One of the greatest challenges in the biomedical sciences today is to understand disease processes and to develop new therapies. This has become more important than ever as an aging population will suffer from an increasingly large number of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, cardiovascular diseases and inflammatory disease. At the other end of the spectrum, understanding the underpinnings of antibiotic resistance, early life and workplace exposure to toxic substances, hormonal control of fertility and the prevention of pre-term labour would reduce the life burden of chronic disease and the financial burden of care on society. The research interests of our Department run the gamut of these diseases and many focus on the understanding of new drug targets for chronic disease, new screening technologies for drug discovery, new models of disease evolution to test novel therapeutic approaches, and to understand the impact of environmental and toxic chemicals on health. Pharmacology is the multidisciplinary science that deals with all aspects of how drugs and a variety of other chemicals interact with living organisms.
N.B. If you are interested in becoming a licensed pharmacist, please read the following important information:
A degree in Pharmacology and Therapeutics will not lead to a license to practice Pharmacy. The Pharmacology and Therapeutics Program (what we offer here at McGill) and a Pharmacy Program (not offered at McGill) are two very distinct programs that lead to very different careers. To become a licensed pharmacist in Canada, please access this link for the Canadian Faculties and Schools in Pharmacy: http://www.pharmacists.ca/index.cfm/pharmacy-in-canada/directory-of-pharmacy-organizations/canadian-faculties-and-schools-of-pharmacy/