The discipline of Pharmacology from Greek, pharmakon is an applied science combining medicine, physiology, biochemistry, genetics, biology and immunology. It is the study of interactions that occur between living cells, systems and organisms and natural or synthetic chemicals that affect normal or abnormal functions. This field encompasses drug target discovery, drug composition, interactions, therapeutics and toxicology. Recently, scientists have made enormous progress in the identification of many novel drug targets for the treatment of many diseases, including cancer and cardiovascular disease. The goal of our Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology is to continue this progress by providing the intellectual and physical environment to foster discovery and translation.