Institute of Endocrinology
The Institute of Endocrinology of the Medical Academy of the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU MA EI) is a branch of the Medical Academy (MA), established to carry out fundamental, clinical and epidemiological studies of diseases of the endocrine system at the international and national level and providing a scientific basis for the third-level (doctorate) studies of LSMU students and for raising the scientific qualification of lecturers.
The mission of the institute is to carry out the highest level of scientific research, promoting inter-institutional, inter-sectoral and international cooperation, to develop young talents and to create conditions for their scientific career.
LSMU Institute of Endocrinology has two laboratories – diabetes and general endocrinology. On 1 March 2021, it employed 19 research workers (8.5 full time positions) and 6 laboratory assistants (3.25 full time positions), 4 administrative staff and support economic staff (2.25 full time positions), the total of 27 people (14 full time) are employed at the institute.
Core areas of activity include basic and clinical research in biomedical sciences, including Biology (N010) and Medicine (M001).
Currently, the following fields of scientific work are in focus:
- Epidemiological studies and registries of patients with diabetes, studies of the influence of immune, genetic and environmental factors on the etiology and course of the disease, studies of prognostic markers of chronic complications.
- Studies of molecular mechanisms and clinical features of rare endocrine diseases.
- Studies of predictors of human growth, maturation and reproductive health.
You can find theses defended and prepared for defense by doctoral students here.
On 02/04/1991, the Lithuanian Scientific Endocrinology Centre was established after the Minister of Health J. Oleikas signed the order.
On 29/01/1992 The Lithuanian Scientific Endocrinology Centre was established and integrated into the structure of the Kaunas Medical Academy under the name of the Institute of Endocrinology. It was the first state institute in Lithuania that voluntarily joined the university structure.
The most important goal of the Institute of Endocrinology was to “comprehensively study the normal and disturbed activity of internal secretion glands, hormones and other metabolic regulating substances and systems, their working principles and mechanisms that ensure human reproduction, birth, development, the ability to adapt to the environment and a full-fledged life”.
The scientific, pedagogical and practical activities of the Institute of Endocrinology were closely related to the KMU Endocrinology Clinic and other domestic and foreign scientific and clinical practice institutions.
On 09/07/1994 the Republican Centre of Endocrinology was established, the director of which was Prof. Ludvikas Lašas.
On 11/06/2003, the Government of the Republic of Lithuania approved the new status of the KMU Institute of Endocrinology, according to which the Institute became a state scientific research institution.
The scientific and clinical work carried out at the institute were published in prestigious scientific publications of Lithuania and abroad, national scientific practical and international conferences, seminars and lectures were held in the Lithuania’s medical institutions.
- 1992 collection of articles “Lithuanian Endocrinology 91” (Lith. Lietuvos endokrinologija).
- Since 1994 until 1997 periodical collections of articles “Lithuanian Diabetology” (Lith. Lietuvos diabetologija) were published every year, which in 1998 was renamed to “Lithuanian Endocrinology” (Lith. Lietuvos endokrinologija), which is published until now.
- In 2005 the international scientific and practical journal of the Baltic countries “Baltic Endocrinology” was launched.
- in 2005 “Lithuanian Endocrinology” (Lith. Lietuvos endokrinologija) and “Baltic Endocrinology” were included in the international “Index Copernicus” database.
- in 2006 “The Origins and Development of Lithuanian Endocrinology. What is what”.
- The staff of the Institute of Endocrinology participated in the editorial work and writing of articles for scientific publications and popular publications, such as the magazine “Diabetes Panorama” (Lith. Diabeto panorama) and the newspaper “Diabetes” (Lith. Diabetas).
- 2013 “Practical Guide to Endocrinology” (Lith. okrinologijos praktinis vadovas).
- 2014 “Diabetic neuropathy” (Lith. Diabetinė neuropatija).
- 2016 Educational book “Diabetic neuropathy” (Lith. Diabetinė neuropatija).
- 2017 Educational book “Practical Guide to Endocrinology” (Lith. Endokrinologijos praktinis vadovas).
- 2018 Educational book “Diabetic nephropathy” (Lith. Diabetinė nefropatija)
- 2019 Educational book “Algorithms for the diagnosis and treatment of endocrine diseases” (Lith. Endokrininių ligų diagnostikos ir gydymo algoritmai)
- 2020 Monograph “Diabetes and cardiovascular risk” (Lith. Diabetas ir kardiovaskulinė rizika)