Author Archives: Emily Burke, Ph.D., Director of Curriculum Development, BiotechPrimer.com

Primary category: Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis

NASH: Fighting a Silent Epidemic

Consider the liver. It’s just one of the jumble of stuff inside that makes us tick, right? What do you really know about it though—other than it’s “vital?” In fact, the liver is your largest internal organ, and plays vital roles in neutralizing toxins, fighting infections, manufacturing proteins and hormones, … (read full article)

Primary category: Multiple Myeloma

The Multiple Myeloma Landscape

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in Biotech Primer Weekly. For more of the science behind the headlines, please subscribe. Multiple myeloma is a cancer formed by a type of white blood cell called a plasma cell. These cells are the antibody-producing cells of our immune system and play a … (read full article)

Primary category: Melanoma

The Mechanics of Melanoma

May is Melanoma Awareness Month. This article originally appeared in the Biotech Primer WEEKLY. For more on the science behind the headlines, subscribe.  Melanoma 101  Melanoma accounts for less than one percent of skin cancer cases, yet accounts for the vast majority of skin cancer deaths (skincancer.org). If detected early … (read full article)

Categories: General, Melanoma
Primary category: Pain Management

A Big Pain

Editor’s Note: This article in our pain management series originally appeared in Biotech Primer Weekly. For more of the science behind the headlines, please subscribe. The Science Behind Opiods The opioid addiction epidemic gained attention at the highest levels of U.S. policy circles this past year, as presidential candidates that … (read full article)

Primary category: Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Breaking Down Lung Cancer

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in Biotech Primer Weekly. For more of the science behind the headlines, please subscribe. The hit TV series Breaking Bad featured anti-hero Walter White, who starts out as a sympathetic character: a mild-mannered high school chemistry teacher with a nagging cough that turns out … (read full article)

Primary category: Alzheimer's Disease

Attacking All Angles of Alzheimer’s

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in Biotech Primer Weekly. For more information on the science behind the headlines, please subscribe. Alzheimer’s disease ranks as one of the toughest nuts to crack within drug discovery and development. Current treatments merely manage symptoms, so finding a better solution becomes more and … (read full article)

Primary category: Alzheimer's Disease

The Central Nervous System: A Brief Primer

The central nervous system (CNS) consists of the brain and the spinal cord. It sends and receives information from the peripheral nervous system—the vast network of nerves that feed into every tissue of the body. These signals enable voluntary and involuntary movement, and allow the brain to process and interpret … (read full article)

Primary category: Personalized Medicine

The State of Cystic Fibrosis and Precision Medicine

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is reprinted with permission from BioTechPrimer.com. During President Obama’s State of the Union address earlier this year, a cystic fibrosis patient named Bill Elder sat beside First Lady Michelle Obama. Diagnosed with the disease at 8 years old, Mr. Elder is “healthier now than ever before” … (read full article)

Primary category: Personalized Medicine

Targeting Breast Cancer: The Subtypes of Breast Cancer

Editor’s Note: Based on an article originally published in Biotech Primer Weekly. Hearing your doctor utter the words HER2-positive, HR-positive, triple-negative or BRCA mutation can be devastating — even for the most resilient person. Simply put, all are linked to breast cancer. Breast cancer is complex, and a diagnosis can … (read full article)

Primary category: Personalized Medicine

Personalized Medicine & Companion Diagnostics: What You Need to Know

Personalized medicine – also referred to as precision or stratified medicine – is already changing the way we diagnose and treat disease. As our ability to obtain and analyze large amounts of genetic data increases, so too will the range and power of these personalized tools. The idea of personalized … (read full article)