Department of Infectious Diseases
The academic personnel of the infectious diseases clinic consists of 1 professor, 1 associated professor, 1 lecturer, and 7 assistants. 3 doctoral students and 8 residents are enrolled in studies here.
The center for the infectious diseases academic and clinical activities is PI Kaunas Clinical Hospital. The clinic is composed of two Infectious diseases departments (50 beds in total) and an infectious diseases outpatient department. On average, about 2700 patients are treated in the hospital, and about 10000 outpatients are consulted annually.
The Infectious diseases department was established in 1950. Its first head was assoc. prof. A. Žiugžda. From 1952 to 1956, the department was run by assoc. prof. S. Šimanskaja, 1956-1972 - prof. S. Gruodytė, 1973-199 - prof. J. Dievaitienė. In 1991, the Kaunas Medical Academy’s Infectious Diseases Clinic was established. From 1997 to 2007 its head was prof. A. Laiškonis, from 2008 – prof. A. Mickienė.
During the years, numerous well-known, respected clinicians and scientists were working in the clinic: prof. S.Gruodytė, prof. V. Bagdonienė, prof. J. Dievaitienė, assoc. prof. J. Gimžauskas, assoc. prof. V. Stankaitytė, assistants D. Gradauskienė, A. Vasiliauskas, S. Tumosienė, E. Čepulis, among others. They set the direction for the scientific studies of intestinal infectious diseases, epidemiology of viral hepatitis, its diagnostics and treatment; began to explore the pathogenesis of infectious diseases.
The main areas of the scientific work of the clinic: the etiological, epidemiological, pathogenetic, clinical and diagnostical aspects of neuroinfections and HIV/AIDS epidemiology and prophylaxis. The results of the clinic’s research have been presented in various international conference, medical congresses. During the period of 5 years (2002-2007), 5 PhD dissertations were defended.
The employees of the clinic are experts in the Baltic/Nordic and European working groups for tick-borne diseases; reviewers for international medical journals for Infectious diseases; members of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID), Association of the Baltic-Nordic infectologists, and Association of the French infectologists.
In 2000-2011, the personnel of the clinic published 20 articles in the ISI Web of Science database, 28 articles in medical journals, referred in international medical databases.
Infectious diseases courses for the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th year students of the medical faculty, 3rd year students of the nursing faculty, 2nd and 4th year students of the odontology faculty, and 2nd year students of the public-health department and the masters-degree students of this department.
From 2010, there is an actively functioning Infectious disease club in the clinic. During their post-graduate studies, students of neurology, dermato-venereology, internal medicine and family medicine residents continue the infectology course.
The clinic of Infectious Diseases is the center for the preparation of infectology residents and doctoral students. In the clinic, various LSMU doctoral students take the infectology course; infectologists, internal medicine specialists, family doctors, odontologists, epidemiologists, and public health specialists participate in regular continuous professional education courses.
International partnerships and cooperation
The clinic has a close partnership with the Center for Infectious Medicine at Karolinska Institutet (Sweden), Swedish Institute of Communicable Diseases Control, the Infectious Diseases Clinic at Uppsala Universitet (Sweden), The Clinic of Infectious and Traveler’s Diseases at the University (France), The Clinic of Infectious Diseases at the Medical University of Bialystok (Poland), Infectology Center of Latvia and the Clinic of Infectious Diseases, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS (Latvia).
Through cooperation with the aforementioned institutions, joint scientific research is carried out; internships for residents, doctoral students, doctors and nurses are set-up; international conferences are hosted. Lecturers from the aforementioned insitutions teach at the clinic; the clinic also receives the most recent clinical and diagnostical equipment, newest scientific literature and IT.
Neuroinfections: epidemiological, clinical, diagnostical, pathogenetic aspects (a joint project with the Karolinska University Hospital’s clinic of infectious diseases at the Karolinska Institutet and the Swedish Institute of Communicable Diseases Control).