Advances in medicine over past 9 decades showcased at PMJ at 90 Symposium

PMJ at 90 Programme

The Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine organised a Symposium in pmj 2London on 1st October 2015 to mark the 90th Anniversary of its first official journal, the Postgraduate Medical Journal. The meeting was held at the Medical Society of London. Speakers and discussants included FPM Fellows Professor Sir Munir Pirmohamed who discussed Progress in Personalised Medicine and Professor Peter Barnes FRS, who spoke on Advances in Respiratory Medicine, 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, and pioneers neuroscience Lord Walton of Detchant and of allergy Dr William Frankland, who introduced the pollen count to help people with asthma and other allergies.


Sir Munir Pirmohamed was awarded a Personal Chair in Clinical Pharmacology at The University of Liverpool in 2001, and in 2007, was appointed to the NHS Chair of Pharmacogenetics.  He was appointed the Head of the Department of Molecular and Clinical Pharmacology, University of Liverpool in 2010.  
Peter Barnes has been Professor of Thoracic Medicine since 1987 and is Head of Respiratory Medicine at the National Heart and Lung Institute and Honorary Consultant Physician at Royal Brompton Hospital, London. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2007, the first respiratory researcher to be elected FRS for over 150 years. Other speakers included Peter Ashman, Publishing Director at BMJ, who discussed the future for publishing medical journals, FPM Fellow cardiac surgeon Wade Dimitri (Coventry) who discussed early development of heart surgery, vascular surgeon Professor Alison Halliday (Oxford) who spoke on carotid surgery to prevent stroke,  Professor Melanie Davies (Leicester) on progress in managing diabetes, FPM Fellow Andrew Marsh, who discussed new approaches drug discovery, 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, Dr June Raine (MHRA, London) on vigilance and risk management of medicines, Emeritus Professor Terence Ryan (Oxford) on Sir William OslerProfessor Karol Sikora (London) on cancer – a disease of our time, FPM President Professor Donald Singer on preventing heart disease, and Dr David Wilkinson, President of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (London) on development of anaesthesia over the past 90 years.

The Postgraduate Medical Journal publishes topical reviews, commentaries and original papers on themes across the medical spectrum. It provides continuing professional development for all doctors, from those in training, to their teachers, and active clinicians, by publishing papers on a wide range of topics relevant to clinical practice.Papers published in PMJ describe current practice and new developments in all branches of medicine; describe relevance and impact of translational research on clinical practice; provide background relevant to examinations; and papers on medical education and medical education research.The FPM is a British non-profit organisation founded in the autumn of 1919 as a merger of the Fellowship of Medicine and the Postgraduate Medical Association, with Sir William Osler as its first president. Its initial aims were the development of educational programmes in all branches of postgraduate medicine.The FPM now organises clinical and research meetings and publishes two journals. The FPM has since 1925 published the international journal, the Postgraduate Medical Journal. In 2012 the Fellowship launched a new international journal, Health Policy and Technology, published on the Fellowship’s behalf by Elsevier.

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