Mathias Hallberg

Professor at Department of Pharmaceutical Biosciences, Research; Neuropharmacology, Addiction and Behaviour; Biological Research on Drug Dependence

+4618-471 4141
Mobile phone:
+46 70 7270232
Visiting address:
Room BMC B5:2 Biomedicinskt centrum BMC, Husargatan 3
Postal address:
Box 591
751 24 UPPSALA

Short presentation

Master of Science (Fil mag), Lund University and Teacher Training Program (Ämneslärarutbildning), Malmö Högskola in 1999. Doctor of Pharmacy in 2005 and Docent in Pharmacology, Uppsala University in 2007. Director of studies from 2005 and Senior Lecturer from 2010. Appointed to Professor in 2016. Dean - Faculty of Pharmacy from 2020.

Was awarded the Oscar Prize in 2009 and The Best Teacher Award (Pedagogiska priset) in 2013, both from Uppsala University. Promoted to Excellent teacher in 2016.

Research project: The impact of addictive drugs on cognition; memory and learning and efforts to identify unique analgesics and cognitive enhancers.

The research program comprises of three parts, part A, part B and part C. Part A has a focus on the impact of addictive drugs (anabolic androgenic steroids, opioids, GHB etc.) and hormones (growth hormone etc.) on important biochemical and physiological processes that are associated with drug dependence, behaviour and cognition. The effects of these substances on e.g. learning and memory in animal models are examined. Part B represents a drug discovery project derived from our findings in the tachykinin and renin-angiotensin systems (RAS) and that is aimed at identifying new classes of analgesics with potential use in the treatment of neuropathic pain. Part C has a focus on the discovery of unique cognitive enhancers. The proteolytic processing of neuropeptides to small bioactive peptide fragments and the influences of these fragments on neuropeptide systems in brain structures that are linked to cognition are explored (e.g. hippocampus).

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Mathias Hallberg