About the Faculty
The department faculty is composed of 30 tenure and research track faculty, 37 additional faculty with major appointments in other departments and 35 adjunct faculty active in research and training efforts. The breadth of expertise includes neuropharmacology, endocrinology, neurophysiology, molecular pharmacology, behavioral pharmacology, perinatal physiology, cardiovascular and vascular physiology, renal pharmacology, neuropsychopharmacology, toxicology and several areas of neuroscience (including neuroanatomy, receptor transduction, cerebral blood flow and glucose metabolism).
There are five major areas of research emphasis which include Hypertension-Cardiovascular Sciences, Perinatal Biology, the Neurobiological Basis of Substance Abuse, Neuroscience and Brain Aging. Research in departmental laboratories is currently funded by 101 individual grants that include 75 from NIH and 26 from the private sector. The department has a Center Grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse for the investigation of the neurobiological basis of drug addiction and a Center Grant from the National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse to study the neuroscience of alcohol abuse. The Department has a Program Project Grant from the National Institute on Aging to study the neurobiology of brain aging. In addition, the Department has two pre- and post-doctoral training grants for training in the neuroscience of drug abuse and the neuroscience of alcohol abuse, and a center grant from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. This year the current total research and training support from extramural sources for the department is $12.8 million. The stature of the faculty in the department is further demonstrated by the presence of two M.E.R.I.T and two NIH Senior Scientist Awardees.
The faculty has a distinguished record of service to the scientific community. This includes serving on the editorial boards of journals, on national committees, on national grant review committees and as officers of national scientific organizations. The faculty are frequently invited to participate in symposia in national and international meetings, and to present lectures at other prestigious universities. This last year individuals from China, England, Hungary, Japan, Norway, Poland, Russia, Scotland, Spain, and Sri Lanka either were present in department laboratories or participated in formal collaborations with departmental faculty. The faculty and staff are also active in the local community where they serve as scientific experts in their respective disciplines.
The Department of Physiology and Pharmacology has a significant presence in the biomedical community at large. During 2004, the department ranked 5th in the nation in NIH funding (the NIH no longer publishes rank information). High standards for excellence in education, research and service have gained national and international awareness for the department. High quality faculty, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students continue to move the department toward its goal of the pursuit of excellence. It is just one of many departments at Wake Forest School of Medicine with such recognition. The institution strongly encourages interdisciplinary research among its faculty, which is an important part of the educational and research environment that exists at Wake Forest School of Medicine.