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Course unit
MEP5070476, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
ME2193, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 10.0
Type of assessment Mark
Department of reference Department of Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences
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Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge CHIARA BOLEGO BIO/14
Other lecturers NICOLA FERRI BIO/14

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines BIO/14 Pharmacology 4.0
Core courses BIO/14 Pharmacology 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Laboratory 2.0 30 20.0 No turn
Lecture 8.0 64 136.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2015 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
5 Commissione a.a. 2019/20 02/12/2019 30/09/2020 BOLEGO CHIARA (Presidente)
FERRI NICOLA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Principles of Pharmacology
Target skills and knowledge: Students will acquire advanced knowledge in pharmacology; particular attention will be paid to downstream pathways of receptor activation. These events are both responsible for key patho-physiological effects and targets for future drug development. Because a drug is useful only if it is effective in humans and many molecules fail during clinical development, students will pay particular attention to clinical trial analysis. Overall, students will understand how to identify new potential drug targets other than classical drug receptors.

The course also includes an experimental section, which provides the students the possibility to have a direct approach to research.
At the end of the course students will be able to manipulate cell culture, perform independently basic experiments with up-to-date techniques, overcome common experimental problems and critically analyze the data obtained.
Examination methods: Molecular Pharmacology section: test including both multiple choice and open questions. An "half-way" test will be performed.
Power point presentation and discussion.

Experimental Pharmacology section: oral exam integrated by a written report.
Course unit contents: -Analysis of molecular targets of drug action, which convey the messages of a drug to the body.
-Focus on the main intracellular signaling pathways activated by cell membrane receptors, in order to highlight potentially new molecular targets.
-Basic knowledge of clinical pharmacology through the analysis of selected clinical trial outcomes
- Application of experimental models for investigating the pharmacological profile of new drugs.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Active-quiz
Additional notes about suggested reading: Up-dated papers on specific topics
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Rang HP and Dale MM, Rang and Dale's Phramacology, eight edition. --: Elsevier, 2015. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Francesco Clementi Guido Fumagalli, General and Molecular Pharmacology. --: Wiley, 2015. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Lodish, Harvey F., Molecular cell biologyHarvey Lodish ... [et al.]. New York: W. H. Freeman, 2016. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Auto correcting quizzes or tests for periodic feedback or exams
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)
  • Students peer review

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