Pharmacology is the study of drug action on biological systems. Contemporary pharmacologists engage a range of disciplines and techniques in research aimed at understanding the mechanisms of drug action. Faculty in the Department of Pharmacology at Creighton University School of Medicine reflect the complex scope of modern pharmacological research as they apply methods of systems and cell physiology, neuroscience, biochemistry, and cellular and molecular biology to better understand drug action.
Departmental faculty are engaged in diverse areas of research including, but not limited to, G protein-coupled receptor signal transduction, regulators of G-protein signaling, regulation of receptor gene expression, control of neurotransmitter release, ion channel modulation, molecular pharmacology of excitatory neurotransmission, and cardiovascular and CNS drug discovery. These studies provide insight into the mechanisms of drug action and the means by which drug action is translated into responses in the cardiovascular system, the nervous system, exocrine glands and cancer cells. Extramural funding for departmental research projects is derived from grants awarded by the National Institutes of Health, American Cancer Society, Department of Defense, American Heart Association and the pharmaceutical industry.
The primary instructional mission of the Department is to provide professional students with an understanding of the pharmacological basis of therapeutics. In addition to instruction of students in the medical, dental, pharmacy and nursing programs at Creighton, faculty are actively involved in both teaching and research training of graduate students. Ten departmental faculty work with an energetic group of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and research staff in a congenial and collaborative environment.