Pharmacology is a continuously evolving branch of internal medical sciences, covering a wide range of knowledge from invention and development of novel molecules till they reach to be used in medical practice. Thus, pharmacology is a multidisciplinary science and bridges various basic and clinical disciplines.
Pharmacology training in our department is offered to 2nd and 3rd year medical students, and 3rd year students of School of Dentistry. Coverage of training includes fundamental principles of pharmacology, pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of various classes of drugs. The course mainly focuses on the mechanisms of actions of drugs at cellular and molecular levels, as well as it covers pharmacotherapy. Attention is given to the pharmacology of autonomic nervous system, central nervous system, cardiovascular system and renal system, psychopharmacology, pharmacogenetics, pharmacology of chemotherapeutic agents and immunopharmacology. In order to enhance students’ understanding of the related topics, computer-simulations are used as an alternative to the traditional live animal experiments. However, some experimental animal demonstrations are still used for displaying the effects of drugs on central nervous system. A short course about preparation of “Personal Drug (P-Drug) List and Treatment Tailoring” is also also given to 4th year medical students.
The Department runs postgraduate programmes leading to MSc. and Ph.D. degrees in various pharmacology specializations, in particular, molecular pharmacology, clinical pharmacology and therapeutics, as well as toxicology.
The primary objective of our program is to raise medical students and scientists equipped with the necessary background in the basic biological and physical sciences, and training in the application of modern tools of research and instrumental techniques to undertake and direct fundamental research related to drug action, and pharmacokinetics. These aspects include mechanisms by which drugs produce their effects on organisms and also the effects of biomedical systems on drugs, including the areas of drug distribution, bioavailability, metabolic processes, elimination and study of kinetics of these processes. By applying pharmacologic methodology we also aim to understand the pathophysiologic mechanisms of disease models and to develop treatment modalities.
Currently, we have 2 full-time academicians involved in both teaching and forthcoming research activities. Also other academicians from the distinguished universities of Turkey contribute to our educational programme.