Graduate Programs and Studies at the Thomas J Long School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Founded in 1955, the Thomas J Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has been providing a scholarly environment to support research in the basic, applied, and clinical sciences, to advance knowledge, and to encourage fundamental discovery. The faculty in Thomas J Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences believe in a balanced model of teacher and researcher/scholar. While demonstrating excellence in teaching, faculty in the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences conduct research in areas of pharmaceutical and clinical sciences. The range of research covers basic scientific discovery, such as mechanism-based research on molecular and cellular pharmacology and toxicology, drug design/discovery, and novel targeting drug delivery; applied science research, such as drug product development and pharmacoeconomics; clinical research, such as pharmacotherapy in cardiovascular, psychiatric and infectious diseases, rehabilitation, and language and aural disorders. A multidisciplinary graduate program, the Pharmaceutical and Chemical Sciences Graduate Program was established in June 2000 to strengthen the research and graduate education in the Department of Chemistry and three departments in the School of Pharmacy (Pharmacy Practice, Physiology and Pharmacology, Pharmaceutics and Medicinal Chemistry). The research in the program focuses on five areas: Bioanalytical and Physical Chemistry; Chemical Synthesis, Drug Discovery and Design; Pharmacoeconomics and Health Care Outcomes and Services; Molecular, Cellular Pharmacology and Toxicology; and Drug Targeting and Delivery. In 1985, the Department of Physical Therapy was established in the School, and in 1997, the Department of Speech and Language Pathology was included in the School. With the faculty's enduring efforts under the leadership of Dean Oppenheimer, the Thomas J Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has been successfully funded by NIH, NSF, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, International Brain Research Organization, Arthritis Foundation, and pharmaceutical/biotech companies. The School has attracted more than $7 million of external funding to support research and graduate education since 2000. Recently, Dr. William Chan, an exemplified balanced teacher and researcher, received an NIH R01 grant total of $1.1 million to support his research on Ah receptor, and was voted the teacher of the year by the pharmacy students at the same year. Faculty have authored books, published in leading journals in their respective fields, and presented their research findings at various national and international conferences. The school has collaborative research projects with the departments and schools within the University and research groups in other universities. The research conducted in each department in the Thomas J Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has its unique and distinctive characteristics.
Department of Pharmaceutics and Medicinal Chemistry:
The faculty's areas of research interest and expertise include drug design, drug metabolism, controlled-release and targeted drug delivery/novel dosage forms, and pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic modeling. The faculty in the department has received grants from NIH, NSF, AACP, and pharmaceutical companies.
Department of Physiology and Pharmacology:
The Department of Physiology and Pharmacology has a primary research focus on molecular and cellular pharmacology and toxicology. The Department has received significant extramural support through NIH, NSF and other agencies toward these research efforts. The activities of department faculty are diverse, including the effect of agents upon GABAergic systems and the application of stem cells for pharmacological characterization of drugs; cardiovascular research; studies of the role of calcium in intracellular signaling mechanisms; a novel system for studying cell motility under a wide variety of experimental conditions; developing both in vivo and in vitro systems for the study of breast cancer; adiological imaging analysis; and evaluating annelid embryos as toxicological tools for environmental impact as well as xenobiotic toxicity markers.
Department of Pharmacy Practice:
Faculty in the Department of Pharmacy Practice are actively involved in research in the areas of cardiovascular diseases, pharmacoeconomics and outcomes, drug metabolism and interactions, infectious diseases, child and adolescent psychopharmacology, HIV/AIDS, health care delivery to the elderly and developmentally disabled, oncology, transplant medicine, pharmacometrics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics.
Department of Physical Therapy:
The faculty's areas of research interest and expertise include pediatric rehabilitation, muscle performance, academic administration, pulmonary physiology and intervention efficacy, overuse syndromes, geriatric balance disorders, women's health, tendinopathy, spine pain, educational outcomes, and cultural competence.
Department of Speech and Language Pathology:
Faculty's research interests are focused on the areas of speech and language disorders, including language, learning/development, literacy development, cognitive rehabilitation, language disorders (including voice disorders, fluency disorders, and language learning disabilities) in children, adolescents, adults, and neurological disorders, aural rehabilitation, laryngectomy, and phonology.