Aims: To extend the student's knowledge of how pharmaceutical companies are utilising contemporary scientific advances to identify drug targets and develop new drugs.
After completing this unit the student will have acquired an in-depth appreciation of current developments in drug discovery programmes within the pharmaceutical industry. In the process they will practise and improve their skills in information retrieval as well as develop the ability to read and interpret original research papers in a critical manner.
Critical analysis (T/F/A).
Written communication (T/F/A).
Verbal communication (F).
Guest lecturers from pharmaceutical companies will speak on various aspects of drug target identification and validation as well as drug discovery within the biomedical field. The workshops will develop themes raised in the lectures and introduce the written assessment.