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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 48  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 233-236

Educating and training India's next generation of in vivo pharmacologists

School of Biomedical Sciences and University of Leeds Biosciences Educational Research Group, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK

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Dr. David I Lewis
School of Biomedical Sciences and University of Leeds Biosciences Educational Research Group, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT
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DOI: 10.4103/0253-7613.182871

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The Indian Pharmaceutical Industry is undergoing rapid development and expansion. Critical to this process, and the future of drug discovery in India is the continued education and training of integrative or in vivo pharmacologists, equipped with the knowledge, skills and expertise to undertake studies using laboratory animals. Modern in vivo pharmacologists not only require manual or technical skills, but a much broader education including in animal welfare, ethics, the principles of the replacement, refinement and reduction of animals in research, and nonanimal alternative techniques. This education, training, and continued professional development throughout their careers can be provided, in part, through the use of online e-learning resources. While many excellent resources exist, they are hard to locate and not widely known to the community. To address this issue, Education and Training Resources in In vivo Sciences, a free website which provides access to free open access e-learning resources in in vivo pharmacology was developed. Use of this resource by researchers and educators will result in better-trained researchers and members of ethical review committees, which in turn will raise animal welfare standards, minimize the pain, suffering and distress of laboratory animals, and enhance scientific research.


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