Course Descriptions PHAR 5001   Pharmaceutical Sciences “From Drug Discovery to Therapeutics”
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course discusses the fundamental sciences involved in the discovery and development of new drugs. It presents an overview of the techniques used in each scientific field and the important role each plays in the drug discovery process.
FORMAT:
  • Lecture
  • Tutorial
  • Seminar
  • Discussion

FORMAT COMMENTS: Lecture/discussion/seminar/tutorial as per instructor 3 hours per week
PREREQUISITES: CHEM 3601.03 and BIOC 3200.03 (all grade B or higher) or B.Sc (Pharm) or by instructor's consent

PHAR 6010   The Chemistry and Pharmacology of Bioactive Compounds from Plants
CREDIT HOURS: 3
The chemistry and pharmacology of medicinally important natural health products (NHPs) will be explored. Emphasis will be on factors that affect content of products and the impact on efficacy of NHPs.
FORMAT:
  • Lecture
  • Discussion

FORMAT COMMENTS: Lecture/discussion 3 hours per week
PREREQUISITES: PHAR 5001.03 or by instructor's consent

PHAR 6030   Drug Transporters in Pharmacology and Therapeutics
CREDIT HOURS: 3
Drug transporters exist in every organ in the body and can affect therapeutic responses to medications. Through a combination of lectures and student presentations the course will cover the major drug transporter families and examine the clinical importance of drug transporters with respect to drug absorption, distribution, elimination, efficacy and toxicity.
FORMAT:
  • Lecture
  • Discussion

FORMAT COMMENTS: A combination of lectures, student presentations and group discussions
PREREQUISITES: PHAR 5001 or PHAC 5406 and PHAC 5409 or PHYL 5323 or equivalent. Consent from the course instructor will be required for those students without these prerequisites

PHAR 6040   Pharmacokinetics, Metabolism and Biomarker for Preclinical and Clinical Drug Development
CREDIT HOURS: 3
The course provides lectures and laboratory experience in the concepts and techniques involved in pharmacokinetics, metabolism and biomarker science research for preclinical and clinical drug development.
FORMAT:
  • Lecture
  • Lab
  • Seminar

FORMAT COMMENTS: Didactic lectures and seminars (one hour/week) as well as laboratory demonstrations and experiments
PREREQUISITES: PHYL 3320.03; PHYL 3120.03; BIOC 3200.03; CHEM 3202.03; MICI 3115.03; FOSC 3010.03; CHEE 2420.03; BIOE 3241.03; BIOL 3050.03; or consent of instructor

PHAR 6050   Biopharmaceutical Aspects of Preclinical Drug Development
CREDIT HOURS: 3
The course will cover biopharmaceutical aspects of preclinical drug development including basic and advanced concepts in drug delivery using in vitro, in vivo and in silico approaches.
FORMAT:
  • Lecture
  • Discussion

FORMAT COMMENTS: term-paper
PREREQUISITES: Undergraduate courses in any of the following disciplines: Pharmaceutics, Phamacology, Physiology, Biochemistry, Physical chemistry or other related courses

PHAR 6080   Chemical Biology: Understanding Biological Processes using Chemical Approaches
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course discusses the use of chemical methods and techniques to probe biological systems. Examples will include the use of bi-functional molecules for delivery into cell systems to probe cellular function, approaches for affinity-based protein profiling and the use of chemical synthesis to identify potent enzyme inhibitors.
FORMAT:
  • Lecture
  • Tutorial
  • Seminar
  • Discussion

FORMAT COMMENTS: Lecture/discussion/seminar/tutorial as per instructor 3 hours per week
PREREQUISITES: CHEM 3601.03 and BIOC 3200.03 (all grade B or higher) or B.Sc (Pharm) or by instructor's consent

PHAR 9001   MSC Thesis 1
CREDIT HOURS: 0
A research thesis (PHAR 9001.00) comprising publishable work by the student will be carried out under the direct supervision of one of the faculty members of the College of Pharmacy (the principal supervisor) with expertise in the pharmaceutical sciences, subject to the regulations of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. The principal supervisor will be appointed to the College of Pharmacy and have earned a Ph.D. or have equivalent research experience, as judged by the faculty members of the College of Pharmacy, and be a member of the Faculty of Graduate Studies at Dalhousie University.

PHAR 9002   MSc Thesis 2
CREDIT HOURS: 0
A research thesis (PHAR 9002.00) comprising publishable work by the student will be carried out under the direct supervision of one of the faculty members of the College of Pharmacy (the principal supervisor) with expertise in the pharmaceutical sciences, subject to the regulations of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. The principal supervisor will be appointed to the College of Pharmacy and have earned a Ph.D. or have equivalent research experience, as judged by the faculty members of the College of Pharmacy, and be a member of the Faculty of Graduate Studies at Dalhousie University.