Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology (WE14)

Address: Koserstraße 20
Building 14
14195 Berlin

Director: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Heidrun Fink
Phone: +49 30 838 53221



Research group of Prof. Dr. Fink

Aim of our research projects is to contribute to the elucidation of the

  • mechanism of action of antipsychotic drugs
  • neurobiological basis of behaviour, and related disturbances and diseases
  • interaction of transmission systems in control of behaviour.


Focus is on:

  • Regulation and factors influencing food intake
  • Anxiety and anxiety related disturbances, depression related behaviour, consequences to stress
  • Strain and breeding line differences in laboratory rodents
  • 3R-Concept, especially refinement in animal experiments
  • Functional relevance of subtypes of the serotonin receptor


Research group of Prof. Dr. Richter

The workgroup researches pathophysiology and therapy of common neurological diseases. The main focus is on motor disorders, the diseases of basal ganglia (dystonias, dyskinesias, Morbus Parkinson). For research regarding the efficacy of drugs, animal models are used (preferably rodents), because in-vitro-methods are not suited for such specific problems. In this context it is important that the animal models are well characterized, i.e. symptoms, neuropathological and neurochemical changes are exactly recorded. The veterinary pharmacology has a special importance in developing appropriate animal models.

Teaching profile

Obligatory courses according to TAppV


  • Lectures in general and special pharmacology and toxicology (semester 5 and 6)
  • Lectures in pharmaceutical and narcotics law (semester 7)
  • Exercises in pharmaceutical technology (galenics)
  • Elective courses
  • Profile courses
  • Lectures in modular classes (semester 8)

Research profile

Current projects



We offer cooperation and services:


  • consulting in drug related, pharmacological, toxicological questions or questions on pharmaceutical law
  • writing expert opinions
  • performing comprehensive behavioural tests using test batteries, phenotyping of transgenic animals
  • screening tests, studies with animal models of diseases (anxiety, depression), investigations of food intake, learning and memory, impulsivity
  • we use a broad spectrum of validated tests in the field of behavioural pharmacology