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Department of Pharmacology in Seoul National University College of Medicine was established in October 1946 according to the Order of Establishing Seoul National University. Seoul National University College of Medicine opened based on  Gyeongseong University's department of medicine and Gyeongseong medical school.


As of 2018, the department is composed of 6 professors, 3 assistants, and 24 Masters and PhD students. Currently, the head of the deparment is Professor Hye Sun Kim. The department has various research and analysing facilities on the 6th floor of the Research Building in Seoul National University College of Medicine.


Pharmacology reveals the mechanism of treatment of human diseases through drug therapy and covers a wide range of drug development processes ranging from experimental development of new therapeutics to actual applications to patients through clinical trials.


The Department of Phamacology provides the basis for further understanding of the human pathophysiology through drugs, the development of new drugs, and the treatment of incurable diseases by educating specialized personnels in the course of all these drug development.


Professor Yong-Sik Kim’s Neuronal Cell Culture Laboratory is studying various neuropathies including degenerative neurological diseases and aging, and developing new therapeutic agents.


Professor Hye-sun Kim leads the Neurological Pharmacology Laboratory to investigate the mechanism of degenerative brain diseases in modern society such as Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease, and to accelerate the development of new therapies.


Professor Jong-Wan Park’s Microenvironment Hypoxia Laboratory has done a lot of researches on the response of cancer cells in the stress situation including hypoxia, to discover new target genes and to develop therapeutic agents.


Professor Sang-Kyu Ye leads the Cancer Stem cell & Tumor Microenvironment Laboratory to develop new target gene therapies based on the research on cancer microenvironment, cancer development and cancer stem cell generation in various carcinomas.


Professor Chung-Hyun Cho’s Vascular Microenvironment Laboratory has been working on the development of therapeutic agents by studying cellular and molecular mechanisms of angiogenesis and vascular remodeling changes in various vascular diseases.


Professor Hyun-Woo Shin leads the Respiratory Pharmacology Laboratory and focuses on the development of diagnostic methods and therapies by investigating the mechanism of hypoxia-mediated reactions in various upper airway obstruction diseases such as snoring-sleep apnea syndrome and nasal polyps.


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