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Drug Discovery

This course provides a comprehensive interdisciplinary introduction to the science and process of drug discovery. The course addresses chemical, biological, and business aspects of drug discovery and how it works in the real world from basic laboratory investigation until it reaches the patient in the market.


Starts 29th May 2024

About This Course

In this course, a comprehensive introduction to the chemical basis of drug discovery will be provided. This includes the properties of small molecules that act as drugs, their cellular targets, and what to consider when designing a drug. The course also addresses how the body responds to drugs and metabolizes them when they are administered and how this affects the drug discovery process. An overview of the drug discovery process will be explained from how to find prospective drug targets to the scientific hypothesis all the way to clinical trials and the market and what happens after. An insight into the laboratory-based techniques involved in drug discovery will also be given and how chemicals in the body serve as templates for new drugs. Finally, considerations of drug formulations will be presented in addition to vaccines, how they function, and considerations in their development.

Who Is This Course For

This course is for anyone with a background in the life sciences or chemistry who wants to understand how the process of drug discovery works. A real-world view into how a drug is developed from the very basic hypothesis to all the way into the market including the challenges academia and pharmaceutical companies face.

What you'll learn

  • Learn the chemical and biological basis of drug discovery
  • Understand in vitro and in vivo techniques used in drug discovery
  • Gain an insight into the drug discovery process from lab to market
  • Understand how to prospect for drug targets
  • Learn how drug formulations and delivery work
  • Understand how vaccines work and how they are developed

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Meet Your Instructor

Dr. Sherif Idriss

Sherif holds a M.Sc. in Pharmacology from the University of Oxford UK and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Lübeck, Germany. During his Ph.D., he studied the role of astrocytes in energy homeostasis and obesity and novel methods of primary astrocyte culture. His work has been published in journals such as Frontiers and Neuropsychopharmacology. After his Ph.D., he moved to the University of Bern, Switzerland for postdoctoral studies on new innovative therapies in multiple sclerosis.

Our Partners

We are proud to partner with the leading In2scienceUK as a step towards achieving our mission of imparting quality education and knowledge across the globe.

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