Aims/Description: In the last century, medicinal chemistry has revolutionised healthcare, disease outcomes and life expectancy around the globe. This module will explain how medicinal chemistry emerged as a multidisciplinary field, how the biological mechanisms behind disease are identified, and how chemistry is used to target these mechanisms and develop treatments. Students will learn about drug profiles, the rules of drug discovery drug-target interaction surveys, the development of common anticancer drugs such as cisplatin, and some of the synthetic approaches commonly used by medicinal chemists, such as heterocyclic chemistry.

Restrictions on availability: Restricted to students in Department of Chemistry

Staff Contact: THOMAS JAMES A
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Problem solving, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam, Course work

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