History

Education in our Faculty has been fully devoted to pharmaceutical sciences, but slightly lacking in the teaching of practical clinical pharmacy. Therefore, the Medical Pharmacy Division was added to the master’s program of the graduate school in 1995. The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences (FPS-OU) is composed of 18 chairs, and research is conducted in greatly varied areas. The projects and recent publications of the faculty are listed below. The high productivity of our faculty was attested to in Nature in 1994 (31:125). FPS-OU was established in 1969 as a department of the Medical School with seven chairs and was separated from that unit in 1976. The history of the Faculty is as follows:

1969 Department of Pharmaceutical Science (DPS) was added to the Medical School.
1970 Chairs of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Physiological Chemistry and Pharmacognosy were established in DPS.
1971 Chairs of Pharmacology, Health Chemistry were established in DPS.
1972 Chairs of Bioorganic Chemistry and Pharmaceutics were established in DPS.
1973 Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Okayama University (GSPS-OU) was established.
1975 Department of Pharmaceutical Technology (DPT) was added to the Medical School.
1976 DPS and DPT were separated from the Medical School and FPS-OU was established.
1976 Chairs of Pharmaceutical Analytical Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Physical Chemistry were established in DPT.
1977 Chairs of Microbiology and Immunochemistry were established in DPT.
1978 Chairs of Synthetic & Medicinal Chemistry and Environmental Hygiene were established in DPT.
1994 Chair of Pharmaceutical Fundamental Science was established in DPT.
1995 Medical Pharmacy Division was added to the DSPS-OU and Chairs of Clinical Pharmaceutics, Pharmaceutical Information Sciences, Hospital Pharmacy and Diagnostic & Therapeutic Chemistry were established in the division.
1999 Reorganization of DPS was completed. Two Departments (Pharmaceutical Science and Pharmaceutical Technology) were unified as the Department of General Pharmaceutical Sciences. GSPS-OU (master’s course) is unified with the Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology (doctoral course) as the Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology (master’s course; Divisions of Pharmaceutical Science and Clinical Pharmaceutical Science).
2001 Reorganization of the Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology (doctoral course) was completed. The Division of Biopharmaceutical Science was transferred to the Division of Biotechnological and Pharmaceutical Science in the Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology (doctoral course).
2002 Reorganization of the Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology (master’s course) was completed. Two Divisions (Pharmaceutical Science and Clinical Pharmaceutical Science) and five Departments (Medicine-Development Science, Molecular and Cellular Pharmaceutical-Science, Health Pharmaceutical-Science, Clinical Pharmacotherapeutic Science and Clinical Pharmaceutical-Science) were established in the reorganized master’s course.