DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY "LAZZARO SPALLANZANI"
1st semester (01/10/2019 - 14/01/2020)
48 lesson hours
The course represents a basic pharmacological training for students in Biological Sciences. No particular requirements are necessary.
To familiarize with the pharmacological language and to understand the basic knowledge of pharmakinetics and pharmacodynamics. To understant the molecular mechanisms of the cellular responses to drugs and small molecules.
To understand the scientific and technological process that has conducted to the discovery and development of the drugs currently in use and that will allow in the future the identification of new effective and safe drugs.
To acquire knowledge on the research and development process of chemical drugs, biological drugs and drugs for rare diseases.
To understand the scenario in which drugs will be discovered and developed in the coming years.
This course will provide basic knowledge of general and cellular pharmacology, including: i) pharmacokinetics (ADME); ii) pharmacodynamics (drug-receptor interaction, receptor theories, signal transduction); iii) examples of some drug classes and their mechanism of action.
Phases of research and development of new drugs: i) preclinical research' ii) clinical experimentation and pharmacovigilance; iii) biotechnological drugs; iv) new fronties in pharmacological research.
Lessons will be combined with seminars on specific topics of relevance for the course.
Reccomended or required readings
Slides provided by the lecturers.
1) Farmacologia generale e molecolare. F. Clementi. G. Fumagalli. V ed. Edra.
2) Farmacologia generale e clinica. B.G. Katzung. S.B. Masterns. A.J. Trevor. X Ed. Piccin.
Sustainable development goals - Agenda 2030