Neuroscience Institute

  • About Institute

    Neuroscience Institute of Lithuanian University of Health Sciences was established in 2011 after reorganization of the Institute for Biomedical Research of Kaunas University of Medicine. Scientists working at the Institute are involved in basic, applied, and clinical research in various areas of neuroscience.

    Currently the Institute performs research programme "Research of nervous system for improvement of prognostic and therapeutic strategies".

    Since 2016, in collaboration with Departemnt of Neurosurgery of LUHS Hospital, is a partner of European reference network for rare adult cancers (solid tumours), subgroup Brain tumours (EUROCAN).

    There are nine Departments (Research Laboratories) in the Neuroscience Institute, namely Laboratory of Biochemistry, Neurophysiology, Neurooncology and genetics, Biophysics and bioinformatics, Molecular Neurobiology, Neurotoxicology, Ophthalmology, Laboratory of Clinical Research, and Laboratory for Research of Pharmacological Regulation of Pathological Processes and Drug Metabolism.

    The Institute has about 58 employees, among them 38 scientists and 7 research personnel (7 PhD students).


    Updated on 31th August 2017

  • Main projects

     


    Updated on 30 January 2017

    2017-2021 – contribute in the EC programme Horizon 2020 funded project HBM4EU (The European Human Biomonitoring Initiative), Grant agreement No. 733032, partner - LSMU, dr. L.Strumylaitė

    2016-2020 - COST action MITOEAGLE “Mitochondrial mapping: Evolution - Age - Gender - Lifestyle - Environment", Lithuania deputy prof. V.Borutaitė

    2015-2018 – collaboration in the project No SEN-01/2015 „Optimizing the effectiveness of Hyperthermic chemotherapy by modulation of heat shock proteins, energy resources and adhesion in malignant cells“, funded by the Research Council of Lithuania, dr. S.Trumbeckaitė

    2015-2018 – collaboration in the project No SEN-07/2015 „Novel systems of prodrug activation for the cancer gene therapies“, funded by the Research Council of Lithuania, dr. A.Kazlauskas

    2015-2018 – project No SEN-11/2015 "New genetic and metabolic biomarkers search in healthy subjects and patients with age-related macular degeneration", funded by the Research Council of Lithuania, head prof. V.P.Deltuva

    2015-2018 – project No MIP‐44/2015 BRAINflame "Psychological distress, inflammatory factors, brain natriuretic peptide and outcomes of patients with brain tumor", funded by the Research Council of Lithuania, head dr. A.Bunevičius

    2015-2018 – project No MIP-52/2015 GlioProSer "Quantitative serum profiles estimation of proteins related to glioma angiogenesis and invasiveness”, funded by the Research Council of Lithuania, head dr. D.Skiriutė

    2015-2016 – collaboration in the Lithuanian-Japan project "Analysis of biomarkers in human blood, discovered by research using S.pombe", head dr. R.Liutkevičienė

    2015-2016 – collaboration in EU Horizon 2020 project No 664339 HEALTH-TECH “Centre of Excellence in Science and Technology for Healthy Ageing", prof. V.Borutaitė

    2015 – project "In vitro investigation of interaction of cells with customer's prototypic hydrogel samples", managed by Lithuanian Business Promotion Agency, head dr. A.Jekabsonė

    2014-2016 – contribute in the project MIP-008/2014 "New molecular prognostic markers search in pituitary adenomas and associations with visual functions", funded by the Research Council of Lithuania, dr. R.Liutkevičienė

    2014-2015 – collaboration in the Lithuanian-Ukrainian project "Identification and characterization of novel biomarkers for human glial tumors", head dr. P. Vaitkienė

    2013-2015 – COST action FA 1005 INFOGEST "Improving health properties of food by sharing our knowledge on the digestive process", members of Executive committee dr. J.Liobikas, dr. S.Trumbeckaitė

    2013-2015 – post doc project BioMONDA "Multimodal data analysis of optic nerve and it's environment based on biophysical models", funded by the Research Council of Lithuania, head prof. A.Kriščiukaitis

    2012-2016 – EC 7FP project No 318652 OpenScienceLink: Open Semantically-enabled, Social-aware Access to Scientific Data, Lithuania deputy dr. A Bunevičius

    2012-2015 – contribute in the Global grant project* VP1-3.1-ŠMM-07-K-02-060 „Gene-Environment Interactions Connecting Low Triiodothyronine Syndrome and Outcomes of Cardiovascular Disease (GET-VASC)”

    2012-2015 – Global grant project* VP1-3.1-ŠMM-07-K-02-059 „Investigation of sensory information processing and attention mechanisms by employing genetic modification of neuronal act", head dr. T.Tkatch

    2012-2015 – contribute in the Global grant project* VP1-3.1-ŠMM-07-K-02-062 "Energetic, genetic and epigenetic mechanisms of resistance to chemotherapy induced apoptosis in pancreatic cancer"

    2012-2014 – project MIP-045/2012 „Nicotinic modulation of neuronal column activity", funded by the Research Council of Lithuania, head habil dr. A Kuras

    2012-2014 – project LIG-12003 "Gene expression and function-based identification of biomarkers for diagnosis of glioma malignancies", funded by the Research Council of Lithuania, head dr. A.Kazlauskas

    2012-2014 – project LIG-04/2012 MALPAMA "Molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease” (in collaboration with Institute of Biochemistry, and Institute of Biotechnology of Vilnius University, Department of Neurology of Lithuanian University of Health Sciences Hospital), funded by Research Council of Lithuania, head prof. R.Morkūnienė

    2012-2014 – ESF project VP1-3.1-ŠMM-08-K-01-022 „Implementation of R&D activities of Medicine National Research Programmes in clinical and molecular research of fundamental cardiology, neurosciences, and digestive systems“

    2012-2014 – contribute in the project LIG-12002 STELLATA „Investigation of activity and redox status of Pancreatic Stellate Cells", funded by the Research Council of Lithuania

    2011-2015 – Global grant project* VP1-3.1-ŠMM-07-K-01-130 “Mitochondria, nitric oxide and cytochrome c reducing agents in protection against brain and heart ischemia-reperfusion injury”, head prof. V.Borutaitė

    2011-2014 – project SVE-11008 HIBRIDAI „Interspecific hybrids of orchard plant – a novel source of anthocyanins“, funded by the Research Council of Lithuania, head dr. J.Liobikas

    2011-2012 – project MIP-11298 “Interactions between tectal neuronal responses evoked by two visual stimuli”, funded by the Research Council of Lithuania, head dr. G.Svirskis

    2011-2012 – joint LSMU and Institute of Public Health and Environment (Bilthoven, The Netherlands) project “Are supplements good for healthy ageing?”, head habil.dr. L.Ivanov

    2010-2011 – project „Investigation of synaptic co-transmission in frog retinotectal synapses“, funded by the Research Council of Lithuania, head habil. dr. A.Kuras

    2010-2011 – project “Low T3 syndrome impact on the outcomes after the brain tumour surgery”, funded by the Research Council of Lithuania, head dr. V. P. Deltuva

    2010-2011 – project „The investigation for new combinations of clinical and epigenetic markers in diagnosis and prognosis“, funded by the Research Council of Lithuania, head prof. A.Tamašauskas

     2010-2011 – collaboration in project „Multivariate analysis based non invasive evaluation of central haemodynamics and prognosis of patient status” No. MIP-68/2010, funded by Research Council of Lithuania, head prof. A.Kriščiukaitis

    2010-2011 – project MIP-10182 "The evaluation of biological activity and technological functionalization of lectins", dr. J.Liobikas, dr. D.Majienė

    2008-2010 – project AMILOIDE “Detection of pathogenic beta-amyloid oligomers for diagnostics of Alzheimer’s disease”, funded by Lithuania State Science and Studies Foundation, prof. V. Borutaitė

    2008 – project “Implication of bistability of frog recurrent tectal neurons in the activation of NMDA receptors”, funded by Lithuania State Science and Studies Foundation, head habil.dr. A.Kuras

    2007-2011 – COST action FA0602 MITOFOOD (A research community for nutritional optimization of mitochondrial function for health promotion and disease resistance), Lithuania deputy prof. V. Borutaitė

    2007-2009 – post doc project "Research on molecular markers of recurrence in benign and malignant meningiomas", funded by Lithuania State Science and Studies Foundation, head prof. A.Tamašauskas

    2007-2009 – EC 6FP project SSPE-CT-2007-044159 PRONET (Pollution Reduction Options Network), Lithuania deputy dr. R.Naginienė

    2007 – project “Investigation of dendritic currents elicited in frog tectum neurons by individual retinotectal input”, funded by Lithuania State Science and Studies Foundation, head habil.dr. A.Kuras

    2006-2011– EC 6FP project FOOD-CT-2006-016253 PHIME (Public Health Impact of Long-term, Low-level Mixed Element Exposure in Susceptible Population Strata), Lithuania deputy dr. R.Naginienė

    2006-2009 – EUREKA project E! 3694 PROPOCREAM „The development of the multifunctional semisolid preparations from natural products“, dr. D.Majienė

    2006-2008 – ESF project ESF/2004/2.5.0-03-385/BPD-210/ES2006-01 "Implementation of advanced studies for medical physics technologies and nanophotonics", dr. K.Skauminas

    2006-2008 – ESF project BPD2004-ERPF-1.5.0-12-05/0035 “Centre for science and studies of medical physics technologies and nanophotonics”, dr. K.Skauminas

    2006-2007 – EC 6FP Marie Skłodowska-Curie project MERG-CT-2006-044907 MITOCHONDRIA & ABETA (Mitochondria and beta-amyloid in brain ischemia/reperfusion), dr. A.Jekabsone

    2006- 2008 – ESF project ESF/2004/2.5.0-03-385/BPD-210/ES2006-01 “Implementation of medical physics and nanophotonics studies”

    2006 – project “Intraoperative fluorescentic imaging of brain tumour gliomas”, funded by Lithuania State Science and Studies Foundation

    2005-2008 – ESF project BPD2004-ESF-2.5.0-01-04/0046 "The development of master's, residency and PhD study programs in Pharmacy, Biochemistry, Biotechnology and Genetics for students of Medicine and Pharmacy", habil.dr. L.Ivanov

    2005 – project “Investigation of influence of frog moving-edge detector on tectal neuron network”, funded by Lithuania State Science and Studies Foundation, head habil.dr. A.Kuras

    2004-2007 – EC 5FP project 2004127 EMFnEAR (Exposure at UMTS electromagnetic fields: study on potential adverse effects on hearing), Lithuania deputy prof. I.Ulozienė

    2004-2006 – EC 6FP Marie Skłodowska-Curie project CT-2004-010313 MITOCHONDRIA (Role of nitric oxide/oxygen competition at mitochondria in neuronal death during ischemia and/or inflammation), dr. A.Jekabsone

    2004 – project „NMDA receptor activation in frog tectum neurons“, funded by Lithuania State Science and Studies Foundation, head habil.dr. A.Kuras

    2003-2005 – EC 5FP project QLK4-2002-02395 PINCHE (Policy Interpretation Network on Children’s Health and Environment), Lithuania deputy dr. R.Naginienė

     2001-2004 – EC 5FP project QLRT-2001-00150 GUARD (Potential adverse effect of GSM cellular phone on hearing), Lithuania deputy prof. I.Ulozienė

      

         *  Global Grant measure is being managed using ESF funding, by implementation of a project “Execution of functions assigned to Lithuanian Research Council for implementation of the measure No. VP1-3.1-ŠMM-07-K “Support for scientific research by scientists and other researchers (Global Grant)” project No. VP1-5.1-FM-01-V-02-001. Project is being funded by European Social Fund (ESF) under the Human Resources Development Action Programme.

     

     

     

     

  • Main publications

     


    Updated on 11th April 2017

    pdf-logo.jpg (90x68, 68x68)  2017 - 2011 main publications
  • Main conferences

    Main scientific events

    The 5th BalticNordic School on Neuroinformatics (BNNI2017): Theoretical modeling of brain functions in neurological and psychiatric disorders: Advancing future neuroscience and medicine through Neuroinformatics methods. The School will be held on 6-7 October 2017, in Neurosience Institute of Lithuanian University of Health Sciences. More information is available here.

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    The 1st BalticNordic Summer School on Neuroinformatics (BNNI2013): Computations in the Brain and Translational Neuroscience (together with Tampere Technical University (Finland) and Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania). The Summer School took place on 29-31 May 2013, in Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania. More information can be found at http://www.cs.tut.fi/sgn/neuroinfo/index_files/Page500.htm

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    International Translational Neuroscience Conference, which was held on 16-17 June 2011 in Kaunas, Lithuania. The conference was dedicated to the 60th Anniversary of Neurosurgery in Lithuania and establishment (onwards the 1st July 2011) of Neuroscience Institute of Lithuanian University of health Sciences. More information is available at http://www.neuroscience.lt

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    Co-organiser of the Mitochondrial Physiology Society summer school "MiP summer 2010", which was held on 10-16 June 2010 in Druskininkai, Lithuania. More information is available at http://www.mitophysiology.org/index.php?id=mipsummer2010

     


    Updated on 19 September 2017

  • Contacts

     Adsress:

    Neuroscience Institute
    Lithuanian University of Health Sciences
    Eiveniu st. 4
    Kaunas LT-50161
    Lithuania

     

    Phone +370 37 302951
    Fax +370 37 302959
    E-mail neuro@lsmuni.lt

     

     
    Director prof. Arimantas Tamašauskas, Habil.Sc.
    Phone +370 37 302951, arimantas.tamasauskas@lsmuni.lt

     

    Vice-director prof. Vilmantė Borutaitė, PhD
    Phone +370 37 302968, vilmante.borutaite@lsmuni.lt

     

    Vice-director Gytis Svirskis, PhD
    Phone+370 37 302958, gytis.svirskis@lsmuni.lt

     

    Executive administrator Rima Naginienė, PhD
    Phone +370 37 302953, neuro@lsmuni.lt

     

    Secretary Milda Ablingė
    Phone +370 37 302951, referente.neuro@lsmuni.lt

     

    For Laboratories and research personnel contacts please refer to the section "Laboratories"

     


    Updated on 1st February 2017