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

prof. Ľudmila Podracká, MD, PhD.

Department of Paediatrics, Limbová 1, Bratislava



Teachers of the profile subject:

prof. Alexandra Kolenová, MD, PhD.

Assoc. prof. Peter Čižnár, MD, PhD.

Assoc. prof. Tomáš Dallos, MD, PhD.

Assoc. prof. Juraj Staník, MD, PhD.


Study advisor of the study programme:

doc. MUDr. Juraj Staník, PhD., e-mail: (personal contact after agreement via e-mail)


List of the supervisors:

prof. MUDr. Ľudmila Podracká, PhD., prof. MUDr. Alexandra Kolenová, PhD., doc. MUDr. Vladimír Bzdúch, CSc., doc. MUDr. Peter Čižnár, PhD., doc. MUDr. Tomáš Dallos, PhD., doc. MUDr. Ľudmila Košľálová, CSc., doc. MUDr. Ľubica Kováčiková, PhD., doc. MUDr. Peter Olejník, PhD., doc. MUDr. Juraj Staník, 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 content of the PhD study programme “Trends in Paediatric Reseaarch” is focused on childhood diseases. During the doctoral studies in this study programme candidates acquire knowledge in general paediatrics and paediatric subspecialities. The candidates learn to formulate scientific problems and hypothesis, prepare and conduct scientific experiments, apply innovative laboratory techniques in research, objectively assess collected data and to statistically analyse them. The main goal of these activities is the acquisition of theoretical and practical competencies for the research of particular clinical and scientific problems in the area of childhood diseases. A key requirement of the study programme is the capability to present original data and research result to the scientific and paediatric specialist community at scientific and medical events (conferences, seminars) and the publication of original papers in scientific journals. With their original results, candidates not only contribute to advances in science, but with their relevant scientific contributions also enable their clinical application in various specialities of medicine such as clinical paediatrics and its respective subspecialities, molecular genetics etc. 



Graduates are sought at the healthcare workplaces (clinics or departments of paediatrics and academic paediatric clinics such as the Department of Paediatrics NÚDCH, Department of Oncology NÚDCH, Department of Cardiology NÚSCH and others. Graduates from the doctoral studies may find employment in the frame of education as university teachers or scientific research workers at universities focused on medicine, healthcare science, public healthcare and paediatrics.

Graduates from this paediatric study programme master a broad spectrum of scientific methods used in genetic and molecular and biological research, which they can creatively apply in their work and contribute to the development of the scientific knowledge at various levels of research. Graduates are accepted in medical professions, such as paediatricians, paediatric cardiologists, paediatric oncologists, paediatric endocrinologist, paediatric immuno-allergologist, paediatric nephrologist etc.  which, however, for the independent conduct of the profession, require also the successful completion of an accredited medical specialisation study programme.


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.