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.

Researchers find link between genetic variation and alcohol dependence

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Next Departmental Seminar

May 12, 2015 – 4:00 pm – Sanger Hall Room 2-020
Chemical regulation of breathing: cellular sensors and molecular detectors
Douglas A. Bayliss, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair

Department of Pharmacology
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA


Department Research Retreat

The annual Research retreat for the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology took place in Natural Bridge, Virginia, on November 10-11, 2014.  Drs. John Lazo and Mike Scott, scholars from the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Virginia and the faculty in this department presented outstanding lectures.  The trainees contributed to the scholarly atmosphere of the retreat and presented an outstanding relaxing program of entertainment after dinner that contributed strongly to the friendly atmosphere that dominates this department.

Click here to see the program.

“We Found Drugs in Synaptic Space” — PharmTox Student Video

Click here to see this great YouTube video!