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Laboratory of Developmental Epileptology

Laboratory of Developmental Epileptology

The research at our Laboratory focuses on the pathophysiology of epilepsy and epileptic seizures in adulthood and particularly in the developing brain. In our research we are utilizing modern electrophysiological, imaging, biochemical and pharmacological techniques. To elucidate the cellular and network mechanisms involved in epilepsy and to increase the translational potential of new observations we are using extensively chronic models of acquired epilepsy and also genetic models and also collaborate with leading epilepsy centres.

Our primary research topics are:

  • Consequences of brain injury during early stages of the brain development
  • Mechanisms responsible for seizure initiation and termination.
  • Impact of seizures on the developing brain
  • Development of new diagnostic techniques of epilepsy
  • Cognitive and behavioural consequences of epilepsy
  • The role of oxidative stress in pathogenesis of epilepsy and seizures during the development
  • Impact of antiepileptic therapy of the brain development
  • Age-specific mechanisms of seizure initiation and propagation


Consequences of early brain-damage and prevention of development of epilepsy and functional damage

Brain-damaging insult triggers a cascade of molecular, cellular and structural changes that eventually lead to behavioral alterations and development of epilepsy. The response to the particular brain insult is highly age-dependent. Our aim is to study effects of early insults on the brain development at the molecular, cellular, and circuitry levels (maturation of receptors or ionic channel structures, vascularisation, myelination, circuitry maturation, etc.) and consequently on maturation of more complex brain functions (cognitive functions, sensorimotor skills, social and emotional behavior, brain excitability, etc.). Results of our research can be used to develop age specific pharmacological strategies for prevention of epilepsy development and disturbances of brain function.   More



Rehák Bučková; Barbora - Kala; David - Kořenek; Jakub - Matušková; V. - Kumpošt; Vojtěch - Svobodová; L. - Otáhal; Jakub - Škoch; A. - Šulc; V. - Olšerová; A. - Vyhnálek; M. - Janský; P. - Tomek; A. - Marusič; P. - Jiruška; P. - Hlinka; Jaroslav . Structural connectivity-based predictors of cognitive impairment in stroke patients attributable to aging . PLoS ONE. 2023; 18(4)); e0280892 . IF = 3.7 [ASEP] [ doi ]
Mareš; Pavel - Uttl; Libor - Laczó; Martina - BenSalem; Zina - Vondráková; Kateřina - Fábera; Petr - Tsenov; Grygoriy - Kubová; Hana . Adenosine A1 Receptors Participate in Excitability Changes after Cortical Epileptic Afterdischarges in Immature Rats . Pharmaceuticals. 2023; 16(17); 1733 . IF = 4.6 [ASEP] [ doi ]
Kubová; Hana - Mikulecká; Anna - Mareš; Pavel . The outcome of early life status epilepticus-lessons from laboratory animals . Epilepsia Open. 2023; 8(Suppl.1); S90-S109 . IF = 3.0 [ASEP] [ doi ]
Janovská; Petra - Zouhar; Petr - Bardová; Kristina - Otáhal; Jakub - Vrbacký; Marek - Mráček; Tomáš - Adamcová; Kateřina - Leňková; Lucie - Funda; Jiří - Čajka; Tomáš - Drahota; Zdeněk - Stanić; Sara - Rustan; A. C. - Horáková; Olga - Houštěk; Josef - Rossmeisl; Martin - Kopecký; Jan . Impairment of adrenergically-regulated thermogenesis in brown fat of obesity-resistant mice is compensated by non-shivering thermogenesis in skeletal muscle . Molecular Metabolism. 2023; 69(March)); 101683 . IF = 8.1 [ASEP] [ doi ]
Folbergrová; Jaroslava - Ješina; Pavel - Otáhal; Jakub . Protective Effect of Sulforaphane on Oxidative Stress and Mitochondrial Dysfunction Associated with Status Epilepticus in Immature Rats . Molecular Neurobiology. 2023; 60(4); 2024-2035 . IF = 5.1 [ASEP] [ doi ]
Uttl; Libor - Hložek; T. - Mareš; Pavel - Páleníček; T. - Kubová; Hana . Anticonvulsive Effects and Pharmacokinetic Profile of Cannabidiol (CBD) in the Pentylenetetrazol (PTZ) or N-Methyl-D-Aspartate (NMDA) Models of Seizures in Infantile Rats . International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2022; 23(1)); 94 . IF = 5.6 [ASEP] [ doi ]
Kudová; Eva - Mareš; Pavel - Hill; M. - Vondráková; Kateřina - Tsenov; Grygoriy - Chodounská; Hana - Kubová; Hana - Valeš; Karel . The Neuroactive Steroid Pregnanolone Glutamate: Anticonvulsant Effect; Metabolites and Its Effect on Neurosteroid Levels in Developing Rat Brains . Pharmaceuticals. 2022; 15(1)); 49 . IF = 4.6 [ASEP] [ doi ]
Kapoor; Sonam - Kala; David - Svoboda; Jan - Daněk; Jan - Faridová; Adéla - Brnoliaková; Z. - Mikulecká; Anna - Folbergrová; Jaroslava - Otáhal; Jakub . The Effect of Sulforaphane on Perinatal Hypoxic-Ischemic Brain Injury in Rats . Physiological Research. 2022; 71(3); 401-411 . IF = 2.1 [ASEP] [ doi ]
Kala; David - Šulc; V. - Olšerová; A. - Svoboda; Jan - Prysiazhniuk; Yeva - Pošusta; Antonín - Kynčl; M. - Šanda; J. - Tomek; A. - Otáhal; Jakub . Evaluation of blood-brain barrier integrity by the analysis of dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI – a comparison of quantitative and semi-quantitative methods. Physiological Research. 2022; 71(Suppl. 2); S259-s275 . IF = 2.1 [ASEP] [ doi ]
Fábera; Petr - Uttl; Libor - Kubová; Hana - Tsenov; Grygoriy - Mareš; Pavel . Adenosine Kinase Isoforms in the Developing Rat Hippocampus after LiCl/Pilocarpine Status Epilepticus . International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2022; 23(5)); 2510 . IF = 5.6 [ASEP] [ doi ]


Doc. PharmDr. Hana Kubová, DrSc.
Head of the Laboratory
Prof. MUDr. Jakub Otáhal, Ph.D.
Deputy Head of the Laboratory
Prof. MUDr. Přemysl Jiruška, Ph.D.
Senior Researcher
Prof. MUDr. Pavel Mareš, DrSc.
Senior Researcher
RNDr. Nina Mikulecká, Ph.D.
Senior Researcher
Mgr. Grygoriy Tsenov, Ph.D.
Senior Researcher
Ing. Jan Kudláček​, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Ing. Antonín Pošusta, Ph.D.​ 
Postdoctoral Fellow
  Mgr. Šárka Danačíková
PhD Student
  Mgr. Jan Chvojka
PhD Student

Mgr. David Kala 

PhD Student

  RNDr. Jan Svoboda, Ph.D.
PhD Student
  Mgr. Zina Ben Salemová
PhD Student
  Blanka Čejková​​ 

Martin Kučera

Research Assistant


RNDr. Šárka Růžičková, Ph.D.

Research Assistant

Eva Lažková​ 
Irinka Peneva Stoyanova​​ 
  Helena Havelková