The Animal Health Modeling & Simulation Society (AHM&S) is a newly founded association (2012) that aims at promoting the development, application, and dissemination of modeling and simulation techniques in the field of Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology.
Many issues specific to veterinary sciences are currently not addressed in human medicine (e.g., collective drug administration, residues in edible tissues, post-mortem sampling in small size species, etc.).
The primary objective of AHM&S is to use in silico/mathematical model-based approaches for a better integration and understanding of quantitative pharmacology in veterinary and comparative biomedical disciplines. Pharmacokinetics (PK) and pharmacodynamics (PD) awareness are vital, if we attempt to relate preclinical results to the acute and long-term outcomes of drug therapy in animal or human patients. The debate on whether preclinical findings can be translated to other animals, or even human use, is still engaging scientists across industry, academia, and regulatory bodies.
PK and PD traditionally comprise distinct disciplines within pharmacology, the study of the interaction of drugs with the body. It is our intention to show that by deliberately, closely, and systematically integrating these disciplines, our understanding of drugs and the efficiency and effectiveness of drug discovery, development and ultimately usage may be greatly enhanced.
Coming Training Events
* VetCAST Workshop on quantitative methods for Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing (AST) and clinical breakpoint determination in Toulouse (France), 12th to 15th Sept 2017. The first day is a general introduction and the subsequent days will involve hands-on modelling exercises in Phoenix NLME. Workshop Program.
* Upcoming workshop this Fall in Kansas City on modeling approaches to data analysis aimed specifically towards the veterinary pharmaceutical industry. This workshop would also be appropriate for graduate students and anyone in interested in learning more about PKPD modelling. http://www.vet.k-state.edu/education/continuing/conferences/pkpd-workshop/
Coming International Meetings
* The 26th meeting of the Population Approach Group in Europe will take place in Budapest, Hungary from the 6th to the 9th of June 2017. Details here.