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  • The long and incredible story of a tablet

    Do you know the process involved in bringing a tablet onto the market? It needs lots of time, investment and the effort of a lot of people. The molecule first needs to be designed and synthesised, and then the researchers need to carry out animal and human testing on it. It can then finally be produced and prescribed once it's been approved. 

  • Drug development and ethics

    Several experts discuss the rational use of medicines. 10% of the world's population has access to medicines, but 90% of people cannot afford them due to high prices. We need to implement new measures to distribute these drugs around the world, for example through the use of generic medicines. What is your opinion? 

  • Develop a drug!

    Once we've managed to find the drug target, why don't we try developing a drug? First we need to purify the target and research its three-dimensional structure in order to identify a drug that will interact with it. You'll need to use different techniques in order to find a drug and check that it works. 

  • New drugs to fight tuberculosis

    Do you want to find out more about a project aimed at discovering drugs which can be used to treat resistant tuberculosis? Different countries are working together to find molecules with the right pharmacological properties for eliminating the bacterium. 

  • New drugs against new threats

    How can we protect ourselves against new viruses? Different researchers explain some research projects which aim to identify targets and design new drugs to act as models in the fight against new viruses. Discover more about the different branches of biology involved.

  • Understanding schizophrenia

    In this video, a couple of psychiatrists and a researcher explain a project which aims to discover the genetic and environmental causes of this disorder which affects around 1% of young people. We still don't know what mechanisms cause it or how it can be cured, but we're working on it. 

  • How does air pollution affect our brain?

    In this video, researchers explain a project aimed at discovering how air pollution can affect our brains, particularly in terms of intelligence and behaviour. The aim is to discover whether there is a correlation between the number of ultrafine particles and ADHD.

  • New paths against drug resistance

    What role does HIV drug resistance have in current treatments? Can this resistance be passed from one individual to another? Laboratories are looking for new drugs which act on the different stages of the replication cycle.

  • Joining efforts to find the HIV vaccine

    What does current research into an HIV vaccine look like? In this video, scientists explain the characteristics a vaccine would need to have in order to be effective against HIV, and why that is not so simple. A similar vaccine could be used to combat other infectious diseases.

  • Obesity: ethical issues

    In this video, young people and doctors give their opinions on this very serious health issue and the related complications. Each individual's lifestyle is important in the prevention of obesity, but industry, official bodies and governments also need to take action. What about you? What do you think?