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Founding Chair of BMED Retires

The founding Chair of the Department of Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences (BMED), Vernon Grund, Ph.D., retired at the close of the semester.  Joining the College of Pharmacy in 1992, Dr. Grund served as the first Chair of what was then the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.  His vision and leadership were a major force in the growth of biomedical research within the BMED and across campus.  During his tenure, Dr. Grund oversaw the creation of two NIH-funded Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence and the development of new Ph.D. programs in Neuroscience, Toxicology, and Medicinal Chemistry.  He retired as the College's Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Education and was recently awarded the title of Emeritus Professor.

Read more about Dr. Grund in the latest edition of UM's Research Vision magazine:


BMED Researchers are among 16 national recipients of NFL & GE Head Health Challenge Awards to study Traumatic Brain Injury

BMED Research Assistant Professors Sarj Patel and Tom Rau joined a highly select group of investigative teams chosen to receive one of only sixteen Head Health Challenge Awards made by the NFL & GE to advance the diagnosis of traumatic brain injury (TBI).  Their research will focus on identifying protein and RNA "biomarkers" present in the blood following TBI.  The results could prove valuable in diagnosing the extent of the head injury and determining the best course of action.  Drs. Patel and Rau used pilot project support provided by the UM's UGP grant program, the Montana Neuroscience Institute and the Montana Board of Research & Commercialization Technology.  Read More…
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The Department of Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences (BMED) serves as the "basic science" unit of the Skaggs School of Pharmacy.  With research strengths in Molecular Pharmacology, Neuroscience, Toxicology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Medicinal Chemistry, its faculty of about 40, oversees much of the P1- and P2-year curriculum for the professional Pharm.D. program, as well as four graduate Ph.D. programs.  A strong commitment to collaborative, multidisciplinary biomedical research has led to the development of two NIH Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence and an NIH/NINDS P30 Core Laboratory that have helped make BMED one of the leading research units on campus.

Message From the Chair

Welcome to "BMED", the Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences.  Our department is housed within the Skaggs School of Pharmacy on The University of Montana campus in the beautiful Rocky Mountain community of Missoula.  Given its curricular mission in the basic health sciences for the Pharm.D. degree in Pharmacy and the lack of a medical school in Montana, it is not surprising that BMED has grown to become a leading site for biomedical research on campus, as well as across Montana.  Research interests of our faculty are truly multidisciplinary, with strengths in Molecular Pharmacology, Toxicology, Neuroscience and Medicinal Chemistry.  Indeed, the Skaggs School of Pharmacy has ranked among the top 10 of all US Schools of Pharmacy for total research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in eight of the past ten years.

BMED faculty are committed to the concept of the "teacher/scholar", believing that research and education are inseparable.  A high priority is placed on individualized training and mentoring of students at every level, from undergraduates to our professional pharmacy program to graduate students seeking Ph.D.s in any of four disciplines: Biomedical Sciences, Neuroscience, Toxicology, or Medicinal Chemistry.  These efforts even reach off campus through a variety of K-12 science outreach programs.  In particular, the unique combination of our size, our multidisciplinary focus, the presence of three NIH campus Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence and our collaborative environment provide exceptional opportunities for graduate students to pursue highly innovative programs of study and research leading to their Ph.D.s.

We invite you to explore our web site in hopes that is conveys the excitement and quality of our research and graduate training programs, as well as the rich environments of The University of Montana and the community of Missoula.



Richard Bridges, PhD

Regents Professor and Department Chair

The University of Montana-Missoula
The Department of Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences
32 Campus Drive, Skaggs 395
Missoula, MT 59812-1552
Phone 406.243.4767 Fax: 406.243.5228

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