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In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Elizabeth (Liz) Davis

The worldwide pharmacology community is grieving for the passing of Professor Elizabeth (Liz) Davis on October 26th 2021.


Liz was enormously valued worldwide for her generosity, dedication with her teaching and motivation ability, which in her role of leading the education section of the International Union of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology (IUPHAR) gave her a major international dimension for teaching young people around the world. From her role of Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacology at Monash University, she had a worldwide influence on pharmacology and young scientists. The IUPHAR Pharmacology Education Project (PEP) reaches scientists around the world and has a great number of users, which has been of particular importance through the pandemic, with up to 40,000 visits / month.


Liz therefore had roles nationally, as the inaugural Chair of the ASCEPT Education Forum (2007-2013; 2018-2020) and internationally, as Chair of the IUPHAR Education Section (2018-current). Without young scientists there is no future for pharmacology, so Liz was a critical player for the future of the science. She had just organised for IUPHAR a resoundingly successful virtual meeting ‘Future- proofing Pharmacology Education,‘ which had an impact worldwide.  Liz was enormously appreciated by her colleagues in IUPHAR and students not only in Australia, but around the world. An obituary by Monash University can be found here


We send our sincere condolences, and share grief, to Liz’ husband Ric and daughters Jessica and Caitlyn. She will be sorely missed by her friends and colleagues in IUPHAR.


Ingolf Cascorbi                                                              Michael Spedding