Prof. Dr. Bernhard Rauch

+49 (0) 441 798-4930

W03 02-299 (Site plan)


Carmen Pacholke

+49 (0) 441 798-3345

W03A 02-294


Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
Fakultät VI Medizin und Gesundheitswissenschaften
Department für Humanmedizin
Carl-von-Ossietzky-Straße 9-11
26129 Oldenburg

Pharmacology and Toxicology

Pharmacology and Toxicology

Pharmacology is the science of interactions between organisms (biological systems) and active substances - regardless of the benefits or harmful (toxicological) effects of the substances examined. Active substances are all chemical compounds that influence bodily functions. These can be both exogenous and endogenous active substances. Active pharmaceutical ingredients that have beneficial effects are called drugs, while poisons (toxins) have harmful effects.

This results in a variety of tasks for pharmacology. Among other things, key areas of pharmacological research are to determine the effects of drugs, to develop new pharmaceuticals or to unravel the effects of foreign substances in organisms. In addition, pharmacology evaluates the therapeutic benefit of drugs and investigates possible side effects. The field of pharmacology also includes advice and support in preventive medicine and medical treatment.


Prof. Dr. Bernhard Rauch

Specialist in pharmacology and toxicology, specialist in clinical pharmacology

(Changed: 07 Jul 2022)