6.12 Faculty of Medicine
Head: Daniel Sitar
Pharmacology and Therapeutics
General Office: A203 Chown Building, 753 McDermot Avenue
Telephone: (204) 789 3405
Fax: (204) 789 3932
Pharmacology is a key medical discipline dealing with the mode of action of therapeutic and recreational drugs and how the body metabolizes these drugs. The department offers both M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees.
Fields of Research
Research and facilities are provided in several overlapping areas in which the department specializes. Current research interests include cardiovascular pharmacology, clinical pharmacology, hepatic pharmacology, neuropharmacology and renal pharmacology. The department is among very few pharmacology departments in North America that provide expertise and training in whole animal pharmacology.
The department has a modern, well equipped facility with equipment for experimentation in areas ranging from whole animal to molecular biology. In addition, the department houses a shop responsible for rapid repair of existing equipment and houses up to date student computer facilities.
M.Sc. in Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Admission requirements are those of the Faculty of Graduate Studies found in the Graduate Studies Regulations Section of this Calendar. Qualified students holding B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Pharm., D.V.M. or M.D. degrees may apply for entry into Graduate Programs. Ancillary work in Pharmacology may be arranged for students pursuing their major studies in related departments.
Minimum program requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies are found in the Graduate Studies Regulations Section of this Calendar. Students enter into the research rotation program of the department in which the student spends two three month terms in separate laboratories in order to gain experience in multiple techniques/areas. Students then choose the laboratory in which they will conduct their research studies. Year 1 courses include Topics in Pharmacology 089.711 (6 credit hours; Rotations), Cell Biology 036.709 (6 credit hours), Physiology 090.724 (6 credit hours). Year 2 courses include Pharmacology 089.713 (6 credit hours), Seminar Course 1 (3 credit hours) and a Statistics Course (3 credit hours). In Year 3 and Year 4 the student may have to take seminar courses 2 and 3. In each year of the program students are expected to attend weekly seminars and present an oral research presentation on their work and an oral exam which encompasses the year's course activities. Seminar courses include Cardiovascular Regulation and Drug Action 089.704, Drug Distribution, Metabolism and Excretion 089.706, Neuropharmacology 089.716, Recent Advances in Pharmacology 089.718, Pharmocytokenesis of Drug Disposition 089.719, Liver Pharmacology 089.720, Clinical Trial Design 089.721 and Molecular Pharmacology 089.722
Second language reading requirement: none
Expected time to graduate: 2 – 3 years
Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Admission requirements are those of the Faculty of Graduate Studies found in the Graduate Studies Regulations Section of this Calendar. A joint M.D.-Ph.D. program is available for students enrolled in Medicine.
Program requirements are those of the Faculty of Graduate Studies found in the Graduate Studies Regulations Section of this Calendar.
Second language requirement: none
Expected time to graduation: 3 – 5 years