Pharmacologists evaluate the origin, effects and mechanisms of drugs and develop them for human and animal use.
Pharmacologists may perform the following tasks:
- discover, develop and evaluate substances for use in the treatment of disease
- modify the chemical structure of an effective substance to eliminate undesirable side effects
- devise and carry out experiments to determine how drug concentrations in the body change over time
- test newly discovered or manufactured substances for their safety, characteristics and possible use as drugs
- study what happens to a drug after it has been administered
- investigate drugs for unwanted or dangerous side effects and if found establish why they occur
- study other substances that affect living organisms, such as pollutants, poisons and insecticides
- write scientific reports on research and investigations, as well as more general information for scientific, managerial, political and general audiences
- provide policy and clinical advice to managers, politicians, primary producers, healthcare workers and the general public.
A clinical pharmacologist a specialist physician involved in direct patient care. They typically manage patients with multiple medical problems, who are often prescribed multiple medications that may or may not agree with each other.
A non-clinical pharmacologist specialises in research and experimental studies for the discovery and development of drugs for diseases.
- enjoy and have aptitude for science and research
- able to think logically and analytically
- able to carry out detailed and accurate work
- good communication skills
- able to think creatively and solve problems
- able to work as part of a team.
- Biomedical Engineer
- Life Scientist
- Medical Practitioner
- Medical Scientist
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