Department of Pharmacology

Professor Reid Norman, Interim Chairperson.

Professors Carroll, Lombardini, and Tenner; Associate Professors Dickerson, Freeman, Machu, McMahon, H. Strahlendorf, and Syapin; Assistant Professors Blanton, Frame, and Roghani.

This department offers study in the following graduate degree programs: PHARMACOLOGY, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy. The objective is to prepare students for careers in research and teaching. The faculty of the program seeks to foster a creative and productive research atmosphere, to provide encouragement and positive challenge, and to equip students with the intellectual tools they will need to be effective teachers and investigators. Specialized research training is available in the areas of biochemical pharmacology, calcium imaging, circadian pharmacology, autonomic pharmacology, cardiovascular pharmacology, neuropharmacology, and molecular pharmacology.

Courses in Pharmacology. (GPHM)

5101, 5201, 5301. Topics in Pharmacology (1:1:0, 2:2:0, 3:3:0). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Specific areas of pharmacology not normally included in other courses. May be repeated for credit with change in content.

5303. Principles of Pharmacology (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Biochemistry and physiology or consent of instructor. A study of the principles and theories of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of chemicals in relationship to dose and time. The course will consist of lectures, discussions, and oral presentations of original papers by the class and is oriented for both pharmacology and nonpharmacology majors.

5314, 5315. General Pharmacology I and II (3:3:0 each). Study of drugs that affect various organ systems and human disease states. Includes pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and toxicology of drugs. For M.S. students.

5326. Pharmacology of the Autonomic Nervous System (3:3:0). Prerequisite: GBCH 5921, GPHY 5803, GPHM 5613 or equivalent. A conceptual study of drugs which alter the function of the autonomic nervous system. Emphasis will be on mechanisms by which drugs affect transmitter synthesis, release, uptake, and metabolism as well as receptor function.

5336. Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Topic areas will include receptors, second messenger systems, ion transport, pre-synaptic cellular biology, and anti-AIDS treatments. The course will consist of lectures and student discussions of the topics listed above.

5337. Neuropsychopharmacology (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. A structured in-depth study of specific topics concerning neurochemical pharmacology, behavioral pharmacology, and neuropsychopharmacology. Topics to be studied will vary each semester. The course will consist of lectures, discussions, and oral presentations of original papers by the class.

5425. Techniques in Pharmacological Research (4:2:6). Prerequisite: GBCH 5921, GPHY 5803, or equivalent. A lecture and laboratory course designed to provide an introduction to and hands-on experience with standard experimental techniques used in pharmacological research.

5613. Pharmacology (6:5:1). A study of pharmacology with emphasis on mechanisms of drug action, drug interactions, and therapeutics. For Ph.D. students.

6000. Master's Thesis (V1-6).

7000. Research (V1-12).

7101. Pharmacology Seminar (1:1:0).

8000. Doctor's Dissertation (V1-12).

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