Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice

Helen Clark Award

Announcing the 2023 Helen Clark-JoPPP Award Winners


We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2023 Helen-Clark-JoPPP Award for Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice Research:
Professor Cha-oncin Sooksriwong, Thammasat University, Thailand
Dr. Suzete Costa, Institute for Evidence-Based Health (ISBE), Portugal
Professor Dato’ Abu Bakar Abdul Majeed, UiTM Malaysia

They are being presented with the award based on the scientific merit of their work, as well as the impact of their work on patients, decision-makers and governments.

Starting in 2018, the annual Helen Clark-Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice (JoPPP).

Award recognises the talents of exceptional individuals who are making a significant contribution to the field of pharmaceutical policy and practice. The Honourable Helen Elizabeth Clark, former New Zealand Prime Minister, after whom the Award is named, said: “Many congratulations to all the Award Winners. These researchers have made a significant contribution to facilitating pharmaceutical public health research within their communities and globally.”

Professor Zaheer-Ud-Din Babar, chair of the Judging Panel and Editor-inChief of the journal, said: “The award celebrates the achievements of winners, who have made immense contributions to improve our understanding of pharmacy locally and regionally.”

With kind regards,


Professor Zaheer-Ud-Din Babar, PhD
Editor-in-Chief
Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice [IF 4.2]

Award Winners’ Biographies

Cha-oncin Sooksriwong headshot.
Cha-oncin Sooksriwong is an Associate professor at the Department of Pharmacy Practice, Faculty of Pharmacy, Thammasart University. Her research area is drug policy focusing on drug prices and logistics. Dr Sooksriwong was the first director of the Doctoral Program in Pharmacy Administration at Mahidol University, a collaboration program among three Schools of Pharmacy in the USA.

Suzete Costa
Suzete Costa is a pharmacist and is the Executive Director & Senior Research Director at the Institute for Evidence-Based Health (ISBE), Portugal. Previously she was Deputy Secretary-General of the Portuguese Pharmaceutical Society and Executive Director of the Centre for Health Evaluation & Research (CEFAR) of ANF.

Abu Bakar Abdul Majeed headshot.
Professor Dato’ Dr Abu Bakar Abdul Majeed is the Dean at the Faculty of Pharmacy, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia. He has contributed significantly to the pharmacy profession, including as a member of the Pharmacy Board of Malaysia, a Council Member of the Malaysian Pharmacists Society and a Founding Principal of the Malaysian Academy of Pharmacy.

Helen Elizabeth Clark headshot.
Helen Elizabeth Clark ONZ SSI PC is a New Zealand politician who served as the 37th Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1999 to 2008, and was the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme from 2009 to 2017. This Award is named after her to acknowledge her significant contribution in the field of health and global development.

Zaheer-Ud-Din Babar headshot.
Zaheer-Ud-Din Babar is Professor in Medicines and Healthcare at the Department of Pharmacy, University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom. He is globally recognized for his research in pharmaceutical policy and practice, including the quality use of medicines, clinical pharmacy practice, access to medicines and issues related to pharmacoeconomics. He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice (JoPPP).

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More about the journal

Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice (formerly known as Southern Med Review) is an Open Access peer-reviewed journal that provides a platform for researchers to disseminate empirical research findings with the aim that people everywhere have access to the medicines they need and be able to use them rationally.

The Journal encompasses all aspects of pharmacy including clinical, social, administration, and economics. It also covers pharmaceutical aspects of healthcare policy, providing a platform to researchers, academics and practitioners from around the world to share evidence, concerns and perspectives on pharmacy systems, management, ethics, and financial analysis.

The journal welcomes for consideration the following types of article: research article, letter to the Editor, review, article commentary, comment, policy analysis, short report, study protocol. All articles received by the Journal will be subject to double-anonymous peer review.

Read the Instructions for Authors for information on how to submit your article.

Journal History

In December 2008, Southern Med Review was started by Prof. Zaheer Babar to promote pharmaceutical policy research at a global level. The journal has been unique in publishing the work of new researchers, documenting the pharmaceutical situation of low- and middle-income countries and debating pertinent pharmaceutical policy questions. The journal’s work has been recognized at a global level and, according to WHO, it fulfilled a global need. The journal is indexed in Scopus, EMBASE and PubMed Central and in 2013 was relaunched under its new title, Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice.

Archival content

An electronic archive of content under the journal’s previous name Southern Med Review Volumes 2-5 (2009-2012) can be found on PubMed Central.

About the Editor

Zaheer-Ud-Din Babar is Professor in Medicines and Healthcare at the Department of Pharmacy, University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom.

He is globally recognized for his research in pharmaceutical policy and practice, including the quality use of medicines, clinical pharmacy practice, access to medicines and issues related to pharmacoeconomics. Previously he was the Head of Pharmacy Practice at School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland, New Zealand. A pharmacist by training and holding a Ph.D. in pharmacy practice, Prof. Babar is the recipient of prestigious “Research Excellence Award” from the University of Auckland.

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