This unit covers fundamental features and current methods involved in the medicinal chemistry and drug development process. The unit emphasises on lead identification, lead optimisation and the introduction of new drugs into clinical practice. It deals with specific case studies that examine real life drug discovery projects and how a range of drug design techniques are applied in each case. Novel drug delivery systems (e.g. recombinant DNA technology, liposome, gene therapy, monoclonal antibodies etc.) are also covered in detail. In addition, the study of chemical structure as a determinant of both the physicochemical properties and biological activity (including metabolic fate) of drug molecules of both synthetic and natural origin are also covered in detail.
|Unit name||Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Development|
|College/School||College of Health and Medicine
School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
|Coordinator||Doctor Rahul Patel|
|Available as student elective?||No|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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- Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental and scientific principles of drug discovery and drug development in the context of the clinical application of medicines.
- Describe the available options and demonstrate appropriateness of various drug delivery methods and technology.
- Describe basic / advanced biological pathways of metabolism and excretion of drugs, and factors that influence these processes in determining the biological activity of drugs.
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PrerequisitesKRA113 AND KRA114
Self-directed online learning activities (3-hours weekly) and workshops (2-hours weekly)
|Assessment||Examination 1 (30%)|Examination 2 (35%)|Examination 3 (35%)|
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