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Have you heard of pharmacology?

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Pharmacologists are scientists who are fascinated by medicines. We work in the area of science called pharmacology and we study how medicines work on the body. This is different to a pharmacist, who prepares, gives out and advises people about medicines that are already available.​

Pharmacologists make a difference to the lives of people every day. You can find pharmacology everywhere: when you visit the dentist and have an injection to numb your mouth, or when you take medicine for a headache. Pharmacology is responsible for creating hayfever tablets, antibiotics and even cups of tea and coffee! ​

Without pharmacologists we wouldn’t be able to:

  • Discover new medicines to help fight diseases​

  • Improve their effectiveness and reduce unwanted side effects ​

  • Understand why some medicines work better for some people than others​

  • Understand why some drugs cause addiction​

If you are a budding scientific explorer who wants to make a difference in the world, a career in pharmacology could be for you.

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