Drug Discovery – University of Copenhagen

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Master of Industrial Drug Development > Courses > Drug Discovery

Why should you enroll in this course?

The overall objective of the course is to provide the student with a general comprehension of the elements involved in modern drug discovery. Today, almost all drug discovery programs are directed towards design of either small molecules or biologics acting selectively at specific targets. As an initial step, the target involved in a given disease has to be identified and validated, which will subsequently lead to design of ligands acting selectively in a desired fashion at the target. During this lead optimization process a growing number of considerations, besides the action at the disease target, have to be taken into consideration such as ADME, toxicology and production issues. Finally, the lead candidates have to show efficacy in relevant animal disease models before the final candidate can enter pre-clinical studies. In the current course we will focus on the target identification and validation as well as the lead optimization processes.

The course will give you a general comprehension of the elements involved in modern drug discovery from target discovery & validation, via ligand idenfication and optimization to animal disease models. The course will thus increase your knowledge of the drug discovery process and give you a basis to engage in qualified discussions with colleagues working in drug discovery.

What do you gain?

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate comprehension of target identification and validation methods and processes
  • Demonstrate insight into lead optimization methods and processes
  • Apply basic computational methods in the area of bioinformatics
  • Orally present a subject in the drug discovery area
  • Conduct a valid scientific literature study in the area of drug discovery
  • Write a scientifically based report on drug discovery aspects using scientific literature

The course consist of a mixture of lecture by a range of experts from the pharmaceutical industry and academia, and practical workshops. You will thus gain knowledge from integrating both theoretical and practical aspects.

Course dates:

  • 12 - 16 March 2018


Application deadline:

  • 15 January 2018

Course fee:

  • DKK 12,900 EU/EEA citizens
  • DKK 14,985 for non-EU/EEA citizens