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Pharmacology & Therapeutics - Research

Course overview
Discipline overview: The Pharmacology Discipline is actively engaged in a vigorous research programme which is centred around the areas of neuropharmacology (the study of the effects of drugs on the central nervous system), immunopharmacology (the study of the effects of drugs on the immune system), and signalling in vertebrate development.

The Discipline has research links with other national and international centres, including Biochemistry, Anatomy, Physiology, the National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science , the Regenerative Medicine Institute, and the Network of Excellence for Functional Biomaterials at NUI Galway, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Nottingham, University College London, Cardiff University, Lund University, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, the University of Pennsylvania, and H/S Lundbeck, Denmark. The research activities of the Discipline are funded from a variety of competitive sources.

Entry requirements

PhD candidates should normally have a high honours standard in a relevant academic discipline at primary degree level or equivalent, together with the support of an academic staff member who is approved by the College to supervise the research in terms of its nature and scope.

MSc (by Research) candidates should normally have a high honours standard in a relevant academic discipline at primary degree level (minimum 2.2 degree) or equivalent, together with the support of an academic staff member who is approved by the College to supervise the research in terms of its nature and scope.

MD candidates should normally have a high honours standard in Medicine from NUI Galway or possess qualification deemed by the Senate of the University to be equivalent. Candidates shall be eligible to register onto the MD programme, three years after obtaining the Degree of Bachelor of Medicine. The application will also require support of an academic staff member who is approved by the College to supervise the research in terms of its nature and scope.

Additional entry requirements: candidates may be required to submit a research proposal for consideration by the School as part of their application.

Duration

GYN37 PhD (Pharmacology) full-time
GYN38 PhD (Pharmacology) part-time
GYN98 MD (Pharmacology & Therapeutics) full-time
GYN99 MD (Pharmacology & Therapeutics) part-time
GYT37 PhD (Pharmacology) full-time
GYT38 PhD (Pharmacology) part-time
GYT39 MSc (Pharmacology) full-time

Further enquiries

Una Ryan
Tel: +353 91 492 246
Email: una.ryan@nuigalway.ie

Research areas

Areas of interest
- Molecular and cellular biology of vertebrate embryo development

- Antidepressants; novel targets; modulating immune responses

- Non-animal alternatives for toxicological assessment of drugs

- Novel cell, gene and pharmacological therapies for Parkinson's disease

- Molecular mechanisms of intestinal injury, repair and carcinogenesis; inflammatory bowel disease, colon cancer and radiation injury to the intestinal tract

- Caspases, cell death and differentiation;, chemotherapy-induced apoptosis and cancer

- Neurochemical, neuroendocrine and molecular mechanisms underlying pain, anxiety and depression

- Neuropharmacology of cannabinoid and opioid receptors; The endocannabinoid system in pain, anxiety, Parkinson’s disease and neuroimmune function

- Toll-like receptors and the brain-gut axis

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