PHAR 9003/9004 Revamp!

The Pharmacology Graduate Committee has been working closely with Elizabeth Sharlow and John Lazo to revamp the advanced Pharmacology course modules offered each Spring. PHAR 9003 and 9004 (formerly known as Molecular Characterization of Drug Targets I and II) will now be offered as Molecular Targets (PHAR 9003) and Discovering Drugs (PHAR 9004).

PHAR 9003 Molecular Targets will be offered as a 2 credit module in Block 1 of the Spring semester. Students will learn about and critically examine the classes of molecular targets that are the focus of drug discovery efforts.   They will also gain an appreciation of the process(es) required to validate specific targets for drug discovery. Moreover, students will become familiar with the fascinating and integrated processes required to discover, develop and/or “resurrect” drugs using two case studies. Students will apply their newly acquired knowledge-base via grant writing exercises and “study section” scenarios.   At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to design strategies to validate a molecular target and have an informed view of the grant writing process.

PHAR 9004 Drug Discovery will be offered as a 2 credit module in Block 2 of the Spring Semester. Students will learn and critically examine concepts, methodologies and technologies vital for discovering and developing the drugs of today as well as tomorrow.   They will apply their newly acquired knowledge-base in two grant writing and “study section” exercises.   At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to create and develop novel strategies to drug molecular targets.

Both modules will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. in Jordan Hall room 5023 and both courses have a class size limited to 15 students. While the prerequisites have been removed from these courses, prospective students are expected to have an understanding and appreciation of human physiology, cell biology and signaling, and biochemistry.

Postdoctoral trainees are invited to register  for the class through the Community Scholars Program in the School of Continuing Education and Professional Studies (SCPS).  Go to the New Student Registration page and scroll down to “New Community Scholars – Step 3 Register.”  Print the Community Scholar Class Registration Form.  The Instructor’s signature of approval must also be obtained in order to enroll; to obtain the instructor’s signature please contact Dr. Sharlow. Benefits eligible Professional Research Staff may use their Education Benefit to be reimbursed for the cost of tuition.

For more information on the PHAR 9003/9004 course modules, please visit the class page:

https://pharm.virginia.edu/current-students/phar9003-9004/