Steve Alexander, BSc (Hons), PhD, FBPhS, University of Nottingham Medical School
Steve Alexander completed a BSc (Hons) at the University of Bath in Biochemistry in 1982, and continued to a PhD at the University of Bristol, Department of Pharmacology, graduating in 1986. From 1985-88, he was a Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Neuromorphology, in the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology (then Psychiatry) in Martinsried, Munich, Germany. He spent five years as a Wellcome Trust-funded Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at the University of Nottingham. Since 1993, he has been a Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and now Associate Professor in Molecular Pharmacology at the University of Nottingham, through various name changes to what is now the School of Life Sciences. He launched and directs an MSc in Drug Discovery and Pharmaceutical Sciences, which is delivered jointly with the School of Pharmacy, recently accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry.
His general area of research interest is the molecular mechanism of drug action. In particular, I am interested in cannabis-related medicines. In particular, signalling at cannabinoid and cannabinoid-related receptors (CB1, CB2, GPR18, GPR55, TRPV1, TRPV2, PPARs), and measurement of enzymes of the endocannabinoid system (MAGL, FAAH, NAAA, ABHD6, ABHD12, COX-2). He have published over 75 original articles (over 3000 citations) and 17 refereed reviews (over 800 citations).
He has co-authored two editions of a textbook and was a first awardee of the British Pharmacological Society’s Rang Award “in recognition of a contribution to the teaching of Pharmacology and to the maintenance and development of Pharmacology as a discipline”. He was elected a Fellow of the British Pharmacological Society in 2013.
He is Chair, since 2015, of the Nomenclature Committee of IUPHAR, the Union of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology, which coordinates nomenclature of all the pharmacological targets. A major output from the NC-IUPHAR collaboration with the British Pharmacological Society and the Wellcome Trust has been the freely-accessible online database at www.GuideToPHARMACOLOGY.org. He is Senior Editor of the British Journal of Pharmacology. I was elected President of the International Cannabinoid Research Society, and completed the role of Past President in 2016. He is a grantholder for the Wellcome Trust guidetoIMMUNOPHARMACOLOGY.org (and previously guidetoPHARMACOLOGY.org). Finally, he is also an Editor of BJP’s Concise Guide to PHARMACOLOGY, as well as other nomenclature guides since 1997, with 30 publications accumulating over 4100 citations.