Discovering Science: Medicinal Chemistry
About CourseUniversity of Leeds
Who developed the course?
As one of the UK’s largest research-based universities, the University of Leeds is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and a centre of excellence for teaching.
What Will I Learn?
- Identify how chemotherapy works in targeting cancer cells and explain the benefits of molecular targeted therapeutics.
- Investigate recent developments, and explore potential future developments, in the treatment of cancer.
- Identify four main medical imaging techniques and the use of contrast agents.
- Develop an awareness of ethical issues related to diagnostic imaging.
Topics for this course
Welcome to Discovering Science: Medicinal Chemistry. This course explores the role that chemistry plays in healthcare and our ability to diagnose and treat patients.
Welcome to the course ARTICLE
Introduction from Paul VIDEO (02:04)00:00:00
This activity introduces the topic of cancer chemotherapy and explores why it is so necessary and valuable. You’ll discover some of the important developments that have helped to shape the discovery of modern cancer medicines.
Introduction to cancer VIDEO (01:56)00:00:00
What is chemotherapy? VIDEO (01:03)00:00:00
Discovering chemotherapy VIDEO (02:15)00:00:00
Science in action
In this activity, you look at recent research directed towards development of a molecular targeted therapy for the treatment of Kaposi’s sarcoma – a cancer which has an urgent medical need, particularly in the developing world.
Research exercise: Kaposi’s sarcoma VIDEO (01:01)00:00:00
Case study: molecular targeted therapy for Kaposi’s sarcoma VIDEO (03:46)00:00:00
Kinases and cancer ARTICLE
In this activity, you explore the future of cancer therapy and find out why it is necessary to develop new strategies to defeat the disease.
The future of cancer chemotherapy VIDEO (02:11)00:00:00
Research task: Epigenetics VIDEO (00:51)00:00:00
Assignment: Writing interview questions ARTICLE
Reflecting on your assignment DISCUSSION
This revision activity provides further opportunity to explore the topics covered this lesson. It is recommended that you join this activity if you have signed up for the program and are working towards academic credit.
Key points revisited ARTICLE
Revision research task ARTICLE
Report and discuss DISCUSSION
To close this lesson of the course you have the opportunity to reflect on the week and explore the glossary.