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Diploma in Drug Discovery Process and Antimicrobial Drugs

Study the role of organic chemistry in the drug discovery process and use of antimicrobial drugs in this free course.

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This free online course will introduce you to the role of organic chemistry in drug discovery. You will learn about the fundamental principles of the drug development process, neurotransmitters and antimicrobial drugs. If you considered a career as a chemist, biochemist, chemical biologist or druggist this course will give you a good grounding in various aspects of drug discovery.
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    10-15 Hours
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An Introduction to the Drug Discovery Process and Antimicrobial Drugs starts with a concise discussion of the fundamental principles of the drug development process, combinatorial chemistry and neurotransmitters. Next, you will learn about the catechol-amine base and GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) neurotransmitters. This course will also include the humoral mechanism of angiotensin system and the design of an angiotensin-converting enzyme.

You will then be introduced to antimicrobial drugs, the chemistry of penicillin and how microbes can develop resistance to beta-lactam antibiotics. You will also analyze the mechanistic studies of beta-lactamases, non-beta-lactam antibiotics and to the mechanistic enzymology of isopenicillin N synthase.

This course will be of great interest to professionals working in the pharmaceutical industry who want to brush up on their technical knowledge. It will equally benefit any learner who would like to have a career in the pharmaceutical or organic chemistry sector.

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Learning Outcomes

Having completed this course, you should be able to:

  • Discuss the classification of drugs

  • Describe the process that underpins drug discovery

  • Discuss the combinatory chemistry and medicinal aspects of neurotransmitters

  • Explain the humoral mechanism for hypertension

  • State the two types of drugs based on the angiotensin resin system

  • Discuss the chemistry and biochemistry of penicillin and cephalosporin

  • Distinguish antibiotic from antimicrobial agents

  • Match different antibiotics with their respective microorganisms' sources

  • Explain the mechanism of antimicrobial action

  • Explain how bacteria acquire resistance against β-Lactam antibiotics

  • Discuss how different types of penicillin and erythromycin are made


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