Centre for Integrative Physiology

Dr Adam Pawson

I work with a team of database developers and curators to undertake the curation and annotation of the molecular interactions between successful and potential drugs and their targets in the human genome.

Adam Pawson

Senior Database Curator

  • Hugh Robson Building
  • room 338
  • 15 George Square

Contact details

Address

Street

Edinburgh EH8 9XD

Personal profile

  • 2011-present: Senior Database Curator, International Union for Basic and Clinical Pharmacology (IUPHAR)/British Pharmacological Society (BPS) Guide to PHARMACOLOGY database (GtoPdb), University of Edinburgh
  • 2004-2011: Senior Investigator Scientist, MRC Human Reproductive Sciences Unit, University of Edinburgh
  • 2002-2004: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, MRC Human Reproductive Sciences Unit, University of Edinburgh
  • 1999-2002: MRC Research Fellow, MRC Human Reproductive Sciences Unit, University of Edinburgh
  • 1994-1999: BSc, BSc (Med)(Hons), PhD, University of Cape Town

Research

With guidance from NC-IUPHAR (the International Union of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology (IUPHAR) Committee on Receptor Nomenclature and Drug Classification), the British Pharmacological Society (BPS), and over 700 experts worldwide, I work with a team of curators to undertake the curation and annotation of the pharmacological, physiological and genetic properties of human and rodent receptors, ion channels and other drug targets, together with the substances that act on them, from the primary literature and external resources, for the IUPHAR/BPS Guide to PHARMACOLOGY database (GtoPdb).

Together, NC-IUPHAR and the British Pharmacological Society (BPS) oversee the development of GtoPdb (http://www.guidetopharmacology.org), a database for information on the targets of licensed drugs and other targets of current research interest, such as those linked to human disease. With support from the Wellcome Trust, and BPS, GtoPdb is being expanded to cover all the (human) targets of current licensed drugs and those with potential to be targets of future therapeutics, including immunological targets.

Our goal is to provide scientists, doctors, allied professions and the general public with a ‘one stop shop’ source of information on how drugs work, and to help researchers to design experiments using the appropriate reagents.

Funding

  • British Pharmacological Society
  • The Wellcome Trust

Team members

  • Jamie A. Davies, Database Chair/Principal Investigator
  • Joanna L. Sharman, Senior Database Developer
  • Simon D. Harding, Database Developer, Immunopharmacology
  • Elena Faccenda, Database Curator
  • Christopher Southan, Senior Cheminformatician/Curator
  • Toni Wigglesworth, Project Administrator

Collaborations

  • Stephen P.H. Alexander, University of Nottingham Medical School
  • Arthur Christopoulos, Monash University, Australia
  • John A. Cidlowski, National Institutes of Health, USA
  • Anthony P. Davenport, University of Cambridge
  • Doriano Fabbro, PIQUR Therapeutics AG, Switzerland
  • Francesca Levi-Schaffer, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  • John A. Peters, University of Dundee
  • Michael Spedding, Spedding Research Solutions SARL, France
  • Joerg Striessnig, University of Innsbruck, Austria

Selected publications

Alexander SP, Kelly E, Marrion N, Peters JA, Benson HE, Faccenda E, Pawson AJ, Sharman JL, Southan C, Davies JA; CGTP Collaborators. The Concise Guide to PHARMACOLOGY 2015/16: Transporters. Br J Pharmacol. 2015 Dec;172(24):6110-202. doi: 10.1111/bph.13355. PubMed PMID: 26650446; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4718215.

 Alexander SP, Fabbro D, Kelly E, Marrion N, Peters JA, Benson HE, Faccenda E, Pawson AJ, Sharman JL, Southan C, Davies JA; CGTP Collaborators. The Concise Guide to PHARMACOLOGY 2015/16: Enzymes. Br J Pharmacol. 2015 Dec;172(24):6024-109. doi: 10.1111/bph.13354. PubMed PMID: 26650445; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4718211.

Alexander SP, Fabbro D, Kelly E, Marrion N, Peters JA, Benson HE, Faccenda E, Pawson AJ, Sharman JL, Southan C, Davies JA; CGTP Collaborators. The Concise Guide to PHARMACOLOGY 2015/16: Catalytic receptors. Br J Pharmacol. 2015 Dec;172(24):5979-6023. doi: 10.1111/bph.13353. PubMed PMID: 26650444; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4718208.

Alexander SP, Cidlowski JA, Kelly E, Marrion N, Peters JA, Benson HE, Faccenda E, Pawson AJ, Sharman JL, Southan C, Davies JA; CGTP Collaborators. The Concise Guide to PHARMACOLOGY 2015/16: Nuclear hormone receptors. Br J Pharmacol. 2015 Dec;172(24):5956-78. doi: 10.1111/bph.13352. PubMed PMID: 26650443; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4718213.

 Alexander SP, Kelly E, Marrion N, Peters JA, Benson HE, Faccenda E, Pawson AJ, Sharman JL, Southan C, Davies JA; CGTP Collaborators. The Concise Guide to PHARMACOLOGY 2015/16: Other ion channels. Br J Pharmacol. 2015 Dec;172(24):5942-55. doi: 10.1111/bph.13351. PubMed PMID: 26650442; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4718214.

 Alexander SP, Catterall WA, Kelly E, Marrion N, Peters JA, Benson HE, Faccenda E, Pawson AJ, Sharman JL, Southan C, Davies JA; CGTP Collaborators. The Concise Guide to PHARMACOLOGY 2015/16: Voltage-gated ion channels. Br J Pharmacol. 2015 Dec;172(24):5904-41. doi: 10.1111/bph.13349. PubMed PMID: 26650441; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4718209.

 Alexander SP, Peters JA, Kelly E, Marrion N, Benson HE, Faccenda E, Pawson AJ, Sharman JL, Southan C, Davies JA; CGTP Collaborators. The Concise Guide to PHARMACOLOGY 2015/16: Ligand-gated ion channels. Br J Pharmacol. 2015 Dec;172(24):5870-903. doi: 10.1111/bph.13350. PubMed PMID: 26650440; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4718212.

 Alexander SP, Davenport AP, Kelly E, Marrion N, Peters JA, Benson HE, Faccenda E, Pawson AJ, Sharman JL, Southan C, Davies JA; CGTP Collaborators. The Concise Guide to PHARMACOLOGY 2015/16: G protein-coupled receptors. Br J Pharmacol. 2015 Dec;172(24):5744-869. doi: 10.1111/bph.13348. PubMed PMID: 26650439; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4718210.

Alexander SP, Kelly E, Marrion N, Peters JA, Benson HE, Faccenda E, Pawson AJ, Sharman JL, Southan C, Buneman OP, Catterall WA, Cidlowski JA, Davenport AP, Fabbro D, Fan G, McGrath JC, Spedding M, Davies JA; CGTP Collaborators. The Concise Guide to PHARMACOLOGY 2015/16: Overview. Br J Pharmacol. 2015 Dec;172(24):5729-5743. doi: 10.1111/bph.13347. PubMed PMID: 26650438; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4718217.

Southan C, Sharman JL, Benson HE, Faccenda E, Pawson AJ, Alexander SP, Buneman OP, Davenport AP, McGrath JC, Peters JA, Spedding M, Catterall WA, Fabbro D, Davies JA; NC-IUPHAR. The IUPHAR/BPS Guide to PHARMACOLOGY in 2016: towards curated quantitative interactions between 1300 protein targets and 6000 ligands. Nucleic Acids Res. 2016 Jan 4;44(D1):D1054-68. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkv1037. Epub 2015 Oct 12. PubMed PMID: 26464438; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4702778.

 Alexander SP, Benson HE, Faccenda E, Pawson AJ, Sharman JL, Spedding M, Peters JA, Harmar AJ; CGTP Collaborators. The Concise Guide to PHARMACOLOGY 2013/14: enzymes. Br J Pharmacol. 2013 Dec;170(8):1797-867. doi: 10.1111/bph.12451. PubMed PMID: 24528243; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3892293.

 Alexander SP, Benson HE, Faccenda E, Pawson AJ, Sharman JL, Spedding M, Peters JA, Harmar AJ; CGTP Collaborators. The Concise Guide to PHARMACOLOGY 2013/14: transporters. Br J Pharmacol. 2013 Dec;170(8):1706-96. doi: 10.1111/bph.12450. PubMed PMID: 24528242; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3892292.

 Alexander SP, Benson HE, Faccenda E, Pawson AJ, Sharman JL, Spedding M, Peters JA, Harmar AJ; CGTP Collaborators. The Concise Guide to PHARMACOLOGY 2013/14: catalytic receptors. Br J Pharmacol. 2013 Dec;170(8):1676-705. doi: 10.1111/bph.12449. PubMed PMID: 24528241; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3892291.

 Alexander SP, Benson HE, Faccenda E, Pawson AJ, Sharman JL, Spedding M, Peters JA, Harmar AJ; CGTP Collaborators. The Concise Guide to PHARMACOLOGY 2013/14: nuclear hormone receptors. Br J Pharmacol. 2013 Dec;170(8):1652-75. doi: 10.1111/bph.12448. PubMed PMID: 24528240; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3892290.

 Alexander SP, Benson HE, Faccenda E, Pawson AJ, Sharman JL, Catterall WA, Spedding M, Peters JA, Harmar AJ; CGTP Collaborators. The Concise Guide to PHARMACOLOGY 2013/14: ion channels. Br J Pharmacol. 2013 Dec;170(8):1607-51. doi: 10.1111/bph.12447. PubMed PMID: 24528239; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3892289.

Alexander SP, Benson HE, Faccenda E, Pawson AJ, Sharman JL, Spedding M, Peters JA, Harmar AJ; CGTP Collaborators. The Concise Guide to PHARMACOLOGY 2013/14: ligand-gated ion channels. Br J Pharmacol. 2013 Dec;170(8):1582-606. doi: 10.1111/bph.12446. PubMed PMID: 24528238; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3892288.

Alexander SP, et al. The Concise Guide to PHARMACOLOGY 2013/14: overview. Br J Pharmacol. 2013 Dec;170(8):1449-58. doi: 10.1111/bph.12444. PubMed PMID: 24528237; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3892286.

Alexander SP, Benson HE, Faccenda E, Pawson AJ, Sharman JL, Spedding M, Peters JA, Harmar AJ; CGTP Collaborators. The Concise Guide to PHARMACOLOGY 2013/14: G protein-coupled receptors. Br J Pharmacol. 2013 Dec;170(8):1459-581. doi: 10.1111/bph.12445. PubMed PMID: 24517644; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3892287.

 Pawson AJ, Sharman JL, Benson HE, Faccenda E, Alexander SP, Buneman OP, Davenport AP, McGrath JC, Peters JA, Southan C, Spedding M, Yu W, Harmar AJ; NC-IUPHAR. The IUPHAR/BPS Guide to PHARMACOLOGY: an expert-driven knowledgebase of drug targets and their ligands. Nucleic Acids Res. 2014 Jan;42(Database issue):D1098-106. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkt1143. Epub 2013 Nov 14. PubMed PMID: 24234439; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3965070.

 Davenport AP, Alexander SP, Sharman JL, Pawson AJ, Benson HE, Monaghan AE, Liew WC, Mpamhanga CP, Bonner TI, Neubig RR, Pin JP, Spedding M, Harmar AJ. International Union of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology. LXXXVIII. G protein-coupled receptor list: recommendations for new pairings with cognate ligands. Pharmacol Rev. 2013 May 17;65(3):967-86. doi: 10.1124/pr.112.007179. Print 2013 Jul. Review. PubMed PMID: 23686350; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3698937.

 Sharman JL, Benson HE, Pawson AJ, Lukito V, Mpamhanga CP, Bombail V, Davenport AP, Peters JA, Spedding M, Harmar AJ; NC-IUPHAR. IUPHAR-DB: updated database content and new features. Nucleic Acids Res. 2013 Jan;41(Database issue):D1083-8. doi: 10.1093/nar/gks960. Epub 2012 Oct 18. PubMed PMID: 23087376; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3531077.

 Alexander SP, Benson HE, Davenport A, Mathie A, McGrath IJ, Pawson AJ, Peters JA, Sharman JL, Spedding M, Harmar AJ. GuideToPharmacology.org--an update. Br J Pharmacol. 2012 Oct;167(4):697-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1476-5381.2012.02141.x. PubMed PMID: 23003568; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3575771.