A Pharmacology Primer

A Pharmacology Primer : Theory, Application and Methods

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This successful guide assists scientists trained in molecular biology and related fields who now need to know the basic theories, principles and practical applications of pharmacology. This latest edition continues the tradition of better preparing researchers in the basics of pharmacology. With expanded hands-on exercises and the addition of Pharmacokinetics coverage, new human interest material including historical facts in pharmacology and a new section on therapeutics that will help readers identify with diseases and drug treatments.

The ideal book for researchers in drug discovery who have seen their role shift from "individual" to "team player" where that team includes chemists, biologists, and others with strong, but varied, science backgrounds who must now work together toward their common pharmacology goal.

At GlaxoSmithKline, a pharmaceuticals world-leader, Terry Kenakin regularly teaches a course for their research scientists and has drawn on his experience to create a pharmacology primer.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 416 pages
  • 218 x 278 x 26mm | 1,419.74g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • 3rd edition
  • Approx. 340 illustrations (50 in full color)
  • 0123745853
  • 9780123745859
  • 1,149,943

Table of contents

Chapter 1: What is Pharmacology?
Chapter 2: How Different Tissues Process Drug Response
Chapter 3: Drug Receptor Theory
Chapter 4: Pharmacological Assay Formats: Binding
Chapter 5: Agonists: The Measurement of Affinity and Efficacy in Functional Assays
Chapter 6: Orthosteric Drug Antagonism
Chapter 7: Allosteric Drug Antagonism
Chapter 8: The Process of Drug Discovery
Chapter 9: Pharmacokinetics
Chapter 10: Target- and System-based Strategies for Drug Discovery
Chapter 11: `Hit' to Drug: Lead Optimization
Chapter 12: Statistics and Experimental Design
Chapter 13: Selected Pharmacological Methods
Chapter 14: Exercises in Pharmacodynamics and Pharmacokinetics
Glossary of Pharmacological Terms
Statistical Tables
Mathematical Fitting Functions
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About Terry Kenakin

Terry P. Kenakin is the recipient of the 2008 Poulsson Medal for Pharmacology awarded by the Norwegian Society of Pharmacology for achievements in basic and clinical pharmacology and toxicology and the 2011 Ariens Award from the Dutch Pharmacological Society. Having been involved in drug discovery for over 30 years, his interests include the optimal design of drug activity assays systems and quantitative drug receptor theory. He is a member of numerous editorial boards as well as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Receptors and Signal Transduction and Current Opinion in Pharmacology. In addition, Dr. Kenakin has authored numerous articles and has also written a number of books on pharmacology.
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