Department of Preventive Medicine
Department of Preventive Medicine was established in 1994. Prof. V. Grabauskas was appointed to be the chief of the Department. He successfully supervised and lead the tasks of the department until 2007. From 2007 until 2013 head of department was elected Prof. Z. Padaiga. From 2013 prof. Giedrius Vanagas took over the leadership position and managing the department work since then.
The staff of Preventive Medicine Department consists of 24 employees: 10 Professors, 5 assoc. Professors, 1 assist. Professor, 6 research assistants, 3 PhD students, 1 Senior Researcher, 1 administrator and 2 technicians.
Department of Preventive Medicine is a subdivision of Public Health Faculty. The responsibilities of the department include implementation and execution of study programs, perform research work and develop the competencies of public health specialists. The goal of the Preventive Medicine Department is to create public health knowledge and on this basis train the competencies, of public health specialists, enabling to solve complex problems in public health field. The objectives are: to participate actively in the main goal of the University – to nurture healthy and educated society, to participate in qualifying researchers in the field of biomedicine, to plan, perform and improve study system, emphasizing student’s choices, intellectual independence, abilities to take individual decisions, opportunities to learn together with other members of the society to solve health promotion problems, to communicate within the group and community, the abilities to analyse practical processes, improve the quality of the studies according to international standards, to pursue research and publish its results, to participate in the conferences and implement national or international projects/programs in partnership with other units of the University and/or outside partners, to prepare the textbooks, monographies, teaching materials, to organize scientific conferences and seminars.
Academic staff of department is recognized as experts in the field of public health by many organizations: Ministry of Health, National Board of Health, WHO, EU Commission and by many other national and international organizations. Department has also long history of international collaboration with WHO in many projects, such as CINDI, Monica and others.
Department carries on researches closely related with their courses taught and academic interests. We see teaching and research as integrally linked and we invite our students to participate in research.
Since 1993 in collaboration with the WHO Regional Office for Europe was conducted HBSC (Health Behaviour of School-age Childern) study (contact person Prof. A. Zaborskis). Study was carried out every four years in 43 countries and regions across Europe andNorth America. This is a cross-national study gaining insight into young people's (age of 11, 13 and 15 years old) well-being, health behaviours and their social context. The international network is organized around an interlinked series of focus and topic groups related to the following areas:self-rated health, obesity, body image, weight reduction behavior, eating hebits, physical activity and sedentary behaviors, substance use: alcohol, tobacco and cannabis, oral health, health complaints, injuries, life satisfaction, family and peers school environment, bullying and fighting, sexual behavior, socioeconomic environment
More information about the survey: http://www.hbsc.org/
Since 2007 department participate in WHO European Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative – COSI (contact person Prof. A. Petrauskiene). Under the guidance of WHO the Growth Surveillance Survey of Lithuanian Children was carried out three times all over theLithuania. A national representative sample of 7 and 9 year old children was examined. The system aims to measure routinely trends in overweight and obesity in primary school children (6-9 years), in order to understand the progress of the epidemic in this population group and to permit intercountry comparisons within the European Region. Member States recognized the need for harmonized surveillance systems among primary-school children on which policy development within the European Region could be based. COSI was a response to this need.
More information about the survey: http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/disease-prevention/nutrition/activities/monitoring-and-surveillance/who-european-childhood-obesity-surveillance-initiative-cosi
Project ‘ICT for Health’ was launched in 2007 (contact person Prof. G. Vanagas). This project is a flagship project of the European Union Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013. This decision ensured strong political support all over the Baltic Sea Region during the project implementation. Project has 19 project partners from 8 Baltic Sea Region countries. Project part financed by European Union Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013. The project partners pursued their aim to raise the social acceptance of eHealth by many activities: Among others they developed eLearning modules for health care professionals and user-friendly multilingual personal health portals.
More information about the survey: http://www.ictforhealth.net
‘Primcare IT’ project. The main project activities started in January 2012 (contact person Prof. G. Vanagas). ‘PrimCareIT’ – Counteracting brain drain and professional isolation of health professionals in remote primary health care through tele-consultation and tele-mentoring to strengthen social conditions in remote BSR”. Project dedicated to meet these challenges of professional isolation and brain drain in remote BSR regions. . Project has 16 project partners from 7 Baltic Sea Region countries. Project part financed by European Union Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013.
More information about the survey: http://www.primcareit.net/
EConDA project (Economics of Chronic Diseases) was started in 2013 (contact person Assoc. Prof. V. Kriaucioniene). This project funded by the European Commission Executive Agency for Health and Consumers. Project coordinator is UK Health Forum. Project has 18 partners. The EConDA project is concerned with cost-effectiveness of interventions which reduce chronic diseases in the population. The main objectives are: implement cost-effective policies that improve preven-tion of chronic diseases, reduce health inequalities in chronic disease prevalence by impacting upon populations most at risk. The project focus on coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic kidney disease and two risk factors: obesity and tobacco use.
More information about the survey: http://www.monster-darts.co.uk/econda/index.html
Projects coordinated by Prof. L Sumskas: Leonardo da Vinci project GAP ‘Bridging the Gap of General Practitioners‘ Competence on European Market’ (2008-2010); COST activity HOME IS0603 ‘Health and Social Care for Migrants and National Minorities in Europe’ (2007-2011); ERASMUS project LEPHIE ‘Leaders for European public health (2010-2013); 7BP project ‘EURO URHIS 2’ (2009-2013); COST activity ADAPT IS1103 ‘Adapting European Health Systems to Diversity’ (2011-2015).