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Module code:PHARM031(Add to my personalised list)
Title:Pharmacology of Inflammation (Masters Level)
Credit value:.5
Division:Division of Biosciences
Module organiser: D. Willis
Organiser's location:GM05
Available for students in Year(s):4,
Module prerequisites:2nd Year Pharmacology (PHAR2002 [B15], Preclinical. Students who have taken other courses should consult the course organiser  
Module outline:As our knowledge of human disease increases it is becoming evident that inflammation plays a significant part in many pathologies. The diseases in which inflammation has a major role, not only includes the classical inflammatory diseases, such as asthma, arthritis, allergies and the auto-immune pathologies, but also atherosclerosis, ischemic-reperfusion injury, sepsis/multiply organ failure and COPD. Inflammation is also an important component of metabolic diseases, with evidence suggesting a link between diabetes obesity and inflammation, is an important of tumor genesis and is the underlying mechanism by which transplants are rejected. This course provides in-depth coverage of the core mechanism by which inflammation is initiated and maintained and discusses the state of the current and future research trends in its treatment.  
Module aims:The aim of immunopharmacology is provide up-to-date information on the pharmacology of the mediators and cells which drive inflammation, how they interact to provide a robust response, and how dysfunctions in these pathways lead to pathology. The course will also describe currently used anti-inflammatory drugs and investigate future trends in this area of pharmacological research.  
Module objectives:• To know which cells and mediators are key in the development of an inflammatory response. • To understand the criteria used to assess whether or not endogenous substances may be described as mediator of inflammation. • To be able to explain the mechanism of action of drugs which are used to control the inflammatory process. • To appreciate current trends in inflammatory mediator and anti-inflammatory drug research • To understand in particular the pathology of asthma and rheumatoid arthritis and the therapeutic approaches towards these diseases • To develop your skills in literature searches, literature/research evaluation, study design and presentation of a research proposal.  
Key skills provided by module:In addition to providing an update overview of immunopharmacology, the course aims to provide the skills which are required when formulating, justifying and presenting a project. These skills not only have relevance to the preparation of research proposals/grants but also to general project management proposals and in formulating and preparation of business plans.  
Module timetable: 
Module assessment:Unseen two-hour written examination 75.00%.
One essay (3,000 words) 25.00%. 
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