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Principles of Clinical Pharmacology


This course is an online lecture series covering the fundamentals of clinical pharmacology as a translational scientific discipline focused on rational drug development and utilization in therapeutics. The course focuses on the following core principles of pharmacology: pharmacokinetics; drug metabolism and transport; drug therapy in special populations; assessment of drug effects; drug discovery and development; pharmacogenomics and pharmacotherapy.

Course Objectives

  • Provide an in-depth look at drug absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion.

  • Describe the impact of age, pregnancy, and disease on pharmacokinetics.

  • Describe the basic principles in the assessment of drug effects. 

  • Describe the process of drug discovery and development.

  • Provide an overview of clinical pharmacotherapy including pharmacogenomics and medication safety.

Intended Audience

This course will be of interest to graduate students, posts-doctoral scholars, medical and pharmacy students, scientists, and health professionals interested in expanding their pharmacology knowledge base.

Course Directors

William D. Figg, Sr., Pharm.D., MBA William D. Figg, Sr., Pharm.D., MBA – Course Co-Director
Dr. William Douglas Figg Sr. is the Deputy Chief of the Genitourinary Malignancies Branch and Head of the Molecular Pharmacology Section of the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Figg is an expert on utilizing pharmacological principles in anticancer drug and biomarker development.
Lisa Cordes, Pharm.D., BCACP, BCOP Lisa Cordes, Pharm.D., BCACP, BCOP – Course Co-Director
Dr. Lisa M. Cordes is an Oncology Clinical Pharmacy Specialist and Educator for the National Institutes of Health. In her current position, she provides clinical and protocol support to the Genitourinary Malignancies Branch and the Clinical Pharmacology Program of the National Cancer Institute.

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