Annual Meetings

2020 — Montréal, Canada • September 13 to 16

September 12—Board Meeting and DSP Exam
September 13—CE Courses
September 14–16—Scientific Sessions

2019 — Barcelona, Spain • September 23 to 26

Scientific topics covered: The Utility of Human Stem Cell Models of Nervous System Disorders - Progress and Clinical Proof of Concept, Emerging In Vitro Models and Their Application in Safety, Hot Topics in the Central Nervous System, Can Safety Pharmacology Studies Support the Assessment of Immune-Related Adverse Events?, Thoughts on Translation, Leveraging the In Silico World of Data to Identify Personalized Medicine Approaches for Novel Drug Targets, How Clinicians and Clinical Pharmacologists View Safety Pharmacology Data, Recent Trends in High Performance Computing for Safety Pharmacology, What Do Biomarkers Mark? A Safety Pharmacology Perspective, Impact of Early Safety Pharmacology Derisking Strategies and Techniques, Strategies for Getting to FIH and Beyond Efficiently and Safely, and Revisiting ICH S7A and S7B.

2018 — Washington, DC • September 29 to October 3

Scientific topics Covered: Science=Solutions for the US Opioid Crisis, The Promise and Perils of Heart Failure Gene Therapy, Secondary Pharmacology: From the Test Tube to the Clinic, Next Generation Non-Opiate Pain Management, Safety Pharmacology/FDA Discussion on the Gastrointestinal System, CiPA Real-Life Implementation, Cardio-Oncology, Central Nervous System and Sensory Assessments: Established and Emerging Nonclinical Drug Safety Testing Strategies, Advanced Imaging Techniques in Preclinical Safety, In Silico Approaches, From Bench to Bedside—Translational Clinical Pharmacology Designs, and Interactive Case Studies.

2017 — Berlin, Germany • September 23 to 27

Scientific topics Covered: Gender Differences in Cardiovascular Diseases, The Pathophysiology and Treatment of Tinnitus, Oncology Drug Safety Testing in the 21st Century, Updates on the Hot Topics within CNS, Current Topics in the Translation and Validation of Safety Pharmacology Studies, Best Practices for New Biological Entities and New Modalities, Disease Models and Personalized Medicine, In Vitro Microphysiological Systems to Predict Safety, In Silico Modeling for Cardiac Drug Safety, Animal Models and Species Selection, CiPA Challenges and Opportunities from Nonclinical, Clinical, and Regulatory Perspectives and Interactive Case Studies.

2016 — Vancouver, Canada • September 18 to 21

Scientific topics Covered: Safety Pharmacology Across the Globe, Translational Cardiovascular Safety Pharmacology, Receptor Pharmacology, Advances in Technologies: In Vitro and In Silico Models, Practical Pharmacology, Personalized Medicine, Translational CNS and Respiratory Safety Pharmacology, State-of-the-Art Technologies and Methods, Translational Biomarkers: Bridging the Gap, Paediatric & Fetal Clinical Pharmacology, Regulatory Session, as well as SPS Oral Communications (from posters) and CSPT Trainee Presentations (from posters).

Regional Meetings


The Safety Pharmacology Society Northeast Regional Meeting, Skating Ahead of the Puck: Safety Pharmacology for Evolving Therapeutic Modalities, will be held at the Charles River site in Shrewsbury, MA on October 17, 2019. Registration is free for Students and Postdocs; registration for all others is $75. Included with the registration fee are coffee breaks/snacks and lunch. Topics covered will include:

  • New look at secondary pharmacology
  • Alternative modalities
  • Early derisking strategies
  • Up and coming in vitro technologies
  • Immune modulations

Don't miss this opportunity for open discussion, to interact with the safety pharmacology community, and deepen your knowledge on this topic.


Donald Hodges, Alan Bass, Susan Goody, Andrew Sonderfan, Robert Dunn, Malar Pannirselvam, Amy Kim, and Samuel Chuang.



Hosted by: Charles River Laboratories (Shrewsbury)
Location: 334 South St, Shrewsbury, MA 01545
Date: October 17, 2019
Registration Time: 7:30–9:00*
Meeting Time: 9:00–3:30*
Networking Reception: 3:30–4:30*

*subject to change


2019 SPS BAY AREA REGIONAL MEETING: Current Topics in CNS Safety Pharmacology

Save the Date for the Safety Pharmacology Society Bay Area Regional Meeting, which will be held at the Genentech facility in South San Francisco, CA on November 8, 2019. Registration is free for Students and Postdocs; registration for all others is $75. Included with the registration fee are coffee breaks/snacks and lunch.


Dale Stevens, Dinah Misner, Carrie McMahon, Ray Chui, Michael Pugsley, Chris Mathes, and Najah Abi-Gerges.

VIEW AGENDA (Coming Soon)


Hosted by: Genentech (South San Francisco, CA)
Location: 1 DNA Way, South San Francisco, CA 94080
Date: November 8, 2019
Registration Time: 8:00–9:00*
Meeting Time: 9:00–3:30*
Networking Reception: 3:30–4:30*

*subject to change


Award Opportunities

Distinguished Service Award

The Safety Pharmacology Society Distinguished Service Award (DSA) is an honor given to an individual who has substantially contributed to the field of Safety Pharmacology in one or more of the following areas: specific research achievements, champions of the field, lifelong contribution to the field, substantial specific contribution, visionary direction, regulatory decisions, science and technology of the field, education, mentorship in the field, collaboration between industry, academia, and regulatory.

Previous Distinguished Service Award Recipients

Junior Investigator Award

Eligible candidates for the Junior Investigator Award include students (undergraduate or graduate), technical staff, and junior scientists, postdoctoral fellows (< 5 years), and early career lab heads. The candidate should have less than 10 years experience in the field of safety pharmacology. Candidates may come from within academia, contract research organizations, pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry, government or engaged in preclinical research in safety pharmacology.

Exclusion criteria include previous Junior Travel Award winners, professors (undergraduate or graduate programs) and management personnel (e.g. laboratory head, principal investigator, or supervisor/mentor).

Previous Junior Investigator Award Recipients

Student Travel Award

Eligible candidates for the Student Travel Award include high school, undergraduate, or graduate students. Exclusion criteria include previous Student Travel Award winners.

Previous Student Travel Award Recipients