MEDICAL PHARMACOLOGY COURSE DIRECTOR

Prasad Kanteti, PhD

RESEARCH PROFESSOR


Dr. Kanteti recieved his PhD in chemistry from the University of Pune, India, for his pioneering work in contraceptice steroid drug development. He subsequently trained at the Dana-Farber Institute at Harvard where he was also a faculty member. He has recieved multiple awards for his work in cancer biology including the 'Claudia Adams Barr Award'. In the best traditions of true academician, he is devoted to teaching and developing novel pedagogic tools for the next generations of physicians and biomedical investigators.

OFFICE:  E418 MSB

PH #:      (312) 355-2497

EMAIL:   kanteti@uic.edu

PCOL 501 and 502 Medical Pharmacology I & II

The word ‘Pharmacology’ has its roots in Greek and stands for the study of drugs (pharmacon = poison/drug and logia = the study of).  A drug is a substance generally used as a medicine or for diagnosis, or for prevention of a disease or for its physiological and behavioral effects.  It can be “man-made”, endogenous (within the body), or naturally occurring.  


Pharmacology in a classic sense can be divided into two broad areas- pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.  Pharmacokinetics is the study of how our body processes drugs, including their absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion; and pharmacodynamics is the study of the effects of the drug on biological systems at molecular and physiological levels, and includes the mechanism of a drug’s action, side effects, and  interactions with other drugs or endogenous  substances .  Therapeutics, is the application of the principles of pharmacology to the treatment of disease and patient care.  


The Medical Pharmacology course is taught to second- year medical students, and spans the entire academic year.  This team- taught  course is  lecture-based, with  team-based learning sessions.  Although course doesn’t or cannot  to cover every existing drug, students are  introduced to all major classes of drugs, clinical uses, underlying pharmacokinetic principles, mechanism of action, metabolism, and side effects. Students have access to all the necessary teaching material through their black board accounts.