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Department of Pharmacology

Pharmacology is the study of the origin, properties and effects of drugs on living organisms. Pharmacology provides insights into key areas of health and disease, including the discovery of new therapeutic targets, the mechanisms whereby drugs elicit responses in cells, whether drug action will be selective and long-lasting, and the nature of side-effects of drug use. The use of medicines is one of the principal ways of combating disease. The rise of pharmacology during the middle years of the 20th century saw a huge rise in the number of diseases that could be tackled effectively with drug therapy. The development of new and successful drugs requires advances and insights generated by scientific research. Pharmacology is all about “finding out how drugs work”. It is concerned with the effects of drugs on living organisms and their components such as cells, membranes, organelles, enzymes and DNA. Pharmacology is the study of the therapeutic value and potential toxicity of chemical agents on biological systems. It targets every aspect of the mechanisms for the chemical actions of both traditional and novel therapeutic agents.

Pharmacology is a multi-disciplinary science with many subspecialties including, for example, cardiovascular pharmacology, behavioural pharmacology, neuropsychopharmacology, pharmacogenomics, pharmacogenetics, and immunopharmacology. Moreover, Toxicology offers the study of the adverse effects of chemicals (including drugs) and environmental agents on living systems and the means to prevent or ameliorate such effects.

Word from Head of the Department:

Welcome to the Department of Pharmacology! The Department of Pharmacology is one of the pre-clinical science departments in IMTU and is focused on undergraduate teaching for medicine and basic life sciences research. Pharmacology uses knowledge from many sciences such as cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, and genetics to identify new ways to understand and treat disease. This interdisciplinary approach allows researchers to integrate different scientific perspectives in the study of how drugs act.

The objectives of the department are to introduce the students to the interactions of chemical substances (drugs) with living systems, with a view to understanding the properties of drugs and their actions, including the interactions between drug molecules and drug receptors and how these interactions elicit an effect and may also produce adverse effects.

The department plays an important role in the educational and research missions of the International Medical and Technological University (IMTU) in providing ethical clearance for research projects.

Vision & Mission:
  • Vision : To be the leading Department of Pharmacology in Tanzania with respect to teaching of students, research and assuring high quality patient care locally and nationally.
  • Mission :Our mission is to:
  1. Organise and establish a Department of Pharmacology at the University of IMTU that cares, supports, develops and retains high-quality personnel.
  2. Is attractive, supportive and motivational to all students.
  3. Leads and co-operates in relevant research nationally, East African Community (EAC) and globally.
  4. To initiate and develop cross-institutional research initiatives for the Faculty of Medicine at the University.
  5. To develop and optimise the teaching curricula and programmes with the Department of Pharmacology.
Core Values:
  • Excellence and integrity in teaching, research, clinical practice and service.
  • Commitment to a learning environment that embraces diversity, inclusiveness, equity and respect.
  • Promoting and rewarding critical thinking and continuous quality improvement.
  • Productive engagement with our alumni, clinical and educational partners, and community.