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Clinical Pharmacology and Translational Medicine

Clinical Pharmacology and Translational Medicine

The Clinical Pharmacology and Translational Medicine intercalated programme, the first of its kind and unique in the UK, offers medical students the opportunity to study the use of drugs as well as the application of other novel diagnostics and therapeutics in humans, in greater depth than is possible in the standard medical curriculum.

The programme consists of both taught modules and a compulsory research project which may be a clinical investigation, a laboratory-based project, or analysis of data, all of which allow student to become familiar with the principles of clinical research design, methodology and analysis.

Clinical Pharmacology is concerned with the rational and therapeutic use of drugs in humans.  Translational Medicine is concerned with the delivery to patients of a scientific discovery for their clinical benefit. It involves a process of translating a basic research finding into a clinically useful entity for diagnosis, prognosis or therapeutics. There is therefore much in common between these two subjects, hence their combination in this intercalated BSc.  Students on this programme will actively participate in projects that are either at the pre-clinical or the clinical stage.

Students will gain experience of clinical investigation, and be exposed to concepts which will enhance appreciation and understanding of mechanisms of drug action, ethical, safety and regulatory issues. This knowledge will assist them to assess and develop novel therapies throughout their career.

Further information

Programme Organiser

Professor Albert Ferro
Department of Clinical Pharmacology,
School of Medicine,
3.07 Franklin-Wilkins Building,
Waterloo Campus

Telephone:  020 7848 4283

Programme Organiser

Professor Tim Mant
Guy’s Drug Research Unit,
6 Newcomen Street,
London SE1 1YR

Telephone: 020 7910 7725


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