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2024 Jun 15



Of rodents, research and relationships: a pharmacological odyssey.


Parnham MJ


This article is an autobiographical account of a research career in inflammatory diseases, mechanisms and pharmacotherapy, drug research and development, in academia and industry in various European countries spanning the last 55 years. The author describes how tenacity and independent thought, learned in formative years, and tempered later by the development of good relationships with colleagues have guided his career. This has spanned research, among other fields, on prostaglandins as pro-and anti-inflammatory mediators, oxidative stress and antioxidants, phospholipid mediators, cytokines, innate and adaptive immune responses and the establishment of various inflammatory and immunological models. The author has helped discover and develop novel therapeutic approaches to pain, arthritic, dermatological, respiratory, and autoimmune disorders and contributed to bringing eight drug candidates to clinical trials. He has helped establish new research labs in four different centres and been involved in teaching undergraduate and mature students in three different universities. With extensive experience in scientific publishing and several international awards, he emphasises that without good teamwork, little can be achieved in scientific research.