Drug Action


Course Objective

To obtain a general introduction into and deepening of knowledge of
fundamental principles and molecular aspects of drug action within the
field of molecular pharmacology and receptor biochemistry.

Course Content

Most drugs display their pharmacological actions following the
interactions with receptor proteins. As for the molecular
pharmacological aspects the mechanisms by which these drugs act with
respect to their therapeutic application will be studied. Novel concepts
of pharmacology, including constitutive receptor activity, allosteric
modulation, receptor dimerization and ligand-biased signaling will be
addressed. Important cellular and animal model systems used to
investigate (pathological and pharmacological) aspects of cell biology
in relation to drug discovery will be discussed.

Teaching Methods

Lectures, exercises, case-studies

Method of Assessment

Written examination(s) and assignments.


Pharmacology in Drug Discovery and Development 2nd edition - T.P.
eBook ISBN: 9780128037539
Paperback ISBN: 9780128037522

Scientific papers (primary and review) provided during the course

Target Audience


Recommended background knowledge

Knowledge of basic principles of drug action and mathematics (i.e.
re-arranging formulas and understanding of (non)linear equations).

General Information

Course Code X_432724
Credits 6 EC
Period P4
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator dr. H.F. Vischer
Examiner dr. H.F. Vischer
Teaching Staff dr. H.F. Vischer

Practical Information

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Teaching Methods Lecture
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