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Prof. Niru (Nirthanan) Selvanaayagam becomes Fellow for British Pharmacological Society

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British Pharmacological Society has recently announced its list of Fellows and Honorary Fellows for the year 2021. 14 Honorary Fellows and 26 Fellows have been elected this time around.

Honorary Fellows are elected for life in recognition of sustained excellence and leadership in science, healthcare, and public service.

 Fellows have demonstrated distinction and peer recognition in pharmacology, through their work, publication and presentation of research, leadership, and contribution to Society life.

“Fellows and Honorary Fellows play an incredibly important role in the Society. Through their work, they further all disciplines of pharmacology in the discovery, development and use of medicines. Through their leadership, and contribution to Society life, they inspire and support members at earlier stages of their career or study. Please join us in congratulating our newly elected Fellows and Honorary Fellows” , said the Society’s publication.

Prof. Niru (Nirthanan) Selvanayagam

Prof Nirthanan is the Deputy Head for Learning & Teaching in the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, and Discipline Lead for Pharmacology in the School of Medicine and Dentistry at Griffith University, Queensland, Australia. After graduating MBBS, he completed his PhD in Pharmacology and Biochemistry at the National University of Singapore (2002) and postdoctoral fellowship as the Alice and Joseph Brooks Fellow in Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School, Boston (2002-2006). He was elected Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in 2020. His contributions to pharmacology education have been recognised by the BPS Rang Prize for Clinical Pharmacology (2021) and an Australian Government Learning and Teaching Citation (2011); as well as Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (UK) (2018), and Fellowships of the ASPET Academy of Pharmacology Educators (USA) (2021) and the Academy of Medical Educators (UK) (2021). He also serves as an Academic Ambassador, Lead for the International Pharmacology Network and on the International Advisory Group for the BPS, and on the Executive Committee for the Division for Pharmacology Education at ASPET.

Prof. Niru Selvanayakam is the son of late Professor Somasundaram Selvanayagam (28 May 1932 – 23 May 1979) who was a Ceylon Tamil geographer, academic and head of the Department of Geography at the University of Jaffna.


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