Traineeship of researchers from Vienna
On 9–13 April 2018, P. B. Šivickis Laboratory of Parasitology hosted traineeship of researchers from the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna (Vienna, Austria). The university is developing a modern in situ hybridization method which is applied in avian haemosporidian parasite investigations. Blood-borne parasites that belong to Plasmodium, Haemoproteus and Leucocytozoon genera and cause fatal avian diseases are spread in Lithuania and investigated by the Nature Research Centre. When developing these agents of blood diseases can block brain capillaries and cause cerebral ischemic changes often leading to bird death. During the visit, Prof. Herbert Weissenböck discussed cooperation possibilities with a researchers' team headed by Acad. Gediminas Valkiūnasd, while doctoral student Tanja Himmel and Dr Josef Harl studied parasite identification, their life cycles and particularities of molecular diagnostics.
In the picture (left to right): Acad. Gediminas Valkiūnas, Prof. Herbert Weissenböck (Director of the Institute of Pathology and Veterinary Diagnostic Medicine), doctoral student Tanja Himmel, Dr Josef Harl and doctoral student Mikas Ilgūnas during the visit at the Nature Research Centre.