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Blog - August 2018

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An Antarctic expedition for women in science leadership

29 Aug 2018 by Katherine Duncan in Equality, diversity and inclusion published August 2018

Antarctica is the coldest, windiest, highest and driest continent on Earth, yet it is the unexplored nature of its landscape that is the defining characteristic. The Antarctic Treaty1 which protects areas below 60° South latitude, represents 80% of the World’s population, yet very few people have experienced Antarctica.

Evidence for gender inequality in pharmacology: raising awareness and motivating change

26 Aug 2018 by Karen Gregory in Equality, diversity and inclusion published August 2018

The exchange of ideas and knowledge is an essential aspect of being a scientist that enhances our collective progress. As academics our contributions to the field, both as individuals and teams, are measured by our metrics. Peer reviewed publications are the core ingredients we use to demonstrate our productivity and capability. However, the quality and impact of our research relies on a variety of evidence, including peer recognition in the form of invited conference presentations and scientific awards.

Inclusion at the British Pharmacological Society

17 Aug 2018 by Lisa Hevey in Equality, diversity and inclusion published August 2018

The first objective set out in the Society’s new five-year strategy for 2018-2022, which launched at the end of 2017, is “To remove barriers to participation and success, while welcoming equality and celebrating diversity, and being inclusive in all we do”.

The opioid epidemic: new approaches to an old problem

08 Aug 2018 by David Kendall, Sarah Nickolls in Affinity groups published August 2018

Opioid analgesics have been a mainstay of pain treatment for centuries but over the past few decades, their overuse for both medical and non-medical reasons has led to what has been described in the popular press as a worldwide opioid epidemic, and by the USA Department of Health and Human Services as a public health emergency.

Three ways to address the mental health crisis: better funding, better understanding, better medication

06 Aug 2018 by S Clare Stanford published August 2018

PhD programs have always been tough. In my postgraduate days, ‘second-year blues’ was rampant: the process seemed to have taken an age already, but there was still such a long haul ahead. What seems to have changed is that too many students now perceive the stress as intolerable and do not pull through the process.