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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.

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 Teesha Bhuruth, 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.

Your Society

31 Jul 2018 by Jonathan Bruun published July 2018

In my last blog in April I shared a few thoughts about our new five-year strategy. As you would expect from me as Chief Executive, our long-term goals are never far from my mind, so I want to return to the subject here to consider how we have begun to take that plan forward.

The President on the road: from the House of Commons to World Congress in Japan

12 Jul 2018 by Stephen Hill in President's message published July 2018

It has been a hectic – but very enjoyable – couple of weeks representing the Society, first in Parliament in London and then at the World Congress of Pharmacology in Kyoto in Japan.

There is a heavy cost to getting a PhD that nobody talks about

06 Jul 2018 by Edward Wickstead published July 2018

Embarking on a PhD is a journey of epic proportions. Initially filled with excitement and enthusiasm, students are compelled by the idea of pushing the frontiers of human knowledge.

Using animals in biomedical research: why education holds the key

13 Jun 2018 published June 2018

Animal (or in vivo) experiments play an important role in biomedical research. They are essential to support the development of innovative medicines which can ultimately improve human and animal health.

Mental health issues: a common lab hazard?

05 Jun 2018 by Aidan Seeley, Niamh McKerr published June 2018

While many researchers are fighting the good fight in the lab, it seems we are losing a war with our own health. A recent publication from Nature determined that graduate students are six times more likely to experience periods of depression and anxiety compared to the general population. So what is it about being in research that predisposes us to such health hazards?