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Physiology & Pharmacology

Message from the Department Head

The Department of Physiology and Pharmacology is a major participant in the education and biomedical research activities of the College of Veterinary Medicine and University of Georgia. Our department has a long-standing tradition of excellence in both graduate and professional education. Faculty are engaged in research and teaching programs across a range of contemporary areas of physiology and pharmacology.

Faculty involved in neuroscience research explore neural pathways important to control of energy balance and obesity, actions of neurotoxins, and central targets and mechanisms of drugs of abuse. Their studies use a wide range of techniques including behavior, neuroanatomy, neurochemistry, and molecular biology. There is also an active vascular physiology group exploring cell signaling in smooth muscle and pathophysiology of vascular disease, particularly as it applies to veterinary medicine. Additionally, molecular pharmacology of endocrine disorders, such as diabetes mellitus, is the focus of pharmacologists and physiologists in the department.

The faculty in the department places a high priority on teaching and research training. Our goal is to cultivate an environment in which students can develop their creative research talent. This is critical to future success of graduating students.

The Physiology and Pharmacology faculty are leaders in the interdisciplinary Toxicology and Neuroscience programs. They also maintain active collaborations with faculty in the departments of Large Animal Medicine, Small Animal Medicine, Foods and Nutrition, Psychology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Cellular Biology, and Animal and Dairy Science.

I welcome your inquiry and invite you to examine the information on this site describing our faculty, graduate training, and research activities.

Gaylen L. Edwards, DVM, PhD Professor and Department Head

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