Support for young investigators at the WCP2018

While the next IUPHAR World Congress of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology (WCP2018) won’t be held for another two years, UPHAR President is writing to encourage you to begin immediately to set aside funds to support the attendance of young investigators at this meeting.

The 2018 World Congress (, which is hosted by the Japanese Society of Pharmacology and the Japanese Society of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, will take place in Kyoto on July 1st-  6th.   The theme of this meeting is “Pharmacology for the Future: Science, Drug Development and Therapeutics”.  The science will be excellent, with Nobel laureate Prof. Shinya Yamanaka and renowned neuroscientist Prof. Karl Deisseroth already having agreed to present plenary lectures.

Given the scientific quality of this congress, and the number of investigators in attendance, it is especially important to ensure that young scientists, including graduate students, fellows and junior faculty, be encouraged to participate.  The World Congress is a unique opportunity for these individuals to network with their peers from around the world and to meet with leaders in the field.

Because few young pharmacologists have the resources to cover their costs, many IUPHAR member societies make available funds to help underwrite their attendance. Various approaches are taken to raise funds for a Young Investigator WCP Travel Account. These include use of society reserve funds and solicitation of donations from corporate sponsors and from individual society members.  Student-led fund raising activities have also been found of value, not only in raising money for the cause, but as a means for involving students in a collaborative endeavor.  Student efforts can include the sale of T-shirts and other merchandise at the annual society meeting and other events.  The American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics and the British Pharmacological Society have both had great success in the past in acquiring such funds from donors and student projects.  I’m certain the Executive Officers of these organizations would be happy to share with you their ideas on fundraising for WCP travel bursaries for young investigators.

To further encourage the attendance of young scientists, the meeting organizers will offer reduced registration fees and will identify less costly housing for students.

Although July, 2018 seems like a long way off, meeting registration and abstract submission begin well before then. Because of this, it is necessary to have funds for young investigator travel set aside within the next 12 to 18 months to ensure timely planning.  Given this schedule, now is the time for societies to begin fund raising efforts for this purpose.

We look forward to seeing a large contingent from your society in Kyoto, especially students and fellows, as they represent the future of our discipline.  Young investigators are vital for the success of WCP meetings as they bring with them the enthusiasm, optimism and creative thinking that are so essential for catalyzing advances in our field.

Best regards,


S.J. Enna, Ph.D.


International Union of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology (IUPHAR)

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