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September 2017 Issue of The Translational Scientist

Welcome to the September issue of The Translational Scientist! We take a look at how fine art could improve medical student’s observational skills, and the hunt to find new drugs for Parkinson’s that collected data from the entire population of Norway. In My View this month features Stefan Amisten, who explains why relying on rodent models could be damaging drug discovery. Stay tuned, as more of the latest news and views in translational science will be appearing online throughout the month…

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Articles featured in this issue

Research Field Drug delivery

Recognizing Friend from Foe

| Werner Cautreels

Solutions are needed to teach the immune system to recognize biological drugs as partners, not plunderers.

Outside the Lab Drug delivery

The Cost of Treating Cancer

| Roisin McGuigan

When you crunch the numbers on drug development, are the costs of cancer drugs justified?

Outside the Lab Diagnostics & prognostics

TRI a New Kind of Spectrometer

| Michael Schubert

An inexpensive, smartphone-based device could offer a wide range of point-of-care tests.

Tools & Techniques Analytical science

Writing off Cancer

| Joanna Cummings

When it comes to identifying cancerous tissue, is the “MasSpec Pen” mightier than the sword?

Tools & Techniques Cancer

The Golden Touch

| James Strachan

Improving cancer drugs by “manufacturing” therapeutic compounds using gold nanoparticle catalysts.

Research Field Analytical science

Spinal Tap

| Joanna Cummings

Metal speciation in cerebrospinal fluid may bring new understanding of neurodegenerative diseases.

Research Field Genetics

Kallikrein Dream

| Roisin McGuigan

Eleftherios P. Diamandis, Hold ’em for Life Chair in Prostate Cancer Biomarkers, University of Toronto.

Research Field Microbiology

Built for Speed

| Roisin McGuigan

UTIs account for many antibiotic prescriptions; could a new POC test help selective prescribing?

Disease Area Analytical science

The Game Is Up

| Joanna Cummings

Thin layer chromatography and SERS track down Viagra in adulterated healthcare products.

Tools & Techniques Drug discovery

Escaping the Rat Race

| Stefan Amisten

Over-reliance on rodent models could be leading drug discovery in the wrong direction

Research Field Respiratory

A Breath of Fresh Air?

| Roisin McGuigan

Regulating the production of alpha-synuclein may be a new approach for treating Parkinson’s

Outside the Lab Imaging

“May I Enjoy Life and Art”

| Ruth Steer

Research shows that art training can improve ophthalmologists’ observational skills.

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