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Laboratory of Neurophysiology

Address:

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

Phone number:  +370 37 302958

 

Head of the laboratory:

Gytis Svirskis, PhD, gytis.svirskis@lsmuni.lt

Personnel:

Gytis Baranauskas, PhD, gytis.baranauskas@lsmuni.lt

Nataša Svirskienė, PhD, natasa.svirskiene@lsmuni.lt

Gražina Grebliauskienė, grazina.grebliauskiene@lsmuni.lt

 

Laboratory short history

Laboratory of Neurophysiology continues research themes started earlier by three previous neuroscience laboratories. In 1957, Laboratory of EEG in Kaunas Institute of Medicine was created. Later, Laboratory of Neurophysiology and Laboratory of Neurocybernetics were created. Scientific research was carried out in several directions: experimental – investigating the nature of high and low frequency biocurrents in the brain; pharmacological – investigating influence of pharmacological substances on biocurrents; theoretical – investigating biophysical nature of brain potentials and properties of dendrites with nonlinear electrical properties; clinical – investigating EEG, neurological characteristics and activity spreading pathways in epilepsy and other brain injuries. Since then 21 PhD and 5 Habil. Sc. dissertations were prepared and defended in these laboratories.

 

Research topic

Title: Investigation of neural network mechanisms and their relationship to behaviour

Identification of the relation between neuronal activity and behaviour is necessary in order to understand the function and pathology of the nervous system. Since Alzheimer disease disrupts collision detection, the study of neuronal mechanisms of this behaviour could be important in early detection of the disease. We will study neuronal network spontaneous and induced activity in in vitro and in vivo mammalian cortex, colliculus superior and frog tectum by applying visual stimulation, neuronal registration and methods of molecular biology.

The investigation will aim at elucidation of synaptic and membrane mechanisms of neuronal network spontaneous and evoked activity.

 

Main projects

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

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

2012-2014 – 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“, dr. G.Svirskis, prof. V.Borutaitė

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

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

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 – 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

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

 

International collaboration

Copenhagen University (Denmark), New York University (USA), University of Oslo (Norway).

 

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Updated on 1 March 2018