Department of pharmacology

The mission of the discipline of pharmacology is to establish how different kinds of drugs work and what has to be considered when the drugs are used for the treatment and prevention of diseases. In a broader scope, pharmacology as a scientific field is concerned with the effects that chemical compounds and biopharmaceuticals have on cells, organs and organisms, i.e. different biological systems.

In the Faculty of Medicine, the department of pharmacology is strongly involved in educating the students in medicine, dentistry and translation medicine, offering basic education worth more than 20 credits annually and also a variety of optional courses on the mechanisms of action of drugs and pharmacotherapy. The scientists working at the department also actively supervise doctoral candidates, advanced medical students and master’s students in their research projects.


The research at the department is focused on neuropharmacology, cardiovascular pharmacology, regenerative pharmacology and intestine physiology. 

If you are interested in knowing more about the science or about the research opportunities, please contact the group leaders and principal investigators.


Professors emeritus

Contact details

Head of de­part­ment

professor Timo Myöhänen


PO BOX 63 (Haartmaninkatu 8)
00014 University of Helsinki