Welcome to the Department of Pharmacology. Our research teams and faculty study the mechanisms of disease, develop and test novel drug therapies and seek to understand and prevent drug interactions. We also educate and train medical students, graduate students, residents and fellows in the rich and complex field of pharmacology.

Pharmacology impacts the entire spectrum of health care and has applications in both inpatient and outpatient settings. At SIU Medicine, our pharmacologists bridge the gap between science and medicine by providing collaborative, evidence-based care for patients throughout central and southern Illinois.

Our ongoing research activities involve the investigation of drugs as they apply to areas of interest like cancer biology, toxicology, hearing loss and neuroscience.

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Summer internship

Cancer Institute accepting research internship applications

Applications for the 2023 summer lab internships at Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU School of Medicine are being accepted through February 27. Four positions will be awarded on a competitive basis to qualified college students who plan a career in medicine or research with a focus on cancer.
Badger in lab

SIU medical student working with NIH scientists in Washington

Third-year medical student Taylor Badger has embarked upon a unique learning opportunity that adds a year of intensive research experience to her medical school curriculum at Southern Illinois
Ben Richardson

$1.86M grant helps SIU scientist broaden brain research into autism

Ben Richardson, Ph.D., has spent his career studying functions and circuits in the brain and what causes them to behave abnormally, especially within an area called the cerebellum. His work has

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