About this event

  • Date and time Wed 21 Oct 2020 from 5:30pm to 7:35pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by History of Medicine Society

Please note, the Annual General Meeting taking place from 5:30pm to 5:45pm is for Section members only. Two separate Zoom links will be provided via email to members who would like to attend both the AGM and the webinar. 

This webinar will shed light on two inter-related talks, vomiting and the development of anti-emetic drugs. Join us to develop your knowledge of the mechanisms of vomiting, learn the history of the scientific discovery and development of anti-emetic agents, and understand the clinical use and impact of these drugs.  

For the webinar, we will be joined by internationally renowned medical researchers, Professor Gareth Sanger, professor of neuropharmacology and Professor Paul Andrews, emeritus professor of comparative physiology. During their sessions, they will uniquely contextualise their own scientific contributions into a broader history of  medical research. 

The discussions will look to emphasise the importance of considering present knowledge and practice within a broader historical framework, and underline that the past informs the present and the future.  

During this session, participants can expect to:

  • Understand the historical significance of vomiting as a sign and symptom of disease processes
  • Know and understand how knowledge of the mechanisms of vomiting were discovered and led to the development of therapeutic strategies
  • Know some of the key developments of anti-emetic drugs
  • Considering anti-emetics as a case-study, appreciate the variety of interactions and collaborations between medical scientists, clinicians, pharmaceutical companies, regulatory authorities and patients involved in drug discovery

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Key speakers

Professor Gareth Sanger

Professor of Neuropharmacology, Blizard Institute, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London

Speaker's biography

Professor Sanger is the professor of neuropharmacology at Blizard Institute-Barts and The London Medical School of Queen Mary University of London. He has won a “highly commended” award from NC3Rs (National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement & Reduction of Animals in Research) for his first paper after establishing this new laboratory.

Professor Paul Andrews

Emeritus Professor of Comparative Physiology, St George’s Hospital Medical School 

Speaker's biography

Professor Andrews is emeritus professor of comparative physiology at St George’s Hospital Medical School in London. He was the recipient of the Pfizer academic award.  


View programme

Section members only

Annual general meeting 2019/2020

For sections members only. Please note that the Zoom link to attend the AGM will be separate from the one used for the main webinar 

End of AGM

Delegates will have 10 minutes to log onto the main webinar using the second Zoom link provided via email

Main webinar

Webinar opens

Delegates will have 5 minutes to log on before the webinar starts and therefore will be placed in a virtual waiting room.

Welcome and introduction

Professor Tilli Tansey, President, History of Medicine Society, Royal Society of Medicine

Vomiting through the ages

Professor Paul Andrews, Emeritus Professor of Comparative Physiology, St George’s Hospital Medical School

Tales of drug discovery – anti-emetics

Professor Gareth Sanger, Professor of Neuropharmacology, Blizard Institute, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London

Panel discussion
Close of webinar



All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations.

Special rates for difficult times 

The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s COVID-19 online events are available free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic. 

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