Today’s Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences is the result of fusing previously separate pharmaceutical institutes in April 2004. The intention was to coordinate administration, research and teaching. Currently the Institute is structured into four departments: Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Pharmacognosy and Pharmaceutical Technology.
The Institute is driven by 37 academic and 32 technical and administrative staff members which are continuously supported by research fellows and exchange students.
The Institute houses state-of-the-art facilities of an internationally high standard level. The main focus of research is in the fields of natural product chemistry, drug lead discovery, cellular signalling (NO/cGMP), molecular drug targets, pharmacogenomics, bioanalysis, nanotechnology, and tissue engineering. The results lead either to publications in the top journals and/or to filings of intellectual property rights. Research is mainly funded by national and international grants as well as by the pharmaceutical and food industry. Several scientists of the Institute are members of Centres of Excellence or multinational research networks. Plenty international collaborations guarantee a continuous exchange of students, scientists and know how.
In addition, the Institute provides up-to-date teaching to undergraduate students within the pharmacy curriculum by incorporating research progress into lectures as well as into practical courses. Moreover, we offer an interesting postgraduate programme within the mentioned research areas leading to a doctorate degree in Natural Sciences (Dr. rer. nat.). Pharmacy students of Graz have proven to be successful at the national and international level thus coping with the challenges of modern medical life sciences. Since the Institute is actively participating in different mobility programmes (Socrates, Ceepus, Eurasia-Pacific Uninet, ASEA Uninet), exchange of researchers and students is strongly supported leading to an ´´internationalisation ´´ of pharmacy in Graz.
In summary, the Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences is an attractive and internationally competitive location for students and researchers alike, offering high standards in a wide variety of pharmaceutical disciplines.
Rudolf Bauer, Univ.-Prof. Dr.rer.nat..
Head of the Institute