Vadym Kavsan

Vadym Kavsan

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Birth date: June 17, 1939. Education: MD, National medical University (Kiev, 1964). Degrees: Philosophy Doctor (1969), PhD; Doctor of Sciences (1985), D.Sci. (molecular biology). Title: Professor (1991), Correspondent Member of National academy of sciences of Ukraine (1995).

Main place of work: Institute of Molecular Biology and Genetics of NASU. Position: Head of Department.

Rewards: USSR State Prize of Science and Technology (1979); "For Labour Prowess medal" ("Za Trudovuyu Doblest", 1981); UICC Award (1994); Member of Human Genome Organisation (HUGO); Member of European Association of Cancer Research (EACR); Member of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Main scientific interests: organisation and structure of eukaryotic genes; oncogenetics; molecular neuroscience.

Professor Kavsan is one of the founders of molecular biology and biotechnology in the former USSR. He is an author of several fundamental advances in the field of molecular biology, genetic engineering and oncovirology.

Here are the most important ones:

At the moment, the main scientific direction of Dr. Kavsan and his scientific team is a determination of genes invoved to the initiation and progression of the glial human brain tumours. Several genes have been found which up- or down-regulated in the glial tumours by means of expression genetics methods and the novel approaches using virtual data bases. It has been shown the up-regulation of HC gp-39 gene encoded cartilage glycoprotein with unknown function, only on the last most malignant stages of glial tumours progression. These results have the essential importance for the development of auxiliary methods of tumour diagnostics. The inactivation of the potential suppressor gene TSC-22 have detected. The increase of the all mitochondrial genes expression has been established in human glioblastoma, the most malignant glial tumour, as compared to the normal brain. It may be caused by the reduction of transcriptional activity of mitochondrial genome, or to be as consequence of DNA mutations enhancement.

Publications: 126 articles in the peered journals, 197 published theses of international conferences, author's certificates and deposited nucleotide sequences.

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List of the most essential publications you can see here.