council (MSC) and BPS to deliver a national eLearning solution to develop safe and effective prescribing amongst UK medical students. He is Medical Director of the Prescribing Safety Assessment, a joint initiative by the BPS and MSC to produce a national assessment of prescribing for all UK medical students.
John Szarek (Co-Director)
Dr. John Szarek is Professor of Pharmacology in the Department of Basic Sciences and Director of Clinical Pharmacology at the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in Scranton PA. He also is Education Director for Simulation at Geisinger Commonwealth, a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator and co-leader for the Interprofessional Education curriculum thread. Dr. Szarek received his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, a B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Illinois Chicago College of Pharmacy, and a B.S. in Biology from the University of Illinois Urbana. He has held professorships and professorships with administrative positions at Marshall University (Joan C Edwards) School of Medicine, Chair and Director of the Simulation PBL Program at Ross University School of Medicine, and Director of Human Simulation at A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona. Dr. Szarek has participated in many workshops on teaching and learning including two sponsored by the Harvard Macy Institute. His interests focus on the use of technology in medical education.
Sadly, Liz passed away in October 2021. We will leave this biography in place in appreciation of Liz's invaluable contribution to the PEP and to acknowledge her enthusiastic and dedicated support of international pharmacology education.
Elizabeth Davis was an Education-Focused Senior Lecturer in the Department of Pharmacology within the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences at Monash University. She promoted the discipline of pharmacology both nationally and internationally by her work for ASCEPT and IUPHAR where she was Secretary of its Education Section (IUPHAR-Ed). She was also helping to promote quality of teaching of pharmacology across all relevant degree programs at Monash University where she had particular interests in fostering better student engagement with their studies and the use of technology in teaching and learning.
Dr. Fenghua Fu is Professor of Pharmacology and Dean of the Pharmacy School at Yantai University. He is also a member of the Committee of the Chinese Pharmacological Society (CNPHARS), the Director of the National Demonstration Center for Experimental Pharmaceutical Education (Yantai University), and the Director of Key Laboratory of Molecular Pharmacology and Drug Evaluation (Ministry of Education of China). Dr. Fu is active in teaching pharmacology for undergraduates and molecular pharmacology for postgraduates. He has been awarded the national outstanding teacher title by the Ministry of Education for his excellence teaching. Dr. Fu received his Ph.D. in basic pharmacology from Shandong University Medical School. His research interests focus on neuro-psychopharmacology and on new drug evaluation.
Clare Guilding is Dean of Academic Affairs at Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia, and Senior Lecture at Newcastle University UK. She supports pharmacology education through her work with the British Pharmacological Society’s (BPS) Education and Training Committee and as Vice-Chair of IUPHAR’s Education Section. Clare played a key role in developing The BPS’s new undergraduate pharmacology curriculum and Newcastle University’s Clinical Pharmacology, Therapeutics and Prescribing curriculum. Her medical education research interests lie in curriculum development and innovations in teaching. Clare places a high value on interactivity and clinical fidelity in teaching and has a keen interest in simulation and interprofessional education. Her innovations in pharmacology education have been recognised both nationally and internationally.
Dr. Kuniaki Ishii received his M.D. degree from Tohoku University School of Medicine (Japan) in 1981; and Ph.D. degree from Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine (Japan) in 1986. He completed his postdoctoral training at Stanford University (Department of Medicine and Pharmacology, 1986-1988). He was appointed as research associate at Department of Pharmacology, Tohoku University School of Medicine (Japan) in 1986. He was then promoted to assistant professor at Department of Neurophysiology, Tohoku University School of Medicine in 1995, and to associate professor at Department of Cardiovascular Pharmacology, Yamagata University School of Medicine (Japan) in 1997. Since 2006, he has been a full professor at Department of Pharmacology, Yamagata University School of Medicine.
Dr. Ishii is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Japanese Pharmacological Society (JPS) and an Auditor of Japanese Association of Cardiovascular Pharmacology. He has been serving as the Editorial Board Member of Pharmacology since 2012.
Dr. Ishii started his research career in cardiac pharmacology studying the effects of Ca2+ channel antagonists on cardiac muscles. He, then, gradually got interested in ion channels. In order to pursue molecular biological studies, he spent two years in the laboratory of Prof. Ferid Murad (just before the Nobel Prize in 1988) at Stanford University, where he worked on the cloning of soluble guanylyl cyclase. After returning to Japan, he studied at Dr. Shigetada Nakanishi's lab at Kyoto University (Japan) for a year to learn expression cloning technique that was developed by Dr. Nakanishi. He then set up a molecular biology laboratory in Tohoku University. His current research interests center on molecular pharmacology of potassium channels in conjunction with cardiovascular functions. He has identified several potassium channels from the mammalian heart and studied their structure-function relationships and pharmacological modulation.
Dr. Kelly Karpa is a pharmacist and a pharmacologist. She has been director of Medical Pharmacology Instruction at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine since 2008 and is co-director of the Office for Inter-professional Collaborative Education and Teamwork at the medical school. Dr. Karpa has authored a book about dietary supplements entitled Bacteria for Breakfast: Probiotics for Good Health and is co-author of two editions of the pharmacology textbook Elsevier’s Integrated Pharmacology. She is a Josiah Macy Faculty Scholar who is developing inter-professional clinical pharmacology curricula and has a passion for helping students transition between having only “head” knowledge of drug facts to application of pharmacologic principles to maximize safe and effective use of medications when caring for patients.
László Köles is an Associate Professor and Vice Director at the Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy, Semmelweis University (Budapest). He is also Secretary-General of the Hungarian Society for Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology. He graduated in 1992 (M.D.), received his Ph.D degree in 2003, and took up his position at the Semmelweis University in 2010. Dr. Köles is currently active in teaching of pharmacology in Hungarian, English and German languages for medical and dental students, and he is also involved in postgraduate pharmacology courses and training. He is a member of the Faculty Council, and of the Scientific and Research Ethics Council of the University. Dr. Köles is a tutor of German medical students, lecturer of the Dental Faculty and local coordinator of Scientific Students’ Associations. He was also guest lecturer at the University of Leipzig (Germany; 2003-2008). He was awarded the Prize, 'Decoration for the Hungarian Graduate Education' by Ministry of Education and Culture in Hungary (2009), as well as receiving the Merit Prize for outstanding teaching activity from the Medical Faculty of the Semmelweis University six times (2011-2016). He is an author of several chapters in Hungarian pharmacology text books. His research interests have focused on neuropsychopharmacology, electrophysiology, purinergic transmission and neuromodulation.
John Peters is Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Dundee. He is currently active in the teaching of Pharmacology and Physiology to undergraduate students of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, in addition to contributing to post-graduate medical teaching in Neuropharmacology (Psychiatry). He received his B.Sc. in Neurobiology from the University of Sussex and Ph.D in Zoology (specialising in Neuropharmacology) from the University of Nottingham. At the University of Dundee he has served as Degree Convenor for B.Sc. degrees in Pharmacology and Neuroscience and as Associate Dean for Biomedical Science Education. He is a co-editor of the NC-IUPHAR/British Journal of Pharmacology (BJP) Guide to Pharmacology and has acted in a similar role in its predecessors published by Trends in Pharmacology Sciences (TiPS) and the BJP. He is currently a member of the Committee of NC-IUPHAR. His research interests have focused upon molecular and cellular aspects of the operation and function of transmitter-gated ion channels of the Cys-loop family. He is a joint recipient of the Novartis (formerly Sandoz) and Rang Prizes of the British Pharmacological Society (BPS). At the University of Dundee, he has been awarded Prizes for ‘Excellence in Teaching and Supporting Learning’ and for ‘Continuing Excellence in Medical Education’ and in a pastoral role as student nominated ‘Best Student Advisor (2013)’.
Dr Tan is an Associate Professor in Pharmacology, National University of Singapore (NUS) and Consultant Psychiatrist, National University Hospital. She served on the Curriculum Review, Problem Based Learning, Educational Task Force of Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, as well as the Committee for Professional Development of Communication. She coordinated the Mentoring Program. She is also an associate of Medical Education Unit, NUS and is actively involved in faculty development. She coordinates research in the use of psychotropic drugs in Asia countries. Dr Tan is also working on pharmaco-genetic and research model of psychiatric disorders in addition to the biomarkers of pathological ageing. She serves on the editorial board of Medical Progress and International Journal of Mental Health and helps reviewing manuscripts for various International Neuroscience and Psychiatric Journals. Dr Tan is active in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and assessments. Dr Tan has received multiple teaching awards from the University.