Natural drugs are considered the oldest & the main source of pharmacy practice since the first decades. The word "pharmacognosy" is derived from the Greek words; "pharmacon" which means "drug" and "gnosis" which means knowledge. The department deals with all the natural products whether they are of plant, animal or marine origin being the primary sources of medicines. Medicinal plants constitutes the most important group of natural products, so the department focuses on teaching the methods of their cultivation, collection and storage as well as their classification and identification in the entire or powdered forms. The active constituents of the plants are well studied concerning their isolation in pure form, their chemical structure as well as their medicinal uses. The department also deals with the different systems of the alternative and herbal medicine. In addition it teaches the different modern techniques of biotechnology for production of drugs such as tissue culture, and genetic engineering. Researches of staff members of the department are concerned with medicinal plants especially those growing in Iraq to discover their active constituents that may help in defeating different diseases.

DR. Ula Mohammed Noor
Head of The Department of pharmacognosy and SupportIng Sciences

Branch of pharmacognosy and Supporting Sciences:
Since the founding of the college, the branch has been integrated with the Pharmaceutical Chemistry Branch. In 2012, the branch became as separated unit from Pharmaceutical Chemistry Branch and it concerning medicinal plants and drugs of natural source as well as other sciences.
To be a distinguished branch interested in the development of teaching staff to raise the scientific level of students to meet the challenges of the future and to pay attention to high quality research with economic benefits to the country, as well as to increase applied research in the field of medicinal plants and drugs from natural sources. it is seeking to open up postgraduate studies, M.D. (Master Degree)'s and studies.
Improving and learning of the basic subjects needed by a faculty of pharmacy student in his working Bio as well as his social Bio.
The branch seeks to develop the curriculum in accordance with the development in the world and the development of teaching methods, as well as to develop and modernize the methods of scientific research. The branch also seeks to establish a sophisticated laboratory in the field of good plant research and the establishment of a nursery for medicinal plants and aims to open graduate studies. The branch also aims to support and develop the study materials for supporting sciences such as computer studies, medical physics, mathematics and statistics.

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