Donald Singer

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Donald Singer
Born Forres, Morayshire, Scotland
Citizenship British
Fields Clinical pharmacology and Therapeutics

Donald Robert James Singer is president of the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine.

Biography[edit]

He was born in Forres, Scotland and attended schools in Iraq, Bahrain, and Scotland.

Medical career[edit]

Singer was awarded Bachelor of Medical Biology and Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery degrees from the University of Aberdeen in 1975 and 1978 respectively, followed by the MD degree in 1995. He served as Senior Lecturer/Consultant and then Reader at St George's Hospital Medical School from 1996–2003, having previously trained at the Aberdeen Teaching Hospitals, Hammersmith Hospital, the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, and the Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School. While at St George's, he held honorary research posts at the Harefield Heart Science Centre, a research facility of the National Heart and Lung Institute, a Division of the Faculty of Medicine of Imperial College. He was appointed professor of clinical pharmacology and therapeutics at the graduate medical school of the University of Warwick in 2003. In 2007, Singer was elected president of the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine.

Medical activities[edit]

His interests include new approaches to personalising medicine, chemical and genomic research for the discovery of medicines,[1] prevention and treatment of hypertension and other disorders of the heart and circulation, and public understanding of health.[2] He is a co-author of the Pocket Prescriber,[3][4] a paper and electronic guide on safe and effective use of medicines for health students and prescribers, in publication with 6 editions since 2004.

Singer has been active on many medical and professional committees, including for the British Hypertension Society,[5] the London Hypertension Society (President 1990-2002),[6][7][8][9][10][11][12] the British Pharmacological Society, the West Midlands Physicians Association,[13] the European Union of Medical Specialists,[14] the European Association of Internal Medicine,[15] and the European Federation of Internal Medicine.[15] He was a co-founder and associate editor of the European Journal of Internal Medicine.[16] He is an advisory panel member for the National Health Service Health Technology Assessment, formerly for the Pharmaceuticals Panel,[17] currently for the Primary Care, Community and Preventive Interventions Panel,[18] an Executive Committee member of the British Microcirculation Society,[19] secretary of the European Association for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, and former member of Council and co-chair (2011-2013) of the Committee of Heads of Pharmacology and Therapeutics of the British Pharmacological Society.[20] He is a Fellow of the British Pharmacological Society and an honorary Fellow of the Finnish Society for Internal Medicine and the European Federation of Internal Medicine. He is chair of the Advisory Board for Health Policy and Technology,[21] an official journal of the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine,and an International Consulting Editor for Clinical Therapeutics,[22] the official journal of the European Association for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. He is a member of the Healthcare Professionals' Working Party of the European Medicines Agency.[23]

Poetry and medicine[edit]

He was co-founder in 2009 with Michael Hulse of the Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine for UK NHS-related poets and the International Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine.[24][25][26] Singer, Michael Hulse and Sorcha Gunne won the 2011 Times Higher Education Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts for the Hippocrates poetry and medicine initiative.[27][28] This award aims to recognise the collaborative and interdisciplinary work within universities and their external partners to promote the arts. In 2012, he co-founded with Michael Hulse the international Hippocrates Prize for Young Poets for poetry on a medical theme.[29] In 2013, he was co-founder with Michael Hulse of the international Hippocrates Society for Poetry and Medicine.[30]

Other interests[edit]

He was formerly a trustee of the Richmond Orchestra (London)[31] and Ealing Junior Music School (London).[32] In 2010 he co-founded the "Healthy Heart Awards" for schools and colleges. The inaugural 2011 Healthy Heart Awards were organised by the Cardiovascular Research Trust[33] and supported by "Heads, Teachers and Industry".

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Paul C. Taylor, Andrew J. Clark, Andrew Marsh, Donald R. J. Singer and Suzanne J. Dilly. A Chemical Genomics Approach to Identification of Interactions between Bioactive Molecules and Alternative Reading Frame Proteins. Chemical Communications. 2013;(in press - C3CC44647F). http://pubs.rsc.org/en/Content/ArticleLanding/2013/CC/C3CC44647F#!divAbstract
  2. ^ A pharmacologist on Side Effects: The Guardian, Monday 25th March, 2013. http://m.guardian.co.uk/film/2013/mar/25/pharmacologist-another-view-side-effects
  3. ^ TRJ Nicholson and DRJ Singer. Pocket Prescriber 2013. Taylor-Francis. ISBN 1444180649. http://www.crcpress.com/product/isbn/9781444180640
  4. ^ Anthony Brown, TRJ Nicholson and DRJ Singer. Pocket Prescriber - Emergency Medicine 2013. Taylor-Francis. 2013. ISBN 1444176641. http://www.crcpress.com/product/isbn/9781444176643
  5. ^ "British Hypertension Society". Bhsoc.org. Retrieved 2012-04-13. 
  6. ^ Singer, DRJ. Introduction to New themes in hypertension. re Proceedings of the 6th Annual Symposium of the London Hypertension Society. J Human Hypertension 1995;9:634-4. http://www.nature.com/jhh/index.html
  7. ^ Singer, DRJ & Hughes, AD. Introduction to New themes in hypertension. Proceedings of the 7th Annual Symposium of the London Hypertension Society. J Human Hypertension 1996;10:375-6.
  8. ^ Singer, DRJ, Cappuccio, FP, Hughes, AD. New themes in hypertension: introduction. Proceedings of the 8th Annual Symposium of the London Hypertension Society. Journal of Human Hypertension 1997; 11:551-552.
  9. ^ Singer, DRJ, Cappuccio, FP, Hughes, AD. New themes in hypertension. 9th Annual Symposium of the London Hypertension Society. Journal of Human Hypertension 1999
  10. ^ Singer, DRJ, Cappuccio, FP, Hughes, AD. Carter, ND. New themes in hypertension. 10th Annual Symposium of the London Hypertension Society. Journal of Human Hypertension 2000;14:359.
  11. ^ Singer, DRJ, Cappuccio, FP, Hughes, AD. New themes in hypertension. 11th Annual Symposium of the London Hypertension Society. NMCD 2000;10:223. http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/704955/description#description
  12. ^ Singer DRJ; Cappuccio FP; Carter ND; Hughes AD. New horizons in cardiovascular disease. 12th Annual Symposium of the London Hypertension Society. NMCD. 2001;11;285-286.
  13. ^ "Home". WMPA. Retrieved 2012-04-13. 
  14. ^ Qball Internet Solutions Alkmaar. "European Union of Medical Specialists - powered by: Qball Internet Solutions©". UEMS. Retrieved 2012-04-13. 
  15. ^ a b EFIM. "European Federation of Internal Medicine - Latest news". EFIM. Retrieved 2012-04-13. 
  16. ^ "European Journal of Internal Medicine | Vol 23, Iss 3, Pgs e75-e84, 197-292, (April, 2012)". ScienceDirect.com. Retrieved 2012-04-13. [not in citation given]
  17. ^ "Pharmaceutical Panel (PHP) : NIHR HTA programme". Hta.ac.uk. Retrieved 2012-04-13. 
  18. ^ HTA Primary Care, Community and Preventive Interventions Panel http://www.nets.nihr.ac.uk/programmes/hta/our-people
  19. ^ Website of the British Microcirculation Society: http://www.microcirculation.org.uk/
  20. ^ "Executive Committee Members | European Association for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics". Eacpt.org. Retrieved 2012-05-13. 
  21. ^ Website for Health Policy and Technology http://www.healthpolicyandtechnology.org/
  22. ^ Website for Clinical Therapeutics http://www.clinicaltherapeutics.com/home
  23. ^ Healthcare Professionals' Working Party of the European Medicines Agency. http://www.ema.europa.eu/ema/index.jsp?curl=pages/contacts/CHMP/people_listing_000032.jsp&mid=WC0b01ac0580028dd3
  24. ^ D.R.J. Singer and M.W. Hulse. Poetry, medicine, and the International Hippocrates Prize. The Lancet 2010;375:976-977. http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2810%2960427-8/fulltext doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(10)60427-8
  25. ^ Hulse M, Singer D, eds. The Hippocrates Prize 2010. The winning and commended poems. The Hippocrates Prize in association with Top Edge Press, 2010. ISBN 978-0-9545495-5-8.
  26. ^ Hulse M, Gunne S, Singer D, eds. The Hippocrates Prize 2011. The winning and commended poems. The Hippocrates Prize, 2011.
  27. ^ Cunnane, Sarah. "Sheffield named ‘University of the Year’ at annual THE Awards". Times Higher Education. Retrieved 2012-04-13. 
  28. ^ "Warwick team inspired poetry competition wins national award". .warwick.ac.uk. 2011-11-28. Retrieved 2012-04-13. 
  29. ^ Website for the Hippocrates Prize for Young Poets http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/med/research/csri/research/cpt/poetry/entry-schools
  30. ^ Launch of the international Hippocrates Society for Poetry and Medicine. http://hippocrates-poetry.org/news/press-releases-2/science-meets-life-and.html
  31. ^ Website for the Richmond Orchestra http://www.richmondorchestra.org.uk/[not in citation given]
  32. ^ Website for Ealing Junior Music School http://www.ejms.org.uk/[not in citation given]
  33. ^ website for the Cardiovascular Research Trust http://www.cvrt.org.uk/[not in citation given]