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Centre is supported by independent medical professionals
who endorse the materials posted on this website.
Dr. Ian Banks
|Ian Banks was born in Liverpool in 1950 and graduated
as a doctor in 1987, having worked as a television
engineer, teacher and medical researcher before
deciding to study medicine. He is contributing editor
and resident doctor for Men's Health magazine, and
a columnist on health issues for Doctor, Hospital
Doctor, the Irish Medical Times, the Belfast Telegraph
and Northern Woman. His frequent contributions to
and broadcasts on television and radio include The
Trouble with Men (BBC, 1996), The Pulse (Channel
4, 1995), The Good Sex Guide Late (Carlton, 1996)
and Ask Dr Ian for BBC Radio Ulster. He is the author
of The Trouble with Men (which accompanied the BBC
series) and Get Fit with Brittas (BBC, 1997). He
is a member of the Permanent Working Group of European
Hospital Doctors. He represents all United Kingdom
general practitioners for the British Medical Association
as well as chairing the Men's Health Working Group;
he also chairs the Men's Health Forum, in association
with the Royal College of Nurses. Within this busy
schedule, he continues to practise part-time as
a casualty doctor and general practitioner.
Ian Banks lives in Northern Ireland with his
wife and four children.
Dr. Paul Stillman
|Dr. Paul Stillman is a principal in General Practice
in Crawley, Sussex. Educated at Bristol and then
London Universities, he became a Trainer in General
Practice with the British Postgraduate Medical Federation
and subsequently a Course Organiser with a special
responsibility for the use of Television. He was
a Consultant Producer and Presenter to British Medical
Television, a course organiser in vocational training
for general practitioners and has worked widely
in broadcast radio and television. He has been Consultant
Adviser to a College of Continuing Medical Education
and Chairman of the Association of Broadcasting
Doctors. He also works as a consultant to Medialink
International producing broadcast television throughout
the UK and Europe and teaches communication skills
with the British Postgraduate Medical Federation.
He is currently a partner in the Audio Business,
producing programmes for both doctors and related
professionals, and the founder of Media Medics,
a group of over 250 doctors involved in all aspects
of the media.
Dr. Stillman has written widely for pharmacists
and their role in the clinical management of illness,
and lectured for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.
He has a keen interest in health education, and
the ways by which medical information reach the
|Alan Nathan, BPharm BA FRPharmS, is a Pharmacist
by training and an expert in non-prescription (over-the-counter)
He has 25 years of experience as a community
(retail) pharmacist, and owned and ran his own
pharmacies for 15 years. In 1989 Alan switched
from community practice into academia, and was
a Lecturer in Community Pharmacy Practice in the
Department of Pharmacy, King's College London.
He retired from this post in 2004 and now works
as a free-lance writer and pharmacy consultant.
Alan was a member of the Council of the Royal
Pharmaceutical Society from 1986 to 2002, and
was awarded Fellowship of the Society in 1997.
Alan is a well-known pharmaceutical journalist
and technical writer, and a consultant on community
pharmacy matters, particularly OTC medicines and
legal, ethical administrative matters relating
to pharmacy. He writes regularly for leading pharmacy
periodicals including the Pharmaceutical Journal,
Chemist and Druggist and Community Pharmacy. He
is a member of the editorial board of Pharmacy
Magazine, Prescribing Nurse and You and Your Health.
Alan has written the only textbook on UK OTC medicines:
Non-Prescription Medicines, London: Pharmaceutical
Press; it is currently in its 2nd edition and
the 3rd edition is due in 2005. Alan also had
a feature under his by-line, entitled Handbag
Pharmacy, in the national monthly women's magazine
Eve, and has also contributed features and advice
to Men's Health magazine.
Alan also has an interest in support for pharmacists
under stress, and developed and oversees the running
of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's Listening
Friends stress help scheme for pharmacists.
Alan also has a degree in Spanish and has taught
in the Spanish Department of King's College London.
Alan has been married to Brenda for 40 years,
and has two daughters and six grandchildren.