Category Archives: Education

The Power of Communication and Being A Non-Specialist

CPSA Everyday Conversation

Darragh Murnane, University of Hertfordshire

“How can we communicate better so that they (patients) can go on with their life.” – Darragh Murnane, University of Hertfordshire

Darragh discusses the importance of communication in the sciences and to non-experts.  During the period of lockdown, Darragh noticed how difficult it is to navigate risk with disease, specifically how his parents were accessing health risks during the pandemic.  Across the board, how do we improve communication and education for all patients?  Darragh proposes education in communication skills early during a specialist career – ultimately helping the educate the patient, creating an improved situation, and creating a therapy, not just a treatment.

Conducting Inpatient Clinical Research During a Pandemic

23rd Annual Symposium on Clinical & Pharmaceutical Solutions through Analysis (CPSA USA 2020)

Mary Ann Diliberto, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

“We need to find better ways to connect to get work done.” – Mary Ann Diliberto, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Marry Ann Diliberto describes many of the challenges for clinical research since the onset of the pandemic.  During March 2020, all clinical research stopped, creating difficulties for patients and important studies.  In Mary’s group, they had over 25 studies, managed by 15 staff members – all had to be shut down.  She describes the feeling and thoughts during the onset of the pandemic:  When can we resume research safely and efficiently?  We need to be helping these patients.  We need to be able to see the patients!  After these initial challenging times, Mary and her teams have worked together to implement new protocols and systems, within the reality of the new normal.

Transforming the Worry of Challenges and Struggles to Opportunity

CPSA Everyday Conversation

Ute Gerhard, The University of Hertfordshire

“There were never TV shows that showed success (to the underrepresented). It was all of the other cultures.” – Ute Gerhard, The University of Hertfordshire

Ute Gerhard is on the frontline, training the next generation of students for the future of health care.  She has one passion – developing education models so that students leave as professionals and credible scientist, so that they may have good careers.  Being in a unique position, she works to train those that are underrepresented in the field of healthcare.  Her passion extends to those that have different cultural backgrounds, and to truly give them the chance to be successful.  Furthermore, she works to set-up strong role models for these students, including programs at the university and with pharma companies.  Mentorship is one of the most important aspects of early career development, and Ute’s dedication is a model for all to follow.