AAPS Pharmaceutical Science Roundup, November 2015


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tenmplate for set 6November’s roundup of articles features stories on the TPP trade deal, the AMA calling for a ban on drug advertising to consumers, gender inequality in science leadership, and even the science behind dragons.

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T2 Translational Research in Clinical Development: A Case Study


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By Joan Korth-Bradley

Korth Bradley-finalThe successful registration of a new drug requires completion of at least two randomized, controlled clinical trials demonstrating safety and efficacy in the intended patient population. The successful integration of a new drug product into clinical practice requires much more! Prescribers need information that will help them treat real life patients who may be more complicated than those who participated in the clinical trials. Translational research provides the answers. Continue reading

Reflections of a Scientist Transformed by Law: The 2015 AAPS Annual Meeting!


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By Sneha Mascarenhas

Sneha Mascarenhas-finalAfter years studying pharmaceutics law, I returned to discovering, developing, and manufacturing pharmaceuticals. What simpler way to do that than a trip out to sunny Orlando for the 2015 AAPS Annual Meeting and Exposition? A member for years now, it was both familiar ground and novel territory. It was familiar in the sense that this is THE universal meeting for the world’s leading pharmaceutical scientists to convene, converse, and share insights about new learnings.  Continue reading

Novel Strategy to Tackle the Problem of Opioid Withdrawal


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By Shaifali Bhalla

Shaifali Bhalla-finalChronic pain is an important public health problem that often goes undertreated. Although opioids are the most commonly used agents to manage chronic pain, effective treatment is difficult due to development of drug tolerance, dependence, abuse, and withdrawal. Therefore, there is still a critical need to identify alternative and innovative solutions to meet both treatment needs of patients and the desired level of safety expected of modern drug therapies. Continue reading

Gaming to Get Ahead


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By David Conover

David Conover-finalI teach STEAM video game design at an at-risk high school in North Austin, Texas, and I use game-based learning as a means to expose the students to topics that connect to serious issues, such as the prevention of child obesity, sustainable energy, and health-based games. My students have the chance to construct their knowledge and grow their understanding through design thinking and serious game design. The students also have the opportunity to work with IBM’s Waston as part of the game design. For example, the student’s game will interface with the Watson Discovery Advisor, which will allow the students to ask Watson relevant infectious disease-based questions. Continue reading


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