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Prof. Dainius Characiejus

Faculty of Medicine, Vilnius University
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Brief Biography:

I got a M.D. degree from Vilnius University, Lithuania in 1980 and Ph.D. (equivalent) degree from the Research Institute of Oncology, Sankt-Petersburg, Russia in 1987. I was awarded Cancer Research Training Fellowship by the International Agency for Research on Cancer in 1988 and Yamagiwa-Yoshida Memorial International Cancer Study Grant by the International Union Against Cancer in 1993. During the tenure of these fellowships (1988 to 1989 and in 1994) I worked at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, under suprevision of Professor Willem Den Otter.

During 1980-2008 I worked at the Institute of Oncology in Vilnius as Junior Researcher, Senior Researcher and Deputy Director for Research.


Academic positions:

Presently, I hold a position of Professor of Pathophysiology and Immunology at Faculty of Medicine, Vilnius University.


Research interests:

My recent research interests include the prediction of response in Cancer Immunotherapy, and the basic mechanisms of Host-Tumour Interaction.


What I think of the idea behind WebmedCentral:

We have to admit that current progress in research on cancer and other deadly diseases is too slow. Therefore, the current philosophy of ‘high impact’ journals publishing only ‘excellent’ manuscripts does not seem to be optimal for the progress in medical research. The Internet Era opens new ways for researchers to spread their results without restrictions. Hopefully, these new possibilities will speed up the progress in medical research. Thus, I believe in the idea of WebmedCentral.