Principles of Pediatric Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics Lecture Series

The Principles of Pediatric Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics Lecture Series, launched in 2012, addresses the fundamentals of clinical pharmacology from a pediatric perspective. It is designed to meet the needs and knowledge gaps of those pediatric clinical pharmacology students who lack a formal educational curriculum in this discipline, but the series is open to other groups of trainees who may benefit from the information.

Although this lecture series was designed specifically for fellows in the T32 Training Program, anyone interested in the topic areas can also join the weekly webinars and discussions.

The Principles of Pediatric Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics lectures are taught by faculty from leading academic institutions across the United States and staff from NIH and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

​The weekly lectures  are given via webinar about a variety of topics, such as:

  • Fellowship/career development
  • Drug metabolism, transport, and distribution
  • Pharmacometrics, modeling, and trial design and simulation
  • Assessment of drug effects
  • Translational medicine/pharmacogenetics
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Formulations and drug delivery systems
  • Drug effects and dispositions in special settings
  • Research ethics

The pharmacotherapy lectures are a particularly unique aspect of this series, because they are developed to bridge the gap between clinical pharmacologists and subspecialists. The lectures examine the appropriate use of drug therapies in a number of subspecialties, including infectious diseases, asthma, and pediatric oncology.​

Participants have joined from more than 30 countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Middle East. The course provides trainees with expert knowledge before they move on to become junior faculty or start careers in clinical pharmacology.​

Sumner J. Yaffe Lecture/Webinar Series

As part of its collaboration with the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) and T32 programs in pediatric clinical pharmacology, NICHD presented the Sumner J. Yaffe Webinar Series in Pediatric Clinical Pharmacology from 2011 through 2020.

The lectures, aimed at scientists in the field of pharmacology, were intended to bridge the gap between adult and pediatric therapeutics and cover disease presentation in both adults and children. Experts from around the world participated in this engaging platform to discuss topics relevant to pediatric clinical and developmental pharmacology.

This interactive lecture/webinar series was dedicated to the memory of Dr. Yaffe, considered by many to be the father of pediatric clinical pharmacology.

Archived webinars from this lecture series are available  (PDF 412 KB).

OPPTB will honor another pioneer in pediatric clinical pharmacology, Dr. George Giacoia, with a new series in his honor. Dr. Giacoia retired from NICHD in 2020 after a distinguished career working to improve care for the smallest patients. More information will follow.

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