cod. 08720

Academic year 2023/24
2° year of course - First semester
- Cristina POZZOLI
Academic discipline
Farmacologia (BIO/14)
Scienze medico-chirurgiche
Type of training activity
14 hours
of face-to-face activities
2 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Integrated course unit module: MEDICINE I

Learning objectives

The course of Pharmacology is included in the integrated course of Medicine I.
The course aims to allow the student to know and to understand the principles that govern the interactions of drugs with the body, the principles of general toxicology, the adverse reactions of drugs and their evaluation, the fundamental aspects associated with the therapeutic use of some drugs of more specific interest, with potential ototoxic effects.
Applying the knowledge and the comprehension acquired, the student will be able to help to prevent complications from the use of drugs with potential ototoxic effects.


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Course unit content

The first part of the course concerns principles that govern the interactions of drugs with the body, both in terms of pharmacokinetics (absorption, metabolism, distribution and elimination) and pharmacodynamics (mechanism of action). The second part is addressed to discussion of the fundamental notions concerning the principles of general toxicology. The third part deals with the knowledge of the fundamental aspects associated with the therapeutic use of some drugs with potential ototoxic effects.

Full programme

Introduction: general principles.
Pharmacokinetics: the dynamics of drug absorption, distribution, metabolism and elimination.
Pharmacodynamics. Molecular mechanisms of drug action. Relationship between drug concentration and effect. Relationship between drug dose and clinical response: factors that modify the drug response.
Toxicology: general principles, dose-response relationship, classification of undesirable effects.
Drugs with potential ototoxic effects


Rang HP, Dale MM, Ritter JM, Flower RJ, Henderson G. Farmacologia. Milano: Elsevier
Karen Whalen "Le basi della Farmacologia" 3° ed. italiana della 7° ed. americana, Zanichelli 2020

Teaching methods

Class lessons: the program themes will be discussed with the aid of slides. The proposed topics will be the subject of collective discussion and study on the basis of ideas and any questions raised during the lessons themselves.
Due to the emergency situation, lessons may also be delivered remotely (either in synchronous or asynchronous mode) via Microsoft Teams.

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral examination.
It will be evaluated the knowledge and the understanding of the topics discussed in the course, taking into account the autonomy in making judgments, the communication skills and the learning skills of the student.

Other information

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