‌Welcome and Introduction from the Interim Chair

Welcome to the Department of Molecular Pharmacology & Neuroscience website.  For over 100 years, this department has been a leader in pharmacology research and innovative educational programs.  The department has over 30 faculty members (primary, joint, affiliate and adjunct members) which participate in our research, service and educational activities.  In 2019, the department was renamed the Department of Molecular Pharmacology & Neuroscience to emphasize its historical expertise and current growth in Neuroscience research.  This rebranding has helped invigorate an expansion of our faculty and students conducting neuropharmacology research.

The Department of Molecular Pharmacology & Neuroscience conducts state-of-the-art Pharmacology research spanning many sub-specialties within Pharmacology.  These include neuropharmacology, cardiovascular pharmacology, hemostasis and thrombosis pharmacology, and cancer therapeutics.  Our research activities are primarily housed in the Center for Translational Research and Education on the Loyola University Chicago Health Science Campus, with several active program at the adjacent Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital.  In addition, we have several affiliate/adjunct faculty who conduct research in the pharmaceutical industry, bringing industrial pharmaceutical research expertise and educational opportunities to our students.

The Department of Molecular Pharmacology & Neuroscience also hosts several active education programs.  In addition to our faculty directing and teaching the Stritch School of Medicine Medical Therapeutics course, we train PhD and MD/PhD students in the Integrated Program in Biomedical Sciences (IPBS) and MS students in our own two-year, thesis-based MS program.  The department also runs a MS/MBA program with the Quinlan School of Business, enabling students to earn both degrees in an accelerated and flexible time frame.  Finally, in collaboration with our industry affiliate faculty, we have recently begun a Pharmacovigilance Certificate program designed for working professionals to gain certification credentials in pharmacovigilance.

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology & Neuroscience.

Mitchell Denning, PhD
Interim Chair
Department of Molecular Pharmacology & Neuroscience