Advanced Clinical Pharmacology
Life Sciences & Medicine
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
Available course dates:
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*Please note that applicants to this short course should go via King's Apply (click red 'Apply' button on the right of this page) and select the following programme:
Pharmaceutical Medicine Non-Award (Part-time)
Module Code 7BBM0006
This module provides advanced training over five days in the principles of clinical pharmacology essential to drug development. This includes practical and ethical issues associated with non-patient volunteer studies, the design of such studies and interpretation of the results. Completion of this module will enable you to take an active role in a multidisciplinary team to design and analyse clinical pharmacology studies. Key topics include: Non-patient volunteer studies, planning a clinical development strategy, use of pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic measures in clinical pharmacology studies, statistical principles used in clinical pharmacology studies. You will take part in practical sessions to plan a clinical development strategy for a potential new medicine, prepare a study protocol, analyse study results and learn how to present clinical pharmacology study results through both verbal and written presentations.
What does this course cover?
- Provides advanced training in the principles of clinical pharmacology that are utilised in the process of drug development.
- Gives students an in depth understanding of practical issues associated with non-patient volunteer studies according to current regulatory guidelines.
- Instills an in-depth understanding of how to generate sound study protocols, effective monitoring strategies and data gathering techniques for non-patient volunteer studies.
- Gives an in-depth understanding of the most significant areas of pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic data gathering, processing and interpretation.
- Enables students to develop a clear, articulate and unbiased approach to the interpretation and assessment of pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic data generated in clinical pharmacology studies.
- Enables students to develop methods to effectively disseminate clinical pharmacology study results through both verbal presentations and the generation of written reports.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this module students will be able to:
- Take an active role in a multidisciplinary team to design clinical pharmacology studies.
- Recognise the particular ethical issues of using non-patient volunteers in clinical studies.
- Understand and interpret both pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic data.
- To understand and interpret the safety data arising in a clinical pharmacology study.
- Gain a working knowledge of the statistical principles used in clinical pharmacology studies.
- Be able to critically review a clinical pharmacology paper.
- To be able to discuss how data from a clinical pharmacology study can inform the future development of a medicine.
Who is this for?
Minimum entry requirements are either a medical degree (such as an MBBS) or a 2:1 first degree in pharmacy, pharmacology, biology, biochemistry, chemistry or related subject.
The course will suit individuals seeking to develop a practical understanding of clinical pharmacology e.g. pharmaceutical industry physicians, medical affairs and regulatory affairs personnel.