Faculty of Medical Sciences

Staff Profile

Dr Ruben Thanacoody

Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer


Fellowship of Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh) 2007

Fellowship of Royal College of Physicians (London) 2013

Member European Association of Poisons Centres and Clinical Toxicologists (EAPCCT) 2010

Member of MHRA PEAG (Pharmacovigilance Expert Advisory Group) 2011- 

Member of MHRA ISAC (Independent Scientific and Advisory Committee) 2007- 2014

Member MRCP UK Part 1 Exam Board 2015- 

CPD Lead, UK National Poisons Information Service (NPIS) 2016-

 External Examiner, Brighton & Sussex Medical School 2018-


Module Leader, MRes Experimental Medicine and Therapeutics MMB8005

Course Director, Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics course, Stage 4 MBBS

Lecturer, Diploma in Clinical Research MCR 8008

Lecturer, MRes Drug Discovery & Development MMB8006

Lecturer, MRes Toxicology module MMB8032

Lecturer, BSc Pharmacology PED3003  


My principal research interest is the optimisation of acetylcysteine treatment regimens for paracetamol poisoning to reduce adverse reactions without compromising efficacy. I was the Principal Investigator in Newcastle for the Scottish and Newcastle Anti-Emetic Pre-Treatment in Paracetamol Poisoning (SNAP) clinical trial. This showed that a shorter 12h regimen of acetylcysteine reduced the incidence of vomiting and anaphylactoid reactions (published in Lancet 2013).

This regimen has been implemented in clinical practice in Edinburgh, Newcastle and London and being audited for effectiveness compared to the conventional 21h acetylcysteine regimen.