Scott, Sarah-A web-based platform that increases accessible communication of drug discovery research for both the general public and scientific communities (Dr. Rosa da Silva)

A web-based platform that increases accessible communication of drug discovery research for both the general public and scientific communities

Annually,  the ISCI2A18 cohort completes an Enrichment Project. Abstracts are posted online and presentations are given to share information with the students of the current year,  however,  prospective students may not access all this information. Given the advantages of the current digital age,  the creation of an online platform will allow for information exchange among each year,  as well as with students of future years. This platform has the potential to consistently grow,  be updated,  and provide benefits to all cohorts. 

The 2021 cohort will therefore create and launch a website platform that will be designated as an information exchange between students who are engaged in the ISCI2A18 Enrichment Projects relating to the Drug Discovery module. As an open access website,  this platform,  The Drug Discovery Exchange,  will have the potential to benefit other students in the Faculty of Science and the broader McMaster community as a whole. 

The website launch will showcase the research of 6 groups,  containing information in plaintext and scientific terms. The digital platform will be designed to be accessible and catered towards today’s lay audience,  with information concisely summarized and accompanied by audio and visual aids. 

The Drug Discovery Exchange has the potential to improve science communication and elevate the visibility of the scientific Drug Discovery community. By encouraging the sharing of information between the scientific community and general public,  individuals with or without experience in the field are able to remain informed and engaged,  and potentially contribute to the open access website.