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Cell Signalling and its Importance for Drug Development

Level:
Foundation
Area:
Medical Science
Code:
MSF13
Duration:
03:30:00
Workshop profile:
Any medical writer looking to understand the basics of cell signalling and how it can be used for modern drug development. Ideally, participants will have taken workshop MSF9 (The Fundamentals of Genetics for Medical Writers) or have an equivalent knowledge, but the basic concepts required are included in the pre-workshop assignment as a reminder.
Objective:
As medical writers, some knowledge of molecular biology (including cell signalling) is important in order to understand the molecular mechanism of action of a drug, which is the fundament for many clinical development programs. The aim of this workshop is to introduce basic concepts of signal transduction, how this knowledge can be used to develop new drugs, and how details about cellular signalling are described in regulatory documents and manuscripts.
Content:
The basic theoretical concepts of cellular signalling will be introduced (forms of signalling, common signalling molecules, components of signalling cascades, etc). How the knowledge of these basic concepts can help drug development will be discussed. The molecular mechanism of action of several marketed drugs will be introduced and compared to the descriptions found in relevant regulatory documents (examples from the EMA database) and manuscripts.