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Pharmacology & Therapeutics - Structured

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

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.

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


Structured PhD (full-time, four years).

Further enquiries

Ms. Una Ryan
T +353 91 492 246

Application date

Course Code: Structured PhD, full-time,1SPD1—College of MNHS Structured PhD, full-time, 1SPS1—College of Science

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System.

Research areas

Research Areas

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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