Why Pharmacology?

Pharmacology opens a window into the fundamental principles that govern the mechanism of disease and the action of therapeutic agents. We are entering the most exciting era of this discipline with the advent of new technologies for molecular and cellular exploration and a renewed commitment to advance towards the discovery of curative therapies.

In pharmacology we stand on the shoulders of our predecessors who developed improved methods for evaluating drug action in vitro and in vivo. In the past decade, progress in a number of fields has converged to the point that the traditional trial and error method of drug screening is beginning to be replaced by rational drug engineering based upon sophisticated understanding of the chemistry and structure of drugs and their receptors. We still face the enormous challenge of connecting pre-clinical models of disorders to the complexities of human disease which have forced us to rethink drug development strategies, expand the toolbox, and pursue innovation to move forward.

Learn more about this exciting discipline that drives biomedical research and graduate education in the department by clicking on the publications listed below.

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