Certificate of Achievement

Mary Templeman Hogg - O'Rourke

has completed the following course:

Good Brain, Bad Brain: Drug Origins

University of Birmingham

This course explored the past, present and future of how we have found drugs to improve human health.

2 weeks, 4 hours per week

Dr Alison Cooper

University of Birmingham

overall score


Learning outcomes

  • Identify a definition for the term drug
  • Discuss how the purpose of drugs can be for symptom relief, to cure a disease or to prevent a disease
  • Compare estimates for the length of time it takes to produce a drug and the cost of the process
  • Identify the different mechanisms by which drugs have been discovered and how these have changed over time
  • Explain how an understanding of the molecular structure of a drug target molecule can lead to the development of new drugs
  • Describe the journey that a drug has to take through the body to its target and the factors that influence how much drug arrives at the target
  • Compare the different routes by which drugs can be administered
  • Explain how drug formulation impacts on how the drug works in the body
  • Discuss the purpose of the various phases of clinical trials of drug development


  • What is meant by the term “drug”
  • What do we need drugs for
  • How drugs are discovered: from natural substances to rational drug design
  • What factors have to be considered when developing the chemical molecule with therapeutic potential into a drug that patients can take
  • How is the safety of the drug tested and monitored

Issued on 25th January 2020

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Free online course:

Good Brain, Bad Brain: Drug Origins

University of Birmingham