The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology is part of the Institute of Pharmacy at the Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy
and the CMBI at the Leopold - Franzens - University of Innsbruck.

The department is responsible for training pharmacy students in pharmacology, toxicology and clinical pharmacy. Departmental staff also participates in FWF-funded excellence graduate programs which are open to students of the faculties of natural sciences as well as medical students. The department also participates in continuing education of medical doctors and pharmacists.
The research of the institute is devoted to various topics of cardiovascular and neuropharmacology using a broad methodological spectrum which allows to analyze drug actions on the molecular, cellular and in vivo level. Research teams aim at an internationally recognized position within these research fields as documented in the department's publication records. 



Chairman­ Jörg Striessnig

Office Management
Monika Egger-Büssing



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Institute of Pharmacy
Department of­ Pharmacology and­ Toxicology
University of Innsbruck
Center for Chemistry and Biomedicine
Innrain 80 - 82/III
A-6020 Innsbruck - Austria

Office Hours:   MON, WED, THURS from 10-12 a.m.
Phone: +43 (0)512 507 58801


Work Groups and Research Projects
Molecular Pharmacology of Voltage - Gated Calcium Channels - Link
  • Physiology, pharmacology and pharmacotherapeutic potential of L - type calcium channels
  • Role of Cav1.4 and Cav2.1 channels in human calcium channel diseases (channelopathies)
  • Funtional L - type calcium channel heterogeneity generated by alternative splicing


Neuropharmacology - Link
  • Neurobiology underlying psychopathology and psychotherapeutic drug action
  • CNS neurotransmitters involved in cardiovascular and respiratory Regulation


Molecular sensory physiology group - Link
  • Contribution of L-type calcium channels in sensory physiology of vision
  • Role of L-type calcium channels in visual disorders
  • The retina as window to the brain


Molecular Endocrinology Group - Link
  • Role of CaV3 L-type calcium channel in β-cell survival and function
  • Sex differences in pancreatic β-cell function
  • Role of auxiliary subunits in chromaffin cells


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