Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics
Generating, integrating, and translating scientific data between bench and bedside, between patient and population
The Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics has the unique responsibility within the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy to provide classroom and clinical instruction for pharmacy students in the practice of pharmacy and to train graduate and postgraduate pharmacists in the principles of translational research. We engage in innovative teaching and research, preparing our students to be professional and scientific leaders.
DPET is a rapidly growing division focused on collaborative clinical and translational research projects, with a special emphasis on developing world-class programs in pharmacogenomics, quantitative pharmacology, and experimental therapeutics. Current research centers around the following therapeutic areas: oncology, cardiovascular, HIV, and gastroenterology/hepatology. The Division’s graduate program focuses on developing translational research skills that facilitate evaluation of the mechanisms of disease processes and drug therapy. Students utilize preclinical models and conduct patient-oriented research to evaluate mechanisms of disposition, efficacy, and toxicity of therapeutic agents.
Our division faculty include clinical practitioners who bring insights from the patient-care setting to their teaching, translational research, and professional service activities. Many of our faculty hold joint appointments in the UNC School of Medicine, the Department of Pharmacy at UNC Hospitals, and other allied health schools. They lend their expertise through speaking engagements, hold membership on advisory panels and committees, and play important roles in local, state, national, and international organizations.