Member Spotlight

The ASCPT Member Spotlight is a forum to recognize and thank a member of ASCPT who has supported the Society's endeavors. We also highlight the Member of the Month, along with two other members, in each issue of Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics. We hope you will enjoy learning about fellow members and as always, encourage your participation in Society events and activities.

Richard J. Bertz, PhD: March Member Spotlight

ASCPT is proud to recognize Richard J. Bertz, PhD as the March 2017 Member of the Month.

Richard J. Bertz, PhD, Vice President and Head, Clinical Pharmacology & Pharmacometrics, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Exploratory Clinical and Translational Research, Princeton, NJ

Dr. Bertz first became involved with ASCPT during graduate school, later obtaining his PhD in the Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences program at the University of Pittsburgh. He presented several posters on his graduate work at ASCPT. He learned about the Society from his PhD advisor, Patricia Kroboth, PhD, while he was a graduate student. He became a full ASCPT member several years after he graduated and has now been a member for about 20 years.

For Dr. Bertz, the ASCPT Annual Meeting has been one of the primary scientific meetings, and he consistently attends as a clinical pharmacologist in the pharmaceutical industry. Early in his career, he participated in several committees within ASCPT. The scientists in his group send multiple abstracts to ASCPT for presentation each year. ASCPT has also benefitted Dr. Bertz through the journal family. He consistently reads each monthly issue of CPT. He also explains that ASCPT is a great organization for networking and recruiting PK/PD scientists. Additionally, Dr. Bertz feels that, over the last several years in particular, ASCPT has been a leader in pharmacometrics, merging clinical pharmacology with in silico modeling and simulation in a way that has really helped support and further the discipline of clinical pharmacology and pharmacometrics.

Dr. Bertz believes that becoming a member and getting involved in a scientific organization is an essential part of one's career growth. Joining an organization, such as ASCPT, provides an opportunity to network with peers and a venue to share one's research and gain exposure in the field. Being a member of ASCPT also allows the younger generation to develop relationships and potential collaborations with well-known scientists. However, the benefits are reciprocal in that young scientists can help shape the future of the organization. He also advises students and trainees to consider participating in one of the many committees and specialty areas of the Society.

Currently, Dr. Bertz leads a group of scientists at Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS), working across all therapeutic areas. He takes great pride in the innovative work his team is doing across the many therapeutics areas at BMS that support the development of drugs for patients in need.

Dr. Bertz has been a member of ASCPT since 1995.

Thank you, Dr. Bertz, for your continued commitment to ASCPT and the discipline of clinical pharmacology and translational medicine.

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