Advances in preclinical animal models will be discussed to offer participants a view to different models, advantages and limitations of each model, examples of compounds being studied in such preclinical models. Highly predictive, translational pig models, developed at MD Biosciences will be presented to the audience using examples of compounds that succeeded in rodent models and either failed or succeeded in later human trials.

• The advantages and limitations of different animal models in the preclinical development phase for pain therapy
• Differentiation of compounds for the treatment of acute pain versus chronic or neuropathic pain
• Biomarkers and histology in pain models
• Advances in predictive, translational models in pain therapy; avoiding costly clinical phase trials

Workshop LEADER


Sigal Meilin

Scientific Director, MD Biosciences

Dr Meilin is a 25 year veteran of preclinical drug discovery and development in the area of neurological diseases, neuro-degeneration and pain. As Chief Scientific Officer at MD Biosciences, Innovalora, Dr Meilin developed leading expertise in the preclinical area through the study of many different compound classes, both small molecules and biologicals, in different disease models, applying advanced approaches to early stage drug discovery and development. Dr Meilin leads the collaborative drug discovery and development programs at MD Biosciences Innovalora.

MD Biosciences

MD Biosciences, Inc., is a leading development partner in the area of neurodegenerative diseases and pain therapeutics. With nearly 20 years of preclinical experience, MD Biosciences is experienced in all aspects of preclinical development, model development, the use of advanced biomarkers and predictive studies. The company has developed numerous methodologies, such as proprietary, translational models and histology techniques to support the successful development of candidate drugs through the preclinical phase into clinical phases.

Workshop programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Opening remarks and introductions

9:10 Contribution of animal models to the research and understanding of pain

9:50 Advantages and limitations of animal models in the development process for drug candidates in the area of pain

Sigal Meilin

Sigal Meilin, Scientific Director, MD Biosciences
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•Studies comparing systemic vs. topical pain-relief drugs using animal models
•How do rodent studies predict the PK/PD ratio in human application

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 The application of molecular markers in the study of drug candidates in pain

11:40 The application of swine models in studying drug candidates for the topical and/or local treatment of pain

12:20 Closing remarks

12:30 End of workshop


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CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

CPD Certificates

We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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