Institute of Pharmacy

Pharmacology


Pharmacology is a unique and dynamic branch of pharmacy, since it involves the understanding of how a drug deals with the human body and how the human body responds to the drug. The department offers a post-graduate programme in Pharmacology which focuses on research and coursework related to advanced systemic pharmacology, screening and evaluation of drugs, development of new models for screening of various drugs etc. The department also offers post-graduate programme in Clinical Pharmacy which focuses on research and courses related to pharmacotherapeutics, clinical and hospital pharmacy, clinical trials and research, Pharmacoepidemiology and pharmacoeconomics etc.
During the course, in both pharmacology and clinical pharmacy, subject seminar is delivered by the student, where the student carries out an extensive literature search on a particular topic, prepare and deliver presentations under the guidance of the faculty. The students are motivated for overall development including- personality development, scientific writing, data interpretation, presentation, documentation, good laboratory practices, communication and soft skills. Alumni students of the department are placed in research and development, medical writing, CRO’s and reputed academic institutions. 

Infrastructure


The understanding of the effect of the drugs requires the use of various animals for which the Institute has animal house facilities approved by CPCSEA and houses animals like rats, mice, guinea pigs and rabbits. Pharmacology practicals include several in vitro and in vivo experiments related to autonomic nervous system, central nervous system, gastrointestinal system, cardiovascular system etc.
The basic instruments used for the above experiments are:

  • Gradient Thermal Cycler Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • High Speed Refrigerated Centrifuge
  • Vertical gel electrophoresis Unit
  • Western blot apparatus.
  • Gel Documentation system
  • Horizontal gel electrophoresis Unit
  • Inverted Microscope
  • ELISA Reader and Washer
  • Data Acquisition System for measurement of cardiovascular and Respiratory Parameters
  • Semi-automated Biochemical Auto Analyzer
  • Multiple channel Student’s Physiographs with a number of attachments 
  • Digital Plethysmometer
  • Deep Freeze
  • Automated recording drums and levers
  • Rota Rod Apparatus
  • Convulsiometer
  • Analgesiometer
  • Cook’s pole climbing apparatus
  • Photoactometer
  • Elevated Plus Maze
  • Radial Maze
  • Water Maze
  • Light and Dark model
  • Langendorff’s Assembly  
  • Bacteriological incubator

 

Postgraduate Programme

M. Pharm in Pharmacology

The department is extensively involved in post-graduate teaching with research oriented subjects like - Advanced Pharmacology, Pharmacometrics (Screening methods in Pharmacology), Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, Clinical Research and Pharmacovigilance etc. The course is designed to give equal weightage on theoretical and practical aspects of recent advances in pharmacology. The programme will allow you to specialize according to your scientific and professional interests. A masters in Pharmacology will focus on the process of new drug discovery. The objective of programme is to provide in-depth research experience in a specific area of pharmacology in order to develop individuals capable of independent research and scholarly activity in industry, government or academia. Department has collaborations with research institutes, industries and other basic science departments where students can participate in interdisciplinary research projects that are relevant to pharmacology. The research project aims to provide the student with the opportunity to carry out research in areas of pharmacological science, facilitate critical examination of pharmacological approaches and analyses/techniques used in research and produce a comprehensive dissertation and present their findings.

M. Pharm. in Clinical Pharmacy

The department also offers M. Pharm. in Clinical Pharmacy with the aim to train the students for clinical pharmacy service in hospitals, drug store and CROs. The subjects included are- Pharmacy Practice, Applied Pharmacotherapeutics, Hospital Pharmacy, Patient Safety and Medical Writing, Clinical Research and Pharmacoeconomics, Clinical trials and Pharmacovigilance etc. The course also involves practical training at hospitals for various case studies. The course is designed to give equal weightage on theoretical and practical aspects of recent advances in pharmacy practice. A masters in clinical Pharmacy will be more concerned with sound prescribing, preparing and dispensing medical treatments to patients. Clinical pharmacy programme offers focused training which integrates basic and clinical sciences and equips students with the essential skills required to function effectively as a clinical pharmacist. The student will acquire core skills, enabling an appreciation of how to apply clinical, pharmacological, regulatory and ethical principles to the optimization of therapeutic practice and clinical research. Additionally students will also gain foundational knowledge in the emerging science of pharmacogenomics and personalized medicine.
 
Research Activities

The department has an academically and professionally active research personnel. The department is actively involved in research. The department has received two major research grants worth Rs. 52,00,000/- from Department of Science and Technology (DST) and three minor research projects worth Rs. 10,25,000/- from Gujarat Council on Science and Technology (GUJCOST). The faculty members have published many research papers, review articles in referred international and national journals and have filed patents in Indian Patent Office. Research presentations have also been made by faculty and students at state, national and international level seminars and conferences. They also won prizes at different level competitions. The thrust areas of research include Cancer, Metabolic disorders and neurodegenerative disorders. The department has proficiency in screening of new chemical entities for safety pharmacology as well as toxicological studies and pharmacological screening of various formulations. The department has also developed expertise in surgical models like partial abdominal aortic constriction for cardiac hypertrophy, middle cerebral artery occlusion for stroke, ovariectomy model for osteoporosis etc. The department has received several consultancy projects from various government agencies and pharmaceutical industries. The faculty members at the department are recognized Ph.D. Guide of Nirma University.


The Department of Pharmacology offers comprehensive facilities for research and is well-equipped for postgraduate training. For Ph. D. programme, research scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis and are supported by University schemes. The students registered for Ph. D. programme in the department have received INSPIRE fellowship and Junior Research fellowship from DST. In addition to these funding opportunities, the department also offers industry sponsored projects. The department regularly organizes national seminars and workshops like Preclinical Animal Models and Drug Evaluation Techniques, Pharmacovigilance and Clinical Trials etc.