Department of Pharmacology

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Dear visitors, we would like to welcome you to the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, College of Pharmacy, Hawler medical University.

The Department is primarily engaged in the teaching of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Clinical Pharmacy under the Bachelor of Pharmacy degree (B.Sc. Pharmacy) that is awarded by the College of Pharmacy, Hawler Medical University.

Pharmacology is a multi-disciplinary science with many subspecialties. It includes studying the interactions of chemical substances with living systems, understanding the properties of drugs and their mechanism of actions, including the interactions between drug molecules and drug receptors and how these interactions elicit an effect. Our pharmacology courses examine the different classes of drugs, how they are used clinically, their mechanisms of action, how they are handled by the human body, and their role in society.

Toxicology is concerned with the study of the adverse effects of chemicals (including drugs) on living systems and various way to prevent or antagonize such effects. In addition to medications, toxicologists examine many environmental agents and chemical compounds that are synthesized by humans or that originate in nature. There are many subspecialties of toxicology including: clinical toxicology, regulatory toxicology (both of these found in the pharmaceutical and toxicology industry), forensic toxicology, occupational toxicology, and risk assessment.

Clinical Pharmacy is interested in direct patient care by providing pharmaceutical care services rather than traditional services, focusing on co-operation with the medical team in the care of patients in order to optimize medication use, health promotion and disease prevention. It includes educating students’ different knowledge about patients’ care that optimizes medication use across all health care settings and develop students and pharmacists to become leaders in all practice settings. The objectives of studying Clinical Pharmacy is to change the face of pharmacy through innovations that improve health. This is important to ensure the precise, safe, and effective use of medicines to improve health through excellence in patient care, education, research, and public service.

The Department runs a postgraduate program leading to the degree of Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Pharmacology, Toxicology and Clinical pharmacy. In addition to that, the Department runs a postgraduate program leading to the degree of PHD in Pharmacology and Community pharmacy.

Currently, the Department has a complement of 20 academic staff comprising different educational backgrounds and also 13 postgraduate students. The teaching and research facilities in the department include standard laboratories with relevant equipment supports in addition to other useful items of equipment accessible to other Department from College of Pharmacy; there is a Animal house in the Department of Pharmacology for researches development. Our vision also extends to improve the quantity and quality of scientific research and higher education in Kurdistan/ Iraq