Dunedin 2014

The 16th annual Population Approach Group in Australia and New Zealand (PAGANZ) meeting will be held in Dunedin, at the School of Pharmacy, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand from Wednesday 29th to Friday 31st January. Population analysis workshops designed for Beginners and Intermediates are included in the PAGANZ meeting.


The dates for the conference are Wednesday 29th January 2014 to Friday 31st January 2014.


The Hunter Centre, Corner of Great King & Frederick Streets, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand


Pharmacometrics, particularly regarding the design, analysis, interpretation and application of pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic studies.

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 hands-on workshops led by leaders in the field and one and half 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.

Registration for the meeting

Conference registrations open on 30th October 2013

Closing date for the registrations: 17th January 2014

Abstract submission

Deadline for abstract submission: 17th January 2014


Abstracts may also be posted using the link ‘Submit Abstract’ at the top or under Dunedin 2014 in the side bar menu. You need to sign in to submit an abstract. 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 until the start of the meeting.

Abstracts that are received or modified after the submission date but before the start of the meeting will not be printed but will become part of the online conference proceedings if they are presented at the meeting. Attachment of the posters and oral presentations as PDF’s after the conference online is highly recommended.

Authors are strongly encouraged to submit at least the title of an abstract as soon as possible so that the scientific program can be decided. The abstract content may be updated as many times as needed before the closing date for printing.

Poster presentation

Poster format should be portrait and the size not greater than 120 x 85 cm.

Population Analysis Workshops (1.5 days)

PAGANZ runs 2 workshops (Beginners & Intermediate). The workshops 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 Workshop introduces the theory, application of NONMEM and involves hands-on sessions.

The Intermediate Workshop will cover:

Day 1: Two half-day workshops:
1) Overview of population estimation algorithms, PKPD models and modelling tools using the Pharsight software Phoenix NLME.
2) Population PKPD modelling of QT interval.

Day 2:  Lifespan models.

PAGANZ Scientific Meeting (1.5 days)

The PAGANZ meeting includes a variety of free communications that highlight recent advances in the theory and application of the population approach to pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics in different clinical settings and in drug development.

ISOP lecture

This year the ISOP lecture will be given by Prof. Leon Aarons, University of Manchester, UK.

Social Evening

The social evening will be held on Thursday, 30th January 2014 from 7:00 pm onwards at the Staff Club, University of Otago.

Click here to see the directions for reaching the Staff Club

Getting there

Dunedin International Airport is about 30 km away from the city and it takes approximately 30 min to reach the University.

Shuttles – Shuttle services operate from a common rank, generally after each scheduled arrival. All shuttles welcome pre bookings Airport/City and City/Airport. The typical fare to Dunedin City from the Airport is around $30.

Super Shuttle – Ph: 0800 748885 (free phone) & +64 9 522 5100

Kiwi shuttle – Ph: 03 487 9790

Taxis – Taxi operators trading at the airport use a common rank.  It is not possible to have a preferred company available “on demand”.  All taxis welcome pre-bookings Airport/City and City/Airport. The typical fare to Dunedin City from the Airport is $90.

Southern Taxis – Ph: 0800-829 428 (free phone) & 03 476 6300

Dunedin taxis – Ph: 03 477 7777

City taxis – Ph: 0800 771 771 (free phone) & 03 4771 771

United taxis – Ph: 0800 829411 (free phone) & 03 455 5555

Recommended mode of transportation from Airport to City to Airport is by airport shuttles


You are required to make your own arrangements for accommodation. Places that are within easy walking distance are listed below.

Alexis Motor Lodge – 250 metres from PAGANZ

Allan Court Motel – 300 metres from PAGANZ

Bluestone On George – 300 metres from PAGANZ

Sahara Guesthouse & Motels – 350 metres from PAGANZ

Quality Hotel Cargills – 400 metres from PAGANZ

Alternatively you can book via:


www.booking.com (an advantage with this site over the other sites is that most places allow cancellations and don’t require payment in advance.)




Temporary accommodation within the university can be found at University accommodation

There are a number of options within easy walking distance of the venue, and they are also close to restaurants, coffee shops, supermarkets and takeaways. More distant locations though are usually well supplied by public transport (but we urge you to check before booking).

The centre of Dunedin is small and we recommend that you travel by foot.

The members of the Scientific Organizing Committee (SoC) for the meeting are:
Hesham Al-Sallami (LoC representative)
Stephen Duffull (Chair)
David Foster
Bruce Green
Nick Holford (President, PAGANZ Inc.)
Carl Kirkpatrick
Diane Mould

The members of the Local Organising Committee (LoC) for the meeting are:
Hesham Al-Sallami
Stephen Duffull
Shan Pan
Vittal Shivva
Helen Winter
Dan Wright



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