Postponed: PubSci Online | Dr Anna Morgan: Toxins – Friends or Foes?


On 7th July, PubSci is delighted to welcome Dr Anna Morgan, senior lecturer in Physiology and Pharmacology at Kingston University, for a talk titled Toxins – Friends or Foes?

Tickets are available now – booking and joining information follows the description below

Fly Agaric

[Muscarine, produced by Fly Agaric mushrooms is a powerful medicinal drug]

Do you need to detox? For advertisers, editors and lifestyle gurus, declaring toxins A Bad Thing has proved to be very good business. Numerous products – from cleaning agents to diets, even shoe inserts – claim to protect and cleanse us from toxins.

But what do we mean by toxin? And, setting aside the billion-pound detox market’s advertising claims, are toxins truly to be avoided at all costs? Or, can we harness their mechanisms to improve our lives?

In this fascinating talk, Dr Morgan explores a diverse sample of toxic substances to help us gain a better understanding of their effects, both harmful and beneficial, as she unpicks the fundamental meaning of ‘toxicity’. 

[Event booking and joining information follows the description below]

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Anna Morgan, Portrait mode

Dr Anna Morgan is a Senior Lecturer in Physiology and Pharmacology at Kingston University, London. Her background is in pharmacology of inflammation, with an interest in models of non-communicable diseases.

After completing her PhD in pharmacology at the Sackler Institute for Pulmonary Pharmacology at King’s College London, Dr Morgan was awarded the C. W. Maplethorpe Fellowship through the Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, also at King’s College where she researched toxicity as a postdoctoral fellow, specifically related to nanomaterials and drug delivery.

An interest in teaching and science communication eventually led to her current role as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Kingston University, where she’s been part of the pharmacology teaching team since 2015.

Her research pursuits now centre around science education and teaching.

Anna is a member of the British Pharmacological Society and a Fellow of Advance HE.


Viewing the talk: Virtual PubSci is hosted live online via Zoom. We also stream events live on our YouTube channel where they remain available for at least 28 days.

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More details on the event registration page

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