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.
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ASCPT 2019 Annual Meeting
Special Populations and Early Career Joint Community Meeting
Thursday, March 14 (7:00 am - 8:00 am)
Hoover Room
This will mainly be an interactive meeting with the audience. We will start with introductions and then have a ‘live’ quiz via smartphones that will test the attendee’s knowledge on EC and SPO. Each Community will then summarize their 2018 achievements followed by a brainstorm discussion to identify topics (joint or separate) for the annual meeting in 2020.

Special Populations Community Hosted Lunch Table
Friday, March 15 (12:00 pm - 1:00 pm)
Washington 2-6
Grab your lunch and join ASCPT Network, Community and Journal leaders for small group, informal networking discussions over the lunch break. Learn more about ASCPT initiatives, the Family of Journals, 2020 planning, how you can become more involved in the Society, and much more!

Past Webinars

Paulien Ravenstijn, PhD

Community Chair


Bianca van Groen, PharmD

Community Vice Chair


Violette Gijsen, MsC, PhD, MD

Community Vice Chair


Catherine M. T. Sherwin, PhD

Community Past Chair


SPO Steering Committee
Akshanth Polepally, PhD
Pooja Manchandani, PhD
Youssef Roman, PharmD, PhD
Woodahl Erica, PhD
Malaz AbuTarif, PhD
Elimika Fletcher, PharmD, PhD
Gopichand Gottipati, PhD
Kit Wun Kathy Cheung, PharmD
Manoranjenni Chetty, PhD
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