Medical Neuroscience

A person responsible for the delivery, development, and quality of the study programme:

prof. Daniela Ostatníková, MD, PhD.

Institute of Physiology FM CU, Sasinkova 2, Bratislava



Teachers of the profile subject:

prof. Boris Mravec, MD, PhD.

Assoc. prof. Ján Bakoš, RNDr., PhD.

Assoc. prof. Stanislav Šutovský, MD, PhD.


Study advisor of the study programme:

doc. RNDr. Ján Bakoš, PhD., e-mail:  (personal contact after agreement via e-mail)


List of the supervisors:

prof. MUDr. Daniela Ostatníková, PhD., prof. MUDr. Boris Mravec, PhD., doc. RNDr. Ján Bakoš, PhD., doc. MUDr. Stanislav Šutovský, PhD., prof. MUDr. Ján Pečeňák, CSc., doc. MUDr. Katarína Babinská, PhD., doc. MUDr. Soňa Balogová, PhD., doc. MUDr. Mária Bucová, CSc., doc. MUDr. Ing. RNDr. Peter Celec, DrSc., MPH, doc. MUDr. Michal Minár, PhD., doc. PharmDr. Zdenko Pirník, PhD., doc. RNDr. Jana Muchová, PhD., doc. MUDr. Jana Trebatická, PhD., prof. MUDr. Peter Turčáni, PhD., prof. MUDr. Peter Valkovič, PhD., doc. Ing. Ingrid Žitňanová, PhD., doc. RNDr. Ľubomíra Tóthová, PhD., doc. MUDr. Mgr. Július Hodosy, PhD., MVDr. Katarína Ondičová, PhD., doc. MUDr. RNDr. Roman Gardlík, PhD., doc. PhDr. Michal Hajdúk, PhD., doc. MUDr. Pavel Šiarnik, PhD., doc. MUDr. Marek Sýkora, PhD., prof. MUDr. Branislav Kollár, PhD., doc. MUDr. Ľubomíra Izáková, PhD., Mgr. Veronika Borbélyová, PhD., Mgr. Emese Renczés, PhD., MUDr. Zuzana Košutzká, PhD., doc. MUDr. Karin Gmitterová, PhD., doc. MUDr. Miriam Kolníková, PhD., doc. Aleksandra Tomová, doktor, PhD., Mgr. Katarína Janšáková PhD., MUDr. Igor Riečanský, PhD., Mgr. Martin Marko, PhD.


Place/s of realisation of the study programme:

The Medical Faculty, Comenius University in Bratislava and its parts seat, including clinical workplaces, which are part of university hospitals providing an education of students at Faculty of Medicine, CU in Bratislava, with which the university has concluded ‘Contracts on practical training’ (University Hospital Bratislava, National Institute for Children's Diseases, Merciful Brothers University Hospital, St. Elizabeth Cancer Institute, National Oncological Institute, National Institute of Cardiovascular Disease)


Awarded academic degree: doctor ("philosophiae doctor", in short, "PhD. ")


The language in which the programme is organised: Slovak, English


The standard length of study in academic years: four years (internal form) / five years (external form)


Graduate profile and learning objectives:  

The PhD. programme „Medical Neurosciences” provides an interdisciplinary opportunity for students over the range of basic and clinical neurosciences. The study is focused on the research of morphological and functional aspects of the nervous system bridging preclinical (e.g. neuroanatomy, neurohistology, neurophysiology and pharmacology) and clinical (e.g. neurology, psychiatry, psychology) disciplines. The students in Medical Neurosciences learn independently to formulate a scientific problem, formulate a scientific hypothesis, prepare and realize a scientific experiment, use biological model organisms and tissue cultures at the research, objectively assess obtained results and their statistical analysis in areas ranging from molecular and cellular neuroscience, developmental neurobiology, systems and cognitive neuroscience to translational neuroscience such as animal modelling of neurological and mental diseases and further to human clinical research.

Neuroscientists focus on studying cellular and functional levels of the nervous system and how these affects behavioral and cognitive patterns.

The graduate contributes to the development of the study program compiling theoretical knowledge and up-to date methodologies in the field of the study respecting ethical, legal and social norms. The requirement for the completion of the study program is also the ability to present the research results to experts at conferences and scientific events and publish the papers in professional journals. The results of creative, experimental work contribute to scientific progress and knowledge contributing to clinical research (in neurology, psychiatry, clinical psychology and behavioural sciences) and to the implementation of evidence based knowledge to  personalized and precise medicine.



Graduates are sought at the healthcare workplaces (e.g. clinics or departments of neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry and clinical psychology) focused on neuroscience. Graduates from the doctoral studies might find employment in the frame of education as university teachers or scientific research workers at universities focused on medicine, health care, biology, cognitive science, biomedical physics, bioinformatics and biomedical engineering.

Graduates from the study programme Medical Neurosciences at the Faculty of Medicine CU in Bratislava master a broad spectrum of scientific methods used in neuromolecular, neurobiological and neuroclinical research, which they can creatively apply in their work and contribute to the development of the scientific knowledge. They are qualified for successful employment as team leaders in a broader spectrum of scientific and research institutions focused on medical, cognitive, behavioural, but also technical and veterinary, or pharmaceutical sciences. They are professionally prepared to work creatively in scientific institutes of the Slovak Academy of Sciences at various research levels. Medical doctors – specialists in psychiatry, neurology, neurosurgery, or clinical psychologist all require also accredited specialisation education in the healthcare occupation.


Evaluation of the study programme quality by employers:

A request to assess the quality of the submitted study programme was sent to selected employers to express their opinion on the need for a new doctoral study programme focused on medical biology and clinical genetics. Delivered letters are available at the Department of scientific-research activities, doctoral studies and international relationships of the Faculty of Medicine, Comenius University in Bratislava