Department of Pharmacology

Histological samples of brain, heart and gut.

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.

Research groups

Prof. Esa Korpi, professor of pharmacology

Cardiovascular and regenerative pharmacology
Prof. Eero Mervaala, professor of cardiovascular and metabolic  pharmacology;
Dr. Esko Kankuri, laboratorian, adjunct professor 

Medical nutrition physiology
Dr. Riitta Korpela, research director, professor h.c.

Behavioral neuropharmacology
Dr. Anni-Maija Linden, senior lecturer, adjunct professor

Neuropharmacology of pain
Dr. Pekka Rauhala, senior lecturer, professor h.c.

Neurobiology of addiction 
Dr. Petri Hyytiä, senior researcher, adjunct professor

Regulation of appetite
Dr. Teemu Aitta-aho, university lecturer, adjunct professor

Translational neuroscience 
Dr. Jaan-Olle Andressoo, associate professor in translational neuroscience

Head of department

professor Esa Korpi


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