Pharmacology is the science that deals with all aspects of drugs and their interactions with living organisms. Thus, it involves the physical and chemical properties of drugs, their biochemical and physiological effects, mechanisms of action, pharmacokinetics, and therapeutic and other uses. Since the word “drug” encompasses all chemical substances that produce an effect on living cells, it is evident that pharmacology is a very extensive subject. Pharmacology is a multidisciplinary science. It has developed its own set of principles and methods to study the mode of the action of drugs, but it has also utilized many techniques and approaches from various disciplines including biochemistry, physiology, anatomy and molecular biology, as well as others. Pharmacology encompasses a number of different areas such as pharmacogenomics, molecular biology, bioinformatics, neuropharmacology, reproductive pharmacology, endocrine pharmacology, receptor pharmacology, cardiovascular pharmacology, toxicology, developmental pharmacology, autonomic pharmacology, biochemical pharmacology, and therapeutics.
Training in pharmacology is conducted at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Because of its breadth, students may be attracted to the subject from a variety of viewpoints; this includes those completing a Bachelor's degree in any number of basic science disciplines, such as biology, zoology, chemistry, physics, biochemistry, microbiology, anatomy and physiology. At the undergraduate level, seven lecture courses are offered. A course involving research projects in pharmacology is also available to provide the student with the opportunity to get first-hand experience in a pharmacology research laboratory. These courses provide students with knowledge concerning the actions of drugs on living systems and insight into approaches to basic pharmacological research.
A Science Major Concentration in Biomedical Sciences is available to students pursuing the B.A. & Sc. degree. This Major Concentration is described under the Bachelor of Arts and Science section of this publication; see Bachelor of Arts and Science > Biomedical Sciences.
|Hans H. Zingg|
|Brian Collier; B.Sc., Ph.D.(Leeds)|
|Theodore Sourkes; Ph.D.(C’nell)|
|Guillermina Almazan; Ph.D.(McG.)|
|Radan Capek; M.D., Ph.D.(Prague)|
|Paul B.S. Clarke; M.A.(Cant.), Ph.D.(Lond.)|
|A. Claudio Cuello; M.D.(Buenos Aires), M.A., D.Sc.(Oxf.) F.R.S.C.|
|Barbara Hales; M.Sc.(Phil. Coll. of Pharm. and Science), Ph.D.(McG.)|
|Dusica Maysinger; Ph.D.(S. Calif.)|
|Peter J. McLeod; M.D.(Manit.), F.R.C.P.(C.)|
|Alfredo Ribeiro-da-Silva; M.D., Ph.D.(Oporto)|
|Bernard Robaire; B.A.(Calif.), Ph.D.(McG.)|
|H. Uri Saragovi; Ph.D.(Miami)|
|Moshe Szyf; M.Sc., Ph.D.(Hebrew)|
|Jacquetta Trasler; M.D.,C.M., Ph.D.(McG.)|
|Daya R. Varma; M.D.(Lucknow), Ph.D.(McG.)|
|Hans H. Zingg; M.D., Ph.D.(McG.)|
|Daniel Bernard; Ph.D.(Johns H.)|
|Derek Bowie; B.Sc., Ph.D.(Lond.)|
|Terence Hébert; M.Sc.(Windsor), Ph.D.(Tor.)|
|Anne McKinney; Ph.D.(Ulster)|
|Stanley Nattel; B.Sc., M.D.,C.M.(McG.)|
|Ante L. Padjen; M.D., M.Sc., D.Sc.(Zagreb)|
|Betty I. Sasyniuk; B.S.P., Ph.D.(Manit.)|
|Edith A. Zorychta; B.Sc.(St. FX), M.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.)|
|Greg Miller; Ph.D.(W. Ont.)|
|Jason Chaim Tanny; Ph.D.(Harv.)|
|Moulay Alaoui-Jamali; Ph.D.(Sorbonne)|
|Gerald Batist; M.D.,C.M.(McG.)|
|Martine Culty; Ph.D.(Fr.)|
|Giovanni Di Battista; B.Sc., Ph.D.(Montr.)|
|Lesley Fellows; M.D.(McG.), Ph.D.(Oxf.)|
|Pierre Fiset; M.D.(Laval), F.R.C.P.S.(C).|
|Serge Gauthier; M.D.(Montr.)|
|Timothy Geary; Ph.D.(Mich.)|
|Bertrand Jean-Claude; M.Sc.(Moncton), Ph.D.(McG.)|
|Sarah Kimmins; Ph.D.(Dal.)|
|Stephane Laporte; Ph.D.(Sher.)|
|Cristian O’Flaherty; Ph.D.(McG.)|
|Vassilios Papadopoulos; Ph.D.(Université Pierre et Marie Curie)|
|Roger Prichard; B.Sc., Ph.D.(N.S.W.)|
|Yoram Shir; M.D.(Israel), Ph.D.(Johns H.)|
|Laura Stone; Ph.D.(Minn.)|
|Simon Rousseau; Ph.D.(Laval)|
|Remi Quirion; M.Sc., Ph.D.(Sher.)|
|Marc Ware; M.D.(Univ. West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica)|
|Xiang-Jiao Yang; Ph.D.(Shanghai)|
|Bruce Allen; Ph.D.(Br. Col.)|
|Martin Bruno; Ph.D.(McG.)|
|Sylvain Chemtob; M.D.(Montr.), Ph.D.(McG.)|
|Yves De Koninck; Ph.D.(McG.)|
|Lorella Garofalo; Ph.D.(McG.)|
|Jennifer M.A. Laird; Ph.D.(Brist.)|
|Joseph Mancini; M.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.)|
|Graciela Pineyro; M.D.(Uruguay), Ph.D.(McG.)|
|Deborah Slipetz; Ph.D.(McG.)|
The Minor Pharmacology is intended for students registered in a complementary B.Sc. program who are interested in a focused introduction to specialized topics in pharmacology to prepare them for professional schools, graduate education, or entry into jobs in industry or research institutes. Students should declare their intent to enter the Minor in Pharmacology at ...
For more information, see Minor Pharmacology (24 credits).
This program incorporates extensive studies in Pharmacology with a strong component of related biomedical sciences, providing a solid preparation for employment opportunities or for entry into graduate or professional training programs. Students must consult an adviser upon entering the program and at the beginning of U2 to verify courses and progress. Additional ...
For more information, see Major Pharmacology (65 credits).
The Honours program is designed as a preparation for graduate studies and research. In addition to the strong training provided by the Major program, it requires students to have direct research experience in a chosen area during their final year of study. Acceptance into the Honours program takes place in the Winter term of U2 and requires a CGPA of 3.30. ...
For more information, see Honours Pharmacology (74 credits).