The list is a heartening litany of the many ways that research could make medicine better. The headlines are below, and I thought the work described in this paragraph sounded particularly promising:
Getting a completely untested drug through FDA approval is a long, hard road. So researchers and pharmaceutical companies are increasingly repurposing medicines that have already been approved. Rapamycin is a great example of drug that is seemingly useful for just about everything, from immunosuppression to neurocognitive disorders to congenital heart defects. Using high-throughput assays, researchers are taking whole libraries of FDA-approved compounds, throwing them at new medical problems and finding new therapeutic “hits.” The FDA and private companies are lending a hand, and researchers at Stanford created a program that matches the gene activity caused by a disease with drugs inducing the opposite gene activity.
1. Whole-genome sequencing enters the clinic
2. Innovation meets healthcare reform
3. Global health: Medical missions give way to telemedicine
4. Timely diagnosis for behavioral disorders
5. Digital health apps 2.0
6. Repurposing medicines – finding new uses through mass screens
7. Rethinking clinical practice pays off
8. Making the flu less devastating
9. Taking tissue engineering to the next level
10. New pharma R&D models empower academic medical centers
The full post is here.
This program aired on January 4, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.