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Silver Sponsors

La Jolla Alcohol Research, Inc.


La Jolla Alcohol Research, Inc. (LJARI) continues to be the leader in the design and manufacture of inhalation chamber systems for long-term or intermittent delivery of drugs and environmental contaminants via vapor. Our passive/forced and self-administration/operant vapor chambers enable investigators to target and maintain remarkably consistent drug levels in their animal models. Our new e-Vapetm systems precisely mimic human e-cigarette use and are being used to deliver nicotine, THC, psychostimulants, opioids, bath salts and more.. 

Our self-administration systems incorporate Med Associates response devices and stimulus/cue lights. Choose from LJARI’s user-friendly touchscreen controller or connect our systems to Med Associates, Colbourn, Anymaze or other behavioral controller/software packages.  All system are custom made to order, enabling us to meet any experimental need.

LJARI now offers combination alcohol and e-Vapetm systems in any passive/self-administration configuration. Additional vapor generators can be added to give rodents the choice between two separate e-Vapetm drugs.  The exposure parameters are virtually limitless.

Our inhalation systems provide a minimally stressful environment that enables rodents to eat, drink and sleep normally while vapors are delivered, which more closely mimics human drug use. There is absolutely no measurable stress response by animals during exposures in our passive systems.

Contact us to learn how we can design a system or experimental protocol to meet your individual needs.

Academic Partner Sponsors

UT Health San Antonio


Physiology and Pharmacology is a discipline within the Integrated Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at UT Health San Antonio.

The Physiology and Pharmacology Discipline encompasses the study of fundamental mechanisms of normal and disease function, and pharmacological intervention. Investigators seek to integrate information from molecular, cellular and organ/system levels to spur discoveries, and improve drug treatments for disease. Using sophisticated genetic and molecular tools, our scientists are unraveling the fundamental mechanisms that underlie tissue and cellular physiology, and how these processes are compromised in injury and disease.

UT Health San Antonio is renowned for its seminal contributions in many areas including cardiovascular physiology, neurophysiology and the physiological basis of aging. Internationally recognized research expertise is assembled in areas of neuropharmacology, cancer pharmacology, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative disease, addiction and pain research.

University of California, Irvine

UCI Pharmacology

UCI's Master of Science in Pharmacology (MSP) is a two-year, online degree program to teach students:

  • The fundamental principles of pharmacology
  • Mechanisms of drug action
  • Current topics in drug discovery
  • Strategies, techniques and critical thinking skills needed for drug research

The program prepares students for employment opportunities in the pharmaceutical industry, biotechnology companies, government agencies, research laboratories and academic programs. It also provides preparation and increased competitiveness for students interested in advanced degree programs (Ph.D., M.D., PharmD). The online format allows for greater flexibility and ease of attendance regardless of geographical location. It is particularly suited for working professionals who are interested in advancing their careers.

UCI's Pharmacology faculty are among the best in the field, recognized both nationally and internationally for their scientific research and publications.  A number of faculty have worked in and/or founded pharmaceutical companies and hold patents on their drug discoveries.

University of Michigan

University of Michigan Pharmacology

Pharmacology at the University of Michigan has a 125-year history of healing through discovery. More than any other basic science discipline, pharmacology is tightly connected to the understanding and treatment of human disease. At U-M, trainees can be involved in the discovery of new drugs, modeling of drugs and their targets, detailed studies of drug mechanisms in disease from biochemical, molecular, and genetic perspectives, and translational studies aimed at moving drugs into the clinic. Our trainees have gone on to become pharmaceutical company executives, research directors, and senior scientists, directors of government research labs, and recognized chairs and faculty in academia. Explore the many training opportunities we offer, including summer internships, masters and doctoral programs, and postdoctoral fellowships.

University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota Pharmacology Graduate Program

As one of the most well-funded departments within the University of Minnesota’s Medical School, the Department of Pharmacology has approximately 50 faculty members and 37 graduate students who work in a broad range of scientific disciplines, from cancer research and infectious disease to neurobiology. Our faculty and graduate students employ diverse experimental approaches ranging from structural and biophysical methods to animal and human studies. The breadth of our research allows us to provide the most multidisciplinary pharmacology training possible for the next generation of scientists, which will be critical to the success of our graduates in an increasingly competitive scientific job market.

University of Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin
The objective of the NIH T32-supported Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology (MCP) Training Program is to equip students with the skills required to conduct high impact biomolecular, biomedical, and pharmacological basic research. The program assists students in becoming independent investigators in these research areas, facilitating their entry into careers in academia, industry, and beyond. Advances in biomedical sciences are often based on the development of new drugs, which improve and save the lives of millions of patients. Drugs with specific biochemical actions are also powerful research tools. They provide pharmacologists and other biomedical scientists unique research opportunities, which help to elucidate cellular signaling cascades. Students in the MCP program will develop expertise in the fundamentals of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology and solve a variety of problems in the basic biomedical sciences involving the design of research strategies for the discovery of novel drugs or gene therapy approaches.

Wake Forest University

Wake Forest University

The Integrative Physiology and Pharmacology program (IPP) trains MS and PhD students in a broad range of research areas and methodologies, from molecular to human studies. The curriculum provides a solid foundation in fundamentals of physiology and pharmacology, supplemented by courses and other opportunities designed to support an individual student’s interests and career goals. The IPP program also participates in the WFU PhD/MBA Program offering specialized course work and opportunities for industrial and business internships. Students undertake innovative research projects in a highly collegial and collaborative environment that features state-of-the art equipment and resources. Our students are highly successful in obtaining their own extramural funding and in publishing their research in leading journals. Upon completing the program, our graduates proceed to positions in a variety of settings including academia, both large and startup pharmaceutical and biotech companies, regulatory affairs and smaller teaching institutions.

West Virginia University Health Sciences Center


West Virginia University’s Health Sciences Center is attracting the best and brightest talent from around the world. We are breaking down barriers between academic disciplines, schools and colleges, and building innovative basic science, translational and clinical research teams. Our mission is to improve the health and wellness of all people by nurturing cutting-edge research programs aimed at solving real-world problems. To learn more about the graduate programs offered at WVU’s Health Sciences Center please visit:

University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill


The UNC Department of Pharmacology mission is threefold: (1) to educate and train the next generation of research scientists, (2) determine the molecular and cellular basis of human disease, and (3) advance the development of novel therapeutics.

We have developed a multidisciplinary training program, engaging innovative scientists who are advancing the fields of chemical and structural biology, quantitative cell biology, proteomics, computational biology and drug design. Emerging therapeutics include nanoparticles, non-coding RNAs, stem cells, gene therapy, and small molecules. 

Our faculty and students have affiliations with specialized research centers focused on cancer biology, the neurosciences, cardiovascular biology, alcohol addiction, and gene therapy.  

Our research cores provide access and training in sophisticated experimental and bioinformatics technologies.

We take pride in helping our students and faculty leave their heel print in our department and the world through their current/future careers in helping others through science research and development.

University of South Florida


University of Cincinnati


The Department of Pharmacology and Systems Physiology at the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine offers several unique hands-on MS or PhD experiences in Molecular, Cellular and Biochemical Pharmacology which emphasizes drug discovery and preclinical drug safety.  Our MS and PhD track options offer many exciting opportunities for students to explore their scientific interests while discovering new career paths. One unique aspect of our MS programs is the opportunity to interact with several invited speakers from our drug industry partners (Johnson & Johnson, Covance, Battelle, Charles River) plus all of our students gain hands-on research experience working with expert UC and Cincinnati Children’s faculty.  For more information, please visit our website or text “UCPharm” to 555888 to connect with our program coordinators.

Last Updated: November 16, 2018
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