Which universities are pushing the boundaries in life sciences?

If you had to name the branch of university research that has the most tangible impact on mankind’s day-to-day activities, it is likely that the life sciences would be near the top of the list: not many days go by without the announcement of a new drug or gene discovery that has the potential to change lives or tackle disease.

Much of the best research in these fields takes place in the ultra-elite universities that excel in subjects across the board.

But analysis by Times Higher Education of the institutions that make up the World University Rankings reveals that there is a cluster of institutions just below this elite that are particularly strong in the life sciences and in driving forward innovation.

The 120 “life science challengers” tend to pitch much higher in the subject rankings related to clinical research and life sciences, as might be expected, with the bulk of them achieving overall scores in the middle to upper ranges (see below).

Which universities are pushing the boundaries in life sciencesHowever, they also perform very strongly in terms of the citation impact of their research, something that can be credited to their excelling in fields where journal article activity is key. Unlike the “technology challengers” (another cluster in the rankings), they also tend to be older universities, with few having been established less than 50 years ago.

Beyond these similarities though, the factors that drive the individual successes of the institutions are varied. In some cases excellent strategic decisions taken by the university are a factor; in others the local or regional ecosystem for research plays a part.

Sweden, which has five institutions in the list (headed by the medical research specialist Karolinska Institute), is one example where the ecosystem for life sciences appears to be a key factor.

Ulf Landegren, professor of molecular medicine at Uppsala University, another of the Swedish institutions in the list, said that the country had historically excelled in many life science fields, but that it was now taking its performance to another level with the help of collaborative programmes. The Science for Life Laboratory is one such programme – government-funded, it is based in Uppsala and also in Stockholm.

The SciLifeLab, as it is known, allows researchers from across Sweden to use cutting-edge and often expensive technology without paying for the privilege (apart from the costs of “disposables” used in lab work). Companies and scientists based outside Sweden can also use the facilities, but must face the full cost of doing so.

Professor Landegren, who was heavily involved in setting up Uppsala’s SciLifeLab site, said the effect of the scheme “has been that Swedish scientists now have ready access to advanced techniques that they may not themselves have the economy or the skills to set up”.

“Increasingly we see that life science is going the way of physics, in that technology is getting a little too expensive and complicated for individuals to have all the resources they need to answer their research questions so you might as well centralise it,” he explained.

He added that as well as making “generic” technology and techniques available to all Swedish scientists, SciLifeLab went a stage further by also identifying emerging “beyond state-of-the-art” approaches to research and capitalising on them before they spread to other countries and universities.

Access to expensive technology and the latest techniques is a theme carried across to other institutions that make the list.

Ross Coppel, director of research in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Australia’s Monash University, puts its success down to past strategic decisions to invest properly in the best academic staff and equipment, but also to the skilled technicians who operate facilities.

He said universities’ research strategies “are often very similar and it [success] comes down to your capacity to implement and execute your vision. I think we were in the fortunate position of having the financial resource to do it [and] the determination to do it and it’s worked out for us very well”.

On the role of technicians, he said Monash had focused on their field being a career path in its own right, with good job security and benefits. In return, in terms of testing new techniques and advancing research technology, “we look to them also to be pushing the boundaries of what is achievable”, explained Professor Coppel.

Beyond smaller research nations like Sweden and Australia, the life science challengers cluster is dominated by institutions in the US and UK.

With 35 institutions of the 120 (the UK has 24), the US is out in front, with a number of private institutions excelling in research. Here, the unique position that some American universities occupy – having strong ties to hospitals and the general healthcare system – is an obvious explanation for their success.

Emory University in Atlanta, for instance, is behind the state of Georgia’s biggest healthcare system – not-for-profit Emory Healthcare – while the US’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has its headquarters adjacent to the university’s campus. This geographic proximity between researchers and the practical application of their findings has obvious collaborative benefits.

But the university is also keen to stress the importance of its global reach through its success in spinning out research into the healthcare market and its academic links overseas.

David Stephens, vice-president for research at Emory, said that the institution had “realised its greatest success in commercialising research discoveries in the field of infectious diseases. For example, nine out of 10 US HIV/Aids patients, and thousands more globally, are on life-saving drugs discovered at Emory”.

Meanwhile, an effect of its international collaborations can be seen in the recent joint set-up with the University of Queensland – another life science challenger institution – of a multimillion-dollar biotech company developing cancer treatments.

simon.baker@timeshighereducation.com

HIPAA compliance expectations from Small Healthcare Providers

For The Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the Business Associate is a major component. According to HIPAA, a Business Associate (BA) is an organization or a person who works with or provides service to a Covered Entity. A CE is one who handles or discloses Protected Health Information (PHI). This makes a Business Associate any person or entity that is involved in creating, receiving, maintaining or transmitting PHI to a CE for a purpose or activity or function as mandated and regulated by the HIPAA Privacy Rule.

Small businesses struggle with meeting HIPAA requirements

There are specific requirements that small healthcare practices need to put in place and to show that their program is current and meets the regulatory requirements set out in HIPAA. They need to conceive and implement a HIPAA compliance program that meets the requirements set out in this legislation. The compliance program should not only be adequate; it should be robust and resilient enough to withstand HIPAA’s strict scrutiny at various levels.

Helping small healthcare providers with the knowledge and skill needed for meeting HIPAA requirements is the purpose of a two-day seminar that is being organized by GlobalCompliancePanel, a leading provider of professional trainings for all the areas of regulatory compliance. At this seminar, Jay Hodes, who is a leading expert in HIPAA compliance and President of Colington Consulting, which provides HIPAA consulting services for healthcare providers and Business Associates, will be the Director.

Want to get a complete understanding of the requirements that small healthcare providers need to meet to comply with HIPAA requirements? Just register for this learning session by visiting HIPAA compliance expectations from Small Healthcare Providers.

Full explanation of what all a small business provider needs to do

This seminar is particularly created for small healthcare providers who have a difficulty in understanding the HIPAA compliance requirements and meeting them. It will be useful for those of various business sizes, but is primarily focused on the small healthcare provider. Jay will impart the kind of teaching with which organizations will be able to meet all of the HIPAA, HITECH, and Omnibus Rules.

The basis to implementing the requirements of compliance program is to first fully understand them. This is the learning that this seminar will offer. At the end of two days of intense learning that will be interspersed with lively presentations; participants will have inculcated a full grasp of all of the requirements for a comprehensive HIPAA compliance program. They will also have got a clear understanding of the kind of steps that they need to take to mitigate risk.

Steps needed to develop, review and amend HIPAA

The Director will include practical exercises over these two days that will help participants know all that is needed for developing, reviewing, and amending HIPAA policy and procedure. He will equip the participants with a clear roadmap for what needs to be place when it comes to all of the HIPAA regulations.

Over the two days, Jay will cover the following areas:

o  Why was HIPAA created?

o  Who Must Comply with HIPAA Requirements?

o  What are the HIPAA Security and Privacy Rules?

o  What are the Consequences of being a Business Associate

o  What is a HIPAA Compliance Program for a Business Associate?

o  What is a HIPAA Risk Management Plan?

o  What is a HIPAA Risk Assessment?

o  What is the Role of the HIPAA Security Official?

o  What are HIPAA training requirements?

o  What is a HIPAA data breach and what happens if it occurs?

o  What are the penalties and fines for non-compliance and how to avoid them

o  Case Examples of HIPAA Data Breaches

o  Creating a Culture of Compliance

o  Q&A.

Four years of the EU’s Cosmetics Product Regulation

It has been four years since the EU’s Cosmetics Product Regulation (Regulation EC No. 1223/2009), initiated in December 2009, became operational in July 2013. This regulation was considered path breaking when it was introduced because of its comprehensive nature as well as the extent of the shift it signaled from the legislation from which it took off. It was also considered extremely significant because it suggested a regulatory framework that was in alignment with the most modern technologies and methods available during the present times.

Some of the regulatory modules which are structured into the EU’s Cosmetics Product Regulation include important elements aimed at ensuring safety of cosmetic products and accountability from manufacturers, and include points such as:

o  Cosmetic Product Safety Report (CPSR)

o  Product Information File (PIF)

o  Responsible Person (RP)

o  Label information

o  Cosmetovigilance

o  Substance regulations

o  Claims, etc.

Compliance with the safety regulations set out in EU’s Cosmetics Product Regulation is mandatory. This, though, is not easy, considering the severe clauses that the regulation has for ensuring compliance. These are the reasons for which compliance with the EU’s Cosmetics Product Regulation is challenging:

–       In-market control is assigned to EU Member State competent authorities

–       The flow of information between countries is interlinked by the Cosmetic Product Notification Portal (CPNP), which is fed with the information by the demand for pre-market notification of cosmetic products and by ongoing cosmetovigilance procedures put in place with the respective provisions in the CPR

–       The central role in cosmetovigilance applies to the Responsible Person while the access to manufacturers and responsible persons is assured by product labeling provisions

–       EU and non-EU manufactures of cosmetics as well, as the suppliers of cosmetic ingredients, are required to provide data on their chemicals

–       Compliance with the modules requires know-how, diligence and ongoing adjustment to state of the art of knowledge and documentation.

More challenges

In addition, the EU’s Cosmetics Product Regulation presents more challenges for manufacturers of cosmetic products that want to market to any of the countries of the EU:

The EU’s Cosmetics Product Regulation is so expansive that it represents not only the entry requirements for marketing of cosmetics product in the European Union; but is a model framework for many national legislations worldwide. These legislators are given the choice of either adopting a few parts of the EU’s Cosmetics Product Regulation’s modules, or the structure of the Regulation of its predecessor legislation, the Cosmetics Directive, in full. Therefore, companies need to have the knowledge and the skills needed for complying both with the EU’s Cosmetics Product Regulation and other regulatory frameworks.

There is yet another challenge to implementing the EU’s Cosmetics Product Regulation: The safety assessment. Complying with this part of the EU’s Cosmetics Product Regulation requires extensive knowledge and skill of a host of subjects and issues such as toxicology, chemistry, cosmetology and microbiology, apart from that of regulatory affairs and compliance management. This already tough provision has been made even tougher with the final implementation of the ban on animal testing that the EU introduced in March 2013,

As a result of this ban, considerable confusion abounds about the interpretation of the compliance regulations in the various agencies and sectors that the compliance process has to pass through. If alternative tests are carried out, they are not available for all toxicological endpoints that need assessment as part of the EU’s Cosmetics Product Regulation.

Clearing the confusions

This makes compliance with the EU’s Cosmetics Product Regulation as difficult and complicated as one can imagine. A two-day seminar from GlobalCompliancePanel, a leading provider of professional trainings for all the areas of regulatory compliance, will offer clarity on the provisions of the EU’s Cosmetics Product Regulation. The complicated parts of the regulation, namely the regulatory modules, will be given a clearer understanding.

The Director of this two-day seminar is Dr. Annelie Struessmann, who is the Technical & Regulatory Director with CONUSBAT Regulatory Services, a provider of internationalization compliance services for Cosmetics, Personal Care, Fine Chemicals and Borderline Industries.

To gain better understanding of this regulation, please visit Four years of the EU’s Cosmetics Product Regulation to enroll. This seminar has been pre-approved by RAPS as eligible for up to 12 credits towards a participant’s RAC recertification upon full completion.

At this session, Dr. Struessmann will explain the provisions of the regulatory modules and supplement this with a description of the latest developments and research results. She will use these to show pathways towards compliance, at which she will use practical examples and experiences gained in the course of performing the necessary compliance steps before and while marketing of cosmetics products in the EU.

Seminar Calendar of Upcoming Courses – June to July – 2017

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GlobalCompliancePanel’s seminars are a wonderful opportunity for professionals in the regulatory compliance areas to understand the latest happenings and updates in the regulatory compliance areas and to implement them, something they need to climb in their professions. GlobalCompliancePanel brings together a few of the best recognized names in the field of regulatory compliance on its panel of experts. The result: Learning that is effective, valuable and helpful.

GlobalCompliancePanel’s experts help you unravel all the knowledge you need in all the areas of regulatory compliance. At these seminars which are held all over the globe, you get to interact with them in person, so that any doubt or clarification you have is sorted out by none other than the honcho. They help professionals like you implement the regulations and stay updated, so that regulatory compliance causes no stress for you.

GlobalCompliancePanel’s experts offer their insightful analysis into the issues that are of consequence to regulatory professionals in their daily work. Their thoughts help you implement the best practices of the industry into your work. They also offer updates on the latest regulatory requirements arising out of a host of the laws and issues related to regulatory compliance, including, but not limited to medical devices, food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, life sciences, biotechnology and pharmaceutical water systems.

Take a look at our upcoming webinars from GlobalCompliancePanel, which will put you on the road to learning about any area that is of importance to your profession. You can plan your learning from GlobalCompliancePanel by looking at our seminars in the next few weeks at locations of convenience to you. You can choose from a whole range of topics. See which among these trainings suit you: Design of Experiments (DOE) for Process Development and Validation, Writing and implementing effective SOP’s, new FSMA rules, risk management and device regulations, data integrity, combination products, and what have you!

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GlobalCompliancePanel announces Seasonal offers for Professionals with Flat 50% OFF on all Seminars

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Do celebrations need a cause and a reason? Yes, and GlobalCompliancePanel, a leading provider of professional trainings for the regulatory compliance areas, is having a solid cause and reason for doing so. It is celebrating the many years of its relationship with its customers spread all over the world by offering its trainings at a massive 50% discount!

Yes, that is right. GlobalCompliancePanel’s seminars will be available for a huge 50% discount till April 30. Regulatory professionals who want to augment their knowledge of regulatory compliance can now do so by paying just half the price of these trainings from GlobalCompliancePanel. All that is needed to do walk away with a rare offer such as this is to visit https://www.globalcompliancepanel.com/seminar?wordpress_SEO and use MGCP50 Promo Code.

This offer is valid till April 30, 2017. Regulatory professionals who want to take any of GlobalCompliancePanel’s trainings can book their trainings for an area of their interest by this date. From April 1 onwards, this offer will cease, meaning that the original price will apply from then.

So, why is GlobalCompliancePanel offering this discount? It is for a simple, but profound reason: It wants to thank its huge customer base for the support they have been extending to this company over the many years for which it has been in business. During the course of the 10 years for which GlobalCompliancePanel has been in business, it has trained thousands of regulatory compliance professionals from around the world.

These professionals, belonging to such varied geographies as the US and Japan and India and Canada, have been able to meet their regulatory compliance challenges on account of these trainings. These trainings are relevant, focused and valuable, and are from some of the best known regulatory compliance Experts found anywhere on this planet.

It is these trainings that have been hoping these professionals in the regulatory compliance arena gain more insights into regulations from the FDA, the EMA and other such bodies around the world. These trainings have been consistently helping them to meet these challenges, as they give them a better and sharper understanding of the implementing these requirements.

These regulatory requirements can pose hurdles to the most experienced and brightest of regulatory compliance professionals in the medical devices, pharmaceutical, life sciences and food and biologicals areas, but not to those who undertake professional trainings from GlobalCompliancePanel. GlobalCompliancePanel’s panel of experts is here to help them overcome these challenges and hurdles.

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GlobalCompliancePanel Professional Training and Development Courses with Flat 50% OFF on all Seminars

Do celebrations need a cause and a reason? Yes, and GlobalCompliancePanel, a leading provider of professional trainings for the regulatory compliance areas, is having a solid cause and reason for doing so. It is celebrating the many years of its relationship with its customers spread all over the world by offering its trainings at a massive 50% discount!

Yes, that is right. GlobalCompliancePanel’s seminars will be available for a huge 50% discount till March 31. Regulatory professionals who want to augment their knowledge of regulatory compliance can now do so by paying just half the price of these trainings from GlobalCompliancePanel. All that is needed to do walk away with a rare offer such as this is to visit http://www.globalcompliancepanel.com/ and use MGCP50 Promo Code.

This offer is valid till March 31, 2017. Regulatory professionals who want to take any of GlobalCompliancePanel’s trainings can book their trainings for an area of their interest by this date. From April 1 onwards, this offer will cease, meaning that the original price will apply from then.

So, why is GlobalCompliancePanel offering this discount? It is for a simple, but profound reason: It wants to thank its huge customer base for the support they have been extending to this company over the many years for which it has been in business. During the course of the 10 years for which GlobalCompliancePanel has been in business, it has trained thousands of regulatory compliance professionals from around the world.

These professionals, belonging to such varied geographies as the US and Japan and India and Canada, have been able to meet their regulatory compliance challenges on account of these trainings. These trainings are relevant, focused and valuable, and are from some of the best known regulatory compliance Experts found anywhere on this planet.

It is these trainings that have been hoping these professionals in the regulatory compliance arena gain more insights into regulations from the FDA, the EMA and other such bodies around the world. These trainings have been consistently helping them to meet these challenges, as they give them a better and sharper understanding of the implementing these requirements.

These regulatory requirements can pose hurdles to the most experienced and brightest of regulatory compliance professionals in the medical devices, pharmaceutical, life sciences and food and biologicals areas, but not to those who undertake professional trainings from GlobalCompliancePanel. GlobalCompliancePanel’s panel of experts is here to help them overcome these challenges and hurdles.

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Article on Effective techniques for extracting information from geochemical data are largely ignored by the industry

In the area of geochemical data analysis techniques and obtaining geochemical extracting information; most mining specialists strongly recommend an approach that goes beyond merely asking the laboratory for geochemical extracting information of a gold test by sampling every meter of the drill core of a trench and using multielement analysis. There, however, exist other methods of geochemical data analysis techniques and obtaining geochemical extracting information. But these are largely ignored by the industry.

As a result of following only one method and technique for geochemical data analysis and obtaining geochemical extracting information, an average geologist is not generally well trained on the necessary techniques and methods. Whenever a request for such data mining techniques analyses comes up, the geologist is short of the techniques and methods needed for geochemical extracting information, including the use of compositional data analysis. This results in failure in the endeavor of extracting all the geochemical data analysis information contained in the data.

Insight into how to use geochemical data analysis techniques and obtaining geochemical extracting information

Noting the deficiency in the methods used for optimal geochemical data analysis techniques and obtaining geochemical extracting information; GlobalCompliancePanel, a leading provider of professional trainings for the areas of regulatory compliance, is organizing a two-day learning session that inculcates the right learning in this area.

At this seminar, Ricardo Valls, a professional geologist with thirty years in the mining industry, will be the Director. He brings the vast wealth of experience of the extensive geological, geochemical, and mining experience, managerial skills, research techniques, and training he has gained by carrying out various projects globally, into this seminar. To benefit from this seminar, please register for it by visiting http://www.globalcompliancepanel.com/control/globalseminars/~product_id=900828?linkedin-SEO . This course has been pre-approved by RAPS as eligible for up to 12 credits towards a participant’s RAC recertification upon full completion.

Simplifying the geochemical extracting information to make sense

Geologists, Geochemists, Exploration personnel, Graduate students and Postgraduate students will find this course very useful, as it will give them an understanding of how to simplify and make sense of the geochemical extracting information. The speaker will demonstrate all types of analyses that can be requested. This will help participants in their exploration goal of finding the new ore body.

This seminar will help mining professionals understand how to extract all the important information of their data, including the use of compositional data analysis.

Valls will cover the following areas at this seminar on obtaining geochemical extracting information:

–       How to determine the type of sampling

–       How to determine the type of assays

–       General processing of the data

–       Compositional Data Analysis

–       Representing the results

In the process of explaining the ways of obtaining geochemical extracting information; Valls will set the following agenda for this seminar:

How to determine the type of sampling

·                    Mechanical anomalies

·                    Chemical anomalies

·                    Chemo-mechanical anomalies

·                    Scale of work

How to determine the type of assays

·                    What are you looking for?

·                    What the laboratory can offer?

QA&QC in the field and in the laboratory

·                    QA&QC in the field

·                    QA&QC in the laboratory

General processing of the data

·                    Preparing the data

·                    The problem of zeros and b.d.l. data

·                    Hurricane values

·                    Distribution law

·                    Preparing the data for further analysis.

Compositional Data Analysis

·                    Brief introduction

·                    Comparing CDa with normal statistics

·                    ALR

·                    CLR

·                    ILR

Processing major elements

·                    Statistical processing

·                    Determining the most probable magmatic event.

Processing trace elements

·                    Statistical processing

·                    Estimating the erosional level

·                    Determining geochemical indexes

Graphical representation of the results

·                    Variograms

·                    SURFER