The Pharmacology Department, in the Faculty of Medicine, was established in 1988 to provide the medical and paramedical students with basic and clinical concepts of drugs employed in the management of various disease processes in a systemic manner. The Department of Pharmacology offers several undergraduate and graduates courses in pharmacology and related fields. Currently, there are four associate professors and two lecturers as teaching staff members.
The Department of Pharmacology participates in the undergraduate study program of medicine by offering a general pharmacology course for the medical students. In addition, the staff members in the department participate in teaching the pharmacology part of various systems during the second and third year of the program in the School of Medicine. The general pharmacology courses are also provided to dental and paramedical students as part of their study plan.
In the academic year 2003/2004, the department developed a Master (M.S.) Program in pharmacology. Students enrolled in the M.S. program can earn the degree through a thesis program which requires 25 credit hours of course work in addition to 9 credit hours for a research project.
The faculty members in the department conduct research work in various areas related to pharmacology and toxicology. The research includes, pharmacogenetics, drug interactions, bioequivalent studies, pathogenesis of peptic ulcer disease, anticonvulsants and cancer pharmacology. Some staff members of the department are involved in ethical committees supervising clinical studies.