Split Sleep Medicine Center – University of Split, School of Medicine

Split Sleep Medicine Center - University of Split, School of Medicine


Split Sleep Medicine Center

Contact: Zoran  
Position: Vice Dean, Department Head
Address: Soltanska 2, 21000
City: Split
Country: Croatia
Contact Email: Contact laboratory
RESEARCH DOMAIN: Methodology / Technology, Clinical, Basic Human, Basic Animal


Laboratory Description:

Neural control of breathing, Long-term facilitation of breathing induced by acute intermittent hypoxia, Electrophysiological recordings of the phrenic nerve, Microinjections of neurotransmitter analogs,
Human polysomnography and polygraphy, Transcranial magnetic stimulations, Evoked potentials

KEY Publications of the Laboratory:

1. Ivancev B, Carev M, Pecotic R, Valic M, Pavlinac Dodig I, Karanovic N, Dogas Z. Remifentanil reversibly abolished phrenic long term facilitation in rats subjected to acute intermittent hypoxia. J Physiol Pharmacol. 2013;64:485-92.
2. Marinov V, Valic M, Pecotic R, Karanovic N, Dodig IP, Carev M, Valic Z, Dogas Z. Sevoflurane and isoflurane monoanesthesia abolished the phrenic long-term facilitation in rats. Respir Physiol Neurobiol. 2013; doi: pii: S1569-9048(13)00270-X. 10.1016/j.resp.2013.07.026.
3. Vidović N, Mestrović S, Dogas Z, Buković D, Brakus I, Brakus RB, Kovacić I. Craniofacial morphology of Croatian patients with obstructive sleep apnea. Coll Antropol. 2013;37(1):271-9.
4. Allebrandt KV, Amin N, Müller-Myhsok B, Esko T, Teder-Laving M, Azevedo RV, Hayward C, van Mill J, Vogelzangs N, Green EW, Melville SA, Lichtner P, Wichmann HE, Oostra BA, Janssens AC, Campbell H, Wilson JF, Hicks AA, Pramstaller PP, Dogas Z, Rudan I, Merrow M, Penninx B, Kyriacou CP, Metspalu A, van Duijn CM, Meitinger T, Roenneberg T. A K(ATP) channel gene effect on sleep duration: from genome-wide association studies to function in Drosophila. Mol Psychiatry. 2013;18(1):122-32. doi: 10.1038/mp.2011.142.
5. Pecotic R, Dodig IP, Valic M, Ivkovic N, Dogas Z. The evaluation of theCroatian version of the Epworth sleepiness scale and STOP questionnaire asscreening tools for obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. Sleep Breath. 2012;16:793-802. doi: 10.1007/s11325-011-0578-x.
6. Zibar L, Kristić A, Krnjeta D, Dogas Z. Risk for sleep apnea syndrome and excessive daily sleepiness in chronic hemodialysis patients. Acta Med Croatica. 2011;65 Suppl 3:30-5. Croatian.
7. Pavlinac Dodig I, Pecotic R, Valic M, Dogas Z. Acute intermittent hypoxia induces phrenic long-term facilitation which is modulated by 5-HT(1A) receptor in the caudal raphe region of the rat. J Sleep Res. 2011; doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2869.2011.00948.x.
8. Carev M, Karanović N, Bagatin J, Matulić NB, Pecotić R, Valić M, Marinović-Terzić I, Karanović S, Dogas Z. Blood pressure dipping and salivary cortisol as markers of fatigue and sleep deprivation in staff anesthesiologists. Coll Antropol. 2011;35 Suppl 1:133-8.
9. Mustapic S, Radocaj T, Sanchez A, Dogas Z, Stucke AG, Hopp FA, Stuth EA, Zuperku EJ. Clinically relevant infusion rates of mu-opioid agonist remifentanil cause bradypnea in decerebrate dogs but not via direct effects in the pre-Bötzinger complex region. J Neurophysiol. 2010 Jan;103(1):409-18. doi: 10.1152/jn.00188.2009.
10. Valic M, Pecotic R, Pavlinac I, Valic Z, Peros K, Dogas Z. Microinjection of methysergide into the raphe nucleus attenuated phrenic long-term facilitation in rats. Exp Brain Res. 2010;202:583-9.
11. Carev M, Valic M, Pecotic R, Karanovic N, Valic Z, Pavlinac I, Dogas Z. Propofol abolished the phrenic long-term facilitation in rats. Respir Physiol Neurobiol. 2010;170:83-90.
12. Karanovic N, Pecotic R, Valic M, Jeroncic A, Carev M, Karanovic S, Ujevic A, Dogas Z. The acute hypoxic ventilatory response under halothane, isoflurane, and sevoflurane anaesthesia in rats. Anaesthesia. 2010;65:227-34.
13. Pavlinac I, Pecotic R, Dogas Z, Valic M. Role of 5-HT₁(A) receptors in induction and preservation of phrenic long-term facilitation in rats. Respir Physiol Neurobiol. 2011;175(1):146-52. doi: 10.1016/j.resp.2010.10.005. Epub 2010 Oct 28.
14. Karanovic N, Carev M, Kardum G, Pecotic R, Valic M, Karanovic S, Ujevic A, Dogas Z. The impact of a single 24 h working day on cognitive and psychomotor performance in staff anaesthesiologists. European journal of anaesthesiology. 2009;26:825-32.
15. Pecotic R, Dogas Z, Valic Z, Valic M. Blockade of 5-HT(1A) receptors in the phrenic nucleus of the rat attenuated raphe induced activation of the phrenic nerve activity. J Physiol Pharmacol. 2009;60(3):167-72.
16. 1: Pecotić R, Valić M, Kardum G, Sevo V, Dogas Z. [Sleep habits of medical students, physicians and nurses regarding age, sex, shift work and caffeine consumption]. Lijec Vjesn. 2008;130(3-4):87-91. Croatian.
17. Carev M, Karanović N, Dogas Z. [Obstructive sleep apnea and anesthesia]. Lijec Vjesn. 2008;130(3-4):78-86. Review. Croatian.
18. Dogas Z, Valić M, Pecotić R, Pupić MC, Carev M, Bojić L, Racić G. [Sleep disordered breathing]. Lijec Vjesn. 2008;130(3-4):69-77. Review. Croatian.
19. Dogas Z. [Introduction to sleep medicine]. Lijec Vjesn. 2008;130(3-4):68. Croatian.
20. Valic M, Pecotic R, Dogas Z. Phrenic nerve activity is enhanced by 5-HT1A receptor agonist 8-OH-DPAT in spontaneously breathing anesthetized rats. J Physiol Pharmacol. 2008;59(1):17-25.


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