Connecting European Neuroscience

Pertti Panula

History Committee (2020-2022)

Curriculum Vitae

Professional and academic career

Education and degrees completed

1984     Docent of Microscopic Anatomy, University of Helsinki
1980     Doctor of Medicine and Surgery (corresponding M.D.,Ph.D.), University of Helsinki, Finland
1977     Licentiate of Medicine (corresponding M.D.) University of Helsinki, Finland 30.6.1977 

Current Position

Professor of Biomedical Science, University of Helsinki 2000- 

Previous Work Experience  (1981- , including positions with teaching duties)

1981-1983 Visiting Fellow, Laboratory of Preclinical Pharmacology (Chief: Dr. Erminio Costa), NIMH, Washington, D.C., USA
1983-1985 Senior Lecturer, Department of Anatomy, University of Helsinki
1986      Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy, University of Helsinki
1986-1992 Academy Fellow, Academy of Finland
1988      University of Osaka, Department of Pharmacology, JSPS Visiting Scientist
1992-2003 Professor of Cell Biology, Abo Akademi University (Chairman 1993-2000)
2003-2018 Research Director, Neuroscience Center, University of Helsinki
2014-2018 Vice Rector of the University of Helsinki (part-time)


Honours and awards

Honorary Memberships: European Histamine Research Society 2018, Polish Histamine Research Society 2018
2014      Elected to the Finnish Academy of Sciences and Letters
1995       Elected to the Finnish Society of Sciences and Letters
1997      Erna and Viktor Hasselblad Foundation grant winner


Research interests

Neuronal circuits in models of major brain disorders
Neurotransmitter systems in major psychiatric and neurological disorders
Zebrafish models of brain disorders


Selected Publications

Panula, P., Hadjiconstantinou, M., Yang, H. Y.T. and Costa, E.: Immunohistochemical localization of bom-besin/gastrin-releasing peptide and subs¬tance P in primary sensory neu¬rons. J. Neurosci. 3: 2021 2029, 1983. 

Panula, P., Yang, H. Y.T. and Costa, E.: Histami¬ne-¬con¬taining neurons in the rat hypothalamus. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 81: 2572 2576, 1984. 

Kaslin, J. and Panula, P.: Comparative anatomy of the zebrafish brain histaminergic system and other aminergic systems. J. Comp. Neurol. 440: 342-377, 2001. 

Kaslin, J., Nystedt, J.M., Östergård, M., Peitsaro, N. and Panula, P.: The orexin/hypocretin system in zebrafish is connected to the aminergic and cholinergic systems. J. Neuroscience 24: 2678-2689, 2004. 

Sundvik, M., Chen, Y.-C., Panula, P.: Dynamic regulation of zebrafish histaminergic neuron population and behavior by presenilin 1. J. Neuroscience 33: 1589-1597, 2013.

Reimer, M.M., Norris, A., Ohnmacht, J., Patani, R., Zhong, Z., Dias, T.B., Kuscha, V., Scott, A.L., Chen, Y.C., Rozov, S., Frazer, S.L., Wyatt, C., Higashijima, S.I., Patton, E.E., Panula, P., Chandran, S., Becker, T., Becker, C.G..: Dopamine from the Brain Promotes Spinal Motor Neuron Generation during Development and Adult Regeneration. Devel. Cell doi: 10.1016/j.devcel.2013.04.012, 2013

Chen YC, Semenova S, Rozov S, Sundvik M, Bonkowsky JL, Panula P. A novel developmental role for dopaminergic signaling to specify hypothalamicneurotransmitter identity. J Biol Chem. 291(42):21880-21892, 2016 pii: jbc.M115.697466. 

Haas, H.L. and Panula, P.: The role of histamine and the tuberomamillary nucleus in the brain, Nature Reviews Neurosci.  4: 121-130, 2003 

Panula, P., Chazot, P.D., Cowart, M., Gutzmer, R., Leurs,  L., Liu, W.L.S., Stark, H., Thurmond,  R., Haas, H.L.: International Union of Pharmacology. XCVIII. Histamine receptors. Pharmacol. Rev. 67: 601-655, 2015.

Professor of Biomedical Science, University of Helsinki