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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



Mareš; Pavel - Kubová; Hana . Perampanel exhibits anticonvulsant action against pentylentetrazol-induced seizures in immature rats . Epilepsy Research. 2021; 169(Jan)); 106523 . IF = 2.208 [ASEP] [ doi ]
Chvojková; Markéta - Kubová; Hana - Valeš; Karel . Effects of Dizocilpine; Midazolam and Their Co-Application on the Trimethyltin (TMT)-Induced Rat Model of Cognitive Deficit . Brain Sciences. 2021; 11(3)); 400 . IF = 3.332 [ASEP] [ doi ]
Vondráková; Kateřina - Novotný; P. - Kubová; Hana - Pošusta; Antonín - Boron; J. - Fáberová; Veronika - Fabene; P. F. - Burchfiel; J. - Tsenov; Grygoriy . Electrographic seizures induced by activation of ETA and ETB receptors following intrahippocampal infusion of endothelin-1 in immature rats occur by different mechanisms . Experimental Neurology. 2020; 328(Jun)); 113255 . IF = 4.691 [ASEP] [ doi ]
Vodička; Martin - Vavřínová; Anna - Mikulecká; Anna - Zicha; Josef - Behuliak; Michal . Hyper-reactivity of HPA axis in Fischer 344 rats is associated with impaired cardiovascular and behavioral adaptation to repeated restraint stress . STRESS-THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL ON THE BIOLOGY OF STRESS. 2020; 23(6); 667-677 . IF = 3.102 [ASEP] [ doi ]
Riljak; V. - Laštůvka; Z. - Mysliveček; J. - Borbélyová; V. - Otáhal; Jakub . Early Postnatal Hypoxia Induces Behavioral Deficits but not Morphological Damage in the Hippocampus in Adolescent Rats . Physiological Research. 2020; 69(1); 165-179 . IF = 1.655 [ASEP] [ doi ]
Maturana; M. I. - Meisel; Ch. - Dell; K. - Karoly; P. J. - D´Souza; W. - Grayden; D. B. - Burkitt; A. N. - Jiruška; Přemysl - Kudláček; Jan - Hlinka; Jaroslav - Cook; M. J. - Kuhlmann; L. - Freestone; D. R. Critical slowing down as a biomarker for seizure susceptibility . Nature Communications. 2020; 11(1)); 2172 . IF = 12.121 [ASEP] [ doi ]
Mareš; Pavel - Kudová; Eva - Valeš; Karel - Kubová; Hana . Three neurosteroids as well as GABAergic drugs do not convert immediate postictal potentiation to depression in immature rats . Pharmacological Reports. 2020; 72(6); 1573-1578 . IF = 2.754 [ASEP] [ doi ]
Mareš; Pavel - Kubová; Hana . Interaction of GABA(A) and GABA(B) antagonists after status epilepticus in immature rats . Epilepsy and Behavior. 2020; 102(Jan)); 106683 . IF = 2.508 [ASEP] [ doi ]
Laštůvka; Z. - Borbélyová; V. - Janišová; K. - Otáhal; Jakub - Mysliveček; J. - Riljak; V. Neonatal Hypoxic-Ischemic Brain Injury Leads to Sex-Specific Deficits in Rearing and Climbing in Adult Mice . Physiological Research. 2020; 69(Suppl.3); S499-S512 . IF = 1.655 [ASEP] [ doi ]
Kubová; Hana - Bendová; Z. - Moravcová; S. - Pačesová; D. - Rocha; L. - Mareš; Pavel . Neonatal Clonazepam Administration Induced Long-Lasting Changes in GABA(A) and GABA(B) Receptors . International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2020; 21(9)); 3184 . IF = 4.556 [ASEP] [ doi ]


Doc. PharmDr. Hana Kubová, DrSc.
Head of the Laboratory
Prof. MUDr. Jakub Otáhal, Ph.D.
Deputy Head of the Laboratory
RNDr. Jaroslava Folbergrová, DrSc.
Senior Researcher
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​ 
Irina Necheva​​ 
  Helena Havelková
Ivana Rabasová​​​ 
Personal Assistant