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Principles of Clinical Pharmacology

Course Description

The "Principles of Clinical Pharmacology" course is a weekly lecture series covering the fundamentals of clinical pharmacology as a translational scientific discipline focused on rational drug development and utilization in therapeutics. The course is offered annually at the NIH Clinical Center and runs from September through April.

Recommended Textbook
The recommended textbook is Principles of Clinical Pharmacology, Third Edition (2012) edited by Arthur J. Atkinson, Jr., et al. and published by Academic Press/Elsevier. The course is taught by faculty members from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and guest faculty from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the pharmaceutical industry, and several academic institutions from across the United States. The material included in this course complements the Clinical Center's course on "Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research."

SchedulePrinciples of Pharmacology Textbook

Course Dates
September 4, 2014-April 23, 2015

The 2014-2015 schedule PDF Logo (33 KB) is now available. All sessions will meet Thursday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to approximately 7:45 p.m. Eastern time in the NIH Clinical Center, Building 10, in the Lipsett Amphitheater in Bethesda, Maryland.

The course provides an introductory review of pharmacokinetics, drug metabolism and transport, pharmacogenetics, assessment of drug effects, drug therapy in special populations, and drug discovery and development.

Video and Handout Archive

Viewing of the video archives from the previous year's course does not require a log-in. Access the 2013-2014 video archive.


Hard Copies of Slides Will Not Be Provided at Lectures
The cost of copying the slides for all our students is prohibitively expensive. Therefore, we do not provide hard copies of slides at the lectures. We recommend that students print hard copies of the slides for the lectures that week and bring them to class.

Attendance Credit for Missed Lectures
Students may make up a maximum of five (5) missed lectures by viewing them on our website, or on a videotape or a compact disk (CD), and then confirming this in an e-mail to LaTanya K. Bailey, Clinical Pharmacology Program Coordinator, Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education, NIH Clinical Center, at

Certificates of Participation
Students who attend 75% (24 lectures) of the 32 lectures in the course will receive a certificate of participation.

Postponement/Cancellation of Lectures
The policy regarding the Postponement/Cancellation due to a weather-related or other emergency is as follows:

  • If the Federal Government is open in the Washington, DC area, lectures will be held as scheduled;
  • If a weather-related or other emergency arises in the Washington, DC area before the workday begins, and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announces that the Federal Government is closed, the lecture scheduled for that evening will not be held as scheduled;
  • If a weather-related or other emergency arises in the Washington, DC area before the workday ends, and OPM authorizes early dismissal for the Federal Government in the Washington, DC area, the lecture scheduled for that evening will not be held as scheduled.

We will try to reschedule postponed lectures. However, students may at any time use this website to view postponed or any other lectures in our course as streaming videos.


2014-2015 faculty biosketches will be available soon.

NOTE: PDF documents require the free Adobe Reader.

This page last reviewed on 01/20/15

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