Pharmacology 9001 and 9002

Course Summary

Pharmacology is the study of drug action. Our introductory courses, PHAR 9001 (Introduction to Pharmacology) and PHAR 9002 (Introduction to Neuropharmacology), cover the major classes of therapeutically relevant drugs as well as how they work at the molecular and cellular levels. The major topics include: general principles, chemical mediators, drugs affecting major organ systems, chemotherapy of infectious and malignant disease, and the central nervous system. Since drugs work by modifying the body’s physiological and biochemical processes, it is necessary to know how the body works, and successful completion the BIMS modules Physiology A and B is a strongly recommended prior to enrollment in the Pharmacology modules. The textbook is Rang & Dale’s Pharmacology (6th Edition) by H.P. Rang, M.M. Dale and J.M. Ritter and P. Gardner, published by Churchill Livingstone. Both blocks are required for Pharmacology Ph.D. students.

Course Coordinators

Dr. Ed Perez-Reyes (982-4440; eperez@virginia.edu) & Tammy Snow (924-1897)

PHAR 9001 – Introduction to Pharmacology (2 credits)

The first block of introductory Pharmacology coursework is offered as a Fall 1 (F1) module. Topics covered in PHAR 9001 include: General Principles, Pharmacodynamics, Absorption, Distribution, Metabolism & Elimination, Local Hormones, Inflammation & Allergy, Anti-Inflammatory & Immunosuppressant Drugs, Antibacterials, Antifungals, Antivirals, Antineoplastic, Diuretics, Smooth Muscle/Renin-Angiotensin System, Hypertension, Calcium Metabolism, Reproduction, Anti-thrombotics, Hyperlipidemia, Obesity, and Diabetes.

PHAR 9002 – Introduction to Neuropharmacology (2 credits)

The second block of the introductory Pharmacology course is offered as a Fall 2 (F2) module. Topics covered in PHAR 9002 include: Autonomic Nervous System, Cholinergic Transmission, Noradrenergic Transmission, Angina, Antiarrhythmics, Heart Failure, Dopamine/Parkinsons, Antidepressants, Antipsychotics, General/Local Anesthetics,  Anxiolytics & Hyponotics, Antiepileptics, Analgesics, and Drugs Of Abuse.