PhD student addresses British Pharmacological Society Conference
Shazma Bashir is doing research into how paracetamol works
A PhD candidate at the University of East London (UEL) was invited to present intriguing new research on paracetamol at the British Pharmacological Society’s (BPS) annual conference.
Shazma Bashir, a PhD student in Bioscience, gave an oral presentation at the gathering – an opportunity which is usually offered to established researchers.
The BPS is the main UK professional body for promoting the application and research of pharmacology. It has over 3,500 members from more than 60 countries.
“The experience was exceptional and I had some really good feedback. I would like to continue unlocking paracetamol's mystery as a post doc scientist in the near future.”
Professor Mike Seed, an academic in UEL’s Pharmacology department, said that Shazma’s presentation was significant for UEL.
Dr Morgan said, “We know Calpol (paracetamol) is the friend of every parent when their toddler has a fever. The conventional view is that paracetamol acts on enzymes somewhere in the brain.
“However, Shazma’s research is suggesting that paracetamol may be working by preventing the power units in cells, the mitochondria, from working properly. Shazma’s research is suggesting that if mitochondria are temporarily compromised the body will produce less heat and body temperature falls.”