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Antiarrhythmic drugs – an updated classification after 50 years

Antiarrhythmic drugs – an updated classification after 50 years

Department

In the late 1960s Miles Vaughan Williams, a member of the staff in the Oxford Department of Pharmacology and Fellow of Hertford College (1955-85), introduced a novel classification of drugs used to treat cardiac arrhythmias. This scheme has been very widely used around the world and has led to the development of new drugs that have saved countless lives. Our understanding of the control of cardiac rhythm has developed in that time and a group of cardiovascular scientists from Oxford, Cambridge and Beijing led by Associate Professor Ming Lei decided that the time was ripe to modernise the classification and to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Vaughan Williams.

Growing up as a Pharmacologist

Growing up as a Pharmacologist

Department General

Professor David Smith reflects on a research career which spans over fifty years

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