History of the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology

History of the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology

Pharmacology and toxicology have been taught at the University of Louisville School of Medicine since its founding in 1837.  Professors of pharmacology and toxicology originally had titles such as "materia medica' or "medical chemistry".  The Department was identified as "Physiology and Pharmacology" in 1909; "Pharmacology" in 1941; and its current name "Pharmacology and Toxicology" in 1978.  The graduate program was established in 1954; an NIH training grant awarded in 2004; and PhD partnerships with Wenzhou Medical University in 2014 and with Cairo University and Jilin University in 2015.

Society of Toxicology's Department History

Kee Chang Huang Lectureship and Awards,KC Huang Resolution

Peter K. Knoefel Endowed Chair, Peter K. Knoefel Resolution

William J. Waddell Seminar Series

Henry G. Barbour Award

Carlo H. Tamburro Resolution

1950 Laboratory Course in Pharmacology and Toxicology

Chairs of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Louisville School of Medicine

Important dates in department history:

1798: Founding of the University of Louisville

1837: Founding of the School of Medicine; Pharmacology taught as "Materia Medica"

1909: Founding of the Department of Physiology & Pharmacology; Henry A. Cottell, MD appointed Department Chair

1914: Virgil E. Simpson, MD appointed Department Chair

1923: Henry G. Barbour, MD appointed Department Chair

1933: George E. Wakerlin, MD, PhD appointed Department Chair

1941: Founding of a separate Department of Pharmacology; Peter K. Knoefel, MD appointed Department Chair

1954: Founding of the pharmacology graduate program

1958: First PhD in pharmacology awarded to James W. Fisher

1969: Thomas C. Darby, PhD appointed Department Chair

1974: Edward A. Carr Jr., MD appointed Department Chair

1977: William J. Waddell, MD appointed Department Chair

1978: Department name and graduate program changed to Pharmacology and Toxicology

1982: Department hosts the joint fall meeting of the American Society for Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics and the Society of Toxicology.

1997: David W. Hein, PhD - appointed Department Chair

1998: University of Louisville bicentennial

2001: One hundredth graduate of the pharmacology and toxicology program

2004: NIH predoctoral training grant awarded

2009: NIH training grant renewed and expanded to include both predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships

2009: Two hundredth graduate of the pharmacology and toxicology program

2011: NCI Cancer Education Program grant awarded

2014: PhD program partnership initiated with Wenzhou Medical University

2015: PhD program partnership initiated with Cairo University

2015: PhD program partnership initiated with Jilin University

2015: Department Administrative Office moved from 13th floor of Research Tower to 1st floor of Kosair Charities Clinical and Translational Research Building

2016: NIH training grant renewed for additional five years under new program director Professor Gavin Arteel