wfarm2501  2021-2022  Bruxelles Woluwe

3 credits
22.5 h
Frédérick Raphaël; Frédérick Raphaël (compensates Lambert Didier); Lambert Didier; Muccioli Giulio (coordinator);
organic chemistry and medicinal chemistry
Main themes
The general theme is drug discovery / drug design. During this EU the students will approach one or more drug discovery / drug design methodologies of their choice through a work allowing the deepening of the chosen techniques / methods. 
In addition, all students participating in the EU will have the opportunity to have an overview of these methods through the presentation of each student's work.
In a non-exhaustive way the students will have the opportunity to deepen, according to their interest, techniques allowing the identification of hits for a given target (high throughput screening; computer-aided design (de novo design), ...), hit-to-lead strategies (e.g. structure-activity relationships; docking; etc).  

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 At the end of the activity the student will be able to
  • Interpret, based on what was discussed in class, the results presented in a scientific paper dealing with the development of a novel drug
  • Suggest a strategy allowing to identify novel therapeutic targets
  • Suggest a strategy allowing to identify novel lead compounds for a given target (enzyme, receptor, ')
  • Suggest a strategy allowing to optimize the activity of a drug towards its target
  • This course aims to allow students interested in drug design and medicinal chemistry to go further in their knowledge by proposing a "role play".
    The objective will be to propose a "research project" (in the form of a powerpoint presentation) illustrating one or more aspects of medicinal chemistry/drug discovery.
    This is an excellent complement to more general courses such as WFARM1302 and WFARM2118.
Teaching methods
Students will be asked to propose a research "topic" to the teachers. After "validation" of the topic, students will have the opportunity to work on their topic with the support of the teachers.
Scientific journals such as Nat. Rev. Drug Discov, J. Med. Chem, Cell Chem. Biol. are excellent sources of inspiration (among others).
As an example, some elements to initiate the reflection could be
  • Choice of the target
    • What would be its interest in a pathological situation?
    • What is already known about this target?
    • What else can be done/developed on this target and why?
    • Description of the target (to help understand the rest of your project)
    • Type of target ? (GPCR, enzyme, nuclear receptor, channel receptor, ...)
    • Structure or 3D model available?
    • Pharmacological tools available? (e.g. radioligand, labelled substrate, ...)
  • How would you do it ?
    • Hit identification (Screening? Use of a 3D model? ...)
    • Hit to lead (pharmaco test ? use of 3D models ?...)
    • In vivo validation?
Evaluation methods
Oral presentation of a work prepared by the student followed by questions from the teachers 
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Pharmacy