Program Name: Biomedical Sciences
Course Name: Drug Discovery: Successful vs Usual Course Id: 2703
The purpose of this course is to develop skills to enhance discovery of medically useful drugs.The course uses a case-study approach describing the discovery of the most valuable drugs currently in use, with an emphasis on phenotypic screening, combined with exposure to cuttingedge bioinformatics tools. Some of the drugs to be addressed are penicillin, insulin, the small pox vaccine, ether, morphine, aspirin, salvarsan, thorazine/Haldol, norethindrone, and digoxin. Of particular interest will be assessment of what is, or more generally what is not, known about mechanisms by which drugs exert their therapeutic effects, and how the development of drugs have elucidated mechanisms of disease.
Semester Offered: Fall