Editorial Board

Editorial Board

Simon Maxwell (Co-Director)

University of Edinburgh (UK)

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)

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in Scranton (US)

Dr. John Szarek is Professor of Pharmacology in the Department of Medical Education 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 is involved in various education research activities and his work has been shared with peers through regional, national and international presentations and workshops at multiple professional conferences plus several peer reviewed publications. . 

Clare Guilding (Deputy Director)

Newcastle University Medicine (UK)

Clare Guilding is Director of Education at Newcastle University School of Medicine, UK. She supports pharmacology education through her work as Chair of IUPHAR’s Education Section and as Deputy Vice President (Academic Development) of the British Pharmacological Society (BPS). Clare played a key role in developing The BPS’s 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.

Elizabeth Davis

Monash University (Australia)

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.

Gavin Dawe

National University of Singapore (Singapore)

Gavin Dawe is Head of Department and Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacology, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore (NUS Medicine), Singapore. He received his BSc (Hons) in Neuroscience from the University of Edinburgh (UK), his PhD in Pharmacology from King’s College London (UK), and his Master’s in Medical and Health Professions Education from Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA (USA). At NUS Medicine, he currently serves as Director of the second year undergraduate medical curriculum and as a member of the Curriculum Implementation Taskforce, Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, Faculty Assessment Committee, Medical Education Technology Enterprise Committee, Collaborative Learning Cases Committee, Continuing Education Training Workgroup, and Taskforce for Future Enhancement to the Curriculum. He teaches Pharmacology to Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy and Life Science students.

Fenghua Fu

Yantai University (China)

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.

Kelly Karpa

East Tennessee State University (US)

Dr. Kelly Karpa is a pharmacist and a pharmacologist.  She served as director of Medical Pharmacology Instruction at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine between 2008-2022 and was assistant dean of Interprofessional Education and Director of the Office for Inter-professional Collaborative Education and Teamwork at the medical school until 2022. 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 has developed inter-professional clinical pharmacology curricula and has a passion for helping students transition from having “head” knowledge of drug facts to applying pharmacologic principles to maximize safe and effective use of medications. She is currently a professor and associate dean at East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine.

John Kelly

National University of Ireland Galway (Ireland)

John Kelly is Professor of Pharmacology and Therapeutics at National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway. He has over 40 years in pharmacological and toxicological research, 8 of which have been spent in industry. Current areas of research include the mechanisms of action of antidepressants using preclinical models, and the effects of early social isolation on rodent development.  This research has resulted in over 100 peer-reviewed publications, and the textbook Principles of CNS drug development: from test tube to patient published in 2010. Professor Kelly has been involved in developing a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Pharmacology for Science, Medicine, Nursing and Health Science students, with a particular emphasis on developing reasoning skills that are appropriate for the different student groups. Prof. Kelly received the President’s Award for Teaching Excellence, within the College of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences in 2021, and for NUI Galway in 2011.

John Peters

University of Dundee (UK)

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)’.

Shuhei Tomita

Osaka Metropolitan University (Japan)

Dr. Tomita has been a professor of the Department of Pharmacology at Osaka Metropolitan University Graduate School of Medicine since 2016. He is currently serving as a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Pharmacological Sciences and a member of the Board of Directors of the Japanese Society of Circulation Research. He graduated at Kagawa University School of Medicine in 1990 and received his Ph.D. from Kagawa University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan in 1994. He had his postdoctoral training at the National Institutes of Health from 1996 to 1999. After working at the RIKEN, a research institution in Japan, as a research scientist, he was promoted to an associate professor of the Department of Pharmacology at Tokushima University Graduate School of Medicine in 2006. He was a full professor of the Division of Molecular Pharmacology at Tottori University from 2012 to 2016 prior to joining Osaka Metropolitan University. His studies are largely focused on the molecular mechanism of oxygen homeostasis. His current research interests include the fields of cardiovascular pharmacology, immunopharmacology, and tumor biology, based on physiological and pathophysiological responses to hypoxia.

Zoltan Varga

Semmelweis University (Hungary)

Zoltan Varga is a Senior Research Associate and Vice Director at the Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy of the Medical Faculty of Semmelweis University. He is also Secretary of Educational Affairs of the Hungarian Society for Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology. He graduated in 2009 (M.D.), received his Ph.D degree in 2013, and took up his position at the Semmelweis University in 2011. Dr. Varga is currently active in teaching of pharmacology and clinical pharmacology in Hungarian, and English languages for medical and dental students, and he is also involved in postgraduate pharmacology courses and training. He did his postdoctoral training at the NIH from 2015-2018. He is currently a leader of the Cardiometabolic Immunology Research Group of the Hungarian Center of Excellence in Molecular Medicine at the Semmelweis University and the Momentum Cardio-oncology and Cardioimmunology Research Group of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. His research covers areas of molecular cardiology, metabolic syndrome, and cardiovascular immunology and pharmacology, and cardiotoxicity, placing special emphasis on studying the role of microRNAs, and inflammatory interorgan interactions in these disease states.

Paul White

Monash University (Australia)

Paul White is Professor and Deputy Dean at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Monash University. A cardiovascular pharmacologist and educational researcher, he has published 80 peer reviewed articles in journals including Nature, Nature Biotechnology, PNAS, Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Higher Education Research & Development. In education, he has led a teaching transformation to active learning across his faculty over the past decade, and has given over 20 invited national and international talks at education conferences. He has multiple national teaching awards as well as the Vice Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Award from Monash University. Professor White is Chair of the Education Section of PharmAlliance.org and a Councillor of the IUPHAR Education Section. More recently he has focussed his efforts on the core concepts of pharmacology education, and co-leads the IUPHAR Education Section project on this topic.