Adelaide 2010


8 February 2010 – 10 February 2010

2010 Program

2010 Participants

University of South Australia

Organised by

The Adelaide Modelling and Simulation Group

Contact details

David Foster
Pharmacy and Medical Sciences
University of South Australia
Email: [email protected]

Richard Upton
Department of Anaesthesia
Royal Adelaide Hospital  and
Projections Research, USA
Email:  [email protected]



The dates are Monday 8th – Wednesday 10th February 2009.


Who should attend?

The PAGANZ meeting is the Australasian forum for scientists with a research and professional interest in the use of the population approach in pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. A strong focus of this meeting is the application of population modelling and simulation techniques in the experimental, clinical and regulatory settings of drug development.

This meeting is designed for scientists and clinicians working in basic or clinical pharmacology research, pharmaceutical industry, regulatory bodies and postgraduate students. The meeting combines a hands on workshop led by leaders in the field and a one day scientific meeting giving researchers the opportunity to present and discuss their own work. This is a very informal meeting and in the past has been very productive in helping and guiding researchers in this important area of pharmacology and drug development.


PAGANZ Workshop (1.5 days)

The courses will consist of lectures and hands-on exercises at a computer. During the hands-on exercises, tutors will be available for consultation and assistance. The Beginners Course for NONMEM and the Intermediate Course will be conducted as parallel sessions. Attendance at the Intermediate Course requires experience with the conduct of at least one population approach analysis.

The beginners course will introduce the theory and practice of population modelling with NONMEM.

The intermediate course covers:

1. Introduction to the new features of NONMEM 7 (1/2 day).

2. PKPD modelling with examples coded for NONMEM 7 and Monolix (1/2 day).

3. NONMEM for simulation with a focus on how to evaluate the performance of different estimation methods available in NONMEM 7 (1/2 day).


PAGANZ Scientific Meeting (1.5 days)

The PAGANZ meeting will include a symposium highlighting recent advances in the application of the population approach to pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics in different clinical settings and in drug development. The symposium speakers will include international and local experts in the field and presents a unique opportunity for Australasian scientists to see the best in action. Two sessions will be dedicated to free communications and discussions providing a forum for researchers to present their work and receive feedback and advice from their peers in an informal setting.


Poster or oral abstract submission

Deadline for abstract submission is 4th January 2010.

Instructions: Abstracts may be posted via the ‘Register/submit abstract’ link to the left. After signing into your profile, the ‘post new abstract’ link at the bottom will take you to the submission form. Abstracts may be copied and pasted as formatted text from Word or submitted as HTML. You must also select on this form your preference for either a poster or oral presentation. Abstracts may be edited or removed after submission using the same form via your profile until the closing date.



Adelaide is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of South Australia, and is the fifth-largest city in Australia, with a population of more than 1.1 million.  It is a coastal city situated on the eastern shores of Gulf St. Vincent, on the Adelaide Plains, north of the Fleurieu Peninsula, between the Gulf St. Vincent and the low-lying Mount Lofty Ranges.  The most popular day trips from Adelaide are to the Barossa Valley (wine), Kangaroo Island (nature), Cleland Wildlife Park (nature), Glenelg (seaside) and Victor Harbour (seaside).


Getting there

The meeting will be held in the Playford Building of the University of South Australia, Frome Road, Adelaide, South Australia, which is shown on this map of the city.  Take yourself to the corner of North Terrace and Frome Rd. Follow the left side of Frome Road downhill from the intersection and in 100 m find the front entrance of the BasilHetzel Building (the is a blue overhead “University of South Australia” sign).  From the front entrance, follow the signs to the conference venue.

The City East campus of the University of Adelaide is within easy walking distance of the CBD of Adelaide, as shown on this map of the city centre.  Do not confuse the University of SA City East Campus with the University of SA City West Campus, which also faces North Terrace but it 1.0 km further west.

Adelaide Airport is about 11 km south west of the CBD. The fare from the airport to the city by taxi is about $15 – $20 depending on the time of day. Adelaide Independent Taxis can be contacted on 13 22 11, but there is a taxi rank at the airport.  Alternatively, there is an airport shuttle bus.

If you are hiring a car, then take a right turn once out of the airport, and follow route A6 to the city. It’s a straight road, like most roads in Adelaide.

Public transport in Adelaide all run off the same ticket system – you can plan a trip here .  A $4.40 ticket will get you 2 hours of travel on any bus, train or tram.  Trains and trams are relatively fast and efficient, while buses can make for a tedious journey at times.  There are some free transport options within the city centre, including the World’s first solar powered bus.



Workshops and Scientific meeting: University of South Australia, City East Campus
Located on the corner of North Terrace and Frome Road, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.  North Terrace is Adelaide’s cultural boulevard and is exactly one mile (1.6km) long, featuring the State Art Gallery, Museum of South Australia and Botanic Gardens.  One street over is the Rundle Mall shopping precinct, while just east of Rundle Mall is Rundle Street with Cafes and Restaurants

Most facilities are within walking distance of the conference venue. However, February can be hot and dry (over 40 degrees C). Best to bring a hat and sunglasses, and “keep your fluids up”.  There is a large Woolworths Supermarket in Rundle Mall (north side, about in the middle) or smaller 24 h supermarkets on North Terrace (opposite the Royal Adelaide Hospital) and Rundle St.  There is a Pharmacy in Rundle Mall, (south side, nearPulteney St.).



Please arrange your own accommodation.

The conference is a few weeks before our biennial arts festival, and its offshoot the Festival Fringe. This brings a lot of tourists to town, so please book your accommodation early. A list of all Adelaide hotels and their rates can be found here. You can also book through this site. The following suggestions are made on the basis that they are as close to the conference venue as possible in their category. Prices are for indication purposes only – please check with the hotel directly.  Type these names into Google Maps for more details:


5 star hotels ★★★★★

Hyatt Regency Adelaide
North Terrace Adelaide SA 5000
A 15 min walk along North Terrace to the conference venue.



4 star hotels ★★★★

The Majestic Roof Garden Hotel Adelaide
55 Frome Street Adelaide SA 5000
A 5 min walk from the conference venue – recently won an international award.

Mantra On Frome
88 Frome Street,
Adelaide SA 5000
A 10 min walk from the conference venue – new!



3 star hotels ★★★

Quest Mansions Apartments
21 Pulteney Street
South Australia 5000
Actually 3.5 stars.  A 5 min walk from the conference venue.

The East End Astoria Serviced Apartments
33 Vardon Ave
Adelaide SA 5000
About a 7 min walk from the conference venue.




Residential wing of the Royal Adelaide Hospital
This is cheap but acceptable self-catering accommodation, and is less than 5 min walk from the conference venue.
Bookings must be made directly with the Royal Adelaide Hospital Residential Wing: Phone (08) 8222 5169
Their website is here.

Backpackers OZ
About a 15 min walk to the conference venue.  Younger people seem to enjoy it here.
Their web site is here


Organizing Committee

Bruce Charles
Associate Professor
School of Pharmacy
University of Queensland

Stephen Duffull
School of Pharmacy
University of Otago
New Zealand

Bruce Green
Model Answers Pty Ltd.

Nick Holford
Associate Professor
Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacology
School of Medicine, University of Auckland
New Zealand

Carl Kirkpatrick
Associate Professor
School of Pharmacy
University of Queensland

Glynn Morrish
Research Fellow
School of Pharmacy
University of Queensland

Diane R Mould
Projections Research Inc.
Phoenixville, PA

David Foster
Pharmacy and Medical Sciences
University of South Australia

Richard Upton
Anaesthesia, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Australia and
Projections Research Inc.


Other information

Things to do in and around Adelaide

The Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale wine districts are about an hour north and south of Adelaide, respectively. Try some wines, and book a lunch with fresh regional cuisine.  In McLaren Vale, Hoffman’s Currant Shed onIngolby Rd McLaren Flat is recommended for its good food, wine and rustic charm.  If you have done the Barossa or Southern Vales before, how about heading to the Adelaide Hills for some cool climate wines?  Drop into the old German Town of Hahndorf and soak in South Australia’s German Heritage, then head out to Nepenthe Wines and for a tasting and cheese platter, followed by a lunch at The Lane Vineyard for spectacular views, good food and some more local wine.

Hit the beaches
February in Adelaide, if you catch us in a heat wave, can be really, really hot.  Take a tram to Glenelg with the other tourists and have a swim.  Glenelg is the beach we send tourists to save the best beaches for ourselves :-). It’s OK, but if you can get a local to take you to our spectacular Fleurieu Peninsula beaches for some surfing and sun.  If the wind is from the north, head to the beach in the afternoon.  If the wind is from the south, head to the beach in the morning.

For foodies
If you tire of the many and varied restaurants and cafes on Rundle Street, the Central Market and nearby Gouger Street offers a feast of fresh ingredients and many small cafes and eateries.  For really cheap but good food, try the laksa at either Malacca Corner or Asian Gourmet (about $8).  Not open every day – see the website

Hire a bike
You can hire a bike for free from the Adelaide City Council.  You can ride within the city parklands, but stick to the bike trails if you can as the main roads are basically unsafe for cyclists.  You will need to wear a helmet – it’s the law here.  Alternatively, a good trip for those with stronger legs is to hire a bike from Elder Park (between The Festival Centre and River Torrens).  Head along the linear trail that follows the river to the sea (about 15 km).  Turn right at the beach, and follow the Esplanade to Henley Square where there are cafe’s for a nice lunch.

Tour North Terrace
Stop at the Art Gallery, the Museum and the Botanic Gardens – they are all free to enter and have excellent food and coffee.

Hang around till Feb 12 for the Australia v West Indies 3rd ODI at Adelaide Oval.

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[Last updated 27th Jan 2010]