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FALL3030 Pharmacology 9 ECTS
Organised by
Pharmacology, Drug Development and Therapeutics
Person in charge
Professor Mika Scheinin (mscheinin@utu.fi) and university teacher Jonne Laurila (jomila@utu.fi), Pharmacology, Drug Development and Therapeutics, Institute of Biomedicine

Learning outcomes

The course introduces students to the preventing and treating of diseases using medicinal products, drug mechanisms of action, their proper therapeutic use, and adverse effects and pharmacokinetic criteria.


Basic pharmacology
- Dosage
- Pharmacodynamics and kinetics
- Drug metabolism
- Receptors and their function
- Individual differences in drug responses and pharmacokinetics
Pharmacology of peripheral nervous system
- The autonomic nervous system
- Anti-inflammatory drugs
- Muscle relaxants and local anesthetics
Pharmacology of central nervous system
- Basics of neuropsychopharmacology
- Antipsychotics
- Antidepressants
- Euphoric analgesics
- Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease drugs
- Epilepsy and migraine drugs
- Hypnotics and sedatives
- General anesthetics
- Drugs, addiction and abuse
Mechanisms of antimicrobial agents and chemotherapy
Pharmacology of circulatory, respiratory and gastrointestinal systems
- Cardiac glycosides
- Nitrates
- Drugs acting at renin-angiotensin system
- Diuretics
- Calcium channel blockers
- Antithrombotic drugs
- Obstructive pulmonary disease drugs
- Gastrointestinal drugs
Drugs affecting metabolism
- Gluco-and mineralocorticoids
- Drugs used for the treatment of osteoporosis
- Immunosuppressive drugs
- Drugs used for the treatment of diabetes
- Drugs affecting thyroid function
- Lipid drugs
- Obesity drugs
- Doping substances

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 66 h 0 h
Tutorials 10 h 0 h

Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in classroom work
  • In Finnish

Lectures 66 hours, seminars and exercises 10 hours. Independent work.

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 0-5.
Both midterm exams have to be completed before participating final exam. Final exam determines the final grade. Results from midterm exams do not affect the final grade.

Study materials

  1. All materials handled in lectures, seminars and group exercises
  2. Materials distributed in Moodle
  3. Book alternatives:

Koulu M - Mervaala E: Farmakologia ja toksikologia, 9. painos, Medicina 2013

Pelkonen O - Ruskoaho H: Lääketieteellinen farmakologia ja toksikologia, 4. painos, Duodecim 2014

Rang HP, Dale MM, Ritter JM, Flower RJ: Rang & Dale’s Pharmacology, 7. painos, Churchill Livingstone 2011

Belongs to following study modules

Department of Biochemistry
Institute of Biomedicine
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Implementation details are unavailable.
Institute of Biomedicine
DP in Biomedicine
MDP in Health Biosciences
Finnish Study Modules
MDP in Biomedical Imaging
MDP in Drug Discovery and Development