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August 9, 2011
Drug Research Areas You Wish You'd Never Heard Of
A conversation the other day got me to thinking: over the course of my career, I've worked in the following therapeutic areas (more or less in chronological order): CNS (dementia, then Alzheimer's), diabetes, osteoporosis, obesity, oncology, anti-bacterials, multiple sclerosis, and antivirals. That covers a fair amount of ground, but there are still areas I've never really touched on - not much that would qualify as cardiovascular and not much inflammation, for example. So I'm sure that there are readers out there who have seen more drug discovery territory than I have - anyone who thinks that they have the local record, feel free to leave details in the comments.
A second question is whether there are therapeutic areas that you'd always wanted to try but never have. (Anti-infectives would have been in that category for me until the last few years). The opposite of that is well worth asking, too: are there disease areas that you regret ever having touched on? For my part, I learned a lot doing my Alzheimer's work, but in retrospect, much of it was a ferocious waste of effort, considering the results, so I'd probably put that one at the top. Other candidates?
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