Introduction to Medical Pharmacology
Introduction to Medical Pharmacology, GMS PM 730
Prereq: Premedical curriculum.
Wainford staff. 4 cr, 2nd sem.
Objectives, Assignments, and Grading
Course Objectives: This course is designed to introduce medical pharmacology to students who are pursuing degrees in the Medical Sciences. Topics will include the basic principles of pharmacology and several major classes of therapeutic agents, with attention to their mechanisms of action. Issues of current and future concern in medical pharmacology will be addressed including the sources of information about pharmacologic agents, the ethics of human experimentation, the drug development process and its costs, problems of drug abuse, and new biotechnological approaches to drug design.
Reading Assignments: The text for this course is Levine’s Pharmacology: Drug Actions and Reactions, 7th ed., Carol T. Walsh and Rochelle Schwartz-Bloom, Taylor & Francis, 2005. The book is available through e-Book resources in the library. The reading assignments for each class are indicated on the lecture schedule. Other reading assignments may be distributed in class or on the CourseInfo site.
Course Grade: The course grade will be determined from the grades for the writing assignment (20%) and the two examinations (40% each). The numerical paper grade times 0.2 plus each exam score times 0.4 will be summed. This final score will be converted to a letter grade as follows: 94 and above, A; 90-93, A-; 87-89, B+; 84-86, B; 80-83, B-; 77-79, C+; 74-76, C; 70-73, C-; 60-69, D; less than 60, F.
Course Manager: Richard Wainford, Ph.D. – 700 Albany Street, 617-414-2648, firstname.lastname@example.org
Semester 2, 2018-2019
Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:00-11:50 AM
Lectures in L-110
DATE – TOPIC – LECTURER
Jan 17- Introduction and Development of Pharmacology – Richard Wainford & Carol Walsh
Jan 22 – Mechanisms of Drug Actions – Pietro Cottone
Jan 24 – Drug Transport and Absorption – Carol Walsh
Jan 29 – Drug Distribution and Elimination – Carol Walsh
Jan 31 – Time-Concentration Relationships – Carol Walsh
Feb 5 – Biopharmaceutics, Drug Delivery Systems, and Generic vs. Proprietary
Drugs (video) – Carol Walsh
Feb 7 – Pharmacology of the Autonomic Nervous System – Richard Wainford
Feb 12 – Population Pharmacology 1: Phenotype, Genotype and the Placebo Response – Carol Walsh
Feb 14 – Population Pharmacology 2: Adherence, Interactions, the Allergic Response, and Mechanisms of Tolerance – Carol Walsh
Feb 21 – Principles of Pharmacodynamics – Pietro Cottone
Feb 26 – Protecting Human Subjects in Research – Susan Fish
Feb 28 – Pharmacology of Hypertension – Richard Wainford
Mar 12 – Sources of Information about Drugs – Walsh, Flynn & Wirtz
Mar 14 – Mid-Term Examination
Mar 19 – Principles of Toxicology – Richard Wainford
Mar 21 – Incidence and Treatment of Poisonings – Sophie Dyer and Richard Wainford
Mar 26 – Dopamine and Serotonin: Anti-Parkinson’s agents, Anti-psychotic agents and Anti-depressants – Dr. Ash
Mar 28 – Pharmacology of Substance Abuse and Pharmacology of CNS Stimulants: Cocaine, Amphetamines, Caffeine, and Nicotine – Pietro Cottone & Valentina Sabino
Apr 2 – Pharmacology of Pain and Inflammation – Carol Walsh
Apr 4 – Principles of Chemotherapy – Carol Walsh
Apr 9 – Pharmacology of Cancer Chemotherapeutics – Anurag Singh
Apr 11 – Development and Pharmacology of Antianxiety and Antiepileptic Agents – Shelley Russek
Apr 18 – Advances in Drug Development: Biopharmaceuticals – Jas Seehra
Apr 23 – The Drug Development Process – Barry Berkowitz
Apr 25 – Economic Aspects of Drug Development and Drug Use – Joseph DiMasi and Paul Jeffrey
May 7 – Final Examination
BERKOWITZ, Barry, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor of Pharmacology. Formerly President and CEO, Scion Pharmaceuticals. Research interest: Drug development. 508-877-4522, 508-982-0509, email@example.com
COTTONE, Pietro, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Psychiatry. Research interest: Neurobiology of addictions including eating disorders. R-618, Ext. 8-5662, firstname.lastname@example.org.
DIMASI, Joseph, Ph.D., Center for the Study of Drug Development, Tufts University, 192 South St. Suite 550, Boston, 02111. Research interest: Economic aspects of drug development. 636-2116 or 636-2170, Joseph.DiMasi@tufts.edu
DYER, Sophia, M.D., Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Dowling G06, 617-343-1125, email@example.com
FLYNN, David, Head of Library and Information Management Education, BUSM Alumni Library, 8-4271, firstname.lastname@example.org
JEFFREY, Paul L., Pharm.D., Former Director of the Pharmacy, Boston Medical Center. Pharmacy Consultant, Massachusetts Division of Medical Assistance, Office of Clinical Affairs, 617-847-3732, email@example.com. Assistant, Nancy McDonald, firstname.lastname@example.org, 617-847-3749
RUSSEK, Shelley, Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacology. Research interest: Regulation of genes for CNS receptors. L-606, Ext. 8-4319, email@example.com
SABINO, Valentina, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Psychiatry. Research interest: Neurobiology of addiction and stress-related disorders. R-612, Ext. 8-4327, firstname.lastname@example.org.
SEEHRA, Jasbir, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Ember Therapeutics, Watertown, MA, email@example.com
WALSH, Carol T., Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacology. Research interest: Pharmacokinetics, gastrointestinal pharmacology, metal toxicology. R-610, Ext. 8-4326, firstname.lastname@example.org
WAINFORD, Richard, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Medicine. Research interest: CNS regulation of blood pressure and renal function. W-602, Ext. 4-2648, email@example.com
WIRTZ, Veronika, Pharm.D., Center for Global Health & Development, BUSPH, 801 Mass. Ave., Ext. 4-1440, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nadiyah Shaheed, Academic Manager, Department of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics. L-603, Ext. 8-4301, email@example.com