Who are we?
Integrative Neuroscience Association (INA) is first and foremost an active community of neuroscientists working for Lithuania!
"It is a bridge between neuroscience and its practical application for the benefit of society. "
We are proud that in the first year we managed to interest and attract over 300 members, and in three years we have boldly set ourselves the goal of strengthening the network and attracting more than 500 members, including not only scientists, professionals, practitioners, but also enthusiasts and other organisations involved in related activities.
The inception of INA?
The founders of the Integrative Neuroscience, Emilė Radytė and Laura Stankevičiūtė, who are both PhD students in neuroscience, came up with the idea of setting up the association over a cup of coffee, after deciding that there is a lot that can be done in the field of neuroscience in Lithuania, as well as in the rest of the world and that it requires collaboration between people and communities of different specialities and experiences.
"We founded INA out of a desire to unite neuroscience professionals and to educate the public on the most pressing issues related to mental health, the brain and neurodegenerative diseases. We came up with this idea because there is still a lot to be done in Lithuania in terms of implementing the best practices of foreign countries, developing projects that meet the needs of researchers, practitioners and patients. "
Mission and Vision
Our mission is to bring together people working in the broad field of neuroscience in Lithuania in a collaborative network that promotes the development and application of neuroscience for diagnosis, treatment and prevention in Lithuania.
Our vision is to become an organisation that has a significant impact on the development of neuropsychology prevention, diagnosis and treatment in Lithuania.
Integrative Neuroscience Association aims to promote the development of neuroscience and to enable its members to share the latest research, establish collaborations, and develop new neuroscience research between Lithuanian laboratories and foreign Lithuanians conducting research in their home countries. What is more, we strive to apply this knowledge for diagnostic, therapeutic and preventive purposes.
INA believes that both physical and inner health is important for a full life; the network of professionals we are building will include members from neuroscience, medicine, neuropsychology, psychiatry, psychology and other fields, and will actively seek to promote this view.
Why now, why in Lithuania?
Over the next fifty years, neuroscience will significantly transform the fields of science and medicine, as well as education, business and technology.
Neuroscience is the study of molecular and cellular processes, behavioural, computational analysis, applied network sciences, and is most often associated with the treatment of brain function and the restoration and improvement of health conditions (neurological, psychiatric, psychosomatic, and psychological conditions).
Neuroscience allows us to look not only at the structure of the brain but also at how the brain works. This knowledge shows how processes in the brain affect thinking, the execution of everyday decisions and, of course, how this affects health from early childhood to old age.
In Lithuania, neuroscience, including neurobiology, neuropsychological sciences and neuroscientific computer architecture, is still a new, unknown and developing field. Neuroscience in its various branches, even when taught or applied, remains mostly isolated in individual university departments or businesses. There is relatively little collaboration between professionals in Lithuania to promote/develop the clinical/medical or wider application, education and accessibility of neuroscience.
Psychological health - depression and suicide - remains one of the most sensitive topics in Lithuania. This is perhaps because there is still a lack of reliable information and support. Therefore, INA sees reducing stigma in society and educating people as an important goal.
On these bases, our activities follow three main pathways:
Development and application of scientific practices and innovation;
Advocacy and equity.
You can read more about the history of INA's founding in Patricija Klimavičienė's article published on LRT.lt.
Visit our website https://www.integrativeneuroscience.org/ to find out more about our activities and projects, and the articles we publish to learn about the latest scientific developments and their applications.
We invite you to take part in our activities, join our network and contribute with your knowledge and active participation!