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Pharmacology is defined as the science of chemical substances and how substances interact with living organisms.

The field of pharmacology covers everything from composition and production of such substances to their toxic effects and medical applications. Pharmacological research will often seek to characterize a disease or atypical condition - mainly on a molecular and genetic level - so as to find better ways of treatment.

Pharmacological research at Karolinska Institutet reflects the wide content of the field of pharmacology. Pharmacological studies with a clear link to physiology and clinical (patient-oriented) research are common.

The research conducted ranges from neuropharmacology - such as studies of the effects that stress, caffeine or antipsychotic drugs have on the brain - to pharmacological pain research and how chronic pain is created and affects the body.

Research groups in pharmacology at FyFa

Group leaders Research groups
Igor Adameyko Developmental biology and regenerative medicine
Michael Andäng Biophysics of stem cell and tissue growth
Ernst Brodin Pharmacological pain research
Mattias Carlström

Renal and cardiovascular function

Göran Engberg

Electrophysiological neuropharmacology

Sophie Erhardt


Bertil Fredholm Adenosine research
Magnus Ingelman-Sundberg Pharmacogenetics
Jan Kehr

Pharmacological neurochemistry

Jon Lundberg

Pharmacological nitric oxide research

Gunnar Schulte Receptor biology and signaling
Camilla I Svensson Molecular pain research
Torgny Svensson


Theresa Vincent Molecular cancer and stem cell therapeutics