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Harrison School of Pharmacy

Making Medications Work Through Innovative Research, Education and Patient Care


Auburn University, chartered in 1856, is located in Auburn, Alabama. For more than 150 years, Auburn has evolved into a premier comprehensive university. The University has a unique role among the State’s higher education institutions in that its mission involves three interrelated components: instruction, research, and extension. Undergraduate, graduate and professional students receive outstanding instruction at Auburn University. The University is recognized for providing quality instruction that is economically accessible for students. Many areas of research conducted by Auburn University  are providing the citizens of Alabama with a better quality of life.

Founded in 1885, Auburn University's pharmacy program ranks among the top 20 percent in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report. In November of 2000, the Pharmacy Building was named in honor of W.W. Walker, founder of Birmingham- based Walker Drug Company. On Jan. 25, 2002, the Auburn University School of Pharmacy was named the James I. Harrison School of Pharmacy, honoring the contributions Harrison and his family made to the field of pharmacy in the state of Alabama.

There are 65 faculties in the Harrison School of Pharmacy. It offers the Doctor of Pharmacy degree, as well as graduate degrees in Pharmaceutical Sciences. The School

has campuses both in Auburn and in Mobile, Alabama. The Mobile campus, created in 2006, is housed within the University of South Alabama Research Park and is a collaborative venture with USA.

The Walker Building at the Harrison School of Pharmacy is more than 11,000 square meters of classroom, lab and office space. Scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2017, the new $17 million Pharmaceutical Research Building will add 3,500 square meters of dedicated research space for the Department of Drug Discovery and Development.

The Harrison School of Pharmacy is made up of three departments:

· Drug Discovery and Development

· Health Outcomes Research and Policy

· Pharmacy Practice

Department of Drug Discovery and Development is offering 3+2 international cooperative program.

Department of Drug Discovery and Development(DDD)

The Department of Drug Discovery and Development offers dynamic opportunities for cutting- edge graduate education in all aspects of drug discovery and development. The objective is to prepare students for careers as independent scientists by providing them with a strong basic science background and the ability to translate basic scientific discoveries into therapeutics.

Research in the Department of Drug Discovery and Development is focused on several therapeutic areas, including diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, infectious diseases, neurodegenerative disorders, and oncology. Investigators are generating lead molecules with therapeutic potential, elucidating mechanisms of disease, optimizing drug delivery strategies, and studying drug disposition.

Medicinal chemists identify or generate novel chemical entities that may serve as potential lead molecules for the drug discovery process. These chemists also work to develop strategies and tools for assessing drug consumption and metabolism.

Scientists who focus on pharmaceutics study the relationship between the properties of drugs and development of strategies to improve drug administration and drug delivery. Pharmacologists work to identify and validate novel targets for pharmacotherapeutic intervention. They also study the effects of agents on cell, tissue, organ, and organismal function, particularly toxic effects.

Degree Options

Students pursuing degrees in Pharmaceutical Science in the Department of Drug Discovery and Development have three degree options:

· Pharmacology

· Pharmaceutics

· Medicinal Chemistry

Research Areas

· Neuroscience and neurodegenerative diseases

· Cardiovascular Biology and Disease

· Diabetes and Other Metabolic Diseases

· Neuroscience

· Cancer

· Infectious Diseases

· Forensic Analytical Chemistry

· Synthetic Organic Chemistry

· Drug Synthesis and Design

· Drug Delivery, Disposition and Formulation

· Drug Metabolism and Kinetics

Graduate Program

The Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy offers interdisciplinary M.S. and Ph.D degree programs in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Those pursuing one of these degrees must select one of four curricular options:

· Medicinal Chemistry

· Pharmaceutics

· Pharmacology

The Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutics and Pharmacology options are designed for students interested in the drug discovery or development processes, and are affiliated with the Department of Drug Discovery and Development. Areas of interest include neurodegenerative diseases, cardiovascular diseases, infectious diseases, cancer, diabetes and other metabolic diseases, synthetic organic chemistry, forensic analytical chemistry and drug delivery, disposition and formulation.

The M.S. degree is offered under both the thesis and non-thesis options. Students must earn a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate courses, 6000 level or above. Thesis students register for Research and Thesis in semester(s) when working on the thesis, when submitting, defending or awaiting final approval of the thesis, and when taking final examinations. Candidates for the M.S. degree are required to prepare a thesis proposal and complete a proposal defense.

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