November Feature: Scientists in Regulatory Affairs

Have you ever considered what the world would be like without pharmaceutical drugs? Or clean drinking water? Or food from the supermarket that is safe to eat? Millions of Americans depend on products and services for their health and well-being everyday such as over-the-counter ...

Personal Journeys

Maria Sklodowska knew the value of international mobility to a scientist’s career. In 1891 she left her native Poland to study physics in Paris, and for her work there she won two Nobel prizes. So it is appropriate that Maria–or Marie Curie as she is better knownR...

The Bare Facts About Science Radio

Editor’s note: Chris Smith is a busy man. As well as being a scientist leading the hectic life of a hospital doctor, Smith runs the UK’s newest interactive science radio show, the Naked Scientists. What does it take to juggle three demanding careers? Kat Arney invest...

(There Are) 50 Ways to Leave Your Enzyme

Editor’s note: As a researcher, Benjamin Hemmens has been there, done that. Although he was not exceptionally unhappy in the lab, he nonetheless took the plunge to leave and to try something else. In this first instalment of his story, he explains why. In 2000 I resigne...

The State of Affairs: An Overview of the Regulatory Affairs Profession

BACK TO THE FEATURE INDEX Regulatory affairs (RA) within the biomedical/health products sector is a relatively young, multidimensional profession that is international in scope. At its core, the RA profession facilitates the collection, analysis, and communication about the r...

Fuzzy Logic, Adventures in Artificial Intelligence

Will robots ever be able to learn the way humans do? After all, gathering data about one’s environment is the easy part; the difficult part is being able to evaluate that information and adjust one’s response to it. Answering the call to address this highly complicat...

One in Five Swedes Unhappy With Research Training

Swedish postgrads are a pretty contented lot. According to a recent survey, almost 80% of them would start their PhD studies all over again, even with the benefit of hindsight, and at the same university. That four out of five postgraduates are pleased with their situation sounds pret...

Arbeidsmarktnieuws oktober 2003: Scholen moeten nog wennen aan aio of postdoc als leraar

Aio’s, oio’s en postdocs die de universiteit moeten verlaten, zouden eens moeten nadenken over een baan als leraar. Dat vindt Spotlite BV, een organisatie die jonge onderzoekers helpt hun weg naar het onderwijs te vinden. Het grootste struikelblok is, vreemd genoeg, ...

The Long Road to Race Blindness

Reposted from Science magazine, 24 October 2003 In June of 2003, a majority of the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the University of Michigan Law School could consider an applicant’s race in making admission decisions ( 1, 2). The court’s decision was driven largely by th...

Alternative Pathways for Training Combined MD/PhD Students for Patient-Oriented Research

BACK TO THE FEATURE INDEX The paradigm established by Goldstein and Brown classifies research into three categories: basic science research, disease-oriented research, or patient-oriented research.1 Goldstein and Brown define patient-oriented research as research conducted by...
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