MEEX Speaker

KENNA Gerry, PhD

KENNA Gerry, PhD

Drug Safety Consultant Macclesfield, Cheshire, United Kingdom


Dr. Gerry Kenna is a Drug Safety Consultant based in Cheshire, UK. He has extensive experience of safety assessment of pharmaceuticals and other chemicals and of toxicity testing and of mechanisms that underlie human adverse drug reactions, most notably liver toxicity. This was acquired while working as Scientific Director of FRAME (the Fund for the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experiments;; in industry for AstraZeneca, Syngenta and Zeneca; and in academia at Imperial College School of Medicine, London UK; National Institutes of Health, MD USA; King’s College Hospital Medical School, London UK and the National Institute for Medical Research, London UK. Dr. Kenna continues to be actively involved in research on the mechanisms which underlie human adverse drug reactions and on the development and implementation of novel predictive safety screening strategies that take account of hepatobiliary transporter inhibition, metabolic bioactivation and immune responsiveness, plus PBPK-based in vitro/in vivo exposure scaling. He is also committed to implementation of improved human safety testing strategies that reduce, refine and replace a need for procedures on animals. Dr Kenna received a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Leeds UK and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of London UK. He has authored or co-authored >100 scientific publications and is a member of the International Society for the Study of Xenobiotics, and a Fellow of the British Toxicology Society.