Objectives and Vision

The vision of the Department is to become a top-ranked research-intensive academic center in the disciplines of Pharmacology and Toxicology in West Africa, Africa and beyond. This vision is not only to prepare the under and postgraduate students for their future success in life through a host of up-to-date courses in Pharmacology and Toxicology, but also help them to develop a rigorous scientific attitude so that they can serve the Pharmacy and other Health-related professions in the best possible way, thereby improving the quality of life. This is in keeping with the vision of School of Pharmacy and the University of Ghana.
The mission of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology is summarized in the following general objectives:
  • To acquire new knowledge in Pharmacology and Toxicology by conducting and promoting innovative research. The final aim of this research is to establish the efficacy, safety and effectiveness of medications in humans, to discover new lead compounds and to understand the mechanisms of action of drugs.
  • To disseminate knowledge to pharmacist, medical, nursing, dietician, physiotherapist, veterinary, and graduate students through quality teaching. The purpose of teaching is to impart relevant information to the students in a manner that allows them to develop their analytical and intellectual capabilities, thus instructing them in the methods by which knowledge is acquired, with emphasis on self-reliance and continued self-education.
  • To participate in the running of the School and University through administrative service in the School and University committees.
  • To contribute to the development of our country through our expertise, and participate in government and community organizations or activities related to Pharmacology, Toxicology and drugs in general.

The following specific objectives will be set to fulfill our mission and help realize the vision for the Department:

  • Ensure unity and productivity among faculty and staff of the two merged Departments.
  • Promote academic excellence through quality teaching and knowledge dissemination.
  • Relocate all practical courses under the Department to the School of Pharmacy premises.
  • To establish a Pharmacology and Toxicology animal house.
  • To organize monthly Departmental seminars on proposal writing, publication review, draft publications, result dissemination etc.
  • Promote interdepartmental, interfaculty and international collaborative research.
  • Establish postgraduate programmes: both MSC and PhD (Pharmaceutical Sciences Programme) in addition to already existing MPhil (Pharmacology).
  • Increase rate of publications from senior members.
  • Encourage fund raising activities (writing for research funding).
  • Intensify big grant winning research proposals.
  • To develop the Department as a center of excellence for safety and efficacy assessment of medicines.
  • To establish a state-of-the-art Pharmacology laboratory for more productive research especially in cardiovascular, cancer and neuro-pharmacological research.
  • To ensure the department’s activities impact strongly on industry, the nation’s drug policies/regulations and quality of life of patients.