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By Meredith Weston

Meredith WestonI think it is safe to assume that all program managers have one common goal—meet the needs of your audience by providing exceptional programming that is both effective and convenient. That sixteen word statement, in a nutshell, is my professional purpose. Lucky for me, I’ve never had to attempt it alone. The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) is led by its members; a diverse group of approximately 10,000 individuals in the pharmaceutical industry who strive to impact public health. In 2014 alone, to meet the needs of the global pharmaceutical community, AAPS launched three online ecourses; Regulatory Affairs 101, Immunogenicity 101, and, most recently, Translational Sciences 101.


As many of you may know, the investment required to bring a new drug to market is enormous. Therefore, the failure of a drug in development, especially after significant time and money has been invested, is of constant concern to the pharmaceutical community. Translational science is the discipline that bridges the gap from fundamental to applied science. In the development of drugs, it can be viewed as the connection from drug discovery to clinical development. It is the goal of translational science to increase the probability of success for drugs in development through the application of new technologies and methods that fill the gap in the translation of early basic science to the likely clinical outcomes, which is important to the drug discovery community.

The Translational Sciences 101 ecourse provides a view of the current state of translational sciences and demonstrates the translational research techniques that are being applied across the entire spectrum of drug discovery and development.

“Translational research is becoming an increasingly important phase in pharmaceutical research and development, as scientists try to properly judge the probability of success with new molecular entities. This has been accompanied by an explosion in new technology and research techniques to investigate drug pharmacology and the determinants of efficacy and safety outcomes,” said Ted Grasela, Pharm.D., Ph.D., a cochair on the ecourse development team. “This course brings together recognized experts in critical disciplines and provides an introduction to the key subjects required for translational research success.”

With 26 lectures, divided into 6 modules, Translational Sciences 101 is one of the larger ecourses AAPS has available. However, all of the courses in the eLearning series can be described as comprehensive, quality programs. The series as a whole is a convenient, self-directed, multi-module educational tool that, so far, has been viewed over 5,000 times by more than 500 professionals and students. We invite you to check out the AAPS eLearning program today!

Meredith Weston, M.S. is the eLearning Program Manager at AAPS.