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Medicinal Chemistry: The Molecular Basis of Drug Discovery

This course explores how to bring a drug from concept to market, and how a drug's chemical structure relates to its biological function.

Start Date: Mar 10, 2014 Topics: Chemistry

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This course explores how to bring a drug from concept to market, and how a drug's chemical structure relates to its biological function. The course opens with an introduction to the drug approval process. This introduction combines the social, economic, and ethical aspects of drug discovery. Topics include how diseases are selected for treatment, the role of animal testing, and the costs of various discovery phases. The course then focuses on the scientific side of drug discovery. Topics include how drugs interact with biological molecules, drug absorption and elimination, and the discovery of weakly active molecules and their optimization into viable drugs.

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  • Dates: Mar 10, 2014
  • Level of Difficulty: Beginner
  • Size: Massive Open Online Course
  • Instructors: Sara Swanson, Robert McSwain, Paul Brantley, Olivia Booker, Kristen Eshleman, Allison Dulin, Erland Stevens
  • Institution: EdX
  • Topics: Chemistry

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