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RE: post-ACoP: How to train future pharmacometricians

From: Stephen Duffull <stephen.duffull>
Date: Thu, 15 Oct 2009 20:58:14 +1300

Hi Holly

Education in pharmacometrics is obviously an important role to maintain the health of M&S in the future of both industry and academia.

Many academic centres offer pharmacometric research training to graduate students during the course of their PhD. This in many cases takes the form of a 1:1 mentoring programme.

> I wonder if we can extend this NJ example to a Global University where
> Pharmacometrics - at least, concept - can be taught free of charge to
> students all over the world by pharmacometricians in industry, academia
> and regulatory agencies. Later, we may further consider to have a one-
> to-one mentoring program. AAPS supports webinars on many interesting
> topics. Maybe ACoP can support pharmacometrics webinar? Maybe National
> Science Foundation? Or, Bill Gates? :-)

Perhaps, rather than starting something new, what we need is better financial support for those academic centres that are currently offering research opportunities (and hence training) in pharmacometrics.

Does anyone know:
1) how many pharmacometric positions exist in industry + academia?
2) what the attrition rate is from these positions?

Armed with this knowledge, and factoring in some growth and applying an equilibrium model, we can predict the required training rate...



Professor Stephen Duffull
Chair of Clinical Pharmacy
School of Pharmacy
University of Otago
PO Box 913 Dunedin
New Zealand
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Received on Thu Oct 15 2009 - 03:58:14 EDT

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