Interim Chair: Dr. Nada M. Porter
The Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences is a unique unit, the only one of its kind in US academic institutions, with research and graduate training programs in Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences within one basic science Department. Pharmacology, as discipline, is an area of biomedical sciences that will almost surely grow in importance, as the biomedical research community, government and pharmaceutical industry strive to utilize new scientific advances to develop therapies for the health and welfare of an aging society. Similarly, nutritional sciences is a research area of increasing importance as a large majority of chronic diseases that adversely influence the health of the US population have a nutritional basis in disease prevention, development and therapy. We have merged these pivotal research and training programs into a single, multidisciplinary and collaborative environment that focuses on the development of nutritionally-based concepts and pharmacologic entities for the treatment of chronic diseases.
The Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences was created with the merger of the Graduate Center for Nutritional Sciences and the Department of Molecular and Biomedical Pharmacology in early 2014.