When the mechanism of disease is understood, the clinical appearance of this disease can be corrected via drugs. However, the active compound should reach the correct site of the body at the right time and in the right amount. This can be achieved by designing an adequate dosage form, which may include a delivery system, and choosing a suitable route of administration. The choice for a certain administration route and delivery system depends partially on the nature of the active compound. For example: small hydrophobic molecules need a different approach than biopharmaceuticals (large hydrophilic components like therapeutic proteins and vaccines).
During this course, students acquire knowledge on modern dosage forms for diverse administration routes, which a special emphasis on biopharmaceuticals and nanocarriers. Besides the synthesis and characterization of delivery systems, the course focuses on the interaction of those with the absorbing membrane on different levels (organ and cellular).
After an introductory lecture, the main subject is performing a research project. In groups of 2-4 students, an assignment is provided that is closely related to the current research within DDT. By using literature, students plan and execute a small experiment. Afterwards, students present their results in the form of a research report and a poster presentation.
- Designing and executing a small research project
- Getting familiar with the research areas of DDT
- Improving written and oral presentation skills
- Learning to work in a group.
Depending on the subject, specific literature will be studied and incorporated in the research report.
Dhr. Prof. Dr. W. Jiskoot
Mode of instruction
After an introductory lecture, the main subject is performing a research project. In groups of 2-4 students, an assignment is provided that is closely related to the current research within DDT. By using literature, students plan and execute a small experiment. Afterwards, students present their results by a research report and a poster presentation.
Experimental work (50%), report (30%), poster presentation (20%).
Admission requirements & Registration
This course is mandatory for and restricted to students who do the Minor ‘Modern Drug Discovery’ (MDD). The same admission criteria apply to this course as for the entire Minor MDD.