Division of Pharmaceutics Overview
What is Pharmaceutics?
Pharmaceutics is the science of drug delivery. In a broad sense, it involves: preparation and stability of suitable dosage forms, design and evaluation of dosing regimens and dosage forms (delivery systems) that overcome barriers and optimize drug action (and minimize adverse effects), understanding barriers that influence drug absorption and prevent drug reaching its site of action, quantitative characterization of both the drug concentration-effect relationship and the concentration-time profile of the drug after it enters the body.
Pharmaceutics is truly multidisciplinary. The underlying sciences include: physical chemistry, biochemistry, analytical chemistry, mathematics, chemical engineering, molecular and cellular biology, pharmacology, anatomy and physiology. Division faculty maintain ongoing joint projects with faculty in the Colleges of Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Engineering, and with faculty at other institutions; some division faculty are members of the Comprehensive Cancer Center - Cancer Hospital and Research Institute and Dentistry.
Pharmaceutics at Ohio State
The division consists of ten regular and eight joint or adjunct graduate faculty members, five of whom hold the designation of Fellow in the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists. There are twenty-seven postdoctoral students and 33 graduate students. Faculty in the division are recognized nationally and locally in cancer chemotherapy, drug delivery systems, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and physical pharmacy. Most members of the faculty have extramural funding to support their research programs. For calendar year 2004, research funding was $3.2 million.
The Ohio State University
Ohio State is the major comprehensive university in the state of Ohio. Through its central campus in Columbus, four regional campuses, Agricultural Technical Institute, educational telecommunications programs, cooperative extension service, and health care programs, the University serves the entire state. As a major land grant university, Ohio State is also a national resource. Its fundamental purpose -- in teaching, research and public service -- is to enhance the quality of human life through development of each individual's capacity for enlightened understanding, thinking, and acting. Through the dissemination of knowledge, the University not only serves the individual but also acts as a force to shape society for the common good. As such, it is also a significant international resource.
The Ohio State University is located on an attractive campus central to all activities in the city of Columbus and the State of Ohio. The city and University provide significant cultural, social and athletic variety. Because of our central location, we are able to attract numerous scientists and educators from all parts of the United States and the world to research a variety of topics. Columbus is characterized by a relatively low cost of living for a metropolitan area of its size. There is ample variety in rental apartments, including University-sponsored graduate dormitories and married student housing.
Ohio State is a comprehensive enterprise, offering more than 7,500 courses through its eleven colleges, six schools and Graduate School, and encompassing many research centers, laboratories, and libraries. Ohio State has the largest recreation and intramural sports program in the nation.
As Ohio's major land-grant institution, considerable resources are devoted to public service and to ensure accessibility to all qualified Ohio residents. Within Ohio at least three other principal roles are played by the University: as the state's center for graduate and professional education, Ohio State grants nearly 60 percent of all doctoral degrees awarded by Ohio's state-assisted universities; Ohio State is home to Ohio's major chemical and biomedical research centers and the medical teaching complex, The Ohio State University Hospital; and Ohio State serves communities throughout Ohio through the Cooperative Extension Service of the College of Agriculture.