Good Brain, Bad Brain: Drug Origins (FutureLearn)

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This course is aimed at anyone with an interest in finding out about where the drugs that keep us healthy come from. You will only need to have ever taken a drug (even if only a lozenge for a sore throat!), in order to be able to undertake this course.
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Good Brain, Bad Brain: Drug Origins (FutureLearn)
Explore our past, present and future understanding of drugs. Where do they come from? How do they work? This course is designed for anyone who has ever wondered how the drugs in their medicine cabinet were found in the first place and how they ended up as pills in a bottle.

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Where do drugs come from?

We’ll start by reflecting on the nature of medicines and look at the history of some everyday drugs that have been taken by humans for centuries.

This will show us that many commonly used drugs were found somewhat accidentally - and often without any understanding of the science behind how they worked.

Over time, this apparently random process has been refined and improved, so we’ll go on to consider recent advances in identifying potential drugs.


What topics will you cover?

- What is meant by the term “drug”

- What do we need drugs for

- How drugs are discovered: from natural substances to rational drug design

- What factors have to be considered when developing the chemical molecule with therapeutic potential into a drug that patients can take

- How is the safety of the drug tested and monitored


What will you achieve?

- Identify a definition for the term drug

- Discuss how the purpose of drugs can be for symptom relief, to cure a disease or to prevent a disease

- Compare estimates for the length of time it takes to produce a drug and the cost of the process

Identify the different mechanisms by which drugs have been discovered and how these have changed over time

- Explain how an understanding of the molecular structure of a drug target molecule can lead to the development of new drugs

- Describe the journey that a drug has to take through the body to its target and the factors that influence how much drug arrives at the target

- Compare the different routes by which drugs can be administered

- Explain how drug formulation impacts on how the drug works in the body

- Discuss the purpose of the various phases of clinical trials of drug development



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64.00 EUR
This course is aimed at anyone with an interest in finding out about where the drugs that keep us healthy come from. You will only need to have ever taken a drug (even if only a lozenge for a sore throat!), in order to be able to undertake this course.

MOOC List is learner-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.