Introduction

 The Graduate Programs in Pharmacology at Loyola University Chicago are designed to provide essential training to individuals who intend to pursue careers in biomedical research or other pharmacology-related vocations. Our graduates have gone on to become leaders in academia, the pharmaceutical industry, government agencies, patent law, continuing medical education and many other disciplines.

To assure their future success in advancing basic and clinical science, the next generation of biomedical researchers must develop skills related to the logical development of a research plan that is both scientifically sound and practically achievable. In addition to providing a solid base of knowledge in pharmacology, our graduate programs promote creative design of experiments that rigorously test scientifically valid hypotheses. We encourage innovation and insist on meticulous execution. Students learn to critically evaluate scientific data, apply appropriate statistical tests, and draw reasonable conclusions. A particular emphasis is placed on the application of basic scientific principles and knowledge to address clinically relevant research questions. These objectives are realized in the context of responsible and ethical behavior, including honesty in reporting research results, acknowledgement of the contributions of collaborators, and employment of accepted standards for use of experimental animals and human subjects.

As future educators and contributors to the scientific base of knowledge, students also learn to present complex and detailed information concisely and clearly. Essential information must be logically organized, using both language and visual aids to provide instruction and illumination at an appropriate level for the targeted audience or readership. An advanced course in Teaching Pharmacology provides an opportunity for students to develop presentation skills that will serve them well in any future career.

As Graduate Program Director, I rejoice in the success and accomplishments of our graduates who are now working in many diverse disciplines to advance our scientific knowledge and develop new and improved therapeutic strategies for the treatment of diseases such as cancer, heart failure, drug abuse, and Alzheimer's Disease. I welcome you to explore this exciting and rewarding scientific field and look forward to assisting in your education as future Pharmacologists.