Behind the White Coat

The Idea

Behind the White Coat is a series of interviews that goes behind the scenes of drug discovery to connect people and faces to the many different roles, positions and titles in clinical trials. 

We will be talking to Scientists, Investigators, Clinical Trial Participants, Clinical Research Associates and others who assist in the variety of processes and investigations that make new discoveries possible. 

Our primary intention with the video series is to help people understand  the roles of  Scientists or Investigators and trial monitors etc and how they work together to deliver treatments that have real health impact for patients.

Our first video series is dedicated to exploring  the role of “Scientists” in drug discovery.

The Scientist Series

When many of us think about Scientists the image of a person wearing a white lab coat and glasses fiddling with test tubes and beakers is one of the first thoughts that comes to mind.  We never really stop to think about who these people are or how their work may translate to benefit our health. It’s a distant world and even the word “Science” is a bit daunting to some. 

In this first video series, we go “Behind the White Coat” to demystify the world of Scientists. We discover that not all of them work in laboratories, and not all of them wear glasses!  We also discover that in contrast to the very serious nature of the work of Scientists they are very relaxed and compassionate people driven by an authentic mission to improve  human health.

Dr. Nirma Perera

Post Doctoral Senior Research Officer The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health

Nirma is a neuroscientist at the Florey Institute in Melbourne. She is part of a team that is working on finding an effective treatment for motor neuron disease (MND), a particularly devasting disease that can shorten a patient’s life span to 2-5 years.  Her work involves harnessing a pathway that already exist in our cells called autophagy to see if its modulations can be used to “rescue” motoneurons as a possible treatment option. Nirma also investigates mechanisms that cause MND, which can help with understanding how to target treatment.  

Dr. Darryl B. McConnell

Senior Vice President, Research Site Head Austria bei Boehringer Ingelheim RCV GmbH & Co KG

Darryl talks about cancers Big 4, his drug discovery experience & research focus at Boehringer – the discovery of new breakthrough chemical therapeutics for cancer patients.

Dr. Krystal Evans, PhD

Medical Lead, COVID Therapeutics GSK

Dr Krystal Evans talks about all the different areas a scientist can be involved in medicine which include vaccine development, infectious disease and medical affairs to name a few. She also highlights how imagination is key to innovation. Scientists really are creators!

Dr. Jennifer Devlin

Post-Doctoral Researcher, Gene Regulation Laboratory Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Jennifer works in a laboratory setting and her work is focussed on the core foundations of cancer biology.  She talks about the rapidly expanding role for consumers to be involved in medical research which is allowing patients to better understand what medical scientists do.

Nisharnthi Duggan

PHD Candidate, Payne Research Group, School of Chemistry, University of Sydney

Nisha is a synthetic chemist who talks about how plant and animal substances can be used to treat and support human health. She talks about her amazing work with funnel-web spiders and how they are offering new possibilities in the treatment of stroke.

Our Sponsors

We would like to express our sincere gratitude and thanks to our sponsors for supporting this initiative. Their contribution makes it possible for us to continue to raise awareness of clinical trials and their role in healthcare. 

Scientist series

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