Pharmacology is all about finding out how drugs work: their effects on the body and how they act on the component parts of cells, including membranes, enzymes and DNA. The development of new and successful drugs requires advances and insights generated by scientific research.
The Department of Pharmacology has 14 independent research groups and teaches pharmacology to medicine, veterinary medicine, and natural sciences undergraduate students. We are one of the largest university pharmacology departments in the United Kingdom and are consistently ranked top in university league tables. Our research focuses on mechanisms underlying chronic pain, new ways to detect and treat cancer, and the action of drugs on cell surface protein 'receptors' that modify cellular functions.
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