Research Departments Pharmacology and Toxicology

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Research of the department focuses on personalized pharmacotherapy and systems pharmacology/toxicology ranging from molecule to patient.

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Our researchers Pharmacology and Toxicology

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Research groups Pharmacology and Toxicology

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Internships

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Internships


  • WANTED: STUDENTS FOR INTERNSHIPS AND LITERATURE THESES

    As a department of Pharmacology and Toxicology we welcome internship students to work with us on our ongoing research projects. Given the fact that we practice pharmacology and toxicology research across the entire range of the scientific field, from molecule to man to population, a wide variety of internships is possible. We welcome students on both the Bachelor and Master level.

    Internships can be clinically/patient-oriented, they may be focused on data analysis, they can be laboratory-based or they can be centered around modeling and simulation of pharmacological effects and drug disposition, toxicology or personalized pharmacotherapy.

    As internship student you will participate in the research groups of the department, actively contributing to clinical and basic scientific research meetings and providing you with the opportunity to learn new techniques and approaches relevant to the field of pharmacology and toxicology. Our internships are characterized by a high level of responsibility for students under close guidance and supervision of medical doctors, PhD-student and members of the department staff. Next to internship students we are also looking for enthusiastic students who are willing to contribute to writing literature theses relevant to ongoing projects in the department.

    For topics of ongoing research projects, please see the information provided for the different research groups and staff members on our website. For more information and applications for internships or literature theses please contact Jan Koenderink.

Themes


Facilities and services Pharmacology and Toxicology

This department wants to improve the efficacy and safety of drugs including drug overdoses and intoxications. We investigate the complete spectrum from the molecular to the clinical level.

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Facilities and services Pharmacology and Toxicology

Bioanalytical equipment for analysis of small molecule pharmaceuticals and toxicants in any biological matrix.

  • Liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry - LC MS/MS
  • High performance liquid chromatography – HPLC
  • Custom-made method development for detection of small molecules in various biological matrices for research purposes.
  • See also our website RTC Mass Spectrometry website, as offer our expertise also to this RTC. 

Cell models

  • Overexpression of transport proteins in cells or vesicles.
  • Transport assays in cell models or with specific transport proteins.
  • Ample experience with culturing of various human placental trophoblast cell lines to study drug disposition and effects.
  • Ample experience with culturing and differentiating skeletal muscle myotubes.
  • Ample experience with culturing a patented in-house developed human conditionally immortalized proximal tubule cell line (ciPTEC)
  • Experience with culturing and differentiation of iPSC-derived cardiomyocytes.

Imaging

  • High-content and high-throughput microscopic imaging assays to asses multiple mitochondrial function parameters and cellular viability

Ex vivo models

  • small vessel myograph
  • ex vivo, dual-side human placenta perfusion to study placental drug transfer
  • ex vivo culture of placental villous tissue fragments to placental drug effects
  • Isolated contracting (human) atrial tissue model
  • Ussing Chamber for intestinal transport function (adult and pediatric)
  • Human cardiac auricle contractility analysis to study the effects of drugs on cardiac muscle function
  • Ussing chamber system

Human in vitro models

  • Conditionally immortalized proximal tubular epithelial cells (ciPTEC)
  • Kidney-on-chip
  • Vessel-on-chip model with HUVECs (in collaboration with Twente University)
  • HUVEC culture (in collaboration with Dept of Obstetrics); quantification of transporter expression and transporter function

Human in-vivo models

  • Perfused forearm model (with intrabrachial drug infusions and forearm blood flow measurements).

Data analysis and modelling

  • Physiologically-based pharmacokinetic/dynamic and toxicokinetic modelling
  • In silico prediction of plasma and tissue exposure of drugs and toxicants
  • Structure-based off-target modelling based on pharmacophore modelling of drug-protein interactions.
  • Metabolic flux modelling using human metabolic network reconstructions.
  • Molecular docking and virtual compound screening.

Education

At the Radboudumc we teach 6 Master courses that together form a firm basis for becoming a registered toxicologist. read more

Radboud Institute for Health Sciences

This department is affiliated with RIHS. The research at this institute aims to improve clinical practice and public health. institute pages

Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences

This department is affiliated with RIMLS. Their main aim is to achieve a greater understanding of the molecular mechanisms of disease. institute pages

Getting there

Entrance: Study Center Medical Sciences
Route: 137

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Getting there

Visiting address

Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Geert Grooteplein 21
6525 EZ Nijmegen

Directions

Enter building at: Study Center Medical Sciences
Follow route 137 (Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology)