James E. Mahaney, Ph.D.
Acting Discipline Chair,
Associate Dean for Biomedical Affairs and Research
Adrienne Z. Ables, Pharm.D.
he discipline of pharmacology encompasses basic research leading to the identification of new ways to treat disease, the pathophysiological basis for the use of drugs in the treatment of disease, and the scientific basis of judicious prescribing practices. The discipline of pharmacology also embraces toxicology. The impact of toxic drug reactions in health care and anti-dotes for common cases of poisoning including drug overdose, heavy metal poisoning and accidental ingestion of toxic chemicals fall within the scope of pharmacology.
The Mission of the VCOM Pharmacology Faculty is to train osteopathic physicians in the fundamental principles of pharmacology that will enable them to prescribe drugs that are the most appropriate for each patient and to train physicians to monitor for adverse drug effects that will negatively impact the health of their patients. The Department maintains an active research program designed to improve health care in the areas of cancer, cardiovascular disease, infectious disease and neuroscience.