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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Departmental Seminar September 1, 2015

Charles W. Bradberry, Ph.D
Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Neuroscience
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA
Neural encoding of attentional bias to cocaine cues and cocaine self-administration across corticostriatal networks

Tuesday, 4:00 pm
Sanger Hall Room 2-020

Department Awards Ceremony

The department held its annual awards ceremony for 2015 at Willow Oaks Country Club on May 30, 2015.  This year we especially honored Drs. Robert Balster and Richard Moran, who will be retiring this year after many years of service to the department, the school and the university.  This year’s winners are, for the Lauren A. Woods Award: Joy Ngwainmbi, first place, and Stuti Agarwal, second place; for the Anthony Ambrose Award, Rachel Enga; for the Professor of the Year, Aron Lichtman and the Post-doctoral Scholar Award, Deniz Bagdas and Dwight Williams (tie), as well as the Extraordinary Staff Achievement Award, Edward Dimen and Sallie Sparks.

For details on this year’s awards, click here.

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

Click here to see this great YouTube video!