Blog - September 2018

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AllTrials: have you reported all of your trials?

21 Sep 2018 published September 2018

Randomised clinical trials are by far the best tool we have to assess whether a medicine works or not. Governments and regulators demand to see the results of the highest quality trials to make decisions about treatments. Thousands of trials happen every year, all around the world, and hundreds of thousands of people volunteer to be part of them.

Solving puzzles in nanotechnology: how to transform an artifact into an antidote

14 Sep 2018 published September 2018

The idea of a magic bullet is very compelling and attractive. Curing diseases with the precise delivery of therapeutics to the target cell or microorganism has received the attention of many laboratories around the world and has captured the imagination of writers and film directors for many years.

Drug discovery challenges now the low hanging fruit has been harvested

07 Sep 2018 published September 2018

Up until the late 70s, pharmacological discovery was a process exemplified by increasing technical expertise in surgery and bioassay, and was associated with a series of important discoveries. However we tend to view this ‘golden era’ through rose tinted spectacles. The reality is that the vast majority of research, as will be evident from a perusal of old volumes of pharmacology journals, was unimportant and anodyne. We remember only the ‘good bits’.

SUSTAIN – enabling female scientists to thrive

01 Sep 2018 in Equality, diversity and inclusion published September 2018

At the Academy of Medical Sciences, we have a commitment to developing talented researchers. To do this, we have created a range of innovative programmes of tailored support that respond to specific need.