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IUPHAR World Congresses of Pharmacology

The first World Congress of Pharmacology was held just over 40 years ago in Stockholm, Sweden in 1961. Two years later the second congress took place in Prague in Czechoslovakia. Until 1990, the congresses were then held every three years, alternating with the world congresses of the closely related sister biomedical unions, IUBMB (International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) and IUPS (International Union of Physiology).

After 1990, the congresses moved to a four-year interval, with the new World Conferences of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (CPT), which are organised by the IUPHAR Division on Clinical Pharmacology, taking place inbetween.

As the relationship between the pre-clinical and therapeutic axes of the subject becomes increasingly important, IUPHAR is exploring ways to combine the scientific programmes at a single venue. In 2010, the first combined event will take place: the successful bid to host the World Congress of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology was made by the Danish Society of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the San Francisco congress this year.

Adhering national societies of pharmacology are invited to bid to host future congresses on behalf of IUPHAR. Voting by delegates (the nominated representatives from all members of IUPHAR) to appoint the successful host takes place at the congress eight years prior to the event under consideration. The election is held during the meeting of the General Assembly of the IUPHAR Council and announced immediately.

Enquiries relating to the congresses should be addressed to:

Dr. Sue Piper Duckles
IUPHAR Secretary-General
Department of Pharmacology
College of Medicine
University of California, Irvine
Irvine CA 92697

Tel: +1 949 824 4265
Fax: +1 949 824 4855
E-mail: s.duckles(at)iuphar.org

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