New inaugural lecture series at Keele

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Posted on 16 September 2013
The Pharmaceutical environment is changing rapidly and so is the industry that works within it.

Professor Nigel Ratcliffe, School of Pharmacy at Keele, will give the opening lecture in Keele University's programme of Inaugural Professorial Lectures 2013-14, on Monday, 23 September, in the Westminster Theatre, Chancellor's Building, on the University campus.

The Pharmaceutical environment is changing rapidly and so is the industry that works within it. Nigel's talk will explore the development of the pharmaceutical industry, the pressures upon it, the consumer’s view, the impact that modern medicines have on society and society’s reaction and perceptions. What are the effects of litigious pressures and the cost of medicines? Is the current model broken and what does the future hold? Nigel is particularly keen to see that society understands the contribution that industry and pharmaceutical development brings. Nigel will illustrate how his views and contribution developed and what his own personal leanings have been along the way.

Nigel Ratcliffe is Professor of Pharmacy and Head of the School of Pharmacy and Chair of the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent NHS partnership Trust, which looks after adult social care and the provision of health services to the community, outside of the acute hospital setting. Nigel joined Keele University in November 2012, he previously held five global vice president positions within AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals and has been fortunate in his career to live and work in four countries on three continents. Nigel was made a Fellow of the British Institute of Regulatory Affairs in 1996 for his contribution to harmonisation of pharmaceutical regulatory requirements between Europe and Japan. In June this year Nigel was made a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society for his contribution to the practice of pharmacy.

Keele's programme of Inaugural Lectures are given by newly established professors within the University and aim to give an illuminating account of the speaker's own subject specialism. The lectures, which start at 6 pm in the Westminster Theatre, are chaired by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nick Foskett.

This lecture is free and open to all.