Drug Discovery and Design B (PHAR2821)


Drug Discovery and Design B goes beyond the basics to help students develop a deeper understanding of how drugs work, and how to discover and design new drugs. How drugs are transformed by metabolism is explored, with a particular focus on the factors which influence metabolism and pharmacogenetics. A problem-based learning approach will be used for the prediction of drug metabolite structures from physical, chemical, biochemical and spectroscopic data. Elements of statistics, stereochemistry, drug design, drug metabolism, and drug mechanism of action are integrated to explore the pathway from drug discovery and design to clinical application.

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Further unit of study information


3 x lectures/wk


2hr exam (50%), workshops and quizzes (50%)


G L Patrick (2013) An Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry, 5th Edition, Oxford University Press

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


(CHEM1611 or CHEM1102) and (CHEM1612 or CHEM1101) and PHAR1812.



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