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Degrees Offered: Ph.D., M.Sc.



J. M. Ansermino, K. Bassett, P. T. L. Choi, D. Fedida, T. L. Hackett, D. Knight, I. Laher, K. M. MacLure, C. C. Y. Pang, R. Preston, B.R. Sastry, S. K. W. Schwarz.

Professors Emeriti

J. G. McLarnon, E. Puil, C. van Breemen, M. J. A. Walker, J. M. Wright.

Associate Professors

A. M. Barr, P. N. Bernatchez, C. Dormuth, D. G. E. Griesdale, J. Kramer.

Associate Professors Emeriti

B. A. MacLeod, R. Rangno.

Assistant Professor

K. Abdelrahman, A. Ambasta, S. Kurteva, C. Loucks, A. Singh, W. Thompson.

Program Overview

The graduate program in Pharmacology was established in 1951, and currently includes programs in cardiovascular pharmacology, neuropharmacology, viral pharmacology, free radical biology, and drug development. Additional training programs exist in therapeutics, evidence-based medicine, and clinical investigation. The pharmacology graduate program has strengths in basic science as well as translational research.

The graduate program in Pharmacology is a component of the Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics, and formalizes the Department's historical research and academic interactions. Within this new structure, additional research programs reflecting the close association between the disciplines of anesthesiology, pharmacology, and therapeutics are now available. Courses in pharmacology are taught at the undergraduate science, medical, dental, and graduate levels.

The program adheres to an 'apprenticeship' model of graduate training, in which graduate students work in close collaboration with a faculty member who is also their graduate supervisor. The program has strengths in projects covering a wide range of scientific and clinical areas of investigation. The primary aim of our graduate training program is to provide students with the skills necessary to conduct research in pharmacology and therapeutics that can be published in first-rate journals. Thus, an important factor in an applicant's admissibility is a matching of research and professional interests of the student and a faculty member within the program.

The Department has facilities available for original investigations in cellular, biochemical, viral, autonomic, cardiovascular, clinical, and neuropharmacology.

Doctor of Philosophy

Admission Requirements

Students admitted to the Ph.D. degree program normally possess a master's degree and an advanced understanding in pharmacology, with clear evidence of research ability or potential. Transfer from the master's to the Ph.D. program is permitted under Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies regulations.

Program Requirements

Appropriate coursework may be selected in consultation with the student's supervisory committee and the graduate advisor. All doctoral students are required to successfully complete a comprehensive examination. The major requirement for the Ph.D. is completion of a research dissertation meeting the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies requirements.

Master of Science

Admission Requirements

Students admitted to the M.Sc. degree program normally possess a B.Sc. in pharmacology (or related area) or a Doctor of Medicine (M.D. or equivalent), and must meet the general admission requirements for master's degree programs set by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Program Requirements

Students are required to take 18 credits of graduate-level courses in pharmacology, in consultation with the student's supervisory committee and the graduate advisor, and thesis-related subjects, plus a 12-credit research thesis.

Contact Information

Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics
2176 Health Sciences Mall
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z3
Tel: 604.827.3289
Fax: 604.822.6012


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