Auckland 2019

The 20th annual Population Approach Group in Australia and New Zealand (PAGANZ) meeting will be held in Auckland, New Zealand at the University of Auckland Grafton Campus from Wednesday evening 6th February to Saturday afternoon 9th February 2019.

The theme of the meeting will be to celebrate 20 years of PAGANZ, back where it all began.

Note that Wednesday 6th February is a New Zealand national holiday (Waitangi Day).

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 given by leaders in the field and a scientific meeting giving researchers the opportunity to present and discuss their own work. This is an informal meeting and in the past has been very productive in helping and guiding researchers in this important area of pharmacology and drug development.


A welcome reception will be held at Galbraith’s Ale House from 5 pm to 7 pm on Wednesday 6th February 2019.

On site registration starts at 8 am Thursday 7th February 2019 followed by the Beginner and Intermediate Population Analysis WorkShops (PAWS).

The PAGANZ Scientific Program will start in the afternoon of Friday 8th February and close at approximately 3 pm on Saturday 9th February 2019.

Abstract submission will close on Monday 14th January 2019. The PAGANZ Scientific Program will be announced on the PAGANZ web once this abstract deadline has been met.

Population Analysis WorkShops (1.5 days)

The PAWS 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 a hands on session with NONMEM.

The intermediate course will provide an introduction to Target Mediated Drug Disposition and a systems biology mark up language CellML.

PAGANZ Scientific Meeting (1.5 days)

The PAGANZ meeting will include a symposium highlighting progress in the application of the population approach to pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics since the first PAGANZ meeting 20 years ago. 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. Sessions will be dedicated to free communications and discussions providing a forum for researchers to present both completed work and work in progress and receive feedback and advice from their peers in an informal setting.

PAGANZ Scientific Program

The scientific program will be based on a combination of invited speakers and submitted abstracts. Participants who wish to have oral or poster presentations considered for the scientific program should submit an abstract as soon as possible.

Oral Presentation: 10 minutes + 3-4 minutes for questions. Work in progress presentations may aim for less than 10 minutes + the remainder for questions and discussion. There is limited space for oral presentations. Accepted abstracts will be prioritised in the order received. If there are no remaining oral presentation times available, the authors will be notified and encouraged to present a poster or give a brief talk during the poster podium session if time permits.

Poster Presentation: The poster size should be no larger than A0 (841 by 1189 mm (33.1 × 46.8 in)). Portrait format is preferred.

Abstract submission

Abstracts submission closed at 17:00 NZDT 14th January 2019.

Abstracts may be edited or removed after submission using the same form via your profile until the start of the meeting. Accepted abstracts received by the abstract submission deadline will be included in the conference proceedings distributed to attendees. Abstracts that are received or modified after the submission date, but before the start of the meeting will become part of the online conference proceedings if they are presented at the meeting.

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Getting there

Auckland International Airport is about 30 km south of the main venue (University of Auckland). The fare from the airport to the city by standard taxi is between $65 and $75 if you ask for a fixed fare. It could be a bit cheaper if its not rush hour to take the meter fare. You can book a Cheap Cab in advance for $38 (easier for returning to the airport).

Shuttles are $35 for one person plus $8 for each extra person together in the same group.

The airport Sky Bus is fast and efficient and goes every 10 min. It is $19 one way.

Ride sharing services are not allowed to pick up directly from the airport, but can be arranged a short walk away. We recommend Zoomy over Uber for price and fair payment of drivers.

There is no rail service available.


A welcome reception will be held at Galbraith’s Ale House at 2 Mt Eden Road, Grafton, Auckland from 5 pm to 7 pm on Wednesday 6th February.

Registration and coffee on 7th February will be held at:

University of Auckland Grafton Campus
Atrium, Ground floor Building 505
85 Park Road
Auckland 1023
New Zealand

Click here for the campus map

The scientific meeting presentations on Friday and Saturday will be held in ground floor Lecture Hall 505‐007, Building 505, 85 Park Road, Grafton, Auckland.

The social evening will be held at the Brother’s Brewery & Juke Joint, in Mt Eden, on Friday 8th February 2019.


You will need to arrange your own accommodation. Anything in the city centre should be ideal.

Please contact a local organising committee member with any specific questions regarding accommodation.

2019 Auckland meeting sponsors

Local Organising Committee

Dr Jacqueline Hannam
Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacology
School of Medicine, University of Auckland

Prof Nick Holford
Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacology
School of Medicine, University of Auckland

Prof Brian Anderson
Paediatric Intensivist
Starship Hospital

Dr Sam Holford
Honorary Academic
Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Middlemore Hospital, University of Auckland