The Kenya Society for Basic and Applied Pharmacology (KeSoBAP)

About us

About us

The Kenya Society for Basic and Applied Pharmacology (KeSoBAP) was formed in January 2007. The aim of the society is to promote training and research in basic and applied pharmacology.

Objectives of the society

  • To foster, promote, encourage, develop and support teaching and research in basic and applied pharmacology.
  • To promote communication and cooperation between societies, organizations and industries with similar interests.
  • To create forums to present and exchange ideas.
  • To liaise with the government and local authorities in the event of emergencies, epidemics and other health-related needs.
  • To be proactive in the development of young scientists in basic and applied pharmacology through training and needs driven innovative research.
  • To form, if and when necessary, branches to promote the Society's activities in the Republic of Kenya.
  • To create a medium for community outreach and interaction so as to break the barriers that hinder effective utilization of health knowledge and resources.
  • To do all such things which are or may be deemed incidental to achievements of the Society's objectives.

Registration and Affiliation

The Society was registered by the Registrar of Societies (Kenya) in August 2009.

KeSoBAP is also an official member of the International Union of Pharmacology (IUPHAR) and the Pharmacology for Africa Initiative (PharfA).

Membership to the Society include any person who is, or has been engaged in teaching or research or practice of pharmacology, or related sciences and subject to the approval of the Management Committee, and payment of a subscribed fee which shall be determined by the Management Committee. Membership is renewed by payment of annual subscription fee not later than the 31st day of January each year. Rules relating to procedures governing resignation, expulsion and any disciplinary actions are clearly spelt out in the constitution.

Office Bearers of the Society are The Chairperson; The Vice-Chairperson; The Secretary; The Assistant Secretary; The Treasurer and The Assistant Treasurer. The founder interim officials were:

  • Chairman –Prof Anastasia N. Guantai (PhD);
  • Vice Chairman –Dr Peter M. Waweru (PhD;
  • Secretary General – Prof. Paul M. Mbugua (PhD);
  • Assistant Secretary – Dr. Jessicah O. Wesongah (PhD) ;
  • Treasurer – Dr. George O. Osanjo (PhD);
  • Assistant Treasurer – Dr. Charles G. Githinji (PhD)

A Management Committee oversees the day to day running of the affairs of the society. The Committee consists of all the office bearers of the Society and any other three (3) members elected at the Annual General Meeting in each year including power to appoint such sub-committees as it may deem desirable to facilitate its operations.

Since its inception KeSoBAP has actively created networks and linkages contributed to capacity building and information dissemination. The Chairman was invited to attend the Cairo IUPHAR Summit held from 14th – 15th March 2009 in Cairo Egypt. During the deliberations it was agreed that KeSoBAP participates in the IOSP Initiative for Africa.

The Society thereafter hosted an Integrated Organ Systems Pharmacology (IOSP) workshop on Toxicity testing from the 10 to 13th, 2010 with financial support from IUPHAR. The workshop was graced by three members of staff of Institute of Primate Research (IPR) Kenya, Prof. David Bylund of IUPHAR and Prof. Hawksworth.