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Principles of Mammalian Pharmacology

  • VME 6650 Principles of Mammalian Pharmacology

    Credits: 4


    This introductory course covers key concepts related to the cellular actions, therapeutic uses, side effects and toxic actions of major drug classes used in humans and non-human species. Students will learn key concepts that are important to understanding drug actions, including principles of pharmacokinetics (e.g., absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion of drugs) as well as the physiological and cellular basis for a host of diverse drug actions. Major drug classes covered in this course include (among others), agents that act upon the nervous system (both central and peripheral), skeletal muscle, the heart, the cardiovascular system and kidneys, as well as agents used to combat microbial diseases. The overall goal of this course is to provide students with an in-depth understanding of how various drugs exert beneficial and untoward actions and to develop an appreciation for the risks associated with drug abuse.


    Please review our recommended course order.


    Module Topic
    Module 1 Introduction and Basic Concepts
    Module 2 Principles of Drug Action
    Module 3 Drug Metabolism and Elimination
    Module 4 Introduction to Autonomic Pharmacology
    Module 5 Introduction to Central Nervous System Drugs
    Module 6 Drugs of Abuse
    Module 7 Renal and Cardiovascular Drugs
    Module 8 Drugs That Affect Autacoids and Inflammation
    Module 9 Antimicrobial Agents
    Module 10 Drug Interactions

    Recommended Materials

    Goodman & Gilman’s The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics, 12e
    Laurence L. Brunton, Bruce A. Chabner, Bjorn C. Knollmann
    Editors of the online edition:
    Editor-in-Chief: Laurence L. Brunton
    Associate Editors: Donald K. Blumenthal, Nelda Murri, and Randa Hilal-Dandan
    Consulting Editor: Bjorn C. Knollmann

    The required text for this course is an electronic textbook (E-Text) that is freely available to all UF students, including students enrolled in this course. The E-Text (see reference below) is accessible through the University of Florida Health Science Center library.

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