Radica Stepanović-Petrović, PhD

Dr sc. Radica Stepanović

Position: Full Professor
Organizational unit: Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Room: B 305
Telefon: +381 11 3951-374
Emailradica@pharmacy.bg.ac.rs ; 




Radica Stepanović-Petrović finished elementary school (elementary school "Jelena Ćetković") and high school (Sixth Belgrade High School) in Belgrade. She graduated from the Faculty of Pharmacy in Belgrade in 1985, with an average grade of 9.79. Along the way, she also became a senior undergraduate at the Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade. She received her master's degree in cardiovascular pharmacology in 1990 from the Faculty of Pharmacy in Belgrade, and her doctorate in neurotoxicology in 1995 from the Faculty of Medicine in Belgrade. She was elected Assistant Professor of Pharmacology in 1996, Associate Professor in 2002, and Full Professor in 2007.

Radica Stepanović-Petrović participates in classes for students of integrated academic studies in Pharmacology, Pharmacotherapy, and Pharmacotherapy in Pediatrics, doctoral studies, as well as for students of specialist studies required by the healthcare system (Pharmacotherapy, Pharmaceutical Technology) and specialist academic studies (Pharmacotherapy in Pharmaceutical Practice). She is the head of the specialist studies required by the healthcare system in Pharmacotherapy.

She is the editor and co-author of a textbook in pharmacotherapy, co-author of a practicum in pharmacology and translation of a textbook in pharmacology. She is also the author of several chapters of two books of national importance, as well as two monographs of international importance.

Radica Stepanović-Petrović’s areas of scientific research are pain pharmacology, cardiovascular pharmacology and neurotoxicology. She has published over 160 scientific and professional papers in these fields, of which over 50 scientific papers in journals from the SCI list. She is the head of the scientific project of the Science Fund (The IDEAS Program: Fight_PainAndComorb) and research group within the institutional funding of scientific research at the Faculty of Pharmacy by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia. She was the manager of two national basic research projects in the field of medicine funded by the same Ministry.

As a lecturer, she has participated in more than 50 professional and scientific conferences and continuing education courses. She is the editor-in-chief of the national journal of pharmacy Archives of Pharmacy. She is a member of the Council of Scientific Areas of Medical Sciences of the University of Belgrade and was a longtime member of he Expert Board of the Association of Pharmaceutical Societies of Serbia. Radica Stepanović-Petrović is a member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Serbia, Serbian Pharmacological Society, Society for Neuroscience of Serbia and World Association for the Study of Pain (IASP).


  • Micov AM, Tomić MA, Todorović MB, Vuković MJ, Pecikoza UB, Jasnic NI, Djordjevic JD, Stepanović-Petrović RM. Vortioxetine reduces pain hypersensitivity and associated depression-like behavior in mice with oxaliplatin-induced neuropathy. Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry. 2020 Dec 20;103:109975. doi: 10.1016/j.pnpbp.2020.109975.
  • Tomić M, Pecikoza U, Micov A, Vučković S, Stepanović-Petrović R. Antiepileptic drugs as analgesics/adjuvants in inflammatory pain: current preclinical evidence. Pharmacol Ther. 2018 Dec;192:42-64. doi: 10.1016/j.pharmthera.2018.06.002.
  • Dinić M, Pecikoza U, Djokić J, Stepanović-Petrović R, Milenković M, Stevanović M, Filipović N, Begović J, Golić N, Lukić J. Exopolysaccharide Produced by Probiotic Strain Lactobacillus paraplantarum BGCG11 Reduces Inflammatory Hyperalgesia in Rats. Front Pharmacol. 2018 Jan 17;9:1. doi: 10.3389/fphar.2018.00001.
  • Pecikoza UB, Tomić MA, Micov AM, Stepanović-Petrović RM. Metformin Synergizes With Conventional and Adjuvant Analgesic Drugs to Reduce Inflammatory Hyperalgesia in Rats. Anesth Analg. 2017 Apr;124(4):1317-1329. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000001561.
  • Stepanovic-Petrovic RM, Micov AM, Tomic MA, Kovacevic JM, Boškovic BD. Antihyperalgesic/antinociceptive effects of ceftriaxone and its synergistic interactions with different analgesics in inflammatory pain in rodents. Anesthesiology. 2014 Mar;120(3):737-50. doi: 10.1097/ALN.0000435833.33515.ba.
  • Stepanović-Petrović RM, Micov AM, Tomić MA, Ugrešić ND. The local peripheral antihyperalgesic effect of levetiracetam and its mechanism of action in an inflammatory pain model. Anesth Analg. 2012 Dec;115(6):1457-66. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0b013e31826c7fc2.
  • Micov A, Tomić M, Popović B, Stepanović-Petrović R. The antihyperalgesic effect of levetiracetam in an inflammatory model of pain in rats: mechanism of action. Br J Pharmacol. 2010 Sep;161(2):384-92. doi: 10.1111/j.1476-5381.2010.00877.x.
  • Stepanovic-Petrovic RM, Tomic MA, Vuckovic SM, Paranos S, Ugresic ND, Prostran MS, Milovanovic S, Boskovic B. The antinociceptive effects of anticonvulsants in a mouse visceral pain model. Anesth Analg. 2008 Jun;106(6):1897-903. doi: 10.1213/ane.0b013e318172b993.
  • Vucković SM, Tomić MA, Stepanović-Petrović RM, Ugresić N, Prostran MS, Bosković B. The effects of alpha2-adrenoceptor agents on anti-hyperalgesic effects of carbamazepine and oxcarbazepine in a rat model of inflammatory pain. Pain. 2006 Nov;125(1-2):10-9. doi: 10.1016/j.pain.2006.04.023.
  • Tomić MA, Vučković SM, Stepanović-Petrović RM, Ugrešić N, Prostran MŠ, Bošković B. The anti-hyperalgesic effects of carbamazepine and oxcarbazepine are attenuated by treatment with adenosine receptor antagonists. Pain. 2004 Oct;111(3):253-260. doi: 10.1016/j.pain.2004.07.010.