Brain Maps: Live 3D Imaging of Activity

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of  Vienna have developed a light-field laser imaging system that generates 3D movies of entire brains at a millisecond timescale to create a complete “living” brain map.  The research...

CDER Guidances for Nonclinical Toxicology to Issue in 2012

The FDA has published an updated Guidance Agenda – new and revised draft guidances CDER is planning to publish during calendar year 2012.   Guidances of particular interest to nonclinical pharmaceutical toxicologists may include: Pharmacology/Toxicology •...

Assessing Safety Earlier in Drug Development

The objective of a recent survey by Cambridge Health Associates was to identify trends in safety biomarkers and their utilization in drug development.  Regardless of company size, recurrent themes for assessing drug safety in early preclinical development were noted....

FDA Resource for Approved Drug Information

Ever wanted to know the ins and outs of almost every drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration since 1939? By using the Drugs@FDA database, you can search for information about FDA-approved brand name and generic drugs and therapeutic biological products.  The...

New Hypersensitivity Screen for Drugs

Many drug hypersensitivity reactions are HLA-linked, meaning that they will occur much more often or even exclusively in individuals who have certain variants of the HLA gene.  A new study elucidates the specific mechanism leading to HLA gene-linked hypersensitivity...

Preclinical Safety Testing: Use of Transgenic Animals

Transgenic and genetically modified animal models are increasingly being used in the study of disease and for the safety assessment of new compounds.  Use of these models enhances understanding of the role that specific genes play in biological pathways.   The primary...