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The University of Edinburgh Translational Pharmacology Course

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In support of training, we have recently launched a translational pharmacology course for UK trainees interested in translational medicine and therapeutics.  This week-long course was held at the Edinburgh Millennial Clinical Research Facility in the week of 25th June 2012.  The format was included a series of face-to-face seminars with leading national and international experts in translational pharmacology, and addressed key training requirements for principal investigators in phase 1 and first-in-human studies.  Topics included:

•    Clinical Research Ethics/Regulations
•    Overview of Drug Development
•    Dose Escalation Studies & Models
•    Preclinical Pharmacology/Toxicology
•    Pharmacokinetics/Pharmacodynamics
•    Adverse Events & Reactions
•    Biologics & Biosimilars
•    Statistics, Databases & Data Management
•    Risk Assessment & Management
•    Protocol Development & Study Management

We are particularly grateful to our speakers:

•    Dr Sharon Cameron, University of Edinburgh
•    Dr Mark Christie, King’s College London
•    Professor Adam Cohen, University of Leiden
•    Dr James Dear, University of Edinburgh
•    Dr Rob Dow, University of Edinburgh
•    Professor Sir Gordon Duff, MHRA, London
•    Dr Michael Eddleston, University of Edinburgh
•    Dr Lorna Ewart, AstraZeneca
•    Dr John Finch, Charles River Laboratories
•    Professor Allan Gaw, Queen’s Univeristy, Belfast
•    Dr Lawrence Jacob, Charles River Laboratories
•    Dr Ninian Lang, University of Edinburgh
•    Dr Steff Lewis, University of Edinburgh
•    Fiona McArdle, WTCRF, Edinburgh
•    Shona McDermott, Glasgow Clinical Research Facility
•    Dr Howard Marriage, University of Dundee
•    Jennifer Martin, Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
•    Professor Simon Maxwell, University of Edinburgh
•    Dr Lynn Morrice, University of Edinburgh
•    Dr Dirk Reitsma, Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), USA
•    Susan Shepherd, WTCRF, Edinburgh
•    Dr Angela Thomas, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh
•    Professor David Webb, University of Edinburgh
•    Dr Chris Weir, University of Edinburgh


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Professor Adam Cohen

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Dr Dirk Reitsma

We are also grateful for the involvement of Jennifer Martin from the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

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For those who might be interested, we are planning to run a similar course again in the future, and to provide additional training for those who have already undertaken the recent course.  Please contact stmti@ed.ac.uk if you would like to receive further information on these training opportunities.


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