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Drug Treatment of Disease (PHRM30003)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codePHRM30003
Semester 1
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Cancer, disorders of the immune system, cardiovascular diseases and acute and chronic lung disorders are the most common types of afflictions affecting people worldwide. This subject will examine the medicines that have been developed, or are currently being researched, to treat these diverse conditions.
This subject will present the scientific basis of present and likely future treatments of cancer, allergy, acute and chronic inflammation, infection, autoimmunity and transplant rejection, as well as of hypertension, heart failure, cardiovascular atheromatous disease and metabolic syndrome.
You will examine current knowledge of the aetiology of these disorders. The mechanisms of action of the major classes of drugs used to treat immune disorders, cancer, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases will be considered in the context of these systems and processes.
Core concepts in pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics and their importance to safe and effective therapy will be exemplified throughout. The importance of biotechnology to these therapeutic areas will also be considered.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject student should:

  • have developed a solid understanding of the pharmacology of drugs used to treat immunological, oncological, cardiovascular and respiratory disorders.
  • be able to use these therapeutic approaches to exemplify the key roles of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics in yielding safe and effective medicines
  • have gained an appreciation of how a detailed understanding of disease processes is important for the rational development of new therapeutic drugs.

Generic skills

By the end of this unit students will:

  • Have an understanding of the scientific basis of the action of drugs.
  • Be adept at learning in a range of ways.
  • Be able to examine critically, synthesise and evaluate knowledge pertaining to drugs.
  • Be able to integrate key pharmacological and immunological principles.
  • Participate in collaborative learning.
  • Have a broad understanding of the benefits and risks associated with theraputic use of drugs

Last updated: 21 September 2019