Laboratory of Behavioral Medicine


Laboratory of Behavioral Medicine (Kaunas)
Neuroscience Institute
Lithuanian University of Health Sciences
Eiveniu st. 4
Kaunas LT-50161

Phone number:  +370 37 326164


Head of the laboratory:

Julius Burkauskas, PhD,



Adomas Bunevičius, PhD, MD,

Aistė Pranckevičienė, PhD,

Ramūnas Jokubka, PhD,

Violeta Žaliūnaitė, PhD,

Miglė Kaminskaitė, PhD student,

Mindaugas Urbonas, PhD student,




Laboratory of Behavioral Medicine (Palanga)
Neuroscience Institute
Lithuanian University of Health Sciences
Vyduno al. 4/ Sliupo st. 7
Palanga LT-00135



Narseta Mickuvienė, PhD,

Julija Brožaitienė, PhD,

Giedrius Varoneckas, PhD,

Vesta Steiblienė, PhD,

Aurelija Podlipskytė, PhD,

Arvydas Martinkėnas, PhD,

Vaidutė Gelžinienė, PhD,

Laima Sapežinskienė, PhD,

Vilija Jakumaitė, PhD,

Alicja Juškienė, PhD,

Dalia Martinaitienė, PhD,

Nijolė Kažukauskienė, PhD,

Audrius Alonderis, PhD,

Vilma Liaugaudaitė, PhD student,

Saulius Taroza, PhD student,

Julija Gečaitė, PhD student,

Brigita Vaičiūnienė,

Adelė Grinevičienė,

Violeta Augustinienė,

Laima Eidukienė,

Virginija Jasienė,

Jolanta Kvietkauskienė,

Elena Bovina,

Nijolė Raškauskienė,

Alė Vonsavičienė,

Rytis Sapežinskas,



Short history

Laboratory was established in 2011, and currently involved in research of neurodegenerative diseases. In 2018, after reorganisation, got the name of Laboratory of Behavioral Medicine.


Research topic

Title: Neuroendocrine and psychological prognostic biomarkers in brain disorders

Brain disorders are often incurable and debilitating diseases associated with progressive disability and poor prognosis. The prognostic value of currently available clinical prognostic models remains sub-optimal and should be improved in order to allow more accurate assessment of disease severity, clinical outcomes and patient-oriented outcomes. Certain psychological (i.e., psychological distress) and neuroendocrine (i.e., thyroid hormones) factors can be important biomarkers of outcomes in brain disorders; however, further studies aiming to elucidate the prognostic value of these prognostic factors are warranted. Patient-oriented outcomes are becoming increasingly used when evaluating treatment efficacy and patient prognosis, especially among patients suffering from incurable and debilitating disorders, such as brain tumours.

The main goal of our Laboratory is to identify novel neuroendocrine and psychological markers associated with disease severity, clinical sequalea and patient-oriented outcomes of patients suffering from brain disorders.

These findings can potentially improve accuracy of currently available prognostic models and open new avenues for developing more effective treatment strategies of brain disorders.


Main projects

2018-2019 – a project "Mobile internet application for mindfulness based cognitive behavioural therapy" funded by the Research Council of Lithuania, head dr. A.Saudargienė

2018 – a project on training mental health profossionals No PR18-108, funded by State Mental Health Centre, head dr. V.Steiblienė

2018 – LSMU-VDU funded project "Genetic predisposition to alcohol addiction and associated personality traits GVPRAVSAB", head dr. R.Jokubka

2017-2021 – EU funded COST action project CA16207 "Problematic Internet Use", managament committee members dr. A.Bunevičius, dr. J.Burkauskas

2017-2020 – collaboration (V.Liaugaudaitė, A.Juškienė) in the project No S-MIP-17-257 "Psychosocial suicide risk factors and accessibility of help in the environment of persons’ who committed suicide", funded by the Research Council of Lithuania, head prof. N.Žemaitienė

2015-2018 – a project No MIP‐15482 BRAINflame "Psychological distress, inflammatory factors, brain natriuretic peptide and outcomes of patients with brain tumor", funded by by the Research Council of Lithuania, head dr. A.Bunevičius

2012-2019 - collaboration (dr. A.Bunevičius) in a project BioASQ “A challenge on large-scale biomedical semantic indexing and question answering”, funded by EC 7FP (Grant Agreement No 318652, 2012-2014), National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health (award No R13LM012214, 2014-2018), and Google Funding (2018-2019), head dr. G.Paliouras, NCSR Demokritos, Greece

2012-2016 – EC 7FP project No 318652 OpenScienceLink: Open Semantically-enabled, Social-aware Access to Scientific Data, habil.dr. R.Bunevičius (2012-2014), dr. A.Bunevičius

2013-2015 – The Global grant project* No VP1-3.1-ŠMM-07-K-02-060 „Gene-Environment Interactions Connecting Low Triiodothyronine Syndrome and Outcomes of Cardiovascular Disease (GET-VASC)”, head habil.dr. R.Bunevičius (2012-2014), habil.dr. J.Brožaitienė (2014-2015)

2012-2014 - a project No LIG-03/2012 "Relations among heart diseases, psycho-emotional  and  sleep disturbances; their impact on life quality", funded by the Research Council of Lithuania, head prof. G.Varoneckas

2011-2013 – a project No LIG-03/2011 "Impact of mental disorders and metabolic syndrome on mortality in primary health care patients", funded by the Research Council of Lithuania, head habil.dr. R.Bunevičius

2011 – a project No LIG-04/2011"Factors determining quality of life and outcomes in patients with ischemic heart disease", funded by the Research Council of Lithuania, head dr. N.Mickuvienė

2010-2013 – EU funded 7FP project  “A challenge on large-scale biomedical sematic indexing and question answering BioASQ”, Lithuania deputy habil.dr. R.Bunevičius

2010-2013 – EU funded 7FP project No 247945 “Efficient Patient Recruitment for Innovative Clinical Trials of Existing Drugs to other Indications PONTE”, Lithuania deputy habil.dr. R.Bunevičius



2018.07.01-- 2019.06.29 – dr. Adomas Bunevičius traineeship at Harvard University, Department of Neurosurgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA


International collaboration

Prof. Edward R. Laws, Harvard University, Department of Neurosurgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Prof. Giorgio Iervasi, Fondazione G. Monasterio CNR-Regione Toscana, Pisa, Italy

Prof. Susan S. Girdler, Department of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

Prof. Charles B. Nemeroff, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida, USA

Prof. Victor JM Pop and Pof. Johan Denollet, Center of Research on Psychology in Somatic diseases (CoRPS), Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology, Tilburg University, The Netherlands

Journal "Biological Psychiatry and Psychopharmacology"


pdf-logo.jpg (90x68, 68x68)  2018 - 2011 main publications
pdf-logo.jpg (90x68, 68x68)  2017 - 2010 main publications of Behavioral Medicine Institute


Updated on 19 July 2019