Pharmacology & Toxicology track



What we offer

Entry in the world of pharmaceutical drugs with theoretical and practical knowledges

Active awareness of the different toxicology issues

Multidisciplinary approaches: neuroscience, cardiovascular, cancer, metabolism, etc.

General Basis for future careers in biomedical and pharmaceutical research


Specific training objectives

At the end of the course the students will be able to:

• Mobilise knowledge from a physiological point of view on the functioning of five major classes of drugs (anti-infection, anti-cancer, neurological, cardiovascular and hormonal)

• Acquire a current vision of the issues of pharmacogenetics, personalised medicine and pharmacovigilance.

• Critically analyse and present the practical steps of drug development, pharmaceutical industry and the drug-market policy.

• Interact with scientists and professionals from different backgrounds to learn and practice the various steps involved in the identification of a toxic substance, from the discovery of its mechanism of action to the press release and risk management.

Where ?


In the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Bugnon 27


Around 20 host laboratories propose affiliated projects


Ex-cathedra classes

Fundamental Principles

  • Pharmacokinetics-Pharmacodynamics
  • Pharmacogenetics-genomic (personalized medecine)

Practical Aspects

  • Drug design and discovery
  • Drug development
  • Optimization of drug treatment
  • Regulations and Regulatory agencies

System Pharmacology

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  • Cardiovascular pharmacology
  • Endocrine pharmacology

Principles of chemotherapy

  • Cancer
  • Infectious diseases


  • Pharmacotoxicology
  • Food toxicology
  • Ecotoxicology

E-learning activities

  • are part of the toxicology teaching and allow you to know more about pharmaco- as well as ecotoxico-vigilance

Seminar Series

  • on «Drug Discovery & Development» to meet with speakers performing research in industry
Visit of an industry research center

During the last years, we visited Roche, Merck Serono, Nestlé, Novartis, Debiopharm and Actelion to meet scientists performing research in industry and human research managers to talk about job opportunities for Master or PhD students in the respective company.

Problem-based learning activities will provide critical thinking about the Big Pharma with examples of drug development from the finding of an interesting active principle to a commercialized drug and its becoming when used by patients (pharmacovigilance).

2016 : Visit of Merck Production and R&D Site (Corsier-sur-Vevey)


31 mars 2017 : Visit of Celgene (Neuchâtel)              24 mars 2017 : Visit of Tridel (Lausanne)


Career perspectives
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  • Pharma
  • Biomedical Industries
  • Biotechs
  • Lab Med
  • Hospitals (FAMH)
  • Tox Labs
  • Patent Offices
  • Regulatory affairs
  • Governmental Agencies
  • Education



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Prof. Marie-Christine Broillet
Department of Biomedical Sciences

In charge of the Pharmacology & Toxicology track

Office 314
Rue du Bugnon 27
CH-1011 Lausanne

Tel. +41 21 692 53 69

For any administrative question (e.g. registration, equivalencies, etc.) : please contact the School of Biology.

CH-1015 Lausanne
Tel. +41 21 692 40 10
Fax +41 21 692 40 05