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Department of Pharmacology
School of Medicine
Creighton University
2500 California Plaza
Omaha NE - 68178
Phone (402) 280-2983
Fax (402) 280-2142

News & Highlights

Students Make Strong Showing at Midwest Student Biomedical Research Forum

Students learn about research opportunities in Pharmacology at the CURAS Research & Scholarship Fair

Dr. Shashank Dravid receives 2-year award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Pharmacology is the study of drug action on biological systems. Our faculty reflect the complex scope of modern pharmacological research as they apply methods of systems and cell physiology, neuroscience, biochemistry, genetics, and cellular and molecular biology to better understand drug action.


We're engaged in diverse areas of research including,

  • G protein-coupled receptor signal transduction and regulation
  • control of neurotransmitter release
  • ion channel modulation and metabolism
  • molecular pharmacology of excitatory neurotransmission
  • environmental contributions to neuroplasticity and development
  • cardiovascular and CNS drug discovery

Our work spans many human diseases including,

  • asthma
  • cancer
  • cardiovascular disease/pulmonary hypertension
  • neurological diseases (e.g., epilepsy, autism, schizophrenia)
  • substance abuse
  • stroke
  • birth defects (e.g., neural tube)

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, The State of Nebraska, The Simons Foundation, and the pharmaceutical industry.

Teaching and Training

Our primary instructional mission is to provide health professional students with an understanding of the pharmacological basis of therapeutics. In addition to instruction of students in the medical, dental, pharmacy, nursing, neuroscience and undergraduate programs at Creighton, faculty are involved in both teaching and research training of graduate students. Our faculty work with an energetic group of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and research staff in a collaborative environment.