Thematic head: Dr. Margaret Oluka
Message from the head of the thematic unit
The thematic unit of Pharmacology and Pharmacognosy is now one of the three thematic units within the Depsrtment of Pharmacy, University of Nairobi. The unit has two sections i.e. Pharmacology and Pharmacognosy.
Over the years the unit has evolved and grown, presently consisting of 16 members of academic staff with diverse areas of specialization. These are as follows: (3) Professors, (1) Associate Professor, (5) Senior Lecturers (6) lecturers and (1) tutorial fellows. In addition, the unit has a team of technical staff comprising of (1) Principal technologist, (1) Chief technologist, (2) Senior technologists and one technologist. Other staff include a secretary, (1) Junior Technologist, two animal attendants and (1) messenger.
Pharmacology and Therapeutics is the study of how chemical agents, both natural and synthetic, affect biological systems, and the application of this knowledge in disease prevention and management. About this Thematic Unit.
Pharmacognosy is the study of the physical, chemical, biochemical and biological properties of crude extracts, drug substances or potential drugs or drug substances of natural origin. It also involves the search for new drugs from natural sources about this thematic unit.
Pharmacoepidemiology is the study of the use of and the effects of drugs in large numbers of people.Pharmacovigilance is a pharmacological science which focuses on the collection, detection, assessment, monitoring, and prevention of adverse effects and medication errors caused by pharmaceuticals and medical devices about this thematic unit.
Pharmacogenomics and Pharmacogenetics is a branch of pharmacology that studies how genetic differences can affect individual responses to drugs, both in terms of therapeutic effect as well as adverse effects. about this thematic unit.