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Pharmacology and Toxicology was established as a department at the Medical College of Georgia in 1943.

 

Originally developed to discover how remedies and poisons effected man, modern pharmacology lays the groundwork to discover and develop future generations of therapeutics. Pharmacology's scope has broadened to include: computer-assisted drug design; genetic screens; protein engineering; and new drug-delivery vehicles like viruses and artificial cells.

 The department's history of accomplishments include the discovery of the adrenergic receptor subtypes-alpha and beta which led to developing several drugs used to treat cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular and neuroscience studies are the focuses of the department's research programs.

Raymond P. Ahlquist, working in this Department, first defined α and β adrenergic receptors in 1948. This discovery eventually led to the development of “β blocker” drugs for hypertension and heart disease.

β adrenergic receptors (blue) clustered into artificial microdomains on the surface of a living COS7 cell (red).

β adrenergic receptors (blue) clustered into artificial microdomains on the surface of a living COS7 cell (red).  

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Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology

Health Sciences Campus

Carl T. Sanders R & E Building

706-721-2345

Ashley Davis

RM 3530

Cardiovascular & Neuroscience  Research

Learn more about research studies in Cardiovascular & Neuroscience Research.

Core Labs

Cores, or Shared Research Resources are institutionally funded and supported research centers that are dedicated to meeting scientists’ research needs. Augusta University's Cores Laboratories and or Shared Research Resources are supported by the Senior Vice President for Research.

Facilities

Learn more about the Pharmacology Facilities.

Department Highlights

  • Research in the areas of cardiac, vascular, and pulmonary disease, schizophrenia, learning and memory, neuroprotection and drug abuse.


  • Experimental approaches range from the gene to whole animal.

Pharmacology & Toxicology News

Doctors in lab

Senescent cells may be good when it comes to a bad injury

It’s called senescence, when stressed cells can no longer divide to make new cells, and it’s considered a factor in aging and in some diseases. Now scientists have some of the first evidence that at a younger age at least, senescent cells show up quickly after a major injury and are protective.

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Six faculty members honored at Augusta University Research Institute Awards

Six members of Augusta University’s faculty were recognized at the 2019 Augusta University Research Institute Awards on Friday, Oct. 18.  

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Glucose wears down circadian clocks in obesity, may drive cardiovascular risk

High glucose in obesity appears to gum up the works of the circadian clocks inside our cells that help regulate the timing of many body functions across the 24-hour day and drive the risk of cardiovascular disease, scientists say.

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More than 200 MCG faculty recognized for teaching efforts

Faculty at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University were recognized with Exemplary Teaching Awards for their contributions to students and residents at the state’s public medical school.

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