Pharmacology 584

Introduction to Pharmacology

1 Credit     Fall 
Thursday 8:45 - 9:50
Course Director:  Barry Wolfe (SW407) 

This minicourse presents an overview of some important aspects of pharmacology. It begins with basic principles of drug targets, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacokinetics.  There is topical coverage of neuropharmacology, including the autonomic nervous system and the central nervous system and diseases and disorders assoicated with neuronal dysfunction.   Cardiovascular pharmacology, endocrine pharmacology, immunopharmacology, cancer chemotherapy and anti-infectious agents are also discussed. 
There will be a cumulative final at the end of the course (~60% of the grade).   There will be a quiz each day at 8:45, ending at 8:55, on the material from the previous lecture (~40% of grade).  There will be 2 or 3 quizzes with the lowest grade dropped for each student.  For this reason, there are no makeup or late quizzes for any reason.

Good and free reference Pharmacology e-text books 1   You need to log in to Georgetown
Use ctrl F and search for Pharmacology;  Choose either
Katzung, Golan, or Goodman & Gilman – each good texts

If you really want to buy a book, some of this course is keyed off of Rang and Dale’s Pharmacology (9th ed) - $74 at Amazon.
OR the 8th ed used for ~$22 – not much changed between the 8th and 9th.

  Intro to Pharm 2018 Lecturer Chapters Chapters
Thursdays 8:45-9:50   Rang-8 Rang-9
29-Aug Molecular & Cellular Aspects of Drug Action


3,4 3,4
5-Sep General Principles of Drug Action: Pharmcodynamics


2 2
12-Sep General Principles of Drug Action: Pharmacokinetics Wolfe 8,9,10,11 8,9,10,11
19-Sep ANS: Cholinergic and Noradrenergic Transmission Wolfe 12,13,14 13,14,15
26-Sep CNS: Transmitters & Receptors (amino acids) Pak 37,38 38,39
3-Oct CNS: Neurodegenerative Diseases Pak 40 41
10-Oct CNS: Pharmacology of Mood & Psychiatric Disorders Wolfe 44,46,47 45,46,47
17-Oct CNS: Pharmacology of Pain & Drug Addiction Ahern 42,49 43,50
24-Oct Cardiovascular Pharmacology Motter 21,22 22,23
31-Oct Pharmacology of Cancer Schneeweis 56 57
7-Nov Endocrine Pharmacology Dezfuli 31 - 34 32,33
14-Nov Anti-Infectious Agents Dezfuli 50,51,52,53 50,51,52,53

Inflammation & Immune System 


17,18 18,19


5-Dec review and last quiz      


exam 8:30 - 10:30      

LA-2  Preclinical Science
Quiz from 8:45-8:55 - Lecture 8:55-9:50

Rang & Dale's Pharmacology 8th Edition 9th Edition