Welcome to the course!

The course takes place during calendar weeks  (August 30 - October 31)

Registration: web registration 2021-07-30--2021-08-30

Please notice that there have been changes to the schedule. 

This introductory course is organized by the Department of Pharmaceutical BiosciencesDrug Safety and Toxicology in collaboration with the Uppsala Monitoring Centre (UMC) which is a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre. The course provides an overview on preclinical safety assessment, drug safety and pharmacovigilance.

Drug-induced adverse reactions are problems that have to be adressed by healthcare professionals. The past decade has seen a rise in the numbers of people working in the field of pharmacovigilance. This trend is likely to continue and reflects a greater focus on the safety of medicines. This course encompasses safety aspects in all phases of drug development and drug use. We will discuss the safety of drug candidates and new pharmaceuticals based on preclinical toxicity studies in animals as well as on clinical trials in humans. We will also review benefit /risk assessment of medicines and the safe use of medicines. 


Pharmacovigilance encompasses the processes involved in identifying, assessing and minimizing the risk associated with medicines in clinical use and is based on the assessment of adverse events mainly reported spontaneously. Please note that the course will not cover the detailed pharmacovigilance guidelines or regulations set up by European Medicines Agency (EMA) and The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the web-based pharmacovigilance tools set up by these agencies.


Comments from the students

"... I appreciate that the course has a hands on focus, you actually get a lot of insight into what work is done in the field."

"... Compared to other courses on part time I have taken this was a more demanding course, but I still think the workload is perfectly reasonable."

"... Well planned and structured course, I learned a lot! Very good textbook. Great with different types of learning elements, makes it more fun and interesting."


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