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Journal Number: 6

In 2013 the TSU Department of Cognitive and Clinical Neuropsychology of the Institute of Neurology and Neuropsychology carried out several research studies on neuropsychological issues related to epilepsy, autism and language impairment. Students in the MA and PhD clinical neuropsychology programs participated in the research.

Professor Tamar Gagoshidze, TSU Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, headed several of the studies on cognitive and clinical neuropsychology, including “Working memory in people with frontal lobe epilepsy and temporal lobe epilepsy”. This research (was) included the participation of 18 people with frontal lobe epilepsy and 18 with temporal lobe epilepsy, as well as 33 persons without disabilities. Age, gender and education were controlled among those without disabilities and a method was developed through which all the three components of working memory could be evaluated through both reasoning and non-reasoning tasks.

The Georgian National Center for Disease Control and Public Health studied Epizootic Activity of Natural Foci of Plague on the territory of Georgia between 2005 and 2013. Tbilisi State University (TSU) scientists are based at the center under the direction of Tbilisi State University’s healthcare sector. Since the disease is usually preceded by epizootics (outbreak of disease among rodent populations) before it spreads through the human population, a comprehensive study of similar foci is very important for prevention.

The National Institute of Endocrinology (NIE) is one of the leading endocrinology clinics in Georgia and serves as the base for the Endocrinology Department of the Faculty of Medicine at TSU. In addition to its large team of endocrinologists, the Institute brings together a wide range of specialists including surgeons, cardiologists, ophthalmologists, neuro-pathologists, andrologists, etc. The Institute offers outpatient, inpatient and surgical services and conducts scientific and clinical studies with TSU Department of Endocrinology or through the support of donor organizations. Approximately 20 scientific studies are underway at the Institute today.

According to a group of TSU scientists studying the morpho-epidemiology of thyroid gland diseases, 51.3% of the Georgian population suffers from different types of hypothyroidism. Researchers at the TSU Alexander Natishvili Institute of Morphology conducted a study entitled “Structural and Receptor Identification of Hypothyroidism (thyroid hormone deficiency) based on Surgical Materials from Georgian Regions”. The material and technical resources of the Clinical and Experimental Pathology Department of the Institute of Morphology, as well as the clinical and diagnostic laboratory (immune-ferment, densitometry) of the National Institute of Endocrinology were used during the study.