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The mission of the department of Pharmacodynamics is to conduct basic research in physiology and pharmacology as it relates to understanding normal physiology and pathophysiology and drug action, to teach these principles in the professional and graduate programs, and to provide service to the scientific community.

The Department of Pharmacodynamics is located in the College of Pharmacy within the University of Florida Health Sciences Center. Faculty in the department conduct research at the interface of physiology, neuroscience, pharmacology and pathology. We rely on a combination of molecular, biochemical, cellular and behavioral tools. Faculty have active collaborations with other faculty in the College of Pharmacy, and across several colleges and institutes.

Faculty Spotlight

Joanna Peris, Ph.D.Associate Professor

Peris’ research focuses on the neurochemical mechanisms of ethanol addiction. Her research will determine how alcohol consumption alters neurotransmission in brain regions that are implicated in the process of alcohol addiction. She is currently funded by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. “I am trying to understand the changes that take place in the brain when one progresses from moderate drinking to higher levels of drinking. If we can understand the chemical changes that take place perhaps we could design a drug to make it easier for people in that state to abstain from drinking."