Awards and Prizes

ASCEPT Member Awards

ASCEPT offers a number of prestigious prizes to both full and student members the majority of which are awarded at the Annual Scientific Meeting. The call for nominations for these awards are made via the ASCEPT E-newsletter.

Eligibility – member status

Please note a member of ASCEPT is defined as a person whose application for ASCEPT membership has been approved by the ASCEPT Board and has paid all membership fees up to and including the current year. To be eligible for an ASCEPT Award, you must already be a member according to this definition.  If you are unsure of your ASCEPT membership status please click here to contact the ASCEPT Secretarait.

New members must have submitted an application for membership and paid the membership fee before attending the ASM for consideration for prizes and/or travel grants.

Full Member Awards

ASCEPT Michael Rand Medal – not available in 2018
The ASCEPT Michael Rand Medal was established in memory of Professor Michael Rand, a founding member of the Society and is awarded biennially to a member of ASCEPT whose research has made an outstanding contribution to the disciplines of clinical and experimental pharmacology or toxicology nationally and internationally. The award is made on the basis of the quality and impact of the candidate’s published work. Each nominee should be nominated and seconded by two ASCEPT members. Nominations are from March – May. Nominations not open

ASCEPT Lecturer
The ASCEPT Lectureship is awarded biennially to a member of ASCEPT who has made a significant and sustained contribution to the development of pharmacology and/or toxicology in Australasia. Each nominee should be nominated and seconded by two ASCEPT members. Nominations now open and close on Friday 13 July 2018. Click here for guidelines.

ASCEPT Achievement Award
The ASCEPT Achievement Award is awarded annually to a member of ASCEPT who has made a significant (beyond-the-call of-duty) and sustained contribution to the Society itself or to the disciplines of Pharmacology or Toxicology. Nominees can be at any career stage (young or less young, working or retired). Each nominee should be nominated and seconded by two ASCEPT members. Nominations are now open and close on Friday 13 July 2018. Click here for guidelines.

ASCEPT Teaching Excellence Award
The ASCEPT Teaching Excellence Award is awarded annually to a member of ASCEPT who has demonstrated an outstanding contribution to Education in the fields of Australasian Pharmacology or Toxicology). Each nominee should be nominated and seconded by two ASCEPT members. Nominations are now open and close on Friday 13 July 2018. Click here for guidelines.

CERTARA New Investigator Awards
These prestigious awards are presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of ASCEPT at a symposium designed to showcase new investigators in clinical and experimental pharmacology and toxicology. Nominations of suitable new investigators must be made by a member of ASCEPT, who should ensure that the nominee is also a member of the Society. Nominations are now closed. Nominations now open, click here for more details.

ASCEPT Early Achievement Award for Women
This award, to be presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of ASCEPT, is to be made to a woman within five years of the award of her PhD, or longer if combined with periods of significant career interruption, for significant achievement in research and scholarship in pharmacology or toxicology. Nominations now open, click here for more details.

 

ASCEPT Gillian Shenfield Early Educator Award

This award, to be presented at the ASCEPT Annual Scientific Meeting is to recognise and reward initiatives in pharmacology education that lead to enhanced student outcomes.  The award is aimed at those in the early stages of their academic career.  The recipient will be invited to present at an Education session during the Annual Scientific Meeting. Nominations now open, click here for more details

Student Member Prizes

Several student prizes are on offer each year at the Annual Scientific Meeting of ASCEPT. Prizes are open to all Honours and Higher Degree (i.e. PhD and Masters) students and clinicians in an accredited training program or who have worked for less than seven years full-time since completing their undergraduate degree and are financial members of ASCEPT by the abstract submission deadline.

ASCEPT Garth McQueen Prize (Oral Communication Prize)
The ASCEPT Garth McQueen Prize was established in memory of Professor Garth McQueen, a member of the original steering committee which established ASCEPT and is awarded annually for the best oral communication by a Higher Degree student member of ASCEPT. A Higher Degree student constitutes anyone undertaking a Masters Degree or PhD in a relevant biomedical discipline. Clinicians in an accredited training program, or who have worked for less than seven years full-time since completing their undergraduate degree, are also eligible.

To apply for this prize students must:

• Tick the appropriate box on the abstract submission page
• In addition to a standard abstract, submit online an 800 word project description (in PDF format) at the time of abstract submission. View Guidelines

Students will be shortlisted on the basis of the scientific quality, innovation and significance of their study by an ASCEPT judging panel. Students who are shortlisted for the ASCEPT Garth McQueen Prize may still present their abstract in poster format so that they remain in contention for the poster prizes. Students who are not shortlisted, will automatically be included in the poster program and thus eligible for the poster prizes.

ASCEPT Clinical Pharmacology Trainee Prize (Oral Communication Prize)
The ASCEPT Clinical Pharmacology Trainee prize is awarded for the best research presentation by a Clinical Pharmacology Trainee at the annual scientific meeting of ASCEPT. Eligible trainees will be current ASCEPT members and currently enrolled as trainees in Clinical Pharmacology under the Speciality Training Committee for Clinical Pharmacology. This prize recognises the importance of research to the discipline of Clinical Pharmacology and the importance of experience in presenting at scientific meetings to training in the discipline. All trainees are encouraged to submit abstracts.

To apply for this prize clinical pharmacology trainees must:

• Select ASCEPT oral for Clinical Pharmacology Trainee prize as the presentation preference from the drop-down box on the abstract submission page

The six highest ranked abstracts (the number may vary, dependent on the conference program) will be invited to make oral presentations which will be judged at the dedicated Clinical Pharmacology Trainee session on the basis of scientific merit, relevance to the discipline and quality of presentation. The remaining abstracts will be considered for poster presentation or oral presentations at other sessions as the discretion of the Scientific Advisory Committee.

ASCEPT Integrative Pharmacology/Toxicology Prize
The ASCEPT Integrative Pharmacology/Toxicology Prize was established in 2010 and is awarded annually to an Honours or Higher Degree student for the best poster communication at the Annual Scientific Meeting on integrative pharmacology. More information

Poster Prizes

All financial student members who submit their abstract prior to the submission closing date will automatically be included in the poster program and hence in the running for the ASCEPT Neville Percy or ASCEPT Robert Whelan Prizes and any relevant Special Interest Group prizes.

ASCEPT Neville Percy Prize
The ASCEPT Neville Percy Prize was established in memory of Dr Neville Percy, one of the founding members of the Society and is awarded annually to a Higher Degree student for the best poster communication at the Annual Scientific Meeting.

ASCEPT Robert Whelan Prize
The ASCEPT Robert Whelan Prize was established in memory of Professor Robert Whelan, a co-founder of the Society and is awarded annually to a BSc Honours, BMedSci or equivalent degree student for the best poster communication at the Annual Scientific Meeting.

Visit the Meeting 2018 abstract submission page to view details about submitting a poster and download the poster prize instruction PDF.

Special Interest Group Prizes

Students whose research falls under an area of interest of one of ASCEPT’s Special Interest Groups (SIGs) will automatically be considered for the relevant SIG Prize. Note SIGs covering clinical research areas (i.e. the Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology SIGs) may also consider registrants in an accredited training program and non-students who have worked for less than seven years full-time since completing their first undergraduate degree, for their prizes.

The following Special Interest Groups award a prize annually to the student who gives the best overall presentation in their specific research field:

  • ASCEPT Clinical Trainee Prize
  • ASCEPT Clinical Special Interest Group Prize
  • ASCEPT Cardiovascular Special Interest Group Prize
  • ASCEPT Toxicology Special Interest Group Prize
  • ASCEPT Drug Disposition & Response Special Interest Group Prize
  • ASCEPT Drug Discovery Special Interest Group Prize
  • ASCEPT Neuro & Behavioural Pharmacology Special Interest Group Prize
  • ASCEPT Gastro Urogenital Special Interest Group Prize
  • ASCEPT Pharmacogenomics Special Interest Group Prize
  • ASCEPT Pharmacoepidemiology Special Interest Group Prize

 

Congratulations to the following 2017 prize and Award recipients

Special Interest Group (SIG) Prizes

Clinical Pharmacology Trainee-              Richard McNeill

Clinical (Weekend Prize) –                       David Liew

Clinical –                                                     Felicity Smith

Cardiovascular  –                                       Yan Wang

Drug Discovery –                                       Ee Von Moo and Shannon O’Brien

Drug Disposition and Response –            Haotian Yang

Pharmacogenomics –                                Helena Van Schalkwyk

Urogenital/Gastrointestinal –                   Amelia Jack, Ashlee Caldwell, Stelina Drimousis

Inflammation / Respiratory –                   Jonathan Erlich

Neuro- and Behavioural –                         Thomas Park

Pharmacoepidemiology –                         Samanta Lalic

Toxicology –                                                Susan Britza

ASCEPT Prizes and Awards

ASCEPT Garth McQueen Prize –                                           Alice Bong

ASCEPT Neville Percy Prize –                                                Gina Chowdhury

ASCEPT Robert Whelan Prize –                                            Jesse Walsh                                

ASCEPT Early Achievement Award for Women –               Felicity Davis

ASCEPT Gillian Shenfield Early Educator Award –              Betty Exintaris

ASCEPT Teaching Excellence Award –                                  Lynette Fernandes

CERTARA New Investigator Award –                                    Jenni Ilomaki, Andrew Rowland,
Prasad Nishtala, Jennifer Deuis

BPS-ASCEPT Outstanding Young Investigator Award –     Jennifer Deuis