Short History of Research at the Faculty of Medicine, Vilnius University

Faculty of Medicine was established in 1781, and the first thesis was defended in 1785. Today, the faculty is known for its research activities not only in Europe, but also in many countries around the world. It has educated famous physicians, scientists, highly qualified personalities with an extensive university background; at all times they have been preparing and defending medical scientific dissertations important not only to Lithuania but also to the world’s biomedical science.
After 1990, the Faculty of Medicine has been substantially reformed, with the emergence of new scientific priorities and promotion of scientific fields relevant to the world today: human and medical genetics, genomics, organ transplantation, research on arterial wall functional and structural disorders in atherosclerosis and metabolic syndrome, using of hybrid and minimally invasive technologies in cardiovascular medicine, establishment of new diagnostic and prognostic molecular markers and tools for their quantification in the tissues, diagnostic value of pathology tests and efficiency for cancer prevention, new radiodiagnostic methods, the quality of life and environment, as well as on mental health, bioethics and health policy sciences, searching for new diagnostic, treatment, prevention and rehabilitation techniques.

Research at the Faculty of Medicine today

Faculty of Medicine has four Institutes (Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Institute of Clinical Medicine, Institute of Health Sciences, Institute of Odontology) and two Vilnius University Hospitals (Santaros Clinics and Žalgirio Clinics).
The main Research Area at the Faculty of Medicine is “Healthy Man, Prevention, Diagnostics and Treatment of Diseases” – it covers three major topics:

  • Human genome diversity, its origin and phenotypic realization.
  • Human and public health, quality of life and environment.
  • Ethiopathogenesis, diagnostics, treatment of diseases: fundamental and clinical research, innovative technologies.

Currently, scientists of the Faculty of Medicine, Vilnius University, are working in research fields, which are in line with the priorities of the European research and contribute to the overall development of science and medical technology.

The main Research Branches at the Faculty Medicine:

  • Genetics
  • Morphology & Anatomy
  • Physical anthropology
  • Physiology, Laboratory medicine
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Pathology, Oncology
  • Immunology, Serology, Allergy
  • Transplantation, Haematology
  • Anaesthesiology
  • Endocrinology and metabolism
  • Cardiac & Cardiovascular system
  • Respiratory system
  • Gastroenterology
  • Urology & Nephrology
  • Obstetrics, Gynaecology
  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Skeletal, muscular system, joints
  • Rheumatology
  • Surgery
  • Orthopaedics, Traumatology
  • Infectious diseases, Microbiology
  • Dermatology
  • Neurology, neurosurgery
  • Psychiatry
  • General & Internal medicine
  • Legal medicine
  • Medical Ethics
  • Paediatrics
  • Gerontology
  • Rehabilitation
  • Nursing
  • Health care & Public health
  • Dentistry, Oral surgery & Medicine

International Research Projects at the Faculty of Medicine

Over the recent years, approximately 20-40 international scientific projects per year were carried out: FP5, FP6, FP7, ACES, AGIS, Alergemol, ARREC, BIT NET, BRIMHEALTH, CEECFOODS, 4C, CHANCE, COST, EMEUNET, EMILIA, EP7, EUNOMIA, Eu Public Health, EURAP, EURECA, EuroHYP-1, EUROPHEP NET, EUROPREVALL, EuroroRotaNet, EUSTAR, GROWTH, QUALITY OF LIFE, ISEC, NeoMero, NOPHO, PECO, PODONET, SCORE, SITS, SHERISH, STOPII, SUPREME, UNIGENE, and others.

Scientific events at the Faculty of Medicine

Recently, on average 20-35 international events (conferences, seminars etc.) per year were organized at Faculty of Medicine.

International Cooperation at the Faculty of Medicine

The Faculty of Medicine collaborates with the major Universities in neighbouring and the other countries: Armenia, Austria, Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, UK, Ukraine, USA.

Peer-Reviewed publications at the Faculty of Medicine

Over the last five years, the number of peer-reviewed articles, published in journals of Clarivate Analytics Web of Science database, have increased from 100 (in 2013) to 170 (in 2017), as well as number of publications in highly ranked Q1 and Q2 journals had increased twofold (from 40 to 80 publications).

More information about research at the Faculty of Medicine is provided at the annual reports, provided at the website of the Faculty.

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