The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences aims to be recognised nationally and internationally as a leader in pharmaceutical research and education. We promote the discovery, development, and appropriate use of medications for the welfare and the safety of the public.

The range of topics in Pharmaceutical Sciences aims at the identification and the characterisation of both new biologically active natural products and synthetic drugs and at understanding of their interactions with human targets on a molecular level using in silico, in vitro, and in vivo models.

Based on this knowledge, new lead compounds and disease relevant targets are investigated and delivery systems for pharmaceutical active ingredients are developed.

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Lea Ann Dailey works in the Department of Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharmacy on the efficient "packaging" of active substances, especially in the form of inhalation therapy. This therapy is particularly interesting in the treatment of lung diseases such as COVID-19.


For rare diseases, the great hope lies in repurposing, the treatment with already existing drugs. For Cantú syndrome, pharmacologist Anna Weinzinger of the University of Vienna and her team have "repurposed" an active substance that has already achieved initial success.


At the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the University of Vienna, antiviral agents are among the drugs being developed. Thierry Langer and Verena Battisti explain the relevance of their research in the fight against the novel coronavirus and how they use computer-based methods to avoid animal testing.