Pharmacology and Toxicology


Drugs used in medicine do not work by magic. They bind to receptors that control the ways the body normally functions and nudge the control system in the desired direction. To do this, drugs must reach their target receptors and so the absorption, metabolism and excretion of drugs are also covered in this module. The adverse effects that drugs and other substances sometimes produce (toxicology) are described.


Autumn Term


LeakeDavid_largeDr David Leake is the programme advisor for the Biomedical Sciences programme and the module co-ordinator for Pharmacology and Toxicology. His research is concerned with the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis, a condition in which the walls of arteries thicken. He is specifically interested in the mechanisms of low density lipoprotein (LDL) oxidation and the effects that oxidised LDL has on cells within atherosclerotic lesions. The ultimate aim is to use antioxidants to inhibit the oxidation of LDL or to protect the cells from the harmful effects of oxidised LDL.

Other lecturers on this module include (Pharmacy) and Dr Gary Stephens (Pharmacy).

Module convenor: Dr David Leake

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