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

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VCU PharmTox Students Win 2016 Lab Grammy Award For “We Found Drugs”

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Cancer Research is one of the most influential cancer journals, publishing original studies, reviews and opinion pieces on preclinical, clinical, prevention and epidemiologic cancer research. It is also the most cited cancer journal in the world, so it was a great honor when the editor recently informed Department of Pharmacology Professor and VCU Massey Cancer Center scientist David Gewirtz, Ph.D., that his February 2014 manuscript, “The Four Faces of Autophagy,” was the most highly cited Cancer Research review article published in 2014. Read article here


Department Seminar – June 8, 2016

William L. Dewey, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair

Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA

Opportunities:  Past, Present and Future