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Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics for Chemists    Back

ACS (American Chemical Society) Course Type: Short courses (CPD) Start Date: To be announced
Duration: Part time - 6 Weeks Fees/total cost: EUR 1,138.56 (USD 1,295.00)


This course presents the fundamentals of Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics as they apply to the chemical structure of drugs. There will be specific discussion of the role of medicinal chemistry in the drug discovery process; how chemical structure affects the absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion (ADME properties) of drugs; and drug affinity and efficacy (Pharmacodynamics). In addition, students will learn the essentials of interpreting pharmacokinetic data from animal studies for prediction of first dose in humans and therapeutic use of drugs. By the end of this course, students should be able to understand the role of the medicinal chemist in the process of drug discovery and development. This course is centered on gaining an understanding of in vitro PK assay data (Caco-2, MDCK, PAMPA, microsomes, hepatocytes etc) to predict in vivo PK and optimize drug ADME properties. In vivo data interpretation (scaling from animal to humans, allometric plots) will be discussed with specific examples of the role of pharmacokinetics in drug development.

This course will meet for six online sessions once a week. Please see the website for specific dates.

Learning Outcomes

  • Master the language and terminology of pharmacology and medicinal chemistry
  • Learn the relationship between the chemical structure of drugs and how they affect drug absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion.
  • Learn how pharmacology can be used to study a drug’s mechanisms of action.
  • Learn what in vitro assays can be used to yield important ADME data early in discovery programs
  • Learn how to apply in vitro ADME assay data (Caco-2, liver microsomes, Clog P) to predict drug-like behavior
  • Learn how to interpret Pharmacokinetic data from in vivo animal studies to predict first time dose in humans / dosage regimens

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Last update: 26/09/2016