Author: Professor David Webb, WCP2023 President

The Italian Society of Pharmacology (Società Italiana Farmacologia (SIF)) held its 41st National Congress in Rome from 16 to 19 November 2022. As President of WCP2023, I was delighted to be invited to speak at the conference, along with Secretary General of WCP2023, Professor Amrita Ahluwalia.

Amrita gave a fantastic Special Lecture titled ‘Resolution (of inflammation): women do it better’ that was very well received.

In my Plenary Lecture, titled ‘siRNA: ready for prime-time’, I showed how advances in siRNA technology have allowed effective knockdown of previously undruggable target proteins, and moved from tackling orphan diseases to common conditions like hypercholesterolaemia and hypertension.

Professor David Webb speaking at SIF's 41st National Congress in Rome

Professor David Webb speaking at SIF’s 41st National Congress in Rome

It was great to meet so many pharmacologists from Italy at this large, vibrant in-person meeting in Rome, their first since COVID. As much as we enjoy virtual events, there is nothing quite like the buzz that goes with an in-person meeting, where conversation and an exchange of ideas can flow more freely. Seeing the success of the Rome meeting really bodes well for our World Congress of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology in Glasgow next year.

Amrita and I would like to thank SIF’s outgoing President, Professor Giorgio Racagni, and the incoming President, Professor Giuseppe Cirino, and to everyone at SIF for inviting us to their Congress and for their continued support of WCP2023.

Professor Giuseppe Cirino, outgoing President of SIF

Professor Giuseppe Cirino, incoming President of SIF

We look forward to welcoming the world’s pharmacology community to Glasgow from 2 to 7 July 2023.

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