Pharmacology / Toxicology Clinical Trials
Pharmacology and toxicology clinical trials are important in that they study many different chemicals, medications and poisons that could harm the human body. In recent decades the field of food studies has emerged with the invention of industrialized food production. Part of what food studies looks at is how chemicals and drugs in food affect the human body once they are consumed and processed.
One of the major goals of pharmacology is to study various medications and drugs used in treatments to make sure they have minimal side effects on patients who take them. Pharmacology and toxicology clinical trials look at chemicals and drugs as they break down and travel through the body. If you are interested in participating in a pharmacology or toxicology clinical trial you may qualify.
What is Pharmacology / Toxicology?
Toxicology is a branch of science that studies the effects of chemicals on living organisms. Chemicals can be anything from pesticides found in food to prescribed medications. Some substances are only toxic once they get into the body and are processed by organs like the liver. Toxicology includes specialty areas such as toxicogenomics, aquatic toxicology, chemical toxicology, forensic technology, and environmental toxicology. Pharmacology specifically studies the action of drugs on biological systems. Pharmacokinetics studies the action of drugs on biological systems and pharmacodynamics does the opposite by looking at the effect of the biological system on the drugs. This field studies how drugs are broken down, distributed, absorbed, metabolized, and excreted by the body.