The Department of Medical Pharmacology and Physiology is a leader in advancing research and educating new scientists.

William Durante, PhD

For more than a quarter of a century, the department has been known for outstanding programs in exercise physiology and cardiovascular physiology. This excellence has been recognized for more than 24 years by the National Institutes of Health through continuous provision of a training grant offering financial support for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. These programs were initiated by Dr. James O. Davis, an internationally recognized leader in research on endocrine mechanisms in hypertension and congestive heart failure. Faculty members recruited by him have assumed positions of major responsibility in the worldwide biomedical research community.

The department and its modern research and teaching facilities are on campus in the School of Medicine. The research laboratories of the faculty have equipment and maintenance support. Animal quarters and animal care are under the direction of qualified veterinarians. Other important university facilities include a nuclear reactor for providing short-lived radioisotopes and a campus-wide computer network. The Center for Gender Physiology manages four core facilities that provide animal models, equipment and expertise required to explore gender differences in physiological function.

The Health Activity Center (HAC) at the University of Missouri is dedicated to education and promotion and to ending the 35 inactivity-related disorders. The Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center contains 32,000 square feet of modern research space that is principally devoted to investigating cardiovascular phenomena. An extensive animal research farm is available for housing and studying a large number of animal species.

Collaborative projects involve the Department of Medical Pharmacology & Physiology with faculty from the College of Veterinary Medicine as well as other departments in the School of Medicine.

The Life Sciences Center opened in September 2004 and harnesses the collective and collaborative power of researchers from many disciplines to provide a state-of-the-art facility for discovery and education.