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Arseny Gayduk

Head of the Youth Laboratory on Innovations in Neuropsychiatry

Youth Laboratory on Innovations in Neuropsychiatry

The Youth Laboratory of Innovations in Neuropsychiatry (YLIN) was established on January 1, 2023. The laboratory is engaged in the development and research of innovative methods for the diagnosis, therapy, and prevention of socially significant mental disorders. One of the main directions of the laboratory’s activities is the investigation of non-invasive methods for the treatment of mental illnesses. YLIN conducts research on the effectiveness of rhythmic transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) in the treatment of catatonia, depressive syndrome in major depressive disorder and bipolar affective disorder. The laboratory is also developing the design of rTMS research in the therapy of persistent auditory hallucinations in schizophrenia spectrum disorders, as well as a methodology for personalized rTMS using infrared MRI navigation.

The laboratory staff are developing pharmacogenetic test systems for patients with schizophrenia to personalize psychopharmacotherapy. This is made possible by the blood bank of psychiatric patients established at YLIRN.

One of the promising directions of work for YLIRN is the development of measures for the diagnosis, therapy, and prevention of socially significant disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Laboratory staff, in collaboration with other departments of the Samara State Medical University (Professional Center for Education and Research in Genetic and Laboratory Technologies, Institute of Biotechnology), are conducting research to identify biological markers of PTSD and are also developing therapy tools for this condition based on methods such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Graduated Exposure Therapy (GET), and virtual reality technologies (in collaboration with the Institute of Innovative Development of SamSMU).

Another research direction of YLIN is psycholinguistics. Laboratory staff are studying speech markers of mental disorders with the aim of creating automated diagnostic tools and monitoring the course of psychiatric illnesses, including decision support software for physicians.

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