Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences has made significant strides following the construction of a modern multi-user pharmaceutical
research laboratory at PCOM Georgia.
Research within the department is rapidly growing with the support of the School of
Pharmacy and PCOM. Expanded and well-equipped laboratory space facilitates the research
interests of the faculty and provides scholarship opportunities to students across
diverse areas including autoimmune, cardiovascular, neuroscience and neurodegenerative
diseases, cancer and the molecular basis for treatment, drug development and target
identification, the use of natural products to fight cancer, obesity, hepatoregeneration,
cardiovascular regulation and disease, biomedical imaging, biomarker identification
and translational bioinformatics.
A solid foundation of research has been built on administrative support, productive
collaborations with nearby institutions including the University of Georgia and Emory
University as well as successful competition for intramural and extramural grants.
Research opportunities in the department will continue to grow with the addition of
a vivarium at PCOM Georgia and further expansion of existing laboratory space.
Central to the mission of the department is academic and research training of students.
PCOM students participate in research with faculty through the federal work-study
program, as volunteers, through the Graduate Program tracks and APPE elective rotations.
Department of Pharmacy Practice
The focus of the Department of Pharmacy Practice is on creating, through research, and disseminating in the literature, scientific
knowledge about the effective, safe, and economical use of medications. Within the
department, practicing clinicians focus on evaluation of drug regimens and clinical
outcomes of patients through partnerships with individual hospitals, hospital systems,
and outpatient clinics. Administrative and social science faculty within the department
utilizes extensive corporate and governmental databases to evaluate disease state,
medication usage, hospitalizations and pharmacoeconomic considerations based on individual
treatment regimens. Students have opportunity to work with departmental faculty on
research projects, presenting results as well as manuscript production.
Part of the mission of the department is to educate and train students to become clinicians
and enter the profession of pharmacy. To this end, faculty also engages in research
of teaching, learning and education to improve pharmacy education in the classroom,
teaching skills laboratories, and experiential rotations.