Welcome to the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

The department is home to a community of researchers, students and faculty who strive to improve the treatment of medical disorders through a better understanding of the pharmacology of agents and by developing safer and more effective drugs.  Currently ranked thirteenth among National Institutes of Health-funded pharmacology and toxicology programs in the U.S., the department has educated alumni who have gone on to distinguished careers in government, academia and the private sector as researchers, educators and consultants. The work our students do at VCU and beyond has the potential to improve the health and well-being of people all over the world.


New milestones for Pharmacology and Toxicology Department

Long-running training grant that propelled department to 310 graduates is renewed. . . read

Congratulations to Katie Schwienteck on receiving an Individual National Research Service Award

Katie Schwienteck, a second-year graduate student in the laboratory of Dr. Banks, was recently (3/22/2017) awarded a competitive Individual National Research Service Award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The title of her award is “Immunopharmacotherapy for Heroin Addiction.”

Congratulations to our Annual Award Winners

The  annual award celebration was held at Willow Oaks Country Club on Saturday, July 30th at 7:30 pm.   The Anthony Ambrose Award for the best third year student was presented to Lesley Schurman; the Lauren A. Woods award for research excellence among doctoral students was awarded to Travis Grim (first place) and Catherine Bell (second place); the Postdoctoral Scholar award was presented to Dr. Jason Paris; the Extraordinary Staff award was presented to Brenda Caine and Laura Johnson and the Professor of the Year was presented to Dr. Kate Nicholson from the PharmTox Student Organization.

Dr. PinLan Li was presented with the Research Achievement Award for the highest combined number of papers published and the highest average impact factor for 2016. Congratulations to everyone!!

CRF or Dynorphin: who’s to blame for nicotine and alcohol addiction?

Olivier George, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
The Scripps Research Institute
Department of Neuroscience
LaJolla, CA  92037

Host:  Dr. Imad Damaj