Current Research Topics in Modern Pharmacology - TM


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Pharmacology is a research discipline applying a set of principles and methods to study mode of action of drugs in biological systems.

The goal of this course is to expose students to a variety of cutting-edge research topics in basic and applied pharmacological research. Through this course students will be trained and prepared for careers in research and development (R&D) in pharmaceutical industry, academic and research institutions, governmental and other healthcare agencies.

Topics encompass a number of different areas in modern pharmacology such as molecular pharmacology, cardiovascular pharmacology, gastrointestinal pharmacology, respiratory tract pharmacology, urogenital tract pharmacology, pharmacology of tissue repair, neuropharmacology, psychopharmacology, Immunopharmacology, pharmacology of aging, paediatric pharmacology, and latest developments in drug delivery.

Learning objectives


  • Have solid knowledge of core principles of research pharmacology based on the highest international research in modern pharmacology
  • Understand scientific problems and challenges in R&D pharmacology and how to reflect on challenges with possible solutions


  • Apply methods and tools to analyse current pharmacology research projects, to evaluate obtained data, to predict or interpret findings and to communicate these by scientific presentations
  • Apply knowledge gained in this course to solve problems in pharmacology research in a real-world manner. Must be able to initiate discussion, define a problem and implement pharmacology discipline- specific tools to arrive at a consensus on how the problem is best solved


  • Formulate a research proposal to identify mechanisms of action or potential side-effects of new drugs for a certain disorder or condition.

Type of instruction

This course consists of formal lectures given by faculty members and visiting lecturers from academia and industry; research seminars or workshops; interactive in-class discussions; literature-based projects; and student seminars on various properties and effects of newer drugs in form of oral presentations or written reports.

Research projects on current pharmacological research, new drug and delivery developments and re- evaluation of currently employed drugs, their mechanism of action, etc. will be introduced, followed by group discussions on PBL exercises.

Small lab visits can be arranged to provide students a direct research experience in a chosen area.



Name of examCurrent Research Topics in Modern Pharmacology
Type of exam
Written and oral exam
Evaluation of students will be based on multiple assessment tools including: class participation and interactive discussion, homework assignments, written reports and oral presentations.
AssessmentPassed/Not Passed
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Additional information

Please contact the  programme student counsellors if you consider applying to the education and you have questions.

Please consult the Moodle page for your semester and contact the semester coordinator if you have academic questions, or the study secretary if you have administrative questions.

All other enquiries may be directed to Helene Nørgaard, secretary of the Study Board.

Facts about the module

Danish titleAktuelle forskningsområder i moderne farmakologi - TM
Module codeMEDMS13K1_4
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Medicine
DepartmentDepartment of Clinical Medicine
FacultyThe Faculty of Medicine