The Department of Pharmacology was founded in 1968, four years before the opening of Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine when John R Blinks, M.D. was recruited from Harvard to serve as its first chair. By the early 70s, the Department had established innovative research programs in nerve, muscle, and cardiac cell biology, in drug metabolism, and in the interaction of drugs with excitable tissues.
At present, more than 30 Ph.D and M.D.-Ph.D. candidates are studying and working in the department, which consists of over 30 primary and joint faculty members in Rochester, Minnesota and at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida.
Areas of research
Departmental research programs are heavily supported by research and training grants from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, and by the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry.