The Department of Pharmacology at KMC Manipal, is involved in teaching Pharmacology to undergraduate MBBS students (3rd to 5th semester). The postgraduate program was started in 1971 and the doctoral programme was introduced in 1987. It obtained recognition as Adverse Drug Reaction Monitoring Centre in 2011 by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India under Pharmacovigilance program of India.
Various research projects - clinical and animal - are carried out in the department. Several projects have received funding from the Indian Council of Medical Research and industry. The faculty are also involved in guiding undergraduates for Short term studentship (STS) of ICMR, postgraduate thesis and doctoral candidates. Students (undergraduate and postgraduates) and faculty have presented papers in conferences and won awards.
The Annual Lecture Update for postgraduates was started in 2000 by the Dept. of Pharmacology, KMC, Manipal and is held annually ever since along with the Dept. of Pharmacology, KMC, Mangalore and MCOPS, Manipal. The Department has coordinated several clinical trials. The faculty members are resource persons for workshops / CMEs, members of doctoral committee, students’ research forum, ISO core committee and provide Basic Life Support training to undergraduates.
About the Area of Study
Pharmacology is the science of drugs. The objective of Pharmacology is mainly to provide such scientific data, using which one can choose a drug treatment of proven efficacy and safety from the various options available, to suit the patient.
Pharmacology has an important role in pharmaceutical industry where drug discovery and clinical trials are all based on pharmacological principles.
Like other biomedical sciences, the boundaries of Pharmacology are extending and it tends to have more than other disciplines.The new arrivals on the fringe are Pharmacogenomics, Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics. .