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Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics Research Areas

Pharmacology 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, interactions, toxicology, therapy, medical applications and antipathogenic capabilities. In pharmacology, therapeutics refers to the use of drugs and the method of their administration in the treatment of disease.  


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Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics Research Areas

The research activities in the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics reflect the broad nature of the disciple but fall within the following research themes aligned with Research strategies of the College of Medicine and Health, the University and national and international research themes of strategic importance.

Our list of research areas below will give you an overview of the research areas within the department. 



Departmental Associations with Key University Research Centres and Units

The staff in the Department are actively involved in interdisciplinary research collaborations and are Principal Investigators and/or collaborators in major Research Institutes/Initiatives in UCC


Research Facilities and Location

The Departments core research activities are located at two adjacent sites on the main University campus:  in the newly constructed, purpose built, Western Gateway Building and in the Cavanagh Pharmacy Building.  Purpose-built spaces incorporate in-house cell culture, microscopy, flow cytometry and molecular biology facilities, in addition to more traditional in vitro pharmacological techniques. Furthermore, the department developed very recently a state-of-the-art haemodynamic unit allowing for the characterisation of cardiac and blood pressure parameters in rodents




Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics

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Room 2.36B, 2nd floor floor, T12XF62