The Department of Pharmacology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) has 20 tenure-track or tenured faculty, 14 research-track faculty, 27 graduate students, and 18 postdoctoral fellows. The figure below shows the primary areas of research in which the Department is engaged. Information about the faculty carrying out research in these areas may be found in the faculty profiles section of this website. Studies in these areas involve approaches and techniques that range from the molecular and cellular through electrophysiology and systems to behavior. Because of an overlapping of research interests and multiplicity of techniques, there are many collaborative studies within the Department. The faculty in the Department are well-funded from various NIH institutes and foundations, and our graduate students are competitive for individual National Research Service Award (NRSA) funding from NIH.
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, located in the northern suburbs of the city of San Antonio, is one of the 15 components in The University of Texas System. The UTHSCSA, a health science center in the truest sense, is composed of five interactive schools: The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Dental School, Medical School, School of Health Professions, and School of Nursing. The Health Science Center environment allows a unique opportunity for the more than 2,800 students enrolled in more than 60 programs to experience a high quality combination of clinical and basic sciences. Away from the main campus is the Texas Research Park, which currently houses three research buildings; (1) Barshop Center for Longevity & Aging; (2) Centers for Biology in Medicine; and (3) Institute of Biotechnology.
The Health Science Center is relatively young, having been founded in 1968, but it has already established itself as a premier educational and research institution. Research dollars to the Health Science Center have grown from $41 million 18 years ago to $171 million in 2007 with $84 million coming from the National Institutes of Health. Health Science Center scientists carry out major studies in all areas of medicine and health care.