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Message from the Chair

The Department of Pharmacology is a major participant in the educational and biomedical research programs of Creighton University School of Medicine. Our department has a long-standing tradition of excellence in both graduate and professional education. Faculty members are engaged in research and teaching programs in diverse areas of contemporary pharmacology including cell signaling, drug discovery and integrative pharmacology. Areas of current emphasis include research on the characterization of G protein-coupled receptor signal transduction pathways, regulators of G-protein signaling, regulation of receptor gene expression, control of neurotransmitter release and the molecular pharmacology of excitatory neurotransmission. The breadth of departmental faculty expertise includes electrophysiology, molecular biology, molecular pharmacology, neuropharmacology and integrative pharmacology.  Particular strength in the latter discipline is reflected in departmental participation in an annual NIH-sponsored short course on Integrative and Organ Systems Pharmacology. This course focuses on the cardiovascular system and neuropharmacology, and includes lectures, demonstrations, and laboratory exercises designed to give participants hands-on experience with the investigation of drug action in both organ systems and animal models.

The goal of our graduate program is to create an intellectually rich environment in which students and trainees are able to develop fully their creative potential. Faculty in the department place a particularly high priority on both teaching and research training of graduate students. The quality of our graduate training program is demonstrated by the success of past graduate students. Graduates of our program currently have faculty or other research positions at institutions such as the University of Washington School of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Ohio Northern University College of Pharmacy, University of North Dakota School of Medicine, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Alabama School of Medicine and the Scripps Research Institute. Other graduates have pursued successful careers in the pharmaceutical industry at firms such as Merck and Co.

Our department is currently engaged in an exciting period of expansion, and I invite you to share in this excitement through an examination of the information on this site describing our faculty, graduate training, and research activities.

Thomas F. Murray, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair