In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, pharmacology emerged as a cutting edge branch of chemistry aligned with medical practice. In recent decades, pharmacological research has expanded its methodology to encompass a comprehensive range of molecular, chemical, and biological perspectives, while at the same time becoming increasingly integrated into medical research and practice. In the same period, pharmacology has branched out into psychotropic research as a crucial element not only of medical practice, but also as a pathway towards an understanding of the relation between Gene and behaviors. In this discussion, University Professor and Boyd & Elsie Welin Professor Jean C. Shih, a two-time recipient of the prestigious MERIT Award, will discuss the integrated interdisciplinary nature of pharmacology in the twenty-first century.
Jean C. Shih
Jean C. Shih is University Professor and Boyd & Elsie Welin Professor of Cell & Neurobiology, Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology, Keck School of Medicine, School of Pharmacy. Professor Shih examines the roles of neurotransmitters on gene expression, signal transduction and ultimately behaviors. Her work provides new knowledge on the molecular mechanisms of brain functions and helps us understand the molecular basis of mental disorders such as bipolar depression, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. The new information will be useful for designing novel therapeutic agents and early diagnosis of these diseases.