Teacher program: Seminar Series

Whitehead Institute’s 2005-2006 Seminar Series for High School Teachers: New Drugs for Old Diseases

It’s no secret that drug development has become extraordinarily complex. By common estimates, a typical new drug takes 15 years and something like $1 billion to come to market. That’s because finding a drug candidate and developing it into a successful treatment for disease depends too much on raw effort—and luck.

As drug companies heighten their search for drug candidates to fill their pipelines, research has turned toward deeper understanding of disease-causing mechanisms and pathways that may yield better answers to how disease works and how it might be treated.

This year's series featured talks by world-class researchers who are investigating ways to revolutionize drug discovery.


Kick-off session: Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Therapeutic Proteins

Harvey Lodish, Whitehead Institute

[1.5MB pdf]

Monday, November 7, 2005

Asthma and Cystic Fibrosis

Christopher Hug, Whitehead Institute/Children's Hospital

[1.0MB pdf]

Monday, December 5, 2005

Community Relations Links

Field Trip to Genzyme Corp.

[68KB pdf]

Monday, January 9, 2006

Successes and Failures in Drug Development

Alan Smith, Genzyme Corporation

[22.0MB pdf]

Monday, February 6, 2006

Pathogenic Fungi

Robert Wheeler, Whitehead Institute

[7.0MB pdf]

Monday, March 6, 2006

Subdividing Cancer and Personalized Medicine

Todd Golub, Broad Institute

[59.0MB pdf]

Monday, April 3, 2006

Protein Folding and Drug Development

Susan Lindquist, Whitehead Institute

[4.8MB pdf]

Monday, MAy 1, 2006


David Bartel, Whitehead Institute

[presentation not available]

Monday, June 5, 2006

Genetics of Diabetes

David Altshuler, Broad Institute

[presentation not available]

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