The Department of Pharmacology was established in 2005 and is situated on the third floor of the Pharmacy college Building at Faculty of Pharmacy, Kalappatti Campus. The Department is involved in teaching as well as active research programs in diverse areas of pharmacological research.
Facilities in our department
Department has a separate fully air-conditioned animal house with rats, mice, rabbits and guinea pigs in sufficient quantity to carry out the animal experiments.
Department of Pharmacology is having the following modern equipments essential for research, Semi autoanalyser, Computerized plethysmometer, Physiograph equipped with different transducers including continuous ECG measurement, Stereotaxic apparatus, Langendorff's apparatus, Y – maze, T – maze, Rectangular maze, Elevated plus maze, Hole board apparatus, Audiogenic apparatus, Light dark apparatus, Pole climbing apparatus, Photo actometer, Electroconvulsiometer, Eddy's hot plate, Tail flick analgesiometer etc.
In addition to the central library our department is having a separate departmental library with latest reference books of national and international authors
Research activities in the department
Presently research is carried out in the areas of Pain and Inflammation, Anticancer, Antidiabetic, Hepatoprotective and Neuropharmacology.
Pain and Inflammation research
Investigators of Pain Research Group examine various factors driving chronic pain across a wide range of clinically relevant pain models. Current areas of investigation include cancer pain, mechanical, thermal, chemical and inflammation-induced pain. The expertise of the individual investigators in various techniques allowing for powerful collaborative efforts designed to address the question of the underlying causes of chronic pain. Such efforts will lead to discoveries of new targets for drug development with the ultimate goal of improved pain management.
Investigation of potential agents for prevention and treatment of breast cancer which is induced by chemical as well as cell lines is one of the major areas of anticancer research. This laboratory conducts invitro as well as invivo experiments on various cancer models aimed to identify new molecular targets in cancer and in collaboration with biolotechnologists at our college to design and evaluate new cancer therapeutic agents.
Natural products as well as synthetic drug candidates are being tested for their potential antidiabetic activity using various models of diabetes mellitus. Several projects were completed and some are in progress in diabetes research.
Experimental models of neurodegenerative (and other) brain disorders are used to investigate different aspects of the pathophysiology of these conditions while observing the response to pharmacological and surgical treatment strategies. Disorders currently being investigated are Parkinsons disease and Alzheimers disease. This laboratory is also concerned with examining neuroprotective drugs treatments that attempt to slow down neurodegeneration associated with Parkinsons and other neurodegenerative diseases.
Consultancy projects completed so far
Department is actively involved in consultancy services for the students of our institute as well as Ph.D., M.Phil., and other Post graduate research scholars from different parts of the state. So far we have completed the consultancy projects costing approximately INR 2 lakhs. Toxicological studies, anticancer studies including breast cancer and hepatic carcinoma, antiulcer, antidiabetic, anti-inflammatory, invitro and invivo antioxidant studies are the major research contracts ongoing/completed in our department.
Research publications from our department
- Journal publications
- National – 3
- International – 21
- Pharmaceutics 6368