Profession pharmacologist

Pharmacologists study the manner in which drugs and medicaments interact with organisms, living systems, and their parts (i.e. cells, tissues, or organs). Their research aims at identifying substances that can be ingested by humans and that exert adequate biochemical functions for curing illnesses.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Realistic

Knowledge

  • Pharmaceutical drug development

    Drug manufacturing phases: pre-clinical phase (research and tests on animals), clinical phase (clinical trials on humans) and the sub-phases required to obtain as an end product a pharmaceutical drug.

  • Pharmacovigilance legislation

    Regulations used to control and monitor adverse drug reactions at EU level.

  • Communicable diseases

    Communicable diseases is a medical specialty mentioned in the EU Directive 2005/36/EC.

  • Toxicology

    The negative effects of chemicals on living organisms, their dose and exposure.

  • Medicines

    The medicines, their nomenclature and the substances used in the manufacture of medicines.

  • Laboratory techniques

    Techniques applied in the different fields of natural science in order to obtain experimental data such as gravimetric analysis, gas chromatography, electronic or thermic methods.

  • Pharmacology

    Pharmacology is a medical specialty mentioned in the EU Directive 2005/36/EC.

  • Pharmaceutical chemistry

    The chemical aspects of identification and synthetic alteration of chemical entities as they relate to therapeutic use. The way various chemicals affect biological systems and how they can be integrated in drug development.

  • Biological chemistry

    Biological chemistry is a medical specialty mentioned in the EU Directive 2005/36/EC.

  • Microbiology-bacteriology

    Microbiology-Bacteriology is a medical specialty mentioned in the EU Directive 2005/36/EC.

  • Pharmaceutical legislation

    European and national legal framework for the development, distribution, and use of medicinal products for humans.

  • Pharmaceutical technology

    Pharmaceutical technology is the branch of pharmaceutics which deals with the technological design, development, manufacture, and evaluation of drugs and medicinal products.

Skills

  • Run laboratory simulations

    Run simulations on prototypes, systems or newly developed chemical products using laboratory equipment.

  • Perform laboratory tests

    Carry out tests in a laboratory to produce reliable and precise data to support scientific research and product testing.

  • Work safely with chemicals

    Take the necessary precautions for storing, using and disposing chemical products.

  • Perform scientific research

    Gain, correct or improve knowledge about phenomena by using scientific methods and techniques, based on empirical or measurable observations.

  • Record test data

    Record data which has been identified specifically during preceding tests in order to verify that outputs of the test produce specific results or to review the reaction of the subject under exceptional or unusual input.

  • Maintain laboratory equipment

    Clean laboratory glassware and other equipment after use and it for damage or corrosion in order to ensure its proper functioning.

  • Mix chemicals

    Mix chemical substances safely according to recipe, using the proper dosages.

  • Apply safety procedures in laboratory

    Make sure that laboratory equipment is used in a safe manner and the handling of samples and specimens is correct. Work to ensure the validity of results obtained in research.

Optional knowledge and skills

chemical preservation biology develop vaccines develop scientific theories general medicine write research proposals pharmaceutical industry analyse blood samples control production conduct experiments on animals write scientific papers develop scientific research protocols contribute to registration of pharmaceutical products recommend product improvements analyse cell cultures assist in clinical trials phytotherapy manufacture medicines assess environmental impact pharmaceutical manufacturing quality systems archive scientific documentation nuclear medicine lead clinical pharmacology studies provide specialist pharmaceutical advice develop pharmaceutical drugs professional documentation in health care