Pharmacology is a branch of medicine that deals with the study of drug action on the cells, tissues and organs or a living organism or human. Pharmacologist or people related to the profession study the composition, properties, usage and toxicology of drugs, and analyse how the drugs interact with biological systems. They are concerned with understanding the nature of drugs, their usage and their optimal utilization for best results. Mostly, people in the profession embark on two main types of research, the in-vitro research that involves using cells or animal tissue, and the in-vivo research that uses whole animals to predict the effects of specific drugs on human beings. Talking about pharmacology and pharmacologists, America has been one of the leading countries in the world to house famous pharmacologists. Earl W Sutherland won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1971 for his discoveries concerning the mechanism of the action of hormones. A year before, Julius Axelrod received the prestigious prize for his work on the release and reuptake of catecholamine neurotransmitters, a class of chemicals in the brain. Not just men, American women too have made their presence felt in the field. Gertrude Elion received the Nobel Prize in 1988 for developing new drugs that led to the development of the AIDS drug AZT. Check this segment to know more about famous American pharmacologists.
Gertrude B. ElionGertrude B. Elion
23 January 1918
Biochemist, Pharmacologist
Ferid MuradFerid Murad
14 September 1936
Physician and Pharmacologist

Carl Ferdinand CoriCarl Ferdinand Cori
05 December 1896

Julius AxelrodJulius Axelrod
30 May 1912

Alfred G. GilmanAlfred G. Gilman
01 July 1941
Pharmacologist, Biochemist

Earl W. Sutherland, Jr.Earl W. Sutherland Jr.
19 November 1915
Biochemist and Pharmacologist
Louis J. IgnarroLouis J. Ignarro
31 May 1941

Alexander ShulginAlexander Shulgin
17 June 1925
Biochemist, Pharmacologist, Chemist

George RyanGeorge Ryan
24 February 1934
Frances Oldham KelseyFrances Oldham Kelsey
24 July 1914

David HeroldDavid Herold
16 June 1842
John PembertonJohn Pemberton
08 July 1831
Pharmacist, Inventor, Chemist

Louis S. GoodmanLouis S. Goodman
27 August 1906

William PrusoffWilliam Prusoff
25 June 1920

Charles R. WalgreenCharles R. Walgreen
09 October 1873
American pharmacologist

Alexander Theodore ShulginAlexander Theodore Shulgin
17 June 1925