Dr Christopher John
This course will provide students with an understanding of the scientific foundations of the study of pharmacology. This includes the basic principles of drug action, including receptor theory, agonism and antagonism, the principal classes of drug targets and signal transduction mechanisms. Concurrently, the course will provide an introduction to pharmacokinetics and drug metabolism.
This course will comprise three core teaching blocks, a self-directed learning block involving independent and group work, and a 12-week research project.
Aims and objectives
The course will investigate the following core areas:
- Receptors as drug targets
- Hormones as drug targets
- Enzymes and ion channels as drug targets
- Data handling and statistics
- Critical appraisal of scientific writing
- Scientific writing
At the end of the course the students will be able to:
- understand the nature and purpose of the scientific method and its relation to the practice of medicine
- understand the importance of receptors, enzymes and ion channels as drug targets
With the exception of BSc Management and BSc Biomedical Engineering, all of Imperial College's intercalated BSc courses run from September until May. The courses comprise a 12 week teaching block where the students gain specialism-specific knowledge and skills, alongside their research training of core research knowledge and skills. All students also perform a 12 week research project within their specialism.