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Prof. Tony Nunn
BPharm, FRPharmS, HonFRCPCH

Honorary Fellow, Department of Women's and Children's Health, University of Liverpool. Industry Professor, School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University


Until December 2010 Tony Nunn was Clinical Director of Pharmacy at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool, one of the largest children’s health facilities in Europe, and associate director of the UK NIHR Medicines for Children Research Network (MCRN). Upon retirement from these posts he became an independent research consultant and continues to be a member of the MHRA Paediatric Medicines expert advisory group and has recently been appointed to the Paediatric Committee (PDCO) of the European Medicines Agency. He advises the WHO/OMS on essential medicines for Prof Tony Nunn children and has particular interest in fixed dose combination medicines for HIV and TB. He is an active researcher involved in other projects on excipient exposure of neonates; manipulation of dosage forms and adverse drug reactions. Tony is leading on the Paediatric Formulations element for Liverpool’s contribution to GRIP. 

Tony is proud of many achievements including establishing the Neonatal and Paediatric Pharmacists Group of the UK and Ireland which is now in its 18th year. He is grateful for the many opportunities that presented during his career, especially to influence the global ‘better medicines for children project’ including the European paediatric legislation, strategic direction of WHO policy on paediatric medicines and to contribute to simplifying the approach to anti-retroviral dosing allowing wider uptake by treatment programmes.

Although retired he continues to work on medicines research projects at Alder Hey and internationally and is enjoying working with PDCO so much that he has taken some responsibility for working on the update of excipient guidelines. When not working, life is dominated by his 18 month old grandson Josh, revising developmental milestones, enjoying the walking and talking and taking an interest in several good children’s TV programmes (which were not available first time round). He is trying to get fit for a gentle walking holiday in the Swiss mountains later this year but also trying to promote the local café culture by supporting as many good local cafes and restaurants as possible.

Tony’s wife Denise also retired this year, their son Chris has recently returned to Manchester after several years studying and working in Melbourne and their daughter Kate is the wife of Kurt Neilson and proud mother of Josh. Kate is helping maintain the sanity of her father by acting as his accountant and general assistant. The Nunn household is particularly busy at weekends if everyone comes to stay.