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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PharmTox Faculty honored at the VCU School of Medicine 17th Annual Faculty Awards

The Distinguished Mentor Award recognizes significant contributions to the career development of others, such as through mentorship to fellow faculty members, junior faculty, residents, fellows, graduate students, post-docs and medical students, or through other mentoring relationships.
Hamid I. Akbarali, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, was this year’s recipient.
“Our Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology is world-renowned,” Dean Strauss said. “Dr. Akbarali is one of the reasons why we enjoy this outstanding reputation. He is defined by his incredible accessibility, his commitment and caring for the students that he interacts with. It is a pleasure for me to recognize him for his outstanding service to our scientific community.”
Dr. Steve Negus received the Outstanding Departmental Teacher Award in Health Sciences Education
Dr. Edward Ishac received the Best Teacher in the course and clerkship award for Priniciples of Autonomics and Pharmacology Course Class of 2018 Scientific Foundations of Medicine Courses

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

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Career Session Lecture – February 9, 2016

Robert L. Balster, Ph.D.
Butler Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Affiliate Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA

A Kid in a Candy Store:  Scholarship Reconsidered

3:00 pm
Alumni House, room 114

Dean’s Biomedical seminar – March 9, 2016

George Koob, Ph.D.


George Koob, Ph.D.


Ningjun Li, Ph.D.