Short description of the units of the Department of Physiology

Experimental Neonatology Research Group

Principal investigator:Ferenc Domoki, MD, PhD

Viktória Kovács MS,PhD
Andrea Pénzes MD
Gábor Remzső MSc
Valéria Tóth-Szűki BSc

Our study field is the so-called hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) induced by perinatal asphyxia in term neonates. We focus both on revealing the pathophysiological mechanisms of neuronal-vascular damage leading to HIE and testing promising putative neuroprotective strategies.
To achieve our goals, we utilize a subacute HIE animal model,the newborn pig that is appropriate for clinical translation.
Our research methods involve continuous monitoring of the physiology and cerebral electrical activity of the animals, performing in vivo studies on the cerebrocortical microcirculation and neuronal activity, and analysis of the obtained brain samples using histological and molecular biology techniques.


Sleep research

Lab chief: Lelkes Zoltán, MD, PhD


Behavioral Pharmacology research

Development and characterization of a complex schizophrenia rat model.
Our laboratory developed a new, complex schizophrenia rat model. The goal of the recent studies to characterize the animals applying different behavioral tests.
1. Investigation of pain threshold of the "schizophrenic rats". 2. Investigation of cognitive functions of the "schizophrenic rats". 3. Investigation of autonomic functions of the "schizophrenic rats".

Lab chief:Gyöngyi Horváth, MD, PhD

Gabriella Kékesi MS, PhD
Alexandra Büki MS


Sensory research

Chemosensitive primary sensory neurons expressing members of the TRP receptor family (e.g. the capsaicin receptor) play a central role in the transmission of pain. In the Laboratory of Functional Neuromorphologyl we study the anatomical and functional properties of chemosensitive primary afferent neurons in animal models and neuronal cell cultures under physiological and pathophysiological conditions. We apply behavioural tests, laser Doppler flowmetry and light and electron microscopic functional neuromorphological techniques to examine pain mechanisms and, in particular, nociceptive functions.

Lab chief: Jancsó Gábor, MD,PhD,DSc

Dux Mária MD, PhD
Sántha Péter MD, PhD
Kisné Dobos Ildikó MS
Dr. Somodiné Boros Krisztina MD
Oszlács Orsolya MS
Tóthné Rosta Judit Mária MS, PhD
Karcsúné Kis Gyöngyi MS, PhD
Lakatos Szandra MS

Student research associates:
Horváth Ágnes Judit
Szeredi Ivett
Pálvölgyi Laura


Sensorimotor Research Group

Research topic:
Examination of parallel visual pathways in the mammalian brain.
Electrophysiological and anatomical investigation of multisensory and sensorimotor functions of the ascending tectofugal visual system and the connected basal ganglia in the mammalian brain.
Psychophysical and EEG investigation of visual associative learning in human. Sleep investigation on rats.

Lab chief: Attila Nagy MS, PhD

Lab co-chief: György Benedek MD, PhD, DSc

Balázs Bodosi MS, PhD
Zsófia Giricz MS
Szabolcs Kéri MD, PhD, DSc
Diána Nyújtó MS
Ákos Pertich MD
András Puszta MD

Diploma students:
Blanka Bindics
Viktória Balikó
Nóra Cserháti
Nándor Görög
Anna Lazsádi
Márton Edelmayer
Valentina Szolga

Scientific partners:
Dr. Gábor Braunitzer
Gabriella Eördegh MS,PhD (Faculty of Dentistry, Department of Operative and Esthetic Dentistry )
Péter Gombkötő MS, PhD (Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, University Rutgers, USA)
Wioletta Waleszczyk MS, PhD, DSc (Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Warsaw, Poland)


Primate Vision research

Mammalian electrophysiology Extracellular single cell activity recording in the visual and frontal cortices to investigate visually based decision making Human psychophysiology The effects of transcranial DC stimuli on magnocellular-pathway related decisions The organization of the mental lexicon in bilingual individuals The effect of perceptual learning on multimodal processing The investigation of implicit sequence learning using psychophysics and elctrophysiology (EEG)

Lab chief: Sáry Gyula MD, PhD, DSc

Csibri Péter MS, PhD
Bognár Anna MS

Student research associates:
Németh Margit
András Csaba
Balázs Csaba
Hadarits Flóra
Pengő Edit


Neural Network Research Group

We are investigating the emergent activity patterns of neuronal networks during healthy and pathologic conditions in freely moving animal models. Optogenetic and high-resolution electrophysiological techniques are combined to investigate the network mechanisms during the development of epileptic seizures. We are making attempts to develop a transcranial electrical stimulation approach that can automatically terminate seizures in their early stage through a closed-loop system. Another focus of our work is on the neuronal basis of memory processes and spatial navigation in the hippocampus and related structures. The official language of the lab is English, talented undergrad students with good background in informatics/math/biophysics/biology and good manual skills are welcome.
Lab chief: Berényi Antal, MD, PhD
Yuichi Takeuchi MSc PhD
Mari Takeuchi MSc
Antonio Fernández Ruiz MSc
Azahara Oliva González MSc
Nagy Anett MSc
Vöröslakos Mihály MD
Kozák Gábor MSc MD

Student research associates:
Rokszin Bereniké
Nagy Attila Gergő BSc
Földi Tamás
Jun Takai
Yasuko Takai

Project manager:
Gyurkovics Tamás BSc

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    University of Szeged
    Faculty of Medicine
    Department of Physiology
    H-6720 Szeged, Dóm tér 10
    Tel.: +36 62 545 101
    Fax: +36 62 545 842

    Last modified: Thursday, 22nd September, 2016