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Pharmacology centers on a dynamic discipline that forms the bridge between basic science and clinical research. Therapeutic agents that battle or ameliorate human disease can be studied on molecular and cellular levels as well as in pre-clinical and clinical models. We study the relationships among pharmacology, therapeutics, toxicology, and the pathophysiological basis of disease and include training in the most up-to-date methods of pharmacokinetics and drug metabolism.
Faculty research focuses on the interaction of drugs and toxic substances with cell membranes, especially in the nervous system. Individual projects deal with mechanisms of hormone action; membrane transport; neurotransmitter and opiate receptors in the brain; neuroimmunity; addiction to narcotics, sedatives, and alcohol; biosynthesis and processing of neuropeptides; drug metabolism; pathophysiology of mast cells; stimulus secretion coupling; molecular mechanisms of drug action; and pharmacologic modification of behavior in animals and humans.
The Graduate Program in Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics is designed to prepare scientists who will be able to understand mechanisms of drug action in biochemical, cellular, and molecular terms and to develop new therapeutic modalities. Students who complete our program are equipped for careers in teaching and research in academic, clinical, governmental, and industrial settings.