The Department of Pharmacology is one of the basic science departments, dedicated to the teaching of undergraduate, training of graduate students, and promoting research culture amongst the students. The objectives of department revolve around imparting knowledge about different aspects of drugs and their correlation with disease management, through a rationalized approach in clinical practice. To fulfil this aim, the department is equipped with an expert team of pharmacologists, a proactive support staff, advanced experimental techniques, and a state-of-the-art infrastructure.
Pharmacology and Therapeutics is taught to MBBS (3rd year), BDS (2nd year), BSc. Nursing (2nd year), DPT (3rd year) and MIT (2nd year). The academic staff delivers lectures and conducts tutorials, small group discussions and formative and summative assessments for the undergraduate students. The department is also involved in training of FCPS Pharmacology trainees, through regular coursework, journal clubs, research-based group discussions, and clinical rotations.
The Department of Pharmacology is at the forefront of research into the effects of drugs and other molecules on biological systems, especially through in-vitro experiments performed on PowerLab, as the first step towards a greater understanding of molecular mechanisms of drugs, and their role in disease treatment. In addition, basic research techniques are taught to the undergraduate students, through pharmacy practicals and experimental pharmacology.
Head of Department
Department of Pharmacology is headed by Prof. Dr. Rabiea Bilal. The department is rigorously involved in teaching Medical, Dental, Nursing & Allied Health Sciences students at undergraduate level. Appropriate course goals, content and assessment methods are formulated and are in place for undergraduate teaching. Faculty is utilizing multiple teaching strategies with feedback from students to make learning a better experience for them. We have well equipped laboratory with state-of-the-art facilities to carry out invitro studies for better understanding of drugs mechanisms of action and dose related effects. Clinical scenarios-based tutorial sessions help students to bridge the gap between basic and clinical sciences. Research culture is promoted by active functioning of Office of Research, Innovation & Commercialization (ORIC) and Animal Research Lab in college premises headed by Prof. Rabiea herself. It aids in the study of effects of drugs and comparative drug studies in animal models. The HOD has a number of publications in national & international peer reviewed journals and has an Impact score of over 15. Her research interests are in Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacogenetics.