Overview & Foundation:
Since the foundation of the College of Pharmacy at Umm Al-Qura University (UQU), work has started at the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology as one of the College's main departments. This is evident as since the start of work in the Department, staff members have been keen to develop its courses to suit the modern teaching methods. Moreover, the facilities of the Department have been modernized according to the requirements of graduating highly qualified pharmacists from the different departments of the College, to meet the needs of the labor market.
The Department is responsible for teaching a number of courses throughout the academic year to cover the curricula of Pharmacology, Clinical Pharmacy and Toxicology (Clinical Principles and Applications). Pharmacology is concerned with the study of the effect of natural and manufactured chemical factors (such as pharmaceuticals) on vital organs of the body. Such domain includes tracking of chemical properties, physiological and behavioral effects, movement mechanisms, biological transitions as well as therapeutic and non-therapeutic uses of pharmaceuticals.
Clinical pharmacology can be supported by the study of its basic principles, focusing on the application of the rules of pharmaceutical sciences, specifically the application of pharmacology basics and their implementation method in reality. On the other hand, Toxicology is a scientific study of the effects on organisms caused by the use of certain chemicals; it includes observation, determination and detection of symptoms and mechanisms and then treatment of toxic substances. In addition, the Department of Pharmacology is keen to encourage research in the domains of studying pharmaceuticals and toxins.