From public health to drug discovery: 90 years of the Postgraduate Medical Journal

A Symposium was organised by the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine to mark the 90th Anniversary of its first official journal, the Postgraduate Medical Journal. The Symposium was held at the Medical Society of London on 1st October 2015. Speakers on the day commented on what medicine was like in the 1920s, current progress in their field, and what is in prospect over the next 90 years.

Featured image: Marsh, Andrew (2015): vitamin D receptor EPS. figshare. Retrieved: 21 06, Dec 09, 2015 (GMT).

Speakers included FPM Fellow Andrew Marsh, who discussed new

Andrew Marsh

approaches to drug discovery. Andrew Marsh is Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry, University of Warwick, applying a multidisciplinary approach to Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry.  Current projects include the use of Magic Tag technology developed collaboratively at Warwick to understand polypharmacology of clinical therapeutics and the development of new small molecule inhibitors and targets against Respiratory Syncytial Virus. He was educated at Imperial College and carried out postdoctoral research with Jean-Marie Lehn, Strasbourg and in the Centre for Self-Organising Molecular Systems, Leeds.

Other speakers included FPM Fellow Professor Peter Barnes FRS, London, who will speak on evolution of asthma and COPD over 90 years, Professor Dame Carol Black, Principal of Newnham College, Cambridge and Past-President of the Royal College of Physicians who will discuss opportunities to improve public health through a focus on health in the workplace, Professor Melanie Davies (Leicester) on progress in managing diabetes, vascular surgeon Professor Alison Halliday (Oxford) on carotid surgery to prevent stroke,  FPM Fellow cardiac surgeon Wade Dimitri (Coventry) who will discuss early development of heart surgery,  Dr Paul Nunn (London), former Director of the WHO Tuberculosis Programme, on advances in managing tuberculosis, Professor Dudley Pennell (London) on advances in imaging the heart, FPM Fellow Professor Munir Pirmohamed (Liverpool) who will discuss Progress in Personalised Medicine, Emeritus Professor Terence Ryan (Oxford) on Sir William OslerProfessor Karol Sikora (London) on cancer – a disease of our time, and Dr David Wilkinson, President of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (London) on development of anaesthesia over the past 90 years.

More on the Symposium, the Postgraduate Medical Journal and the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine.

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