The International Core Concepts of Pharmacology Education Project

  • White, Paul (Principal Investigator)
  • Guilding, Clare (Principal Investigator)
  • Cunningham, Margaret Rose (Co-investigator)
  • Gorman, Laurel (Co-investigator)
  • Kelly-Laubscher, Roisin (Co-investigator)
  • Tucker, Steve (Co-investigator)
  • Angelo, Tom (Co-investigator)
  • Koenig, Jennifer (Co-investigator)
  • Babey, Anna-Marie (Co-investigator)

Project: Research

Project Details


Launched in 2021, this ambitious project aims to transform pharmacology education by helping students and educators to focus on the knowledge that matters.

We have already achieved our first aim – to produce a consensus list of core concepts of pharmacology education. We are now working together to develop approaches to teaching and assessing these concepts within transformative concept-based curricula.

IUPHAR education section endorsed and adopted the Core Concepts of Pharmacology Education project in 2022.

Key findings

An expert group of 51 decorated pharmacologists with almost 1000 collective years of pharmacology education experience is driving the work.

Over 250 pharmacology educators from 21 countries across six continents have contributed to the project

The project aims to assist pharmacology educators world-wide by developing and sharing these resources freely.

Milestones include:
A list of foundational core concepts of pharmacology education. Definitions of each core concept. Extraction of sub-concepts and important considerations for each core concept.

Concept maps that explicitly show relationships between concepts within concept families.

Development of teaching, learning and assessment resources for educators.

Development and validation of a concept inventory.

Rigorous publications that describe and validate each of the above actions.
Effective start/end date1/11/21 → …

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education


Explore the research topics touched on by this project. These labels are generated based on the underlying awards/grants. Together they form a unique fingerprint.
  • Identifying the core concepts of pharmacology education: a global initiative

    White, P., Guilding, C., Angelo, T., Kelly, J., Gorman, L., Tucker, S., Fun, A., Han, J., Chen, G., Samak, Y., Babey, A-M., Caetano, F., Sarangi, S., Keonig, J., Hao, H., Goldfarb, J., Karpa, K., Vieira, L., Restini, C., Cunningham, M., & 13 othersAronsson, P., Kelly-Laubscher, R., Hernandez, M., Rangachari, PK., Mifsud, J., Mraiche, F., Sabra, R., Piñeros, O., Zhen, X., Kwanashie, H., Exintaris, B., Karunaratne, N. & Ishii, K., 31 May 2023, In: British Journal of Pharmacology. 180, 9, p. 1197-1209 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    Open Access
    5 Citations (Scopus)
    7 Downloads (Pure)
  • IUPHAR Education Satellite Meeting

    Margaret Rose Cunningham (Organiser), Clare Guilding (Organiser), Lee Page (Organiser), Kirstin Engel (Organiser), Simon Maxwell (Member of programme committee), Steve Tucker (Member of programme committee), Roisin Kelly-Laubscher (Member of programme committee), Fabiana Crowley (Member of programme committee), Lynette Fernandes (Member of programme committee) & John Szarek (Member of programme committee)

    1 Jul 20232 Jul 2023

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganiser of special symposia

  • Concept-based pharmacology education workshop

    Margaret Rose Cunningham (Participant)

    18 Jul 202220 Jul 2022

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course