Entry in the world of pharmaceutical drugs with theoretical and practical knowledges
Active awareness of the different toxicology issues
Multidisciplinary approaches: neuroscience, cardiovascular, cancer, metabolism, etc.
General Basis for future careers in biomedical and pharmaceutical research
At the end of the course the students will be able to:
• Mobilise knowledge from a physiological point of view on the functioning of five major classes of drugs (anti-infection, anti-cancer, neurological, cardiovascular and hormonal)
• Acquire a current vision of the issues of pharmacogenetics, personalised medicine and pharmacovigilance.
• Critically analyse and present the practical steps of drug development, pharmaceutical industry and the drug-market policy.
• Interact with scientists and professionals from different backgrounds to learn and practice the various steps involved in the identification of a toxic substance, from the discovery of its mechanism of action to the press release and risk management.
Principles of chemotherapy
During the last years, we visited Roche, Merck Serono, Nestlé, Novartis, Debiopharm and Actelion to meet scientists performing research in industry and human research managers to talk about job opportunities for Master or PhD students in the respective company.
Problem-based learning activities will provide critical thinking about the Big Pharma with examples of drug development from the finding of an interesting active principle to a commercialized drug and its becoming when used by patients (pharmacovigilance).
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