Making Medicines

Partner Collection: How do medicines work? How are they developed? and what can we do to tackle antimicrobial resistance to certain medicines?

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The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry is the trade association for more than 75 companies in the UK producing prescription medicines. Their community researches, develops, manufactures and supplies more than 80 per cent of the medicines prescribed through the NHS.

A resource with animated graphics on the cellular mechanisms causing cancer, diagnosis and treatment. Cancer cells can replicate by overcoming the...
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Information and resources from the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI), trade body of the UK pharmaceutical industry.
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An animated graphic resource about the physiology of breathing and asthma. Cellular respiration takes place in all cells of the body, providing the...
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A detailed resource covering the dietary and digestive biochemistry and physiology. Human beings need to eat a balanced diet to stay healthy. The...
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A downloadable poster and a set of teaching materials introducing PCR and its impact. The polymerase chain reaction is incredibly simple yet...

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Explains cell division processes required by Post-16 biology courses and includes links between meiosis, mitosis and cancer. Inside your body, around...
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The resource series consists of six modules, each consisting of a poster, and a set of teaching materials. There are six topic areas covered by the...
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Student teams make boxes and labels for medicine bottles in the core task of this suite of activities. The Medicine Box Challenge and its associated...
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Using the resource shows students how ideas have developed over the centuries. Medieval barbers were the forerunners of today's skilled surgeons and...
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A downloadable poster and a set of teaching materials introducing biotechnology and its impact. Biotechnology is the use of biological organisms or...
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Cell biology explores the structure and function of animal cells, from microscopes to protein synthesis and the effects of medicines. Living...
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A version of the ABPI Diabetes resource for advanced/higher level biology. Diabetes mellitus is a condition where the amount of glucose in the blood...
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A downloadable poster and a set of teaching materials introducing genetic engineering and its impact. The genetic engineering resource supports...
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A downloadable poster and a set of teaching materials introducing the unravelling of the human genome and its impact. This resource provides a broad-...
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An introduction to genes, DNA, cloning, inheritance and medical issues for 14-16 and 16+ students. This online resource introduces students to the...
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A downloadable poster and a set of teaching materials introducing stem cells and their impact. This resource provides a broad-based introduction to...
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Activities and lesson plan notes for teachers on antibiotics and how antibiotic-resistant bacteria arise. Research and development to create new...
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An interactive online resource about the structure and function of the nervous system including the eye and vision. What is the nervous system and...
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This ABPI online resource explores immunity, vaccination and immune memory. This resource explores how the human immune system recognises and...
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Life expectancy in the UK has increased by about 50% over the last 100 years, partly due to modern medicines. This online resource explores the...
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This online resource explores pathogens - the microorganisms that cause disease. Pathogens such as bacteria, fungi, viruses and fungi are specialised...
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This online interactive resource explores some of the scientists that have changed the way we understand and treat disease. The resource explores...
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This resource explores preventable infectious disease, which is estimated to cause two thirds of child deaths. This online resource explores...
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Enzymes - biological catalysts that control the reactions of life. Inside every cell hundreds of chemical reactions take place. Enzymes help control...
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This online resource explores the ongoing battle between people and both communicable and non-communicable diseases. Throughout history people have...
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Students explore the twelve-year journey to discover, develop and test a new medicine using this online resource. New medicines are needed to treat...
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This online resource explores different pathogens, how they are transmitted and how the immune system combats them. Communicable or infectious...
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An introduction to the symptoms, causes and treatment of diabetes, including the manufacture of insulin. Diabetes mellitus is a condition where the...
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An interactive resource with excellent animated graphic sequences, focusing on the renal system. This resource explores human kidneys and how they...
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A concise resource covering hormones in the human body with clear animated graphics. This resource explores hormones, how they are chemical...
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This resource covers the hormonal control of blood sugar and body temperature and the physiology involved. Homeostasis describes the functions of...
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Skin is the outer covering of vertebrate animals, is the largest organ of the body and has many different functions. This online resource explores...
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Apply for one of our outreach grants to put a pharmacology outreach or public engagement activity into action! The British Pharmacological Society...
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An introduction to enzymes in digestion and general uses. Enzymes are biological catalysts that speed up chemical reactions in living organisms....
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This interactive activity explores the links between the food we eat and the energy it gives us. Students learn about the energy different foods...
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A downloadable poster and a set of teaching materials introducing cloning and its impact. This online resource introduces cloning for 14-16 and 16+...
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An interactive activity about the different bones and organs in the body, where they are and what they do. There are three parts to the interactive...
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An interactive game to help pupils to find the right balanced diet for healthy living. A balanced diet is required for healthy living - but what...
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The heart and circulation system are explained with detailed diagrams and animated graphics. This online resource describes the human circulatory...
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A resource for pupils to learn about patterns and trends in the periodic table through an interactive game. The Flash based interactive game...
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This module investigates how safe working is encouraged in industrial laboratories. Scientific work uses many hazardous materials or processes....
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Pupils learn about infectious disease treatments, and what happens to medicines, and drugs, when they are swallowed, injected or inhaled. Infectious...
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This activity is a simulation to explore how conditions affect the population of rabbits, or of micro-organisms in a petri-dish. The rabbit...
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Online interactive science resources covering a range of science topics. The resources include Flash based games about humans and animals, an...
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Different living things like to live in places that suit their needs, and that includes humans. Children use a Flash animation to explore different...

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Activities designed to encourage children to think about the characteristics of a range of animals, including humans. A Flash-based activity that...
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Materials may be natural or man-made. They may exist as solids, liquids and gases, and as a mixture of states. The resource contains cartoon...
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Take a virtual tour of the chemistry laboratories and the pilot plant making pharmaceutical products on a large scale. Some applied school science...
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