790364 Preclinical studies

Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Freissmuth, Michael
Offered in
Sommersemester 2024
Languages of instruction


The course will describe the steps required to move a drug candidate into the clinical phase of drug development and cover the pertinent regulatory aspects. This requires an understanding of the general principles of pharmacology in particular

• the mechanisms of drug action and its quantification (pharmacodynamics)
• absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion (ADME) of drugs (pharmakokinetics) and
• its quantitative description

Previous knowledge expected


Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

After completion of this course, a student is familiar with the principles underlying drug development; she or he is able to outline a work plan to move a hypothetical compound though the preclinical stages of drug development and understand the potential pitfalls.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.