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Ron Hunter

03.11.2015 |    6,791 |   reply |
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Chemists work everywhere!  Over the years, I interviewed for jobs ranging from forensic chemist at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to research professor at Drexel University.  As PhDs, we have mastered the art of learning. As a result of completing an ultra-specific dissertation, one of our best talents becomes our capability to learn. One of my favorite quotations from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia comes from the character Charlie Kelly as portrayed by Charlie Day. He says, “Oh, get a job? Just get a job? Why don’t I strap on my job helmet and squeeze down into a job cannon and fire...
Tags: working for the CDC

Maida Taylor

09.11.2013 |    34,912 |   reply |
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The drug giant, Glaxo Smith Kline, has a lot of explaining to do.  This month the company has suffered a public relations storm with charges of  bribery, arrests of executives in China,  and allegations of falsifying research results, to name a few. Here at home, GSK is also in hot...
Tags: outsourcing ethics, outsourcing jobs

Maida Taylor

05.03.2013 |    23,350 |   reply |
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Last month, I attended two days of hearings at the FDA campus in White Oak, MD.  The first day concerned two neuroscience molecules, gabapentin and paroxetine, both being evaluated for the treatment of menopausal vasomotor symptoms. Gabapentin was originally developed as an anti-seizure medication, and is also approved to treat...
Tags: FDA seminar, Gabapentin and Paroxetine, Public safety

Maida Taylor

02.13.2013 |    25,777 |   2 reply |
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I am sure everyone who reads these blogs on Bio Careers is familiar with the on-going story about the outbreak of fungal meningitis traced to contaminated compounded corticosteroids used to treat back pain. The index case was described in the New England Journal of Medicine (Nov 29,2012) as a man...
Tags: compounders, death, drugs, infection, pharmacy

Maida Taylor

05.17.2012 |    38,110 |   reply |
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It’s the same old song---contaminated drugs from China.  The news was reported by Laurie Burkitt in the Wall Street Journal  on April 17, 2012.  Chinese authorities halted the sale of 13 drugs, because the gelatin capsules used in manufacturing were found to have high levels of the heavy metal chromium....
Tags: FDA, public health

Meghan Mott

05.08.2012 |    15,478 |   2 reply |
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Postdocs have few years to identify career goals, strengthen CVs, and construct a professional network, all while working full time in the lab. Given the current situation in academia, most of us will end up in what used to be considered alternative careers. There is a long list of non-academic...
Tags: Academia, CV, postdoc, public health, Science policy

Maida Taylor

09.27.2011 |    25,991 |   reply |
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In 1925, Sinclair Lewis published Arrowsmith (a novel for which he later won a Pulitzer Prize), the story of a young medical researcher.  Martin Arrowsmith, the protagonist, served as a role model for scores of medical students intent on devoting their lives to medical science.  The portrait of Martin is...
Tags: bench, clinical, medical science, public health

Maida Taylor

07.04.2011 |    12,842 |   reply |
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I am sitting in an auditorium at Georgetown University attending a symposium on the influence of the pharmaceutical industry on scientific publications and continuing medical education.  This is a decidedly hostile crowd.  The crusaders are all here, including Arnold Relman, MD, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.  He is...
Tags: Corporate, medicine, Pharma, public health

Lisan Parker

11.24.2010 |    27,781 |   3 reply |
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Hello, my name is Lisan.  Biocareers has asked me to share my experiences and career path with you.  My sincere hope is that you will find the lessons that I and others have learned to be helpful as you journey and make your own career decisions.  Thank you Biocareers for...
Tags: Choosing career path, non-profit, public health

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