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Table 3 Lecture topics provided for each lecture theme in the survey

From: An evaluation of pharmacology curricula in Australian science and health-related degree programs

Lecture theme Lecture topic
Pharmacodynamics Introduction to Pharmacology/Drug Action
  Drug-receptor interactions
  Drug targets (receptors, enzymes, transporters)
  Quantitation of drug action/Measurement in Pharmacology
  Agonism/Agonists
  Antagonism/Antagonists
  Models of drug action/Pharmacodynamics
  Determinants of drug potency/effectiveness
  Physicochemical properties of drugs
  Receptors (ion channels, GPCRs, intracellular receptors)
  Intracellular signalling/Signal transduction
  Transporters
  Desensitisation/Tachyphylaxis
Pharmacokinetics Drug absorption and distribution
  Drug metabolism
  Drug excretion
  Pharmacokinetics applied
  Pharmacokinetics calculations
  Effects of age/renal disease/liver disease on pharmacokinetics
  Pharmacogenetics/Pharmacogenomics
Xenobiotic metabolism and toxicology Xenobiotic metabolism
  Target organ toxicology
  Teratology/Teratogenesis/Reproductive toxicology
  Genotoxicity/Cancer-causing agents
  Poisons/Chemical warfare/Pesticides
  Venoms/Biological warfare
  Poisonous plants
  Environmental toxicology/Environmental pollutants
  Adverse drug reactions/Idiosyncratic drug reactions
  Drug interactions
  Pharmacoepidemiology/Epidemiology
Drug design and development Drug discovery/design and development
  Molecular modelling/Computer-aided drug design
  Structure-activity relations
  Research methods in Pharmacology (pre-clinical)
  Intellectual property commercialisation in Pharmaceuticals
  Clinical trials
  Pharmacoeconomics
  How drugs reach the market/Drug registration
  Therapeutic drug monitoring/Regulatory affairs/Drug laws
Neuropharmacology Autonomic nervous system
  Cholinergics (parasympathetic/neuromuscular junction)
  Adrenergics (sympathetic)
  Autacoids (Histamine, 5-HT, Eicosanoids)
  Central nervous system
  Neuropeptides, proteins and purines (cannabinoids, purines, endogenous opioids, NPY, substance P, etc.)
  Neurotransmitters (catecholamines, indoleamines, amino acids, ACh, etc.)
  Neuroendocrinology
  Schizophrenia/Antipsychotics
  Mood/Depression/Antidepressants/Mood stabilisers
  Anxiolytics/Sedatives/Hypnotics
  Epilepsy/Seizures/Antiepileptics/Anticonvulsants
  Dementia/Drugs for dementia/Drugs for cognition
  Motor control/Movement disorders/Drugs for movement disorders
  Neurodevelopment/Neurodegeneration
  Multiple sclerosis (and demyelinating diseases)/Drugs for multiple sclerosis (and demyelinating diseases)
  Neuroprotective agents
  Excitotoxicity
  Arousal and stimulants/Drugs for ADHD
  Behavioural neuropharmacology/Psychopharmacology
  Mydriatics/Miotics
Respiratory drugs Drugs for asthma (bronchodilators, corticosteroids, LT antagonists, cromolyns etc.)
  Antitussives
  Drugs for COPD
Cardiovascular and renal drugs Drugs for hypertension
  Drugs for heart failure
  Drugs for dyslipidaemia/hypercholesterolaemia
  Drugs for angina/Myocardial infarction
  Drugs for cardiac arrhythmias
  Anticoagulants/Antiplatelet drugs/Thrombolytics/Fibrinolytics
  Diuretics
Gastrointestinal drugs Drugs for dyspepsia, reflux and peptic ulcers
  Drugs affecting gastrointestinal motility
  Antinauseants/Antiemetics
  Drugs for inflammatory bowel disease
Musculoskeletal drugs Drugs for gout and hyperuricaemia
  Drugs affecting bone and calcium metabolism
  Treatment of osteoporosis
Metabolic/endocrine/genital drugs Antidiabetics/oral hypoglycaemics
  Drugs for fertility/Contraception
  Anti-oestrogens/Anti-progestogens
  Drugs for labour/Uterine drugs
  Corticosteroids/Drugs for adrenal disorders
  Androgens and anabolic steroids
  Drug treatment of impotence and prostate disease
  Hormone replacement therapy/Oestrogens
  Thyroid and antithyroid drugs
  Drugs for obesity, energy balance and appetite
  Drugs for pituitary disorders
Chemotherapy Antibacterials
  Antivirals
  Anthelminthics/Antiprotozoals
  Antifungals
  Cancer/Neoplasia
  Cancer chemotherapy
Analgesia/Anaesthesia/Anti-inflammatories Nociception/Pain mechanisms
  Local anaesthetics
  General anaesthetics
  Opioid analgesics
  Migraine/Drugs for migraine
  Inflammation
  Steroidal anti-inflammatories
  Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories and paracetamol
  Immunosuppressants/DMARDs
  Drugs for hay fever/anaphylaxis/antihistamines
  Neuromuscular blockers
Complementary medicines Plant-sourced drugs
  Complementary medicines
  Herbal medicines
  Foods and beverages as drugs
Future therapies Gene therapy/RNA therapies
  Antibody therapies
Drugs of abuse Addiction/Drug dependence
  Drugs of abuse (Cocaine, LSD, MDMA, Cannabis, Heroin, Alcohol, BZs etc.)
  Pharmacological management of addiction
  Drugs in sport
  Nootropic agents
Miscellaneous Drugs for liver disease
  Ethics
  Drugs for eczema, psoriasis and acne
  Drugs for anaemia
  Information sources about drugs
  Equity of access to drugs
  Drugs and the oral cavity
  Prescription writing and the PBS
  Other (as specified by participants)
  - statistics
  - communication skills
  - free radicals and cell damage
  - social aspects of drug abuse
  - medication management
  - medication safety
  - polypharmacy
  - legal issues
  - drug advertising