COMENIUS UNIVERSITY IS OFFERING NEARLY A QUARTER OF A MILLION EUROS FOR DOCTORAL RESEARCH
Comenius University in Bratislava will support research into bio-markers in depression, balance disorders in pregnant women, sadness among terminal cancer patients, and much more. The university's grants for scientific, educational, and artistic projects was received by 247 Ph.D. students in the amount of €238,900 for this year. The awarding of the grants took place at the Comenius University Auditorium on 24 April 2019.
By: CU Public Relations Office
Three hundred and twenty-two million people suffer from depression worldwide, and occurrence among children is on the rise. Research by Michaela Krivošová will focus on monitoring selected bio-markers in depression during the hospitalization of children and the relationship with medication levels in their blood. The difficulty in maintaining balance during pregnancy due to the shift of the body's centre of gravity will be the subject of research for Paula Drabuščáková. Based on an examination of a group of pregnant women in the 36th to 38th weeks of pregnancy, she will identify and define risk factors of falling related to past physical activity, blood vitamin D levels, and BMI.
Little is known about the anticipatory sadness of cancer patients before their passing. Eva Reviľáková will focus on the group of patients who often reconsider the meaning of their lives and priorities, and who may lose their motivation to fight for life. The university also supported projects focused on social representations of marijuana users, the activity of the Fuego volcano, artificial intelligence and privacy protection, and the analysis of the position of young people in the Slovak job market.
“The truly diverse range of research topics of our doctoral students is proof of the diversity of science which Comenius University represents. I hope that this form of support will positively contribute to a moving forward in research and to the formation of further research potential at our university,” said Comenius University Rector, Marek Števček.
The event included a short presentation of the results of the scientific work of selected doctoral students whose projects have been supported in recent years. One such project is run by Martina Baránková, who focused on the international comparison of spontaneous face responses to compassionate stimuli. Research into the formal analysis of the concept of responsibility from the perspective of the logic of the individual and collective responsibility was presented by Daniela Glavaničová. The influence of the elicitation method on spontaneous speech production and its evaluation was presented by Viktória Kevická.