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It is a privilege and pleasure to welcome you to the web page of the oldest Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacy in Sri Lanka. The department is committed to teaching the principles and practices of clinical pharmacology and therapeutics and pharmacy to undergraduates and postgraduates in a clinical environment. Please feel free to browse this site for more information on the academic and professional activities of our department and staff.

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Prof. Kusum de Abrew




The vision of the Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacy is in keeping with the vision of the Faculty of Medicine and of the University of Colombo. The vision of the University of Colombo is " to be a centre of excellence of regional and international repute that will create new knowledge and sustain a culture of learning and critical inquiry and foster a spirit of service and commitment to national development and democratic values in a plural society".

The vision of the Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacy is directed "to become a centre of excellence in clinical pharmacology and pharmacy.

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The mission of our department is to develop a medical graduate who is competent to prescribe safely and effectively and, to develop a pharmacy graduate who is competent in dispensing medicines safely and effectively.

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Department of Pharmacology,
Faculty of Medicine,Colombo 08,
Sri lanka.


Academic Objectives:


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  • To train undergraduates and postgraduates in the disciplines of clinical pharmacology therapeutics and pharmacy.
  • To conduct postgraduate research programs leading to the Degree of Master of Philosophy in Pharmacology or Pharmacy.
  •  To provide professional services to the community, at the National level to the Ministry of  Health and professional bodies and at the  International Level to the World Health Organization and  other  countries and organizations.
  • To foster independent research by the academic staff.







The discipline of Pharmacology from Greek, pharmakon is an applied science combining medicine, physiology, biochemistry, genetics, biology and immunology. Specifically, 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.

Our Department has 13 primary appointee faculty and 10 additional faculty members with joint appointments in Anesthesiology, Medicine, Neurology and Psychiatry. We currently have 19 post-doctoral fellows and 16 research assistants, and are advisors to 29 of the graduate students in the Program of Experimental and Molecular Medicine program.

Our research laboratories span the Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. Our department has strong ties with the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center. The research strengths of our department include biochemical pharmacology, cancer and carcinogenesis, cell and molecular pharmacology, experimental therapeutics, clinical pharmacology, genetic and molecular toxicology as well as neuropharmacology and molecular cardiology. This research is supported by external grant funding of over $3,500,000 annually in direct costs. An NIH funded training program exists in cancer biology and there is an NIH designated Super Fund Program. Our graduate program offers a fostering academic environment while rigorously preparing students for exciting biomedical careers in academia, industry, and government. There is a strong funding track-record for each faculty member as well as internal and external funding sources for graduate students.