Guest Editors in Frontiers in Physiology

Dr. Stela Vujosevic i Dr. Natasa Popovic are guest editors in the journal of Frontiers in Physiology, Vascular physiology section. The serve as topic editors for the research topic: „Vascular Biomarkers for Non/Invasive Assessment of Aging-Related Diseases“. The manuscript submission deadline is July 22nd 2022.



For more information on the Research Topic and how to submit your article click on the following link.

DEMONSTRATE team to participate at the 2022 CONy Conference

Dr. Isidora Rovčanin Dragović will present preliminary results from the project DEMONSTRATE related to the research on mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s dementia at the 16th World Congress on Controversies in Neurology. This conference will be held virtually from March 24-27, 2022.

CONy 2022

To learn more about the conference click here.

To view the abstract please click here.

Preliminary Results Presented at the First Congress of the Section for Histology and Embryology of the Serbian Medical Association

Two members of the DEMONSTRATE research team, Ljiljana Vučković MD PhD, and Janja Raonić MD participated in the First Congress of the Section for Histology and Embryology of the Serbian Medical Association. The congress was organized to celebrate the 100th anniversary since founding the Institute of Histology and Embryology “Aleksandar Đ. Kostić” at the Faculty of Medicine in Belgrade.

Dr. Vučković and Dr. Raonić presented preliminary results from the project DEMOSTRATE related to colon cancer research. The presentation was titled “Analysis of expression levels of selected microRNAs and their correlation with clinical and pathological characteristics of colon cancer”.

To view the abstract please click here.

DEMONSTRATE Final Report Evaluation

We have just received the final evaluations for the project results and final report. We got the score 95/100 based on the expert evaluations and the Ministry. The evaluation result officially wraps up the project, but we will continue the research activities based on the collected data and project results.

TREND database: Retinal images of healthy young subjects visualized by a portable digital non-mydriatic fundus camera

A research paper called “TREND database: Retinal images of healthy young subjects visualized by a portable digital non-mydriatic fundus camera” authored by N. Popovic, S. Vujosevic, M. Radunovic, M. Radunovic, and T Popovic, was published in PLOS ONE journal. The paper represents one of the major contributions of DEMONSTRATE project and it is accompanied with a freely available database called TREND containing fundus images paired with their corresponding blood vessels annotations. The paper is published as open access and it can be read at https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0254918.

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Abstract – Topological characterization of the Retinal microvascular nEtwork visualized by portable fuNDus camera (TREND) is a database comprising of 72 color digital retinal images collected from the students of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Montenegro, in the period from February 18th to March 11th 2020. The database also includes binarized images of manually segmented microvascular networks associated with each raw image. The participant demographic characteristics, health status, and social habits information such as age, sex, body mass index, smoking history, alcohol use, as well as previous medical history was collected. As proof of the concept, a smaller set of 10 color digital fundus images from healthy older participants is also included. Comparison of the microvascular parameters of these two sets of images demonstrate that digital fundus images recorded with a hand-held portable camera are able to capture the changes in patterns of microvascular network associated with aging. The raw images from the TREND database provide a standard that defines normal retinal anatomy and microvascular network geometry in young healthy people in Montenegro as it is seen with the digital hand-held portable non-mydriatic MiiS HORUS Scope DEC 200.This knowledge could facilitate the application of this technology at the primary level of health care for large scale telematic screening for complications of chronic diseases, such as hypertensive and diabetic retinopathy. In addition, it could aid in the development of new methods for early detection of age-related changes in the retina, systemic chronic diseases, as well as eye-specific diseases. The associated manually segmented images of the microvascular networks provide the standard that can be used for development of automatic software for image quality assessment, segmentation of microvascular network, and for computer-aided detection of pathological changes in retina. The TREND database is freely available at https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4521043.

Topological characterization of the Retinal microvascular nEtwork visualized by portable fuNDus camera (TREND) database

The TREND database is freely available at: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4521043

The TREND public database contains 72 color fundus images of healthy young subjects. Each image is associated with a corresponding binarized image of the manually segmented microvascular network. A set of poor quality images is also included. For comparison of the microvascular geometry, an additional set of 10 digital color fundus images of older healthy subjects is included.

Rethinking Cancer A New Paradigm for the Postgenomics Era

A new book published by MIT Press (Cambridge, Massachusetts), edited by Bernhard Strauss, Marta Bertolaso, Ingemar Ernberg and Mina J. Bissell

Leading scientists argue for a new paradigm for cancer research, proposing a complex systems view of cancer supported by empirical evidence.

Dr. Maša Ždralević, associate of the Center for Scientific Research at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Montenegro, is one of the co-authors of of the chapter on therapeutic perspectives of metabolic reprogramming of cancer.

For more information on this go to https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/rethinking-cancer

Exploring Attitudes of Students in Montenegro Towards Alzheimer’s Dementia

The Alzheimer’s dementia questionnaire will be administered to the students of the University of Montenegro and the University of Donja Gorica though the social media. The goal of this study is to evaluate general knowledge and personal attitudes towards Alzheimer‘s dementia among the student population, to determine if there is a stigma in the society associated with this condition, and how much the personal life experience and educational background influence the opinions of people regarding this problem.