Department of Neurology


To participate in the creation of educated and healthy society.



  1. To conduct high quality evidence based education and to develop responsible, motivated and creative  personality.
  2. To conduct research in the field of neuroscience, to train scientists.
  3. To conduct comprehensive clinical practice.
  4. To collaborate with national and international partners.


Historical overview

The Department of Nervous and Psychiatric Diseases was established in 1924 in University of Kaunas. In 1985 it was expanded to the Department of Nervous, Psychiatry Diseases and Neurosurgery. The first chair of the Department during the period 1924 - 1939 was  professor J. Blažys, 1939 - 1945 -  professor  P. Vaičiūnas, 1945 - 1953 - prof. L. Gutmanas, 1953-1989 - professor. J. Šurkus, 1989 - 1991 – docent E.Jaržemskas. The Neurology part of the Department for a long time was leaded by habil. professor A. Jocevičienė, later by docent V. Ostrauskas, docent V. Kuliukas, docent V.Pauza. In 1991 the structure of all clinical Departments has been reorganized by unifying academic and clinical structures according to the separate specialties. This is how the Department of Neurology was  established: it unified the academic staff with clinical units for adult and pediatric neurology. During the period of 1991 - 1996 the head of Neurology Department was docent V. Pauza, 1996 - 2006 - professor N.Vaičienė - Magistris, since 2006 up to now– habil. professor D. Rastenytė.



Since 1991 thirteen doctoral thesis were prepared and defended in Neurology Department on the topics of epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, headache, neuropatic pain, neuromuscular diseases, neurophysiological investigations, etc.

Presently 3 doctorants are in training.

During the period of 2005 – 2012  the staff of Neurological Department has published 361 papers, 56 in the journals included in the list of Institute of Scientific Information.


Ongoing research projects

  • “Application of transcranial ultrasound investigations for the diagnostics of neurodegenerative diseases“.
  • EC project “European Registries of Stroke – EROS” QLG4-CT-2002-01191;
  • EC  6BP project “Highlighting the impact of headache in Europe” (EUROLIGHT), grant Nr. 2006110;
  • EC 7BP project „Development of a European Implementation Score for measuring implementation of research into healthcare practice using vascular disease as an example“ (EIS);
  • „Pain coping strategies following traffic accidents in Lithuania: can cultural, social and economical differencies explain the absence of whiplash disorders?” (cooperation with Carolinska Institute, Sweden);
  • “Scientific research and development of innovative evidence based non-invasive brain diagnostic and monitoring solutions for neurological and TBI  patients” (Lithuanian – Swiss program).
  • Molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis of Alzheimer disease (MALPAMA).
  • European register of tuberous sclerosis;
  • Lithuanian register of multiple sclerosis;


Academic studies


Module of Clinical Neuroscience, part I „ Diseases of Nervous System“, 162 hours, 6 credits for students of Medical Faculty, 5th academic year (in Lithuanian and in English).

Five Departments are running this module and cover following specialities related with nervous diseases:

  • Neurology -  90 hours, 3.33 credits
  • Neurosurgery - 30 hours, 1.11 credits
  • Rehabilitation - 20 hours, 0.74 credits
  • Infectious Diseases - 18 hours, 0.67 credits
  • Radiology -  4 hours, 0.15 credits


Post-graduate studies (residency)

Two residency programs are running since 2005. They were renewed and approved by Senate on 7 Jun 2013.  

  • Neurology program 4 years;
  • Pediatrics and Pediatric Neurology program – total 6 years (4 years of general pediatrics, 2 years of pediatric neurology).

21 residents are presently trained in Neurology and 4 in Pediatric Neurology programs.


Clinical service

Neurology Department provides secondary and tertiary level health service for neurological and pediatric neurological patients from all Lithuania. The yearly turnover is about 20 000 consultations for adult patients and 5000 for pediatric patients. In- patient units are for adult neurology (68 beds) with yearly admission of  about 2400 patients and for pediatric neurology (28 beds) with yearly admission of about 1400 patients. Two centers for rare disorders has been established in 2013: the Center of Phacomatosis and the Center of Pediatric Neuromuscular Diseases.