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ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Interview Questions

30 ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Interview Questions
Question 1 of 30
What education would you provide to a patient with Bell's Palsy?
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One of the primary responsibilities of healthcare providers is patient education. Understanding disorders and being able to help patients understand them is important. Approximately 1 in 5,000 people develop Bell's palsy each year. Although it is classed as a relatively rare condition, it is frightening to patients as it affects the nerves of the face. Share any knowledge you have about Bell's Palsy with the interviewer.

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"Any disorder that affects the nerves enough to leave a paralysis can be frightening. I think one of the most important things is to assure the patient that Bell's Palsy usually resolves within a few months. Also, as the facial nerve begins to recover, tightening and relaxing facial muscles can help strengthen them. Instructing patients to do this often makes them feel like they can have an active role in their own recovery."
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"Difficulty swallowing is one of the side effects of Bell's Palsy and it is important to educate patients on safety measures to prevent choking. For instance, patients should chew food well and eat slowly. Choosing soft foods, such as yogurt can also help. If there is little or no feeling in the mouth it is easy for food to build up leading to decay or gum disease. Brushing and flossing can help prevent this."
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Question 2 of 30
What interests you about the central nervous system?
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Interviewers almost always ask questions like 'what interests you....' or 'why did you choose....' Sharing your interests is a way for the interviewer to get to know you. Additionally, sharing what interests you the most will help the interviewer try to find placement for you within that preference.

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"Knowing that one system in the body controls and has an effect on every other system has always been interesting to me. I enjoy learning and discovering new ways that medical advances give hope to those who suffer from CNS disorders."
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"I have always had an interest in how the brain works and how the central nervous system controls functions of the rest of the body. There are so many more things that we, as healthcare providers, have to learn about the central nervous system. I look forward to being a part of the process of learning and developing new ways to help patients overcome CNS disorders."
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Question 3 of 30
What is your understanding of Huntington's disease?
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Disorders of the central nervous system are often debilitating. Huntington's disease is certainly no exception. If you have ever worked with patients with this diagnosis or done research on the disease, share your experience.

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"I have done some research on Huntington's disease in the past. It's devastating because this is one of those diseases that is hereditary and has no cure."
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"Huntington's disease is an incurable, hereditary brain disorder that causes damage to the brain cells. Early symptoms may include mood swings, clumsiness, and unusual behavior."
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Question 4 of 30
If a patient has a temporal lobe injury, what are some symptoms that you may expect to see manifest?
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Understanding the different parts of the central nervous system and the normal functions of the CNS will help identify abnormal symptoms if/when they occur. A brain injury will manifest with different symptoms depending on what part of the brain is injured. Share your knowledge of the brain by explaining symptoms of a temporal lob injury.

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"The temporal lobe is responsible for processing sensory input and assigning it emotional meaning. If a patient experiences an injury of the temporal lobe, I would expect him to exhibit abnormal emotions to stimuli. For example, a patient with this type of injury may laugh at something that would normally cause a person to cry or feel sadness."
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"The temporal lobe also involved in laying down long-term memories, as well as housing some aspects of language perception. A patient with a temporal lobe injury may manifest signs of difficulty understanding a conversation. He may also be able to recall something that happened this morning (short-term), but not be able to recall something that happened last year (long-term)."
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Question 5 of 30
The affected brain cells of people with Parkinson's Disease contain Lewy bodies. Do you have any knowledge of what these are or how they may be connected to Parkinson's Disease?
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Question 6 of 30
Do you have an understanding of the difference between the peripheral nervous system and the central nervous system?
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Question 7 of 30
Over 400,000 people in the United States have Multiple Sclerosis, and around 10,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. Do you have any knowledge or experience working with this disease?
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Question 8 of 30
ACADIA Pharmaceuticals has a variety of researchers who work in different areas. Have you ever worked in an environment in which your co-workers were from diverse backgrounds?
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Question 9 of 30
Alzheimer's disease is often said to be more difficult for family members to endure than the actual victims of the disease. Do you know why this is said?
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Question 10 of 30
Have you ever worked with patients who Childhood Integrative Disorder, and if so, what do you know about it?
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Question 11 of 30
What makes you think you will be successful at ACADIA Pharmaceuticals?
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Question 12 of 30
What are your thoughts regarding using stem cell transplants to treat degenerative disorders of the central nervous system?
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Question 13 of 30
Has there ever been a time that you had a disagreement with a co-worker, and if so, how was it resolved?
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Question 14 of 30
ACADIA Pharmaceuticals is supportive of employees who want to further their education. Have you ever considered going back to school and obtaining a higher/different degree?
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Question 15 of 30
Are you familiar with the use of Deep Brain Stimulation to treat neurological disorders?
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Question 16 of 30
Have you ever been involved with attempts to secure funding for medical research?
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Question 17 of 30
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
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Question 18 of 30
Why did you choose medical research as a career?
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Question 19 of 30
Have you ever studied Central Pain Syndrome, and if so, what do you know about it?
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Question 20 of 30
Acute Disseminated Encepalomyelitis is often misdiagnosed. Do you know what the symptoms are and what it may be mistakenly diagnosed as?
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Question 21 of 30
Do you have any knowledge of Alexander Disease?
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Question 22 of 30
Autism has several disorders within its spectrum of diagnoses. Can you share your knowledge of one of the disorders within the Autism spectrum?
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Question 23 of 30
ACADIA Pharmaceuticals values strong relationships among our staff, patients, and vendors. Do you feel you have strong relationship building skills?
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Question 24 of 30
Have you ever studied Canavan Disease?
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Question 25 of 30
Have you ever cared for patients with Sundowning Syndrome and what do you know about the syndrome?
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Question 26 of 30
Medical research is often a demanding job. ACADIA Pharmaceuticals likes to encourage employees to have a healthy balance between their work and personal lives. What are some things that you do to he
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Question 27 of 30
At ACADIA Pharmaceuticals we understand that you may have obligations or responsibilities outside of work. If you could choose a specific schedule or shift, what would that be?
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Question 28 of 30
If you were the person responsible for hiring new employees at ACADIA Pharmaceuticals, what qualities would you look for in a candidate, and do you think you possess those qualities?
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Question 29 of 30
At ACADIA Pharmaceuticals, we have several research projects. Some are long-term projects and others are short-term. Do you anticipate any significant changes in your life within the next 1-2 years that would prevent you from working on a long-term project?
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Question 30 of 30
A very common neurologic disorder is migraines. Have you ever experienced a migraine headache or cared for someone who has?
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About ACADIA Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

ACADIA Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company. The company has a portfolio of four product candidates, including pimavanserin, which is in Phase IV development as a treatment for Parkinson's disease psychosis. It is also developing AGN XX/YY, a product candidate in Phase II for chronic pain; and AC-262271, a product candidate in Phase I for glaucoma, both in collaboration with Allergan, as well as AM-831, a product candidate in IND-track development for schizophrenia in collaboration with Meiji Seika Kaisha. The product candidates in the company's pipeline emanate from discoveries made using its proprietary drug discovery platform.

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