These links take you from the USU Pharmacology and Molecular Therapeutics Department web site to sites related to pharmacology and pharmacologists. Neither the Department of Pharmacology, USU, nor the DoD is responsible for the material on these web sites, nor is there an implied endorsement of this information.
What is Pharmacology?
Two booklets, Medicines By Design and Why Do Basic Research? , prepared by the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), show important work done by pharmacologists. NIGMS primarily supports basic biomedical research that is not targeted to specific diseases or disorders. Because scientific breakthroughs often originate from such untargeted studies, NIGMS-funded work has contributed substantially to the tremendous progress that biomedical research has made in recent years. The Institute's training programs help to provide the most critical element of good research: well-prepared scientists. NIGMS is an Institute within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) complex. NIH, the principle biomedical research agency of the federal government, is a component of the Public Health Service within the US Department of Health and Human Services.
The American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, the major professional society in the USA for pharmacologists, aims to promote and apply pharmacological knowledge. ASPET has almost 5,000 members and encourages applications for graduate student membership. The Society publishes several major journals in the field of pharmacology (see below) and holds an annual scientific meeting. ASPET Public Affairs Officers represent the interests of pharmacologists with the federal government, research funding agencies, and educational organizations such as the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC). More information is available by e-mail from firstname.lastname@example.org
Founded in 1900, the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics has a membership of over 2,100 professionals. ASCPT is the largest scientific and professional organization serving the discipline of clinical pharmacology. Its primary interest is to promote and advance the science of human pharmacology and therapeutics. Physicians (69%) and other doctoral scientists (29%) compose most of the membership; pharmacists, nurses, research coordinators, fellows in training, and other professionals make up the remaining 2%.
Founded in 1959 as a section of the International Union of Physiological Sciences, the International Union of Pharmacology has been independent since 1966. IUPHAR, a voluntary, non-governmental, non-profit association of national organizations, represents pharmacologists from 47 member countries and 3 regional associations.
Pharmacologists are often members of other scientific societies. Because the tools of the modern pharmacologist are also drawn from other scientific disciplines, pharmacologists at USUHS belong to a number of these societies. A few are:
- ASBMB - The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is a non-profit scientific and educational organization with over 9,000 members. Most members teach and conduct research at colleges and universities. Others conduct research in various government laboratories, non-profit research institutions, and industry.
- SFN - The Society for Neuroscience is the world's largest organization of scientists and physicians dedicated to under- standing the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nervous system.
- SOT - The Society for Toxicology, a professional organization of scientists from academic institutions, government, and industry, represents the great variety of scientists who practice toxicology. The Society promotes the acquisition and utilization of knowledge in toxicology, aids in protection of public health, and facilitates interactions across disciplines. SOT has a strong commitment to education in toxicology and to recruiting students and new members into the profession.
Many scientific journals are devoted to pharmacology and pharmacological research. Some of the more important journals are:
- Drug Metabolism and Development - A publication of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, Inc. This site provides information on the current issue, upcoming articles, and other information about the journal.
- JPET - The Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics is the official publication of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, Inc. This site provides information on the current issue, upcoming articles, and other information about the journal.
- Molecular Pharmacology - A publication of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, Inc. This site provides information on the current issue, upcoming articles, and other information about the journal.
- Pharmacological Reviews - A publication of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, Inc. This site provides information on the current issue, upcoming articles, and other information about the journal.
- TiPS - Trends in Pharmacological Sciences, a mini-review journal covering the sciences of pharmacology and toxicology, includes reviews, news items, debates, correspondence, book and software reviews, and a diary section. TiPS publishes an annual Receptor and Ion Channel Nomenclature Supplement and occasionally publishes color posters that provide simple representations of complex systems.