Welcome to the Center for Clinical Pharmacology

The Center for Clinical Pharmacology is a collaboration with the Department of Anesthesiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis (UHSP). The Center is a hub for drug development for pain and related disorders.

Our Research

Research at the Center encompasses various areas, including research focused on improving diagnostic and drug therapies, enhancing clinical effectiveness, and reducing adverse events. They also explore precision medicine, chemical biology related to nuclear receptors and pain modulation, and contribute to addressing the opioid abuse epidemic.

Our Team

Our experts bring many years of experience in various fields. They are dedicated to advancing research in clinical pharmacology with a focus on pain, addiction, and emotional disorders. The team is committed to developing innovative solutions for healthcare challenges. Explore our faculty’s diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise to learn more about their impactful work.

Latest News

Mimicking exercise with a pill (Links to an external site)

Mimicking exercise with a pill
Associate Professor, Bahaa Elgendy, PhD, and his colleagues are working to recapitulate the benefits of exercise with a pill. This discovery could lead to a new way to treat muscle atrophy and other medical conditions in people, including heart failure and neurodegenerative disease.

Study targets kappa opioid receptor to develop more effective drugs for pain management (Links to an external site)

Study targets kappa opioid receptor to develop more effective drugs for pain management
In a study published in Nature Communications in March 2023, researchers from the Center for Clinical Pharmacology unveil promising research in the development of more effective, less addictive, and safer pain management drugs. In this study “Molecular mechanism of biased signaling at the kappa opioid receptor,” researchers closely examined the κ-opioid receptor (KOR), a molecule in the body that can be targeted by drugs to help manage pain and itch without causing addiction.

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