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.

Next Seminar - Tuesday, May 22, 2018  - "THC, GPR119, and obesity"

Ken Mackie, Ph.D.
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
and Program in Neuroscience
Indiana University, Bloomington
Bloomington, Indiana  47405

Host:  PHTX Grad Students

Pharmacology and Toxicology's Robert Balster to receive ASPET's Lifetime Achievement Award
Robert L. Balster, Ph.D., is the recipient of the 2018 P.B. Dews Lifetime Achievement Award for Research in Behavioral Pharmacology given by the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. . . read the full article

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

New milestones for Pharmacology and Toxicology Department

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

Congratulations to Lesley Schurman and Ryan Mischel

Congratulations to Lesley Schurman for being selected as a Pre-Doctoral Presentation Awardees at the recent ICRS conference in Montreal. Lesley was previously selected as the Billy R. Martin awardee from the ICRS.

Ryan Mischel, an MD/Ph.D. graduate student in the laboratory of Dr. Akbarali, was recently awarded the F30 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Fellowship from the National Institutes of Health - National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), entitled "Role of gastrointestinal microbiome in opioid tolerance".

Congratulations to our Annual Award Winners

The annual award celebration was held at Willow Oaks Country Club on Friday, May 18th at 7:00 pm.   The Anthony Ambrose Award for the best third-year student was presented to Sara Dempsey; the Lauren A. Woods award for research excellence among doctoral students was awarded to Wisam Toma (first place) and Ajinkya Kawale (second place).  The Postdoctoral Scholar award was presented to Drs. Ashfaq Ahmad and Giulia Donvito.   The Extraordinary Staff Award was presented to Cheryl Samuels and the Professor of the Year was presented to Dr. Steve Negus from the PharmTox Student Organization.