Time and place of birth:
1954, Budapest, Hungary
1978, Msc Eövös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary
1983, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary; "Synaptic inputs of the identified
bimodal pacemaker neuron in the snail Helix pomatia L."
1995, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest; Hungary "False transmitters as
tools for identification of serotonin-containing neurons and their synaptic
connections in snail (Helix) central nervous system."
senior research fellow
Toxic effects are described as alterations in neuronal activity controlling different forms of
behavioural patterns, moreover, the neuromodulatory effects are analysed on a sigle neuronal
level, as changes of neuronal communication and membrane functions. Finally, identification
of the neuronal targets (membrane receptors, ion channels, etc.) and background mechanisms
concerned using combination sof electrophysiological, morphological and pharmacological,
as well as molecular techniques.
Vehovszky, A., Elliott, C.J.H. (2001): Activation and reconfiguration of fictive feeding
by the octopamine-containing modulatory OC interneurons in the pond snail Lymnaea stagnalis J.
Neurophysiol., 86: 792-808.
Ágnes Vehovszky, Henriette Szabó and Christopher Elliott (2005): Octopamine increases
the excitability of neurons in the snail feeding system by modulation of inward sodium
current but not outward potassium currents. /BMC Neuroscience, 6:70.
Ágnes Vehovszky, Henriette Szabo, Laszlo Hiripi, Christopher J. H. Elliott,
Laszlo Hernadi (2007): Behavioural and neural deficits induced by rotenone in the
pond snail Lymnaea stagnalis. A possible model for Parkinson's disease in an
invertebrate. European J. Neurosci., 25, 2123 – 2130.
Á. Vehovszky, H. Szabó, A. Ács, J. Gyori, A. Farkas: (2010): Effects of rotenone
and other mitochondrial complex I inhibitors on the brine shrimp Artemia.
Acta Biol. Hung., 61, 4, 401-410.
Otilia Antal, Mariann Karisztl-Gacsi, Anna Farkas, Attila Kovács, András Ács,
Norbert Töro, Gyula Kiss, Martin L. Saker, János Gyori, Gáspár Bánfalvi,
Ágnes Vehovszky (2011) Screening the toxic potential of Cylindrospermopsis
raciborskii strains isolated from Lake Balaton, Hungary. Toxicon, 57, 831-840.
Ágnes Vehovszky, A. W. Kovács, Henriette Szabó, J. Gyori, Anna Farkas (2012):
Neurotoxic effects evoked by cyanobacterial extracts suggest multiple
receptors involved in electrophysiological responses of molluscan (CNS,
heart) models. Acta Biol. Hung., 63. Suppl. 2. 160-170.
2001 - 2004
"Octopamine in a rhythmic network: cellular mechanisms of heterosynaptic modulation".
Initiative Collaboration Research Grant supported by the Wellcome Trust.
(collaboration with Dr. Christopher Elliott, University of York, Department Biology, UK).
2002 - 2005
"The possible role of serotonin and dopamine in the regulation of gastropod feeding".
supported by the Hungarian Academy Sciences, OTKA grant (project manager Dr. László Hernádi)
2006 - 2009
"Neuronal substrate(s) of cyanotoxin effects produced by freshwater algae - in vivo and
in vitro studies on model freshwater invertebrate organisms". supported by the Hungarian
Academy Sciences OTKA grant (project manager: Dr. Vehovszky Ágnes)