OVL Department participates in the programme of study for students of the faculties of Medicine, Odontology, Nursing and Public Health. Since 2009, students in the Medicine 4-year studies have been studying the subject in a clinical problem-solving-based approach. The Department is a centre for qualification improvement of dermatovenerology residents (4-year studies), doctoral students. Family medicine, internal diseases, infectious diseases, neurology, rheumatology, residents of allergology and clinical immunology, plastic surgery, emergency medicine study dermatovenerology during postgraduate university studies. In 1999, the Student Scientific Society for Skin and Venereal Diseases was established.
The main directions of scientific work of the Department:
- Epidemiological and clinical studies of pigmented moles, acne, contact dermatitis, lichen sclerosus, psoriasis and sexually transmitted infections.
- Photodynamic diagnosis and treatment of pre-tumorous skin diseases.
- Non-invasive ultrasound and optical equipment clinical trials for the diagnosis of melanoma, non-melanoma skin tumours and diabetic foot.
The Department participates in the following scientific projects:
- Eurostars SkinMonitor No. E!4846 (years of execution 2009-2012). The aim of the project was to develop and adapt to the market a qualitatively new non-invasive expert system for differential diagnosis of skin pre-malignant diseases, melanoma and epithelial carcinoma, and their penetration into the skin analysis. We have experience in conducting specialised clinical research in information technology, which tests the equipment developed by manufacturers.
- EU-7 FP project SkinDetector No. 314913 (years of execution 2012-2014). The project aims to develop early diagnosis and monitoring equipment for diabetic foot using parameters of skin temperature and thickness changes. www.skindetector.eu EU Structural Funds project “Transfer of Healthcare Services to Electronic Space” (Lith. Sveikatos priežiūros paslaugų perkėlimas į elektroninę erdvę (SPPPEE)). The scope of the project in cyberspace is used to provide patients with information about skin and venereal diseases, their prevention and treatment.
- The European Surveillance System on Contact Allergies (ESSCA) has been in place since 2004. Using a standardised protocol and a common database, the results of allergen patch samples, together with patient demographic and clinical data, are collected and analysed at national and international levels.
- Cost Action TD 1206 StanDerm: Development and implementation of European standards for the Prevention of Occupational skin diseases (years of execution 2012-2016). The aim of the project is to assess the epidemiological situation of occupational skin diseases. Development of professional skin disease prevention and educational programmes in cooperation with other centres of European countries.
- International project “Optimisation of the Control of Sexually Transmitted Infections in the Baltic States”. The project is supported by the Eastern European Committee of the Swedish Health Community. It began in 2013