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.

Louis S. Harris, longtime School of Medicine professor and devoted VCU supporter, dies.  Click here to read more about Dr. Louis S. Harris 

A reception to celebrate the life of Louis S. Harris will be held at Willow Oaks Country Club (6228 Forest Hill Ave Richmond, VA 23225. (804) 272-1451) at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 21. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Riverside School https://riversideschool.org/support/
Below are links to commemorate and honor the life of Dr. Lou Harris.
Dr. Harris always espoused an inspirational vision, and his family’s generosity will be felt within this department and VCU for generations through endowed funds that support programs, faculty and students on both campuses. When you look around you, you’ll see his long-lasting influence and his compassion for his community. A patron of the arts, he purchased many creative works from VCU Arts students that are displayed around campus for our inspiration and enjoyment. We have benefitted in so many ways from his service and leadership. Our hearts go out to his family.
View/Add Richmond-Times Memorial Tribute:  https://www.lastingmemories.com/memorial/louis-harris-1?about

ASPET (2019) Washington Fellows Program - Congratulations to Julie Meade - Julie has been selected to participate in the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics' (ASPET) 2019 Washington Fellows Program.   The mission of the ASPET Washington Fellows Program is to enable developing and early career scientists interested in science policy to learn about and become more engaged in public policy issues.  Julie will develop an understanding of how public policy decisions made in Washington help shape and impact science policy, such as funding for the National Institutes of Health and other science agencies.  Fellows who participate in this program also learn how to advocate effectively on Capitol Hill and in their home districts.

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) - Congratulations to Julia Meade
Julie Meade, a fifth-year Ph.D. Ph.D. candidate in the laboratories of Drs. Imad Damaj and Dana Selley, won second place in the fourth Annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition on October 19th, 2018.  Julie had only three minutes and one slide to explain her entire dissertation.  Julie excelled at engaging an audience of non-scientists with the concepts of her research. read here

VCU Researchers Combat Opiate Addiction Opioids:  An American Health Crisis
Overdose deaths in the United States involving prescription opioids have quadrupled since 1999, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. . . .read the full story here

New Milestones for Pharmacology and Toxicology Department
Long-running training grant that propelled department to 310 graduates is renewed. . . .read the full story