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Sunday, September 26, 2010

HMR #74: Science vs Commerce in Pharmacology

Dr Zieve talks with Dr Beatrice Golomb of UCSD medical school about the science of pharmaceutical studies and how conflicts of interest can bias your prescriptions, as well as her research on Gulf War Syndrome.

After receiving a bachelor's degree in physics summa cum laude at USC, Prof Golomb received her PhD and MD in 1988 and 1989 at UC San Diego. Following a medical residency and chief residency in Los Angeles, and a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholarship at UCLA/RAND, she joined UC San Diego in 1996, where she is currently Associate Professor of Medicine. She has studied illness in Persian Gulf War veterans, for which she received international attention first for her work at RAND and more recently for work by the Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War veteran's illnesses, on which she has served as Scientific Director and now Chief Scientist. Her other main area of study has been the benefits and particularly the risks of cholesterol reduction. These areas have converged, leading to her interest in mitochondrial function and aging.

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