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MEDC0078 Module 4: New therapies using biological molecules

Module Structure: (15 credits each) • Lectures and Tutorials • Assessment: 50% coursework, 50% unseen examination.

Module Title

Module  4: New therapies using biological molecules
Module CodeMEDC0078
Module LeaderDr Edith Chan
Short description

Traditionally, drugs are usually small chemicals or molecules.  However, new therapeutics has emerged. For examples, monoclonal antibodies have become important treatment for cancer. Other therapeutics are stem cells or siRNA.  Students will learn the concept and practices of these new therapeutics in drug discovery.

Module aims

  • To learn what antibodies are?
  • What therapeutic areas can Antibodies be used?
  • What are the design concept of Antibodies?
  • What are siRNA and Stem cells
  • What are high content screeing?

List of Lectures and Tutorials

  • Protein modeling
  • Design of Antibodies.  
  • Antibodies as therapies
  • SiRNA and Stem cells
  • High content screening
  • CRISPR-Cas 9 and Drug Discovery
Module assessment 50% course work + 50% unseen 1 hour exam