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Pharmacology 

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Pharmacology 

The Department Pharmacology and Toxicology at the Ponce School of Medicine has a history of excellence since its establishment. The department has been selected several times by our medical students as 'The Department of the Year' in terms of excellence in teaching. During the last three years, our students have performed slightly above the national average in the Pharmacology SHELF Exam. Medical Pharmacology course is a two-semester, 8-credit course which includes approximately 61 lectures in addition to 9 small group discussions. The Department is supported by a staff of 13 people, including 1 department director, 6 faculty members, 2 lab supervisors, 1 administrative assistant, 2 secretaries, and 1 nurse. Members of the department have several collaborative research projects with other institutions in Puerto Rico and in the US mainland. In addition, each summer the department provides research training to selected medical students through the Medical Student Summer Research Program.

The department has modern, state-of the art research facilities with equipment located in seven laboratories including multi-user core facilities and tissue/cell culture facilities. Large and specialized equipment includes: GC-Mass spectrophotometer, three UV/VIS spectrophotometers, spectrofluorometer, inductively coupled plasma spectrometer (ICP), FPLC and HPLC with electrochemical detector, tissue culture hoods, fluorescence microscopes, a 1000-watt solar simulator, oxygen electrodes (gas/liquid phases) and smaller pieces of equipment utilized for research involving nucleic acids and proteins. Funding for research projects is provided by grants from the following programs: RCMI-NIH, MBRS-NIH and NASA.


 

 
Contact Information
Chairman Leon F. Ferder, M.D. , PhD
Secretary Catherine Collazo, BBA
Mailing address: Ponce School of Medicine
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
P.O. Box 7004
Ponce, PR 00732
Phone: (787) 840-2575, ext. 2169
Fax: (787) 841-3736
Location: Research Building,1st floor, Rm. 101.
Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

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