While physiology looks at the functions of living organisms or parts thereof, pharmacology is dedicated to identifying interactions between living organisms and substances that influence normal or abnormal functions. The work at the Center for Physiology and Pharmacology is therefore dedicated to researching and teaching normal and disrupted functions in healthy or sick organisms and the interactions of the same with molecules, be these medicines or poisons.
Research work is primarily focused on the cardiovascular area and the nervous and sensory systems. Research work ranges from the investigation of molecular structures to the clarification of complex behavioral patterns.
In keeping with the main focuses of their work, there are more than 100 scientific staff at the Center for Physiology and Pharmacology, split between the following institutes/divisions: the Institute of Physiology, Institute of Pharmacology, Institute of Vascular Biology and the Division of Neurophysiology and Neuropharmacology.