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Translating Preclinical Data to the Clinic

Posted by MD Biosciences on Mar 24, 2015 2:07:37 PM

It's a question that comes up regularly, from scientists who contact us to publications to conference lectures. One of the challenges in preclinical drug discovery is how translatable is the preclinical data from animal studies to the human situation?

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Topics: in vivo pain models, Preclinical Discovery

Assessing Subjective Pain | Preclinical Pain Studies

Posted by MD Biosciences on Feb 19, 2015 11:57:04 AM

Rodent models of pain such as nerve injury models are important to understand the mechanisms that may contribute to human neuropathic pain. Imaging studies in human have identified cortical regions specifically involved in the subjective, conscious perception of pain. Although laboratory animals process painful stimuli using similar mechanisms and thresholds of awareness as humans, it is much harder to assess the subjective pain experienced by animals as they can not self-report. This has led researchers to rely on objective measures of pain-related behaviors such as evoked responses to noxious stimuli. Humans, however, are able to voice discomfort, which provides rapid and direct access to the subjective experience. 

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Topics: in vivo pain models