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Pharmacology and toxicology focus upon the interaction of drugs and other chemicals with biological systems ranging from individual molecules, to cells, to tissues, to organ systems or individuals. The two disciplines are a continuum incorporating the therapeutic to toxic effect of every drug and chemical. Our departmental programs incorporate pharmacology and/or toxicology, and graduates are well trained to accept employment in either or both disciplines. Our research and curriculum incorporate molecular biology, genetics, neuroscience, biochemistry, physiology and other biomedical sciences, providing maximum flexibility for our graduates.
The University of Louisville, its School of Medicine, and the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology have rich histories and traditions of academic excellence. Graduate students are recruited both nationally and internationally and information (link for entering class by year). Nearly 250 graduates have completed the program and have leadership positions in academia, government and industry (link for graduates). Our department hosts National Institutes of Health-funded environmental health sciences training and cancer education programs. We also host combined MD/PhD and Clinical Fellow/PhD programs. Most pharmacologists and toxicologists are employed in teaching, research and service activities within universities, medical centers, research institutes, consulting firms, government agencies, pharmaceutical and chemical firms, toxicology laboratories, or other private or public agencies. Both pharmacologists and toxicologists are noted among the "Hot Tracks in Professions" in such magazines as US News and World Report with some of the nation's most rapidly increasing salaries as noted by CareerBuilder.com. A more recent report from Kiplingers listed pharmacology as the number 1 college major for a lucrative career. Incredible advancements in molecular genetics and biology are providing new insights into pharmacology and toxicology. Our graduate programs incorporate a range of methodologies from molecular to clinical pharmacology and toxicology. It is an exciting time for research and education in pharmacology and toxicology at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. The University of Louisville and the Department have long-standing interests and commitments to the education of minority students.
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