Kurt Varner, PhD
Head of the Department and David R. Bethune-Lederle
The Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics provides a Medical Pharmacology course for second year students. The course combines lectures with clinical correlation conferences and demonstrations, all leading to a broad general understanding of the effects of drugs. The course is designed to prepare the medical student for their clinical rotations in the following years.
The diverse areas of research in the Pharmacology Department include molecular therapeutics, gene therapy and cell signaling, renal and cardiovascular pharmacology, neuropharmacology, behavioral pharmacology, alcohol and drugs of abuse, cancer biology, toxicology, and drug metabolism.