Reference DMBIOM01000028
Taught in First Master of Biomedical Sciences
Theory (A) 30.0
Exercises (B) 0.0
Training and projects (C) 0.0
Studytime (D) 180.0
Studypoints (E) 6
Credit contract? Access is determined after successful competences assessment
Examination contract? Access is determined after successful competences assessment
Credit contract mandatory if Exam contract? Course included in exam contract
Retake possible in case of permanent evaluation? Yes
Teaching Language Dutch
Lecturer Romain Lefebvre
Department GE09
Key Words

General pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, special pharmacology

Position of the Course

This course is based on the knowlegde acquired in the bachelor years with regard to chemistry, biology, histology, anatomy, biochemistry, physiology and pathogenesis in man. Aim is to study how the important functions in man can be influenced by chemical substances, in particular drugs, and to get acquainted with some important drug classes used for frequent pathology (such as hypertension, trombosis, sleep disturbances, depression, migraine, inflammation, diabetes). This allows to propose pharmacological solutions for human diseases, and to critically evaluate research proposals regarding drugs.


  • General pharmacology: Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics, Pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic correlation, Side effects, Interactions
  • Special pharmacology: Drugs influencing cholinergic transmission, Drugs influencing noradrenergic neurotransmission, Cardiovascular drugs, Drugs influencing the nervous system, Drugs influencing the endocrine system

Starting Competences

Having successfully completed the courses General chemistry, Organic Chemistry, General Biochemistry, Biochemistry II, Physiology of the organ systems, Functional anatomy, Cell biology and Human pathogenesis from the bachelor program biomedical sciences, or having acquired the relevant ending objectives by other means

Final Competences

  • To understand the general principles of what the body does with a drug.
  • To understand the general principles of drug action.
  • To know the important types of side effects and interactions of drugs.
  • To elucidate the mechanism of action of the drugs discussed within a physiological background.
  • To deduce the effects of the drugs discussed from the mechanism of action.
  • To know the important indications of the drugs discussed.

Teaching and Learning Material

Syllabus pharmacology, Dutch, estimated price 7.50 EUR.
Commented Drug Repertory via the website of the Belgian Centre for Pharmacotherapeutic Information.


  • H.P. Rang, M.M. Dale, J.M. Ritter, R.J. Flower. Pharmacology, Churchill Livingstone, 6th edition, 2007.

Course Content-Related Study Coaching

Feedback at the beginning and the end of the lectures

Teaching Methods

Classroom lectures

Evaluation Moments

Evaluation during examination period

Evaluation Methods

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