About Clinical pharmacology:
Clinical pharmacology is the scientific discipline that involves all aspects of the relationship between drugs and humans. Clinical pharmacologists participate in and guide the process of new drug development, undertake pharmacovigilance, pharmacoepidemiology and pharmacoeconomic activities. The discipline has a major role in contributing towards drug-related issues in the academic, government and pharmaceutical industry.
Currently India is emerging as a hub for clinical research. There are very few clinical pharmacologists available to fulfill the growing demands of academia as well as industry. Hence to satisfy the need of the country and add to the armamentarium of JIPMER super specialty services, the Department of Pharmacology, JIPMER started DM Clinical Pharmacology course in 2009 as a separate division. In 15th June 2013, Department of Clinical Pharmacology was established.
About the department:
At present, the department has two professors, two senior residents, one Technical associate, two Ph.D. scholar and one office staff. It has a clinical pharmacology ward, clinical pharmacology OPD, ADR monitoring centre, drug information center and clinical research lab with Polysomnography. Urinary VMA assay and Therapeutic drug monitoring service to the hospital is being provided for drugs such as tacrolimus, cyclosporine, phenytoin, phenobarbitone, carbamazepine and valproic acid.
Apart from this the DM Clinical Pharmacology super specialty course was started on 1st October 2009 with an intake of one candidate per year based on the performance in the entrance examination. The major aim of this course is to train medical doctors in Clinical Pharmacology after they have obtained requisite postgraduate qualifications. The course has been designed to impart an all-around training in scientific evaluation of drugs in man.