At the Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology students gain a basic understanding of various forms of therapy as well as knowledge about the effects, production, and use of medication. They also learn laws applicable to medication and narcotics.
One focus of research at the Institute is neuropsychopharmacology. This includes the mechanism of action of psychotropic drugs and neurobiological bases of certain behaviors, behavioral disorders, and diseases. The second main focus of research is neuropharmacology. In this area of research, abnormal changes in the body (pathophysiology) and the treatment of common neurological diseases, such as Parkinson’s, are explored.
During the semester there is a monthly colloquium – with talks and papers on current aspects of pharmacological research and related disciplines such as physiology or behavioral biology. Services provided by the Institute include consulting services on pharmacological, toxicological, and pharmaceutical regulatory issues of interest to veterinarians and the preparation of official assessments for the courts and prosecutors' offices.