Drug Discovery

Collaborating to fight diseases of the poor

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Listen to chemistry professor Michael Pollastri talk about his work finding treatments for NTDs.

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Posted in Biochemistry, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Podcasts

Creating a better drug to treat psychiatric disorders

Raymond Booth

I first became interested in drugs to treat brain diseases with I was a pharmacy student at Northeastern in the early 1980s. After I got my PhD in medicinal chemistry at the University of California–San Francisco, I returned to Boston for a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School. At the time, I was drawn to research on neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s. But by 1987, I switched to neuropsychiatric diseases, and that’s what I’ve been focused on ever since.

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Posted in Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Global Health Initiative to address neglected tropical diseases

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Ninety per­cent of global health­care and med­ical research money is spent on dis­eases that affect only 10 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion, according to Michael Pol­lastri, a pro­fessor of chem­istry and chem­ical biology who spoke at the Col­lege of Sci­ence Col­lo­quium last Friday.

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Posted in Chemistry and Chemical Biology