Introductory Pharmacology for Non-Clinical Professionals

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Course Description

This course is designed to introduce basic pharmacology concepts which are utilized in drug development and clinical research to non-clinical professionals. Topics will include the basic principles of pharmacology and overview of several major classes of therapeutic agents, with attention to their mechanisms of action. Issues of current and future directions in pharmacology will be addressed, including the sources of information about pharmacologic agents, the ethics of human experimentation, the drug development process, and new biotechnological approaches to drug design.

Learning Objectives

  • Become familiar with the concepts of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics
  • Develop knowledge regarding several major classes of therapeutic agents and understand their mechanisms of action
  • Gain an in depth understanding about pre-clinical research and steps necessary for transition to clinical phases of the drug development process
  • Become familiar with the concept of molecular targeted therapeutics
  • Review of Investigator’s Brochure (IB) contents and the Investigational New Drug Application (IND)
  • Critique and analyze information obtained from scientific literature and demonstrate an understanding of the pharmacology parameters

Who Should Attend

  • Clinical or Project Team Leaders who will be managing projects
  • New Clinical, Regulatory, and Department Staff who will design clinical trial programs
  • Clinical Research Associates, Data Managers or others interested in transitioning into clinical trial management
  • Grant Administrators
  • Medical Directors
  • Medical Writers
  • Regulatory Affairs Professionals
  • Research and Development Personnel     


The course will be led by one of the following instructors:

Marina Malikova, Ph.D., MSci, M.A., C.C.R.A., RAC

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Course Outline

Day 1: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  • Introduction: The Heritage of Pharmacology
  • Sources of Information about Drugs  
  • Drug-Receptor Interactions  
  • Overview of pharmacology parameters utilized in the drug development process (i.e. half-life of the drug, plasma concentration, therapeutic index, area under the curve (AUC), effective concentration EC50, etc.) Regular Copy
  • Principles of Pharmacokinetics (PK studies):  Drug Absorption, Distribution, Metabolism and Elimination (ADME parameters overview)
  • Pharmacodynamics (PD studies): Dose-Response Relationships; Time-Concentration Relationships
  • Drug Interactions: CYP enzymes and their role in drug metabolism and drug-drug interactions and side effects
  • Overview of Investigator’s Brochure contents and Investigational New Drug Application (IND)  

Day 2: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  • Principles of Endocrine Pharmacology
  • Pharmacology of the Autonomic and Peripheral Nervous System  
  • Central Nervous System Pharmacology  
  • Pharmacology of Pain and Inflammation  
  • Principles of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
  • Principles of Chemotherapy  
  • Molecular targeted therapeutics for cancer treatment  

Interactive Activities

  • Review of Investigator’s Brochure: Create checklists that encompass timelines and sections needed from different parties involved
  • Interactive Discussions
  • Questions and Answers

Registration Fees

Registration fees include assorted breakfast items that will be available each day ½ hour prior to the start of the seminar. Also included is a Networking Lunch that will be served each training day.

Special rates are available for multiple attendees from the same organization.  Contact Melissa Dolen at 781-972-5418 to discuss your options and take advantage of the savings.     

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Accreditation Information

Barnett International is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.  Participants will receive 15 hours (1.5 CEUs) of continuing education credit for full participation, including the completion of a pre-test, post-test, and program evaluation.  Barnett International will issue a receipt of completion for earned CEUs within three weeks of program completion.  ACPE#: 0778-0000-19-048-L01-P. Released: 10/19.

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