Molecular pharmacology is an interdisciplinary subject in which physicians, biochemists, molecular biologists and cell biologists work closely together. The central questions here are which molecular mechanisms contribute to the development of the disease and how one can intervene therapeutically in these mechanisms with active substances. One focus of teaching and research at the Institute for Molecular Pharmacology is the inflammatory response. Inflammatory processes represent a defense reaction of the body. However, they are also often the basis of chronic ailments or secondary diseases such as fibrosis or cancer. The exact knowledge of the molecular processes is an essential basis for the development of future drugs.
The research work of the institute is focused on three areas
- Function of ADAM family proteases in inflammation and cancer
- Regulation of inflammation by mechanical forces
- Protein maturation and signal transduction in inflammatory processes