Toxicology (PCOL3011)


This unit of study is designed to introduce students with a basic understanding of pharmacology to the discipline of toxicology. It considers the toxicology associated with therapeutic drugs (adverse drug reactions) and the associated issue of drug interactions. The pharmacogenetic basis of adverse reactions is also considered. The unit also considers aspects of environmental toxicology, particularly toxic reactions to environmental agents such as asbestos and pesticides, and its effects on different target organs (lung, liver, CNS). As a final consequence of exposure to toxins, the biology and causes of cancer are discussed. As part of the unit students are introduced to basic ideas about the collection and analysis of data from human and animal populations, both in the structured situation of clinical trials, forensic problems and in analysis of retrospective data.

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Two 1 hour lectures and one 3 hour tutorial/practical per week.


One 2 hour exam, tutorial presentations, assignments (100%)


Klaasen, Curtis D. Casarett and Doull's Toxicology: The Basic Science of Poisons. 7 ed. McGraw Hill. 2008.

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

PCOL2011 and PCOL2012. For BMedSc: 18 credit points of BMED including BMED2401 or (BMED2801 and BMED2802)


PCOL3911, PCOL3001, PCOL3901

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