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12 April 2019

Systems Biology: Will You Choose Future Speciality?

 From September 2018 Vilnius University (VU) has offered a unique international Systems Biology Master's program in English. It is a joint programme of three VU faculties – the Life Science...

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3 April 2019

Study visit of MBA Entrepreneurship: creativity week – from dream to action

One of the mandatory subjects of MBA Entrepreneurship study programme of Business School, Vilnius University – study visit – had three directions this year: creative, social, and technological entrepreneurship. Students...

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2 April 2019

Vilnius University to honour 85 students expelled due to Soviet and Nazi regimes

Vilnius University will be honouring 85 former students and academic community members with symbolic ‘Memory Diplomas’ who were expelled from the university due to totalitarian regimes and their local collaborators...

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25 March 2019

Education experts from around the globe to meet at an international forum ‘World After University’ in April

On 4th of April, 2019 high-ranking politicians, professors, rectors and the best education experts from all around the globe will look into the most relevant topics that Universities are facing...

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Joseph Frank

Joseph FrankTwo famous medical men from Vienna, Johann Peter Frank (1745—1821) and his son Joseph (1771—1842), were invited to Vilnius University by the Rector in 1804. The father stayed in Vilnius for ten months, but even during this short period he managed to establish a therapeutic clinic and worked out a plan for the reorganisation of the Medical faculty. After he left for St.Petersburg, his son Joseph Frank took over the therapeutic clinic.

Joseph Frank also headed the Department of Pathology and laid the background for the Museum of Pathology Anatomy. He also founded one of the first vaccination institutes in Europe (1808), the Maternity Institute (1809), the Out-patients' Clinic (1807), etc. The Vilnius Medical Society, the first of its kind in Lithuania and Poland, was founded on the initiative of Professor Joseph Frank. One of the great things he did was to rear a number of talented professors of medicine out of his students.

Professor J. Frank together with his wife Kristin Gerhardy, a talented Viennese singer, took an active part in the cultural life of the city. The philanthrophic activities of Joseph Frank and the help he gave to the poor must have reached Honoré de Balzac – Le D. Benassis, the main hero in the novel Le Medicin de Compagne (1832—1833) is said to possess some features of the famous professor.

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