The Department of Pharmacology
The Department of Pharmacology was started in 1958 under Dr. Emilie Savini, a French Professor. Since then there is a gradual increase in research activities apart from the regular teaching activities. The focus of research is now at the molecular level in the area of pharmacogenomics besides clinical trials, development of hepatoprotective herbal drugs, pharmacokinetic and toxicology studies. A state of the art pharmacogenomics lab was established by technical collaboration with INSERM, France.
The pharmacogenomics lab was declared as a centre of excellence and upgraded to “ICMR Centre for Advance Research in Pharmacogenomics” with liberal financial support. Since 2004, an ICMR sponsored National workshop on “Basic Techniques in Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics in Pharmacogenomics” is conducted every year to train researchers in the field of pharmacogenomics. The cell culture laboratory started functioning from 2008 onwards. A Drug Information Centre was established in 2007. The Adverse Drug Reaction Monitoring Centre, under the Pharmacovigilance Programme of India (PvPI), started functioning in the department from November 2010. Apart from these, therapeutic drug monitoring is routinely done as a part of patient care services. The Department of Pharmacology has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Training and Research in Essential Medicines and Rational Use.Last Updated :06-Oct-2022