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 Guy Harris for receiving F30

Guy Harris receiving funding for his F30 NRSA application (on his initial attempt) as of 9/25/16. NIAAA funded Guy’s application (F30 AA025535) entitled: “Modulation of frontal cortex Ndrg1 and the effects on myelination, ethanol-sensitivity, and ethanol consumption”

Congratulations to Guy Harris and his mentor, Dr Michael Miles, Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Mr. Harris had previously been supported  by the departmental NIDA T32 grant

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!!

“The Economic Costs of Adaptation: Sex Differences in the Effects of Stress During Development.”

Gretchen N. Neigh, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Anatomy and Neurobiology
Virginia Commonwealth University
1101 E. Marshall Street
Richmond, VA  23298

Host:  Dr. Mike Miles