Thematic programs in the Graduate Group in Pharmacological Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania include cancer pharmacology, cardiovascular pharmacology, cell signaling, environmental health sciences, neuropharmacology, pharmacogenetics and pharmacological chemistry (see Thematic Programs). There are no formal boundaries between these programs, allowing students to explore many of these topics in both required and elective coursework (see Academics). New exciting thematic directions continue to evolve reflecting interests of our dynamic faculty and natural development of the discipline. The close relationship between the Graduate Group, the Department of Pharmacology, and the Institute for the Translational Medicine and Therapeutics (ITMAT) allows students to participate in translational research where fundamental discoveries in the laboratory are taken through stages of discovery and development and culminate in the clinical studies aimed at improving the health care.
To provide students with both broad-based training in the pharmacological sciences and in-depth exposure to specialized aspects of pharmacology, we provide core courses in pharmacology within a highly flexible program where electives are matched to the specific interests of each student in the selected thematic areas. In addition to these didactic courses, in depth research rotations in the labs and literature survey courses, students' scientific development is enriched through multiple opportunities to further and present their research: students participate in various seminar series featuring world-caliber renowned scientists, journal clubs, and an annual off-campus student symposium and attend a variety of national scientific meetings. We put special emphasis on training students in key aspects of their academic and research careers - writing grants and papers, critical reviewing of work of the peers, presenting their results, professional networking and career planning.
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