Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Pharmacology comes from the Greek word pharmakon, meaning "drug"; and -logia meaning “study”. It is the study of drug action. More specifically, it studies the interactions that occur between a living organism and exogenous chemicals that alter normal biochemical function.
Therapeutics is the branch of Medicine that deals with treatment and cure of diseases.
In the department, we teach the students the different aspects of drug action. First, basic pharmacology principles like pharmacokinetics and –dynamics will give the students knowledge about the mechanisms that determine the biological activity, biological effects, delivery and breakdown of drugs. It will make the student understand why different drugs are used for different diseases and the dose regimen that has to be followed.
After these basics, we teach the therapy of different diseases like bacterial infections and cardiovascular- and endocrine disorders. The basic principles of pharmacology will continue to guide the student in the rational of the choice of the drug and dose regiment to achieve optimal therapeutic effect with minimal toxicity.
Only recently, the department obtained a laboratory and equipment that allows staff to be active researchers in house. Medicinal plant extracts will be examined for vascular protective activity against progressive vascular damage. Furthermore, a special lab is equipped to study sickle-cell anemia.