International Union of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology
The International Union of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology (IUPHAR) is a voluntary, non-profit association representing the interests of pharmacologists around the world through:
- promoting international cooperation
- sponsoring regional activities
- encouraging free exchange of scientists and ideas
- developing public awareness
- the Committee on Receptor Nomenclature and Drug Classification (NC-IUPHAR)
- the GUIDE TO PHARMCOLOGY
Founded in 1959 as a section of the International Union of Physiological Sciences, the International Union of Pharmacology became independent in September, 1965. The name was changed to the International Union of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology in 2006 to better reflect the composition of the membership.
Improved health through pharmacology education and research.
The main objectives of IUPHAR are to foster international cooperation in pharmacology by:
- promoting cooperation between societies that represent pharmacology and related disciplines throughout the world;
- sponsoring international and regional congresses and meetings, and helping in their organization by establishing advisory committees;
- encouraging international coordination and free exchange of scientists and of ideas in research;
- adhering to the ICSU Statute 6 concerning non-discrimination without regard to race, religion, political philosophy, ethnic origin, citizenship, language or gender;
- acting as a body through which pharmacologists can participate with other branches of science in international activities, either directly or under the aegis of international scientific bodies such as ICSU, WHO and UNESCO;
- helping in all ways the development of pharmacology throughout the world;
- promoting programs of public awareness on pharmacological issues.
Governance and Organisation
IUPHAR is governed by the Council, composed of delegates appointed by the member societies, division and sections, which holds its General Assembly at each World Congress of Pharmacology, a joint meeting of basic, clinical, and translational pharmacology held every four years. Meeting minutes are available to the public. IUPHAR consists of 68 member societies, one division, seven sections and three standing committees.
The IUPHAR Committee on Receptor Nomenclature and Drug Classification (NC-IUPHAR) issues guidelines for classification of the major receptor and ion channel systems, facilitates the interface between discovery of new sequences from the Human Genome Project and the designation of the derived protein as functional receptors, ion channels, and poly morphisms, and oversees the scientific contents of the on-line, free Receptors Database, which is a major constituent of the Guide to Pharmacology.