Dr Mark Preece is a Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology within the Institute of Medical and Biomedical Education at St George's. Mark is an experienced educator, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and has had significant input into the design, development and delivery of the new BSc (Hons) in Clinical Pharmacology. In addition to lecturing on the course, Mark is also the module lead for the module Pharmacodynamics and is the course careers liaison. Additionally, Mark contributes to the BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Science and Pharmacy MPharm, a course run in conjunction with Kingston University
Mark is a neuropharmacologist by training, having completed a PhD in neuropharmacology at Monash University, Australia, where he studied central nervous system control of the baroreceptor reflex, a reflex that serves to maintain blood pressure.
On completion of his PhD, Mark undertook postdoctoral training at both Cambridge and Oxford Universities where he established the utility of fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) as a method to detect the effect of drugs used for the treatment of psychiatric disorders on neuronal activity within the brain.
Over the course of his postdoctoral studies, Mark developed a strong interest in pharmacology education which led to him taking his first role as a course director for the BSc (Hons) Pharmacology at Kingston University in 2006. In 2014 he moved to Queen Mary University of London to take the role of course director for the BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Science and oversaw its expansion from a course of some 80 students to one of 240 students.
In 2019 Mark joined St George's with the express desire to make a significant contribution to the design, development and delivery of the new BSc (Hons) in Clinical Pharmacology
Mark's teaching contribution to the BSc (Hons) Clinical Pharmacology includes module lead for pharmacodynamics, contribution to modules on phamacokinetics, data and statistics and fundamentals of science, and as a tutor for small group based sessions. In addition, Mark contributes to modules on physiology and the pharmacology and physiology of drugs of abuse, and as a tutor for small group based sessions on the BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science and Pharmacy MPharm programmes.