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Jeffrey Aronson


Consultant Physician and Clinical Pharmacologist



  • Methods of classifying, detecting, and reporting adverse drug reactions, including systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and the use of anecdotal reports (including collaborations with Professor RE Ferner, Birmingham, Dr M Hauben, New York, and others)
  • Innovation in drug therapy (collaboration with Professor RE Ferner, University of Birmingham, and Professor DA Hughes, University of Bangor)
  • Monitoring therapy in chronic disease (collaboration with Professor Paul Glasziou, Brisbane; Dr Rafael Perera, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, Oxford; Professor Thierry Buclin, Lausanne; and others)
  • Pharmacological and therapeutic effects of drugs in diabetes mellitus (collaborations with various members of the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences)
  • Systematic reviews of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacokinetic–pharmacodynamic modelling (collaboration with Dr Richard Stevens, Department of Primary Care Health Sciences)
  • Mechanistic reasoning in the philosophy of evidence-based medicine (collaboration with Dr Jeremy Howick, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, Oxford, and Professor Paul Glasziou, Brisbane)
  • Simple and cheap methods of medical management of toxicological problems in a developing country (collaboration with Professor HA de Silva and colleagues, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka)
  • Developing a toolkit for patient safety in general practice (collaboration with Professor Tony Avery, Nottingham, and others)

Teaching and training

  • Teaching medical students the fundamentals of therapeutics.
  • Ad hoc two-week special study modules in clinical pharmacology and therapeutics for medical students.
  • Masterclass in prescribing for medical students
  • Co-author of didactic textbooks (e.g. “The Oxford Handbook of Practical Drug Therapy”) and contributor of chapters to others
  • Editor, Meyler’s Side Effects of Drugs: The International Encyclopedia of Adverse Drug Reactions and Interactions (16th edition in press) and of its annual updates, Side Effects of Drugs Annuals
  • Co-editor (with John Talbot), Stephens’ Detection and Evaluation of Adverse Drug Reactions: Principles and Practice. 6th edition


  • Member of the Advisory Board of the British National Formulary
  • External adviser on the NIHR (National Institute for Health Research) Journals Library Board, advising on the publication of the results of research funded by the NIHR
  • Member of a Technology Appraisal Committee of NICE, advising on the pharmacological aspects of cost-effectiveness decisions in health care
  • Chairman of the British Pharmacopoeia Commission’s Expert Advisory Group on Nomenclature
  • President Emeritus and Honorary Fellow, British Pharmacological Society, working to improve the profile of clinical pharmacology in the UK