PHAR40060 Advanced Renal Pharmacology: disease development and treatment

Academic Year 2021/2022

This module forms part of the core curriculum for stage 4 of the B.Sc. degree in Pharmacology. It covers the molecular mechanisms involved in renal disease development and treatments. It is strongly recommended that students have taken the stage 3 module: PHAR30020 Drug Action in Body Systems II before registering for this module. Topics covered will include: kidney structure and function; overview of renal diseases; specific kidney diseases including diabetic, drug induced and immune-mediated renal disease; renal receptors and key signalling pathways involved in renal disease development. This module will also examine the current hypotheses regarding the molecular basis of renal diseases and the current treatment strategies.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:1. Describe the structure and function of the kidney.2. Describe the diseases which affect the kidney.3. Understand the molecular mechanisms underlying renal disease.4. Discuss the key signalling pathways involved in renal disease development.5. Critically evaluate the current therapies for renal diseases.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
lectures; critical writing; reflective learning; 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

PHAR 30020 Drug Action in Body Systems II

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: Essay style questions 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

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Name Role
Dr Hilary Cassidy Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Tara McMorrow Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Craig Slattery Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22 Mon 14:00 - 14:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22 Thurs 10:00 - 10:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22 Tues 10:00 - 10:50