Christiaan B Brink (Tiaan) is a Full Professor of Pharmacology at the School of Pharmacy, North-West University, South Africa (SA). He obtained a degree in pharmacy (B.Pharm. - cum laude) 1989, Master’s in molecular Pharmacology 1991, and PhD in theoretical pharmacology 1998 at the former Potchefstroom University for CHE, whereafter he undertook postdoctoral studies in receptor signal-transduction pharmacology under RR Neubig at the University of Michigan, USA. Subsequently he specialised in translational pharmacology, focusing on novel antidepressant targets and the treatment of juvenile depression, investigated in animal behavioural models. He has been involved in several managerial capacities, including ministerial appointment on the SA National Health Research Ethics Council, president of the SA Society for Basic and Clinical Pharmacology, executive committee of the Pharmacology for Africa initiative, chair of the Education Section of the International Union of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology (IUPHAR), other IUPHAR committees, chair of the NWU AnimCare animal research ethics committee, central laboratory manager, postgraduate web-based educational programme manager, and member of several boards and panels. Tiaan has received several prestigious awards for best publications, young scientist awards for his postgraduate students, and the Burrows Teaching Award 2012 from McMaster University, Canada and a VERKA Educational Learning Merit Award from the former Potchefstroom University for CHE.