Integrating diverse basic and translational scientific investigations around common research interests

The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology (a Joint Health Sciences or JHS Department in the School of Medicine) has been integral to the scientific, clinical and educational missions of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, since the medical center in Birmingham was established in 1945. The disciplines of pharmacology and toxicology span basic mechanisms of drug discovery, action, metabolism and distribution, along with studies of the therapeutic or adverse effects that chemicals/drugs have on biological systems.


Pharmacology and toxicology are unique disciplines in biomedical research that serve to translate basic science findings into preclinical and clinical investigations and practice.


Our goal is to provide rigorous, evidence-based teaching and training to our students, fellows and post-docs in the lab, in workshops and in the classroom.


Clinical pharmacology offers a unique opportunity to combine the basic and clinical research efforts of multiple departments and centers across the medical school to focus on the development and clinical use of drugs.