Department fo Behavioral Neuroscience

Head:

MUDr. Igor Riečanský, PhD.

tel.: +421 2 3229 6018

e-mail: igor.riecansky@savba.sk

 

Researchers:

MUDr. Fedor Jagla, CSc.

Mgr. Martin Marko, PhD.

RNDr. Barbora Cimrová, PhD.

Doc. RNDr. PaeDr. Stanislav Katina, PhD.

RNDr. Jana Kimijanová, PhD.

Prof. MUDr. Peter Valkovič, PhD.

RNDr. Diana Bzdúšková, PhD.

Mgr. Zuzana Hirjaková, PhD.

Ing. František Hlavačka, CSc.

MUDr. Marián Šaling, CSc.

Mgr. Miroslava Mokošáková, PhD.

 

Research associate:

Ing. Štefan Bendžala

 

PhD students:

Mgr. Milan Mitka

Mgr. Dominika Besterciová

 

Focus

The department is focused on the research of brain mechanisms of mental processes, behavior and movements. We study neurobiological mechanisms of perception, cognitive functions, emotions and motor activity, their role in mental health and dysfunction in mental disorders and neuropsychiatric diseases. Another research focus are process of postural control and human gait and their disturbance in neurodegenerative diseases.

Publications

The most important publication in the last 5 years 

MARKO, Martin – RIEČANSKÝ, Igor. Sympathetic arousal, but not disturbed executive functioning, mediates the impairment of cognitive flexibility under stress. In Cognition, 2018, vol. 174, p. 94–102. (3.414 – IF2016, Q1)  

HORAK, F. B. – KLUZIK, J. – HLAVAČKA, František. Velocity dependence of vestibular information for postural control on tilting surfaces. In Journal of Neurophysiology, 2016, vol. 116, no. 3, p. 1468-1479. (2.653 – IF2015, Q1).  

RIEČANSKÝ, Igor – PAUL, Nina – KӦLBLE, Sarah – STIEGER, Stefan – LAMM, Claus. Beta oscillations reveal ethnicity ingroup bias in sensorimotor resonance to pain of others. In Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 2015, vol. 10, no. 7, p. 893-901. (7.372 – IF2014, Q1)  

RÜTGEN, Markus – SEIDEL, Eva-Maria – SILANI, Giorgia – RIEČANSKÝ, Igor – HUMMER, Allan – WINDISCHBERGER, Christian – PETROVIC, Predrag – LAMM, Claus. Placebo analgesia and its opioidergic regulation suggest that empathy for pain is grounded in self pain. In Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2015, vol. 112, no. 41, p. E5638-E5646. (9.674 – IF2014, Q1)  

HALICKÁ, Zuzana – LOBOTKOVÁ, Jana – BUČKOVÁ, Kristína – HLAVAČKA, František. Effectiveness of different visual biofeedback signals for human balance improvement. In Gait & Posture, 2014, vol.39, p. 410-414. (2.299 – IF2013, Q1)

Projects

Current projects

 

Interaction of nitrergic, neurotrophic and endocrine signaling in the etiopathogenesis of schizophrenia 

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Interaction of nitrergic, neurotrophic and endocrine signaling in the etiopathogenesis of schizophrenia 

Principal investigator: MUDr. Igor Riečanský, PhD. 

Project number: APVV-16-0233 

Duration: 01.07.2015 – 30.06.2019 

 

Design and implementation of visual biofeedback for the rehabilitation of mobility deficiencies in patients with low back pain  

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Design and implementation of visual biofeedback for the rehabilitation of mobility deficiencies in patients with low back pain 

Principal investigator: Ing. František Hlavačka, CSc. 

Project number: APVV-16-0233 

Duration: 1.7.2017 – 30.6.2019 

 

The influence of constitutional factors of redox regulation on endophenotypic markers of schizophrenia 

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The influence of constitutional factors of redox regulation on endophenotypic markers of schizophrenia 

Principal investigator: MUDr. Igor Riečanský, PhD. 

Project number: VEGA  2/0056/16 

Duration: 1.1.2016 – 31.12.2018 

 

The effect of transcranial direct current stimulation of the brain on sensorimotor gating in human 

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The effect of transcranial direct current stimulation of the brain on sensorimotor gating in human 

Principal investigator: MUDr. Fedor Jagla, CSc. 

Project number: VEGA  2/0039/17 

Duration: 1.1.2017 – 31.12.2019 

 

Age-related changes in sensory control of balance during sit-to-stand and gait 

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Age-related changes in sensory control of balance during sit-to-stand and gait 

Principal investigator: Ing. František Hlavačka, CSc. 

Project number: VEGA  2/0094/16 

Duration: 1.1.2016 – 31.12.2018 

 

Specific methods and innovative procedures for assessing performance in athletes and physical fitness in the general population 

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Specific methods and innovative procedures for assessing performance in athletes and physical fitness in the general population 

Principal investigator: Prof. Mgr. Erika Zemková, PhD., Faculty of Physical Education and Sports, Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia 

Deputy principal investigator for CEM: RNDr. Diana Bzdúšková, PhD. 

Project number: VEGA  1/0824/17 

Duration: 1.1.2017 – 31.12.2019 

 

 

Projects archive

The influence of variability of NOS1 and DAT1 genes on sensorimotor gating in humans: the implications for the pathophysiology of schizophrenia

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The influence of variability of NOS1 and DAT1 genes on sensorimotor gating in humans: the implications for the pathophysiology of schizophrenia

Funding: Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic,

Project number: 2012/52-SAV-2,

Project leader: Igor Riečanský,

Duration: 19.7.2013-30.6.2016

Description:

Research shows that interactions of functionally related genes play major role in the pathogenesis of schizophrenia. In this project, we investigate the association between combined polymorphisms of NOS1 a DAT1 genes and sensorimotor gating, an endophenotype of schizophrenia. The project will yield novel knowledge on the regulatory mechanisms of dopaminergic signaling, importantly involved in schizophrenia.

 

Sensory information filtering in persons with genetic risk of schizophrenia

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Sensory information filtering in persons with genetic risk of schizophrenia

Project no.: VEGA 2/0093/14,

Project leader: FedorJagla,

Duration: 1.1.2014 – 31.12.2016

Description:

Schizophrenia is a devastating mental disorder, but its pathophysiology not clarified yet. An important role in the development of the disorder seems to play an insufficient filtration of irrelevant sensory stimuli. Genetic predisposition is the major risk factor for developing schizophrenia and research indicates involvement of common polymorphisms in multiple functionally coupled genes. There is increasing evidence that redox dysbalance importantly contributes to schizophrenia. In this project, we will use electrophysiological methods to assess how common variability in key enzymes regulating cellular redox status, neuronal nitric oxide synthase and glutamate cysteine ligase, is related to filtering auditory stimuli in humans. This project will provide important novel knowledge on the pathomechanism of schizophrenia.

Collaboration

International Cooperations 

Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Unit, Department of Basic Psychological Research and Research Methods, Faculty of Psychology, University of Vienna, Austria, head: Prof. Claus Lamm 

Description: The collaboration is focused at the research of higher brain functions, in particular the neuronal mechanisms of social behavior. 

 

Balance Disorders Laboratory, Department of Neurology, School of Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, USA,  

head: Prof. Fay B. Horak 

Description: The collaboration is focused at research of posture control and balance disorders. 

 

National Cooperations 

1st Department of Psychiatry, Pavol Jozef Šarárik University in Košice, Slovakia  

Currently, the collaboration is also based on common research project of the agency VEGA. 

 

Faculty of Physical Education and SportsComenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia
The collaboration is focused at research of posture control and balance disorders. Currently, the collaboration is also based on a joint research project of the agency VEGA. 

 

2nd Department of Neurology, Faculty of Medicine, Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia  

The collaboration is focused on research of balance disorders in neurodegenerative diseases.