Prof. Dr. Vera Diklić – Corresponding Member (1949 – 2004)

Prof. Dr. Vera Diklić – Corresponding Member (1949 – 2004)

Born in Novi Sad, on 7 February 1949. She graduated from high school “Jovan Jovanović – Zmaj” as the holder of several diplomas: “Vuk Stefanović – Karadžić”, “Svetozar Marković” and “Mihajlo Petrović – Alas”. She enrolled at the Faculty of Medicine in Novi Sad in 1967, and graduated in 1972 as the best student of her generation. Her achievements during studying earned her five consecutive awards of the University of Novi Sad. As part of the international student exchange she visited clinics in Denmark, France and Greece. Her compulsory medical internship was done at the Clinical Hospital in Novi Sad, where she passed the state exam in 1973. In July 1974, she completed her postgraduate studies in Biochemistry at the Faculty of Technology in Novi Sad and defended her master’s thesis “Alternative pathways of pyridoxal metabolism – the role of the central nervous system in the inactivation of vitamin B6”. She defended her doctoral dissertation “The biochemical approach to psychiatric diagnosis and treatment of affective psychosis – the importance comparative monitoring of concentrations of metabolites of biogenic amines and drug levels in the serum” at the Faculty of Medicine in Novi Sad, at the age of 29, thus being the youngest doctor of medical sciences in the former Yugoslavia. She passed her specialization in neuropsychiatry in 1978. From 1975 she had been employed at the Institute of Neurology, Psychiatry and Mental Health. She became the Head of the Laboratory at the Institute in 1980, whereas in 1985 she established and managed the Clinic for post-hospital monitoring of the level of drugs and metabolites in body fluids. She was appointed Chief of the Department of Clinical Neurobiochemistry and Neuroimmunology in 1992. After the formation of the Clinical Centre in Novi Sad, she was appointed Chief of the Department of Demyelinating, Neurodegenerative and Expansion processes. During her work at the Institute she introduced a number of new diagnostic methods:

  • Determination of neurotransmitters and neuromodulators
  • Isoenzymes in myopathy
  • Tests for damage assessment of blood barrier
  • Daily intrathecal synthesis of immunoglobulin and other immunological tests
  • Determination of drugs in urine

She was the first in the country to introduce the determination of the level of antiepileptic drugs and antidepressants in serum and CSF.

From 1994, she was an associate of the Centre for Magnetic Resonance of the Institute of Oncology in Sremska Kamenica, where she was the first in the country to introduce the method of MR spectroscopy in vivo in routine diagnostics. She received advanced training in MRS in Athens, whereas in Leuven, Florence, Vienna and Brussels she attended professional courses from 1996 until 1998 and passed all four professional examinations in the sub-specializations in Neuroradiology, the field of MRI, which were envisaged by the Erasmus Program at the University.

She participated in and managed a number of scientific and research projects, published 337 papers, out of which more than 200 in international journals and 4 international monographs, and was part of numerous conventions in the country and abroad. For her work on the state hematoencephalic barrier in multiple sclerosis, Prof. Dr. Diklić received an award by the American Academy of Neurology in 1995 in Seattle, and for her papers in MRS she received the prize Zavoisky three times.

In July 1989, she was elected active member of the European Society for Neurology located in Le Kremlin Bicêtre (France), and in 1995 the member of the Secretariat of the International Association for Neuroepidemiology located in Bethesda (USA). She was a member of the International and European Society for Magnetic Resonance. She was elected Full Professor at the Faculty of Medicine in Novi Sad for the subject of Neurology in 2003. She participated in the practical and theoretical education of students of medicine and dentistry, postgraduate students and doctors specializing in neurology, psychiatry, general medicine, emergency medicine and biochemistry. From 1994 she was teaching the subject of Neurology to foreign students, as well. She was a mentor for the development of student and master’s theses and doctoral dissertations. The untimely death of an extraordinary scientist and professor as Prof. Dr. Vera Diklić was a great and irreparable loss to the medical science and Academy of Sciences and Arts of Vojvodina. Her outstanding scientific achievements and contribution to contemporary Neurology left an indelible mark.