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.