Spring 2017 Course Offerings in the Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics

Published: November 28th, 2016

Category: News & Awards


The Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics is offering the following three courses for the Spring 2017 term. If you would like to to register for any of these courses, please contact Ellen L. Esparolini at eesparol@ufl.edu.

GMS 6009 – Principals of Drug Action – 3 credits

Brian Law, PhD – Course Director
Tuesdays & Thursdays 1:30-3:30pm
Academic Research Building (ARB) R5-265 – Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics Large Conference Room

Course Objectives: a. To provide students with a basic knowledge of how therapeutics are discovered and optimized, b. to educate students on the mathematical models and quantitative analysis of ligand-receptor binding interactions and receptor-response coupling, c. to describe the biochemical and biological mechanisms of therapeutic action, and d. to explain how therapeutic agents are distributed within the body as a function of time and to outline the factors that control their half-life and access to their biologically relevant receptors.

GMS 6065 – Fundamentals of Cancer Biology – 3 credits

Dietmar W. Siemann, PhD – Course Director
Mondays & Wednesdays at 8:30-9:20 and 9:35-10:25 AM – Modules I and II
Cancer/Genetics Research Complex Auditorium, Room CGRC 101.

Course Objectives: a. To provide students with fundamental background knowledge of cancer, its causes, incidences, facts and figures, b. to educate students in current topics of cancer research from both laboratory and clinical perspectives, c. to explain methodologies employed by cancer researchers to study cancer at the molecular, cellular and host level, d. to provide students with an understanding of modern technologies in cancer diagnosis and treatment, d. to familiarize students with approaches to cancer prevention and novel molecular targeting developments in cancer therapy and detection.

GMS 6070 – Sensory Biology – 3 credits

Steven D. Munger, PhD – Course Director
Clay Smith, PhD
Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays 9:00-10:00am
Academic Research Building (ARB) R5-231 – Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics Maren Conference Room

Course Objectives: This course is for basic and clinical scientists that wish to gain insights into how animals detect, process and respond to sensory stimuli such as light, odors, sound and temperature. Students will learn about the molecular mechanisms and neural systems used by vertebrates and invertebrates to sense the external and internal world. The comparative approach emphasizes common principles of sensory coding as well as the unique strategies employed to address specific biological needs. In addition, lectures and associated reading will highlight the use of molecular biological, pharmacological, physiological, neurobiological and behavioral analyses to dissect the function and dysfunction of these sensory systems.

The course meets in the Spring semester for three 1-hr sessions per week, and includes faculty with expertise in sensory biology. It will use multimodal instructional approaches combining didactic lectures, reading assignments and mentored student presentations.

Students enrolling in the course should be familiar with basic principles of molecular biology, biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology and cell biology. Lectures will be provided by faculty from the College of Medicine and other UF colleges who are experts in sensory biology. An accompanying textbook (Biology of Sensory Systems, 2nd ed., Wiley) as well as the primary scientific literature will serve as important complementary learning resources.