Ben WhalleyDr Ben Whalley is a Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology at the Reading School of Pharmacy. He obtained his first degree in Pharmacy at the London School of Pharmacy in 1992 before working as a pharmacist for several years in both community pharmacy and primary care trust settings with a focus upon mental health and addiction. Dr Whalley returned to academia in 1999 when he undertook a pharmacology PhD at the London School of Pharmacy. This work, and the subsequent post-doctoral position he obtained upon successfully completing his PhD, investigated developmental factors affecting seizure susceptibility in olfactory cortex using electrophysiological methods in addition to investigating mechanisms of action underlying the effects of new anticonvulsants for the pharmaceutical industry.  During this time, he also developed a research interest in the pharmacology and anticonvulsant potential of cannabis constituents

Dr Whalley was appointed as a Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacy in 2005 when he left the oldest school of pharmacy to join the Reading School of Pharmacy which was, at the time, the newest school of pharmacy in the UK!  He was made a Lecturer in Pharmacology in 2009 and a Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology in 2010. During this time, he has built a reputation for expertise in the area of cannabinoid pharmacology and hyperexcitability disorders (particularly epilepsy) in addition to pioneering novel electrophysiological methods and analysis techniques. This research has been supported by grants from Research Councils, the pharmaceutical industry, charities and his host institution and has led to numerous published research papers, book chapters, invited seminars and successfully completed PhD student projects. His most recent work with new anticonvulsants places his work at the interface between preclinical investigation and translation to human clinical trials and has led to the publication of several patents.  

Dr Whalley has also taught across large sections of the Reading School of Pharmacy’s MPharm programme where his experience in both pharmacology and pharmacy practice are brought together in teaching upon and convening undergraduate modules for the therapeutics/clinical pharmacology discipline. He also delivers teaching and training sessions to other schools (e.g. Biological Sciences, Systems Engineering) and for staff training purposes (Research Ethics), chairs his school’s internal ethics committee, sits on the Berkshire B NHS Ethics Committee and acts as a Review Editor for Frontiers in Neural Circuits. 

 

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