About this event

  • Date and time Fri 17 Jan 2020 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Anaesthesia

This meeting will present the Henry Hickman medal lecture and detail the development obstacles and features of propofol that have led to its wide range of applications.

Dr John B Glen, the man who discovered and developed propofol, will provide information on the methods that are used to identify propofol as a useful agent, problems in obtaining a suitable formulation, and the development of equipment and techniques for maintenance of anaesthesia with propofol. Plus comments on the trial of Conrad Murray for the manslaughter of Michael Jackson.

A delicious three-course meal is available to book after the meeting.


Key speakers

Dr John B Glen

Dr John B Glen

Former Research Biologist and Clinical Specialist in Anaesthesia, ICI Pharmaceuticals and AstraZeneca.

Speaker's biography

Having studied veterinary medicine at Glasgow University, Dr John B Glen was interested in remaining in the academic environment and after a year as a house surgeon doing small animal surgery, he became a lecturer in veterinary surgery with particular responsibility for veterinary anaesthesia. His interest in the evaluation of new anaesthetic agents in animals encouraged him to join ICI Pharmaceuticals as a research biologist in their anaesthetic project team looking for new anaesthetic drugs. Dr John B Glen recommended propofol for clinical development in 1973 but challenges in obtaining a satisfactory formulation delayed its clinical availability until 1986. He had moved to the medical department and became involved in the phase 4 clinical trial programme with studies that supported use for maintenance of anaesthesia and sedation and was closely involved in the development of Diprifusor TCI.


View the programme

Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and presentation of Henry Hickman medal
From test-tube to TIVA: Milestones in the development of propofol

Dr John B Glen, Former Research Biologist and Clinical Specialist in Anaesthesia, ICI Pharmaceuticals and AstraZeneca

Drinks reception
Close of meeting and optional dinner (pre-registered only)


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom