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Main fields of activity

  • Ensures the organisation and implementation of a high-quality, modern study process in compulsory study courses:
    • Inorganic Chemistry, Qualitative Analysis, Quantitative Analysis, Organic Chemistry, Physical Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Medical Chemistry, Toxicologic Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Pharmacology, Pharmacotherapy in Pharmacist's Practice;
  • and in optional study courses:
    • Instrumental Analysis Methods, Integrated Pharmacy, Clinical Pharmacy, New Medicine Development, Poisoning Instant Diagnostics, Pharmacogenetics, Chemistry and Cosmetics, Drafting of Scientific Papers, Radiopharmacy and Radionuclides.
  • Scientific activities and commercial services
  • Students’ scientific research project supervision
  • Doctoral thesis development
  • Furthering the pedagogical and scientific qualifications of the department's academic staff
  • Active participation in professional associations: Latvijas Farmaceitu biedrība (Pharmacists' Society of Latvia), Farmakoloģijas biedrība (Latvian Pharmacology Association), European Association of Faculties of Pharmacy (EAFP), European Society of Clinical Pharmacy (ESCP), International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), Latvian Toxicology Society.

Research directions

  • Pharmacological and pharmacokinetic studies of medicinal substances;
  • Pharmacoepidemiological studies of different groups of drugs;
  • The interaction of antiplatelet agents and anticoagulants with other medicinal substances;
  • Pharmacogenetic studies, individualised drug therapy;
  • Pharmacokinetic studies of antibacterial drugs;
  • Etnopharmacological studies;
  • Development and analysis of medicinal plant extracts;
  • Studies on the adherence and rational use of drug therapy in patients.

Cooperation partners

  • The Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Pharmacology of the Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis
  • The Latvian Biomedical Research and Study Centre
  • Pauls Stradiņš Clinical University Hospital
  • Children's Clinical University Hospital
  • Riga East Clinical University Hospital
  • The pharmaceutical company Grindeks
  • The chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturer Olainfarm
  • Open and closed-door pharmacies
  • General practices
  • Cooperation universities: Riga Technical University, University of Latvia, Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, University of Helsinki, University of Tartu, University of Pisa, Dalhousie University, Monash University, Charles University

Research projects

Baltic Biomaterials Centre of Excellence, Phase II

Tuberculosis treatment: exploring the perspectives for personalised therapy

Development of anti-parasitar phytomethyl containing herbal extracts (in Latvian)

Dissolution modelling for enhanced drug delivery systems (ModelDrug)

Pharmacogenomics of drug resistant tuberculosis

High hydrostatic pressure / Radiation sterilisation: advanced processing method for future implantable gel-like biomaterials (SafeGel)

Herbal Medicine Chemical Fingerprints: Tool for Solutions (HerbPrint)


The name of the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry was first mentioned in the minutes of a meeting of the Faculty of Chemistry of the University of Latvia on 12 May 1922 in the context that that the former Assistant Professor of the University of Tartu, Jānis Maizīte (1883-1950), would henceforth "be considered to be under the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry". Prof. Maizīte contributed greatly to the development of the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry.

Since 1950, the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry has consecutively been part of the Faculty of Pharmacy at the Riga Medical Institute, the Latvian Academy of Medicine and what is now called Rīga Stradiņš University.

The Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry has been located at 16 Dzirciema iela since 1995.

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