Teaching of Pharmacology and Therapeutics at UCC

Pharmacology (from Greek φ?ρμακον, pharmakon, "poison in classic Greek; drug in modern Greek"; and -λογ?α, "Study of" -logia) is the study of the interactions that occur between a living organism and chemicals that affect normal or abnormal biochemical function. The field encompasses drug composition and properties, interactions, toxicology, therapy, and medical applications and antipathogenic capabilities. In pharmacology, therapeutics refers to the use of drugs and the method of their administration in the treatment of disease. The discipline is fundamental, in both teaching and research, to programmes across biological and health sciences.

 

Teaching at undergraduate level includes:

  • Pharmacology
  • Toxicology
  • Clinical pharmacology
  • Therapeutics

 

Courses are delivered in various degree programmes of:

 

The College of Medicine & Health

    • School of Medicine

    • School of Pharmacy

    • Cork University Dental School and Hospital

    • School of Nursing and Midwifery

 

The College of Science, Engineering & Food Science

    • Intercalated BSc (Hons) in Pharmacology

    • BSc Hons Chemistry of Pharmaceutical Compounds

    • BSc Hons Chemistry with Forensic Science

    • BSc Hons Neuroscience

    • BSc Hons Physiology

    • BSc Hons Nutritional Sciences 

    • BSc Hons Biochemistry

 

Graduate Entry Medical Programme.

The Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics makes substantial contributions to the following modules:

First year Graduate entry

Second year Graduate entry

First and Second Year Graduate entry: Small Group Learning (Case-based, student-led tutorials) part of the modules Fundamentals of Medicine I-IV

The Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics contributes series of 19 lectures in Therapeutics to the fourth year Undergraduate Medical students and third year Graduate Entry Medical students as part of the module CP4004 Fundamentals of Adult Disease . In addition, the department coordinates and contributes to workshops in Safe Prescribing.

Further Information

See UCC information for undergraduate students webpage: CK701 (Undergraduate Entry) and CK791 (Graduate Entry) For further information about this course please visit School of Medicine website and the Calendar Entry .

Undergraduate Medical students

The Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics presents the following modules to:

Second year undergraduate medical students

FM2003 Fundamentals of Medicine: Medical Pharmacology(5 credits)

PT2101 Chemotherapy and Pharmacology of Inflammation (Special Study Module, 5 credits)

Third year undergraduate medical students

FM3003 Foundations of Medicine: Fundamentals of Therapy (10 credits)

Pharmacology is one of four core disciplines in the honours degree in Pharmacy (BPharm) which was established in UCC in October 2003. Two academics hold joint appointments between the School of Pharmacy and the Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics (School of Medicine).

Undergraduate Pharmacy Students

Students take a series of pharmacology modules throughout the B. Pharm programme:

First year

Second year

Third year

Fourth year

Staff of the Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics also participate in supervising Pharmacy students undertaking laboratory-based research projects in their final year.

Postgraduate Pharmacy Training

The Department contributes with the module PT6401 Pharmacology (5 credits) to the MSc Pharmaceutical Technology & Quality Systems, a two-year distance learning MSc programme, developed by the School of Pharmacy UCC, which is targeted at suitably-qualified graduates who are currently working within the pharmaceutical industry.

Further Information

See UCC information for undergraduate students webpage: BPharm Degree

For further information about this course please view the School of Pharmacy Website and the College Calendar for details of the BPharm and MPharm Degree Programmes.

Undergraduate Bachelor of Dental Science (BDS) Degree students

The Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics presents the following modules to:

Second year undergraduate BDS students

PT2201 Principles of Dental Pharmacology (5 credits)

Third year undergraduate BDS students

PT3201 Dental Pharmacology (5 credits)

The Diploma in Dental Hygiene

The Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics contributes to the following module in the second year of the Diploma in Dental Hygiene programme

RD2001 Periodontology

Further Information

See UCC information for undergraduate students webpage: CK702 BDS (Hons) - Undergraduate Entry Degree, and the BDS (Hons) Graduate Entry and Diploma in Dental Hygiene.

For further information about these courses please view the Cork University Dental School & Hospital, and the College Calendar.

 

 

The Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics contributes to the undergraduate Programmes in School of Nursing and Midwifery with teaching on the module NU2003 Pharmacology & Medication Management for Nurses and Midwives .

Further Information

Please see School of Nursing & Midwifery for further information about undergraduate courses at this School.  The College Calendar has further information on the structure of these courses.

The Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics offers an Intercalated BSc (Hons) in Pharmacology to medical students who have passed the Third University Examination in Medicine and who have attained an aggregate mark of at least 60%.

This one year programme include the modules:

 For further information about this course please view the College Calendar .

The Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics is one of the main contributing Departments to the multidisciplinary degree programme BSc in Chemistry of Pharmaceutical Compounds (30-35 credits across the final two years of the programme).

This degree programme is designed to produce graduates equipped with multidisciplinary knowledge and skills in areas of the biological and chemical sciences most relevant to the discovery and manufacture of pharmaceuticals. The course includes modules in Chemistry, Pharmacology, Biochemistry, Physiology, Molecular Biology and Statistics, laboratory practical classes, research projects and a summer work placement in industry.

The core modules for this degree programme delivered by Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics are

In third year:

In fourth year:

Further Information

See UCC information for undergraduate students’ webpage: CK402 Chemistry of Pharmaceutical Compounds.

The Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics contributes to the teaching of

BSc Hons Chemistry with Forensic Science.

Third year:

BSc Hons Neuroscience

Third year:

 Fourth year:

BSc Hons Nutritional Sciences

Fourth year:

BSc Hons Biochemistry

Third year:

Postgraduate Education and Training in the Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics is mainly by research (MSc, MD, PhD).

Departmental Graduate Studies Committee

Chair:                     Dr. Orla Barry

Members:             Dr. Ashley Allshire, Dr. Niall Hyland, Dr. Frank van Pelt

Current Postgraduate Students in the Department

Name

Surname

Details

Supervisor

Ms. Andrea

Diaz Diaz

MSc candidate

Dr. Christian Waeber

Mr. Chris

Dunsworth

MSc candidate

Dr. Barry Boland

Mr. Barry

Fleming

PhD candidate

Dr. Niall Hyland/Prof. Barry O’Reilly (Obstetrics & Gynaecology)

Mr. Anirudh

Jaisimha

PhD candidate

Dr. Barry Boland

Mr. Jonathan

Keane

PhD Candidate

Dr. Niall Hyland/Dr. Aileen Houston(Medicine)/Dr. Cormac Gahan(Microbiology)/Dr. Susan Joyce(Biochemistry)

Ms. Juliane

Lanza Sousa

PhD candidate from UFMG, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Dr. Anne Moore/ Dr. Sonja Vučen – School of Pharmacy

Ms. Eanna

Loughlin

MSc candidate (MSc Quality Systems)

Thesis Title: “Assessment of lab data acquisition systems against the draft PICs guideline of Good Practices for data management and integrity in regulated GMP/GDP Environments’ and Annex II computerised systems of Eudralex vol. 4

Dr. Anne Moore

Ms. Sarah

Marshall

PhD candidate

Dr. Anne Moore/Dr. Laura Sahm – School of Pharmacy

Ms. Alicia

Mateos Cardenas

PhD candidate researching the Impact of Microplastics

funded by the Environmental Protection Agency

 

Dr. Frank van Pelt (PT/ERI), Prof. Marcel Jansen (BEES/ERI), Prof. John O’Halloran (BEES/ERI). 

Ms. Anja

Tetzner

PhD candidate

Prof. Thomas Walther

Ms. Jacinta

Walsh

PhD candidate

Dr. Niall Hyland/Dr. Gerard Clarke (Psychiatry)/Dr. Brendan Griffin (Pharmacy)

 

Recent Doctoral Graduates from the Department

Name

Surname

Details

Supervisor

Dr. Evin

Allen

PhD

Dr. Anne Moore/Dr. Abina Crean – School of Pharmacy

Dr. Barbara

Doerr

PhD

Dr. Frank van Pelt

Dr. Kinga

Gebolys

PhD

Dr. Ashley Allshire

Dr. Alan

Hanley

MSc Cardiology

Prof. David Kerins

Dr. Lucas

Jagodzinski

PhD

Dr. Frank van Pelt (PT/ERI), Prof. Marcel Jansen (BEES/ERI), Prof. John O’Halloran (BEES/ERI).

Dr. Kevin

Lomasney

PhD

Dr. Niall Hyland

Dr. Carol

O’Callaghan

PhD

Dr. Orla Barry

Dr. Miriam

O’Sullivan

PhD

Prof. David Kerins

 

Current Postdoctoral Staff in the Department

Name

Surname

Details

Supervisor

Dr. Sylvie

Amu

Postdoctoral Scientist working on the Science Foundation Ireland-Pfizer Biotherapeutics

Dr. Anne Moore/Dr. Abina Crean – School of Pharmacy

Dr. Valeria

Felice

Postdoctoral Scientist research nutrient bioavailability and gut barrier function.

Dr. Niall Hyland

Dr. Olivia

Flynn

Senior Postdoctoral Scientist researching adenovirus-based malaria vaccines for skin delivery.

Dr. Anne Moore

Dr. Joanne

McCaffrey

Visiting scientist from Xeolas Pharmaceuticals. Dr. McCaffrey is working on the development of veterinary vaccines in dissolvable microneedle patches. (H2020 funded project: SAPHIR – http://www.h2020-saphir.eu).

Dr. Anne Moore

Dr. Aleks

Somogyi

Postdoctoral scientist conducting research on an SFI multinational collaboration between participating Centres of Excellence in Neurodegeneration (COEN).  This project is a collaboration between the Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics, UCC the Neurogenetics Laboratory in Cardiff University and Dr. Cora O’Neill, Dept. Biochemistry, UCC.

Dr. Barry Boland

 

 

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