Drug development process: combating pain, is a free course offering a brief introduction to the process of new drug discovery; from identification of a suitable candidate drug molecule to the development of a commercial drug product available in the clinic for pain relief or as an anti-inflammatory.
Course learning outcomes
After studying this course, you should be able to:
appreciate the intrinsic difficulties associated with developing a drug molecule from conception into a medicine suitable for clinical use
appreciate how molecular modelling can be used in the drug discovery process
understand the historical background to pain control
understand that opioids, steroids and NSAIDs all work at the molecular level
appreciate that anti-inflammation drug discovery requires a detailed understanding of the biochemical processes that constitute the inflammatory response.