The European Association for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (EACPT) has its origins in a working party brought together under the auspices of the World Health Organisation (WHO-Europe) in the early 1980s. The chairman of the working party was Prof Folke Sjöqvist (Sweden) and some ten European countries were represented on the working party. Over the years the group produced a number of published papers on the organisation of Clinical Pharmacology, the teaching of CPT and concerns such as primary care involvement with clinical pharmacology. In the early 1990s some members of this group met in Verona (Italy) to consider creating a Europe wide body to encourage clinical pharmacology and therapeutic interests throughout Europe. After consultation across Europe a committee was created in 1993 under the chairmanship of Prof Folke Sjöqvist with the remit to prepare the first congress of EACPT which was held in Paris in 1995. At that congress a formal constitution was agreed by the Council (formed by representative delegates from all countries involved). Members of Council elected an Executive Committee with Prof Sjöqvist as chairman, Prof Michael Orme (UK) as Honorary Secretary, Prof Jochen Kuhlmann (Germany) as Treasurer and Prof Giampaolo Velo (Italy) as Vice-Chairman. At that stage there were 26 European Countries in membership of EACPT through the Clinical Pharmacology society or section in their home country.

The first EACPT Congress in Paris was organised by Prof Georges Cheymol and his colleagues and was a successful and pleasant occasion with over 1000 delegates present. After the Paris Congress there was a similar sized and very successful congress in Berlin organized by Prof Ivar Roots and co-workers in 1997 and a smaller congress in Jerusalem in 1999 organised by Prof Micha Levy and his team. A smaller congress was organised so as not to clash too much with the larger IUPHAR (CPT) and EACPT sponsored congress which was held in Florence in 2000. In Jerusalem a new Executive Committee was elected by the Council (now with delegates from 29 European Countries and the main changes were the election of Prof Velo as chairman and Prof Kim Brøsen (Denmark) as Vice-chairman.

The Florence congress organised by Prof Giamapolo Velo (Italy) and his colleagues was very successful with some 2000 delegates from all over the world and this was followed in 2001 by the V EACPT Congress in Odense (Denmark), which was presided over by Prof Kim Brøsen. In 2003 the VI EACPT Congress was held in Istanbul and in spite of concerns over the war, which broke out in neighbouring Iraq some three months before the congress, our worries were relieved by the presence of over 700 delegates. In Istanbul we welcomed more countries into membership of EACPT so that we now have 32 countries as part of the EACPT family. We also had new elections for the Executive Committee from among the Council members which was also substantially changed as many delegates had served the two terms (of four years each) which is the maximum allowed by the Statutes (which see). The new officers elected were Prof Michael Orme (UK) as chairman, Prof Ingolf Cascorbi (Germany) as Treasurer, Prof Nicholas Moore (France) as Vice-chairman and Prof John Cockcroft (UK) as Honorary Secretary.

In 2005 EACPT held a relatively small congress in Poznan (Poland), which was organised by Prof Alexander Mrozikiewicz and his team. The congress was particularly aimed at colleagues in Eastern Europe and some 500 delegates attended. This congress was followed in 2007 by a very well attended (some 1000 delegates) VIII EACPT Congress organised in Amsterdam by Prof Jan Schellens and his colleagues. This congress of high scientific quality was also the first since 2001 to be financially successful. In Amsterdam there were substantial changes to the Council membership (following the election of new delegates by member countries) and a new Executive Committee was elected with Prof Ingolf Cascorbi (Germany) in the chair. The other officers elected were Prof Nicholas Moore (France) as vice-chairman, Prof John Cockcroft (UK) as secretary and Prof Adam Vas (Hungary) as Treasurer.

In 2009 and Prof. David Web and Simon Maxwell organised the IX EACPT Congress Edinburgh, which was attended by more than 800 delegates from five continents. This was followed by the X EACPT Congress, held in Budapest in 2011, chaired by Prof. Adam Vas. Adam Vas, who passed in 2014, will be always remembered. This congress was almost as profitable in economic terms for the EACPT as the Amsterdam Congress. These consequtive successes allowed the EACPT to undertake an ambitious program to increase our visibility and enhance the participation of European CP in the activities of EACPT. In Budapest the EACPT Executive Committee underwent substantial changes. Prof. Gonzalo Calvo was appointed as Chair, and Prof. Tabassome Simon as Vice-Chair. Prof. Donald Singer (Secretary) and Prof. Kari Kivisto (Treasurer) completed the officer staff of this new EC. At that time, the EACPT Council approved a renewed EACPT statutes and by-laws, that were to come into action after formal registration according to the German law.

In 2011 the EACPT celebrated its XI Congress in Geneva, chaired by Prof. Dayer, and organised by Drs. Marie Besson and Caroline Samer. Despite being the most critical point of the global economic crisis, the organisers managed to attract more than 600 attendees to an exciting and very well organised meeting. At that meeting, the EACPT Council elected Prof. Tabassome Simon as EACPT Chair-elect and approved a strategic plan that included a number of new approaches to increase the networking capacity of EACPT and the visibility of our society.

Executive Committee membership since the inception of EACPT.

The European Association for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics ( EACPT ) was founded at a meeting in Verona in 1993 following on from work conducted by the European Office of WHO. At that stage the key aims of EACPT were developed and the Statutes prepared which were confirmed at the first full meeting in Paris in 1995.

Membership of the Interim Committee of EACPT 1993-1995

Chairman Prof Folke Sjöqvist Sweden
Vice-Chairman Prof Georges Cheymol France
Secretary Prof Michael Orme United Kingdom
Treasurer †Prof Norbert Rietbrock Germany
Councillors Prof Pierre Bechtel France
Prof Jochen Kuhlmann Germany
Prof Joan-Ramon Laporte Spain
Prof Per Knut Lunde Norway
Dr Leo Offerhaus Netherlands
Dr Allan Struthers United Kingdom
Prof Giampaolo Velo Italy

Membership of EACPT Executive Committee

1995 -1999 

Chairman Prof Folke Sjöqvist Sweden
Vice-Chairman Prof Giampaolo Velo Italy
Treasurer Prof Jochen Kuhlmann Germany
Secretary Prof Michael Orme United Kingdom
Councillors Prof Marc Bogaert Belgium
Prof Kim Brøsen Denmark
Prof Pierre Dayer Switzerland
Prof Patrice Jaillon France
Prof Joan-Ramon Laporte Spain
Prof Ivar Roots Germany
†Prof Bozidar Vrhovac Croatia
Honorary Presidents Prof Georges Cheymol
( on Committee 1995 -1999 )
†Prof Norbert Rietbrock
( on Committee 1997 – 1999 )

1999 – 2003

Chairman Prof Giampaolo Velo Italy
Vice-Chairman Prof Kim Brøsen Denmark
Treasurer Prof Jochen Kuhlmann Germany
Secretary Prof Michael Orme United Kingdom
Councillors Dr Angeliki Iliopoulou Greece
Prof Patrice Jaillon France
†Professor Alexander Mroziliewicz Poland
Dr Lembit Rago Estonia
Prof Anders Rane Sweden
Prof Jan Schellens Netherlands
Prof Vitan Vlahov Bulgaria
Past Chairman Prof Folke Sjöqvist Sweden
Honorary Presidents Prof Micha Levy
(On Committee 1999- 2003 )
†Prof Norbert Rietbrock
( On Committee 1999- 2001 )

2003 – 2007

Chairman Prof Michael Orme United Kingdom
Vice-Chairman Prof Nicholas Moore France
Treasurer Prof Ingolf Cascorbi Germany
Secretary Prof John Cockcroft United Kingdom
Councillors Prof Nicolas Boada Spain
Dr Kim Dalhoff Denmark
Dr Jules Desmeules Switzerland
Prof Igor Francetic Croatia
Prof Piero Geppetti Italy
Prof Anders Rane Sweden
Prof Jan Schellens Netherlands
Prof Adam Vas Hungary
Past Chairman Prof Giampaolo Velo Italy
Honorary Presidents Prof Kim Brøsen
( On Committee 2003 – 2007 )
Prof Alexander Mrozikiewicz
( On Committee 2005 – 2007)
Prof Cankat Tulunay
( On Committee 2003 – 2007 )
Co-opted Prof David Webb United Kingdom
Prof Przemyslaw Mrozikiewicz Poland

2007 – 2011

Chairman Prof Ingolf Cascorbi Germany
Vice-Chairman Prof Nicholas Moore France
Secretary Prof John Cockcroft United Kingdom
Treasurer †Prof Adam Vas Hungary
Councillors Prof Gunnar Alvan Sweden
Prof G Calvo Rojas Spain
Prof Pierangelo Geppetti Italy
Dr Simon Maxwell United Kingdom
Prof Milos Stojiljkovic Serbia
Prof Theo de Vries Netherlands
Prof Lilia Ziganshina Russian Federation
Past Chairman Prof Michael Orme United Kingdom
Honorary Presidents †Prof Alexander Mrozikiewicz
( on committee 2007 – 2009 )
Prof Jan Schellens
( on Committee 2007 – 2011 )
Prof Giampaolo Velo
( on committee 2007 – 2011 )
Co-opted Prof Kim Brøsen Denmark
Prof David Webb United Kingdom

2011 – 2015

Chairman Prof. Gonzalo Calvo Spain
Chairperson-Elect Prof. Tabassome Simon France
Secretary Prof. Donald Singer United Kingdom
Treasurer Prof. Kari Kivistö, Finland Finland
Councillors Dr Caridad Pontes Spain
Pr Ylva Böttiger Sweden
Pr Gerard Rongen, The Netherlands The Netherlands
Prof. Matthias Schwab Germany
Prof. Edoardo Spina Italy
Prof. Dmitry Sychev Russia
Prof. Dinko Vitezić Croatia
Past Chairman Prof. Ingolf Cascorbi Germany
Co-Opted Prof. Simon Maxwell United Kingdom
Prof. Theo de Vries The Netherlands
Prof. Kim Brøsen Denmark
Dr Marie Besson Switzerland
Dr Caroline Samer Switzerland
Prof Petra Thürmann Germany

EACPT Congresses since the Foundation of EACPT.

City Dates Year Congress President
I Congress Paris September 27th – 30th 1995 Prof Cheymol
II Congress Berlin September 17th -21st 1997 Prof Roots
III Congress Jerusalem October 3rd – 8th 1999 Prof Levy
IV Congress Florence July 15th – 20th 2000 Prof Velo
V Congress Odense September 12th -15th 2001 Prof Brøsen
VI Congress Istanbul June 25th – 28th 2003 Prof Tulunay
VII Congress Poznan June 25th – 29th 2005 Prof Mrozikiewicz
VIII Congress Amsterdam Aug 28th –Sept 1st 2007 Prof Schellens
IX Congress Edinburgh July 12th – 15th 2009 Prof Webb
X Congress Budapest June 26th – 29th 2011 Prof Vas
XI Congress Geneva August 28th – 31st 2013 Prof Dayer

EACPT Summer Schools

City Country Dates Organiser
1st Summer School Antalya Turkey 31.10-1.11.2001 Prof Tulunay
2nd Summer School Budapest Hungary 11.-15.9.2003 Prof Vas
3rd Summer School Sofia Bulgaria 22-25.9.2004 Prof Vlahov
4th Summer School Vrsac Serbia 16-20.9.2006 Prof Stojiljkovic
5th Summer School Ghent Belgium 24-27.8.2007 Prof van Bortel
6th Summer School Madrid Spain 14-16.7.2008 Prof Portolés and Prof. Calvo
7th Summer School Alexandroupolis Greece 19-22.09.2009 Prof Manolopoulos
8th Summer School Dresden Germany 30.09-02.10.2010 Prof Cascorbi and Prof Kirch
9th Summer School Amsterdam Netherlands 23-25.8.2012 Prof de Vries
th Summer School Edinburgh United Kingdom 4-6.7.2013 Prof Web and Prof. Maxwel

EACPT Focus Meetings

  City Country Dates Organiser  
1st Focus Meeting Nijmegen Netherlands 3-5.7.2014 Prof Rongen





Updated on 2015-07-01T12:34:55+00:00, by Dennis Reinitz.