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June 9, 2009
Source: Piedmont 2008

Kimmel, Heather
Medicine

2008

Project Summary

The goal of this course is to introduce students to the process by which medications are developed, starting with identifying the pharmacological target through marketing and advertising the final product. I have directed this course for four years, drawing on my own area of expertise in pharmacology, but also taking full advantage of the wealth of experience of the faculty and colleagues both within and outside of Emory. While preparing the history of drug development lectures this past spring, it became apparent to me that pharmacognosy, the study of natural sources of medicine, was only going to receive a brief mention in the course. Before the advent of synthetic chemistry, medicines were derived primarily from plants. While many modern-day “blockbuster” drugs have arisen from laboratory processes, there is a resurgence of interest in investigating plants and animals as potential sources of therapeutic drugs. In future presentations of this course, I plan to include a lecture on this important component of the drug discovery process. In future iterations of the course, I would also like to include a “nature walk” on the campus or nearby in which we examine local plants that might have medicinal properties.




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