The Laboratory of Pharmacology is responsible for teaching Core Pharmacology and Toxicology (VANB607) in the spring semester of the second year curriculum. The lecture material emphasizes the principles of pharmacokinetics, the mechanisms of drug action, the sites at which drugs act, and how drugs may interact with, and alter the activity of, various organ systems. The material also include properties, mechanisms of action, and biological effects of various chemical substances (drugs, environmental pollutants, toxins of plant origin, etc.) that interfere with normal cell and organ function. The course is intended to deal chiefly with basic pharmacology and toxicology rather than clinical therapeutics, although some therapeutics will be discussed in relevant areas.
The faculty in the Laboratory of Pharmacology have a wide range of interests in several basic sciences: pharmacology, physiology, cell biology, molecular biology, neuroscience and reproductive biology.