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Pharmacology is the science concerned with the study of drugs and how they work. To pharmacologists, a drug is any chemical agent which produces a recognizable biological effect. Pharmacology is also concerned with the search for new drugs and how they can best be used in the treatment of diseases in both man and animals.

Pharmacology is studied as part of the Natural Sciences Tripos, as well as the Medical and Veterinary Sciences Tripos. Major research areas of the Department of Pharmacology include cell signalling, macromolecular structure, neuroscience, organ systems, and pharmacological intervention in cancer and infectious diseases

In this guide you will find information about the resources and support available to students and researchers taught by or based in the Department of Pathology.

Online Support During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

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Our Library Team, Biological Sciences Libraries, are offering online 1-2-1 support using Google Meet, Microsoft Teams or Zoom. To request this please use our online form. We are able to provide you with guidance on finding online resources effectively, including database searching, ebooks and Open Access resources.

Some publishers are providing access to additional resources during the COVID-19 outbreak and a live list of what is available is being collated and updated regularly.

Alternatively, contact your local Biological Sciences Librarian by email, or contact the whole Biological Sciences Libraries Team by emailing

What on this guide?

On this guide, you'll find:

  • Information about brilliant resources, both print and online, that you have access to in Cambridge
  • Recommended resources, with tips on accessing and using them
  • Dedicated support for researchers
  • Further help and support information

Spotlight: online resources for pharmacology

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