Special Populations (SPO) Community

The Special Populations Community focuses on research with groups of patients that differ with regard to human development (pediatrics, geriatrics, pregnancy), gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, body condition (obesity/malnutrition), or lifestyle (drug dependence, smoking).

Community Mission

The mission of the Special Populations Community is to engage members in clinical pharmacology and translational medicine research across academia, regulatory agencies, and industry to understand factors that contribute to variable therapeutic outcomes in special populations.

Community Goals

  • Provide a Community environment that fosters the development of much needed scientific expertise in special populations, including an appreciation for the diversity of the research in special populations.
  • Encourage the development of innovative pharmacological tools to engage special populations in research.
  • Stimulate scientific collaborations among clinical pharmacologists with interests in special populations and encourage the sharing of knowledge about common challenges in conducting research in special populations.
  • Provide a platform to collaborate with regulatory agencies to disseminate knowledge and expertise for the enhancement of guidelines on special populations.
  • Support members to propose and sponsor programming for ASCPT Annual Meetings as well as webinars and other educational resources throughout the year that are of interest to the SPO Community.
  • Encourage feedback from the SPO Community members and be responsive to ideas, initiatives, and involvement.
B van Groen

Bianca van Groen, PharmD, PhD

Community Chair


P Lukka

Pradeep Lukka, MS, PhD

Community Vice Chair


K Bigos

Kristin Bigos, PhD

Community Co-Past Chair


E Woodahl

Erica Woodahl, PhD

Community Co-Past Chair


SPO Steering Committee
Kit Wun Kathy Cheung, PharmD
Damayanthi Devineni, PhD
Naomi Gronich, MD
Gina Patel, PhD
Elimika Pfuma Fletcher, PharmD, PhD
Paulien Ravenstijn, PhD
Martina Sahre, PhD
Farzaneh Salem, PharmD, PhD
Nori Smeets, MD
Youssef Roman, PharmD, PhD
Mayur Ladumor, PhD
Rissy Wesonga, MSc
Rachel Hudson, PhD
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