10 Credits AUTUMN

Cannot be taken with: BMS242, BMS243
Pre-requisites: BMS108, BMS153

Aims/Description: The module will start with the basic concepts surrounding the regulation of cell homeostasis, before moving onto the theoretical principles governing the interaction between agonists and antagonists with receptors, the relationship between drug concentration, receptor occupancy and effect, and provide an introduction to pharmacokinetics and the factors that regulate drug concentration in the body. We will then go on to describe how new drugs are developed for use in human medicine, the safety assessments that must be carried out and different stages of clinical trials. Theoretical lectures will be complemented with detailed descriptions of recently developed immunotherapies used to treat cancer and widely prescribed anti-inflammatory drugs used to treat common ailments.

Restrictions on availability: Not open to BMS students

Staff Contact: BRAMHAM DAWN
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam

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