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The Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Medicine was created on July 15, 2007 through the merging of the Laboratory of Molecular Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine, and members of the Department of Zoology and Cell Biology at the Faculty of Science and Informatics, both at the University of Szeged.

One of the challenges for the future is the training of future leaders in biology and medicine. Together with our colleagues at the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Science and Informatics, University of Szeged, we share a commitment to develop eminent educational programs and biomedical research that serve the needs of society and advance the level of knowledge required to improve standards of health. The mission of the Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Medicine is a twofold one. We are dedicated to the teaching of research-oriented, interdisciplinary study programs in structural and molecular cell biology, and to the provision of a future clinician-oriented series of lectures on different aspects of molecular medicine. We are committed to quality-teaching, and will continue to enhance and expand our undergraduate and graduate programs with a view to meeting the needs of current and future students both at the Faculty of Medicine and at the Faculty of Sciences and Informatics.

Research into the central nervous system in our parental departments dates back more than 120 years. Famous neurobiologists such as Professors Istvan Apathy, Ambrus Abraham and Peter Kasa worked in and directed their Departments for many years. Numerous internationally reputed neurobiologists received their first formative experiences on the organization and function of the nervous system during lectures delivered by these professors. Our Department remains faithful to the high standards of the traditions in neurobiology education and research, as indicated by the up-to-date topics of our main lectures, practicals and special courses; we intend to continue to build on our strengths in the areas of structural biology, molecular neuroscience and molecular medicine.

Our major research interests relate to 1) elucidation of the basic cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in neuronal signal transduction in physiological, pathophysiological and experimental conditions; 2) adult stem cell plasticity and neuronal cell fate choice (in vivo and in vitro) ; 3) molecular and cellular bases of neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease. Funds for these projects are provided by several national and international agencies.

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