Medical pharmacology

A.Y. 2019/2020
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course has as main objectives: the definition and classification of drug targets, the description of various aspects of the pharmacodynamic action of drugs, the illustration of the different biotechnological drugs, the overview of the various aspects of pharmacokinetics: absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion of drugs, the definition of rational use bases of the different drugs in the therapy of the various organ pathologies and apparatus, the description of the basic principles of toxicology.
Expected learning outcomes
Students will learn how drugs reach there drug targets and how they act on them
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Course syllabus
Membrane receptors
Intracellular receptors
Ion channels and transporters
Drug-receptor interactions
Principles of chemotherapy
Pharmacological control of neurotransmitter disease
Enzymes as drug targets
Fundamentals of drug development and regulation
Animal models in pharmacological biotechnology
Body systems pharmacology and toxicology
Principles of autonomic nervous system pharmacology
Smooth muscle pharmacology
Cardiovascular pharmacology
Inflammation and immune pharmacology
Respiratory pharmacology
Gastro-enteric pharmacology
CNS pharmacology
Endocrine pharmacology
Principles of toxicology
Cellular and molecular mechanisms of toxicology
Organ and system toxicology
Mutagenesis and cancerogenesis
Experimental approache in toxicology
Environmental toxicology
Prerequisites for admission
Students must have fulfilled all the prerequisite requirements indicated in the study plan: General Pathology and Immunology, Human Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Fundamentals of Human Biochemistry
Teaching methods
Teachers give lectures, using PPT presentations which are then deposited on the Ariel website.
Teaching Resources
Principles of Pharmacology. The Pathophysiological basis of drug therapy. Golan DE, Tashjian AH, Armstrong EJ, Armstrong AW. Third Edition Walters Kluver editor
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam consists of a written test, with twelve open questions. The evaluation parameters used for each answer concern the completeness of the knowledge, the critical reasoning ability and the appropriateness in the use of the specialized lexicon. Each answer is evaluated in thirtieths, with the possibility of acquiring 33 points in the case of laude. Missing or incorrect answers are evaluated 0 points. The final result of the test coincides with the rounded arithmetic mean (17.6 = 18; 17.5 = 17). It is possible to take an in itinere test at the end of the first part of the course (once a year), which can however be accessed by all students who have never taken this test before. The ongoing test consists of 6 open questions. The final grade is the result of the approximate arithmetic mean, estimated on the twelve questions. The results are communicated via SIFA. Following the communication, students can view the tests and ask the teachers for explanations, on a date fixed on the day of the exam. This procedure applies to both the on-going test and the final test.
BIO/14 - PHARMACOLOGY - University credits: 10
Lessons: 80 hours