|Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology|
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Pharmacology is the branch of medicine and biology concerned with the study of drug action, where a drug can be broadly defined as any man-made, natural, or endogenous (within the body) molecule which exerts a biochemical and/or physiological effect on the cell, tissue, organ, or organism. More specifically, it is the study of the interactions that occur between a living organism and chemicals that affect normal or abnormal biochemical function.
The field encompasses drug composition and properties, synthesis and drug design, molecular and cellular mechanisms, organ/systems mechanisms, signal transduction / cellular communication, molecular diagnostics, interactions, toxicology, chemical biology, therapy and medical applications and antipathogenic capabilities. The two main areas of Pharmacology are Pharmacodynamics and Pharmacokinetics. The former studies the effects of the drug on biological systems, and the latter the effects of biological systems on the drug. In broad terms, Pharmacodynamics discusses the chemicals with biological receptors, and pharmacokinetics discusses the absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion (ADME) of chemicals from the biological systems. Pharmacology is not synonymous with pharmacy and the two terms are frequently confused. Pharmacology, a biomedical science, deals with the research, discovery, and characterization of chemicals which show biological effects and the elucidation of cellular and organismal function in relation to these chemicals according to Wikipedia.
The major academic objectives of the Department are to facilitate Basic and Applied Research, educate under graduate, graduate and professional students in various disciplines and provide academic excellence.The Department is engaged in teaching all the subjects related to Pharmacology and Toxicology to the undergraduate and postgraduate students. The department offers postgraduate courses leading to M.Phil. and Ph.D. Degree Programs. The research activities have been focused on problems of practical importance related to drug disposition and pharmacokinetics in different animal species under local environmental conditions, macro and micro minerals estimation in animals and by-products, drugs residue studies in food animals, pharmaceutical, plant and chemical toxicity studies and effect of drugs, plants and toxicants using various experimental models. The studies are also carried out for evaluation of indigenous medicinal plants. The outcomes of the research projects have been published in many peer reviewed international research journals. Our mission is to provide quality preclinical and clinical education in pharmacology and toxicology for students, to educate and train graduate and postdoctoral biomedical scientists, to carry out basic research.
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