Based on the decision of the Ministry of Science and Environmental Protection of 12.03.2007. INEP meets the requirements for conducting scientific research of general interest as a research institute in the field of mathematical, technological, biotechnical and medical sciences-biology, chemistry and physical chemistry, and entered in the Register of scientific organizations of the Republic of Serbia. INEP scientific research activities include basic and applied research in biology, chemistry, biomedicine and monitoring and protecting the environment. Research areas include: endocrinology, immunology, reproductive biology, metabolism, glycobiology, agroecology and radioecology. Scientific research is carried out within the national projects, funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia and international projects, from the European Framework Program FP6.
National projects-leaders from INEP:
Project no. 173042:
Structural characterisation of the insulin-like growth factor (IGF) binding proteins and IGF receptors, their interactions with other physiological molecules and alterations in metabolic disorders;
Project leader: Olgica Nedić, PhD, Principal Research Fellow, INEP.
Project no. 173004:
Trophoblast and extra embryonic fetal cells: plasticity, differentiation factors and in vitro modulation of functional characteristics;
Project leader: Ljiljana Vićovac Panić, PhD, Principal Research Fellow, INEP.
Project no. 173050:
Molecular characterization of thyroid gland tumors: biological and clinical aspects;
Project leader: Dubravka Cvejić, PhD, Principal Research Fellow, INEP.
Project no. 173010:
Structural heterogeneity and effects of complex carbohydrates (glycans) as key components of molecular recognition in biological systems;
Project leader: Miroslava Janković, PhD, Principal Research Fellow, INEP.
Project no. 173047:
Mechanisms of the immune response to parasitic infection, or exposure to parasite antigens, and the concomitant modulation and/or prevention of unrelated diseases;
Project leader: Ljiljana Sofronić-Milosavljević, PhD, Full Research Professor, INEP.
Project no. 175102:
Application of functional carbon nanotubes and gold nanoparticles for the preparation of dendritic cells in tumor therapy (III);
Project leader: Academic Prof. Miodrag Čolić, PhD, Principal Research Fellow, INEP.
National projects–participants from INEP:
Project no. 173030:
Biodiversity of flora of Serbia and the Balkan Peninsula – assessment, sustainable use and protection;
Project leader: Dmitar Lakušić, PhD, Associate Professor, Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade.
Project no. 43009:
Advanced Technologies for Monitoring and Environmental Protection from Chemical Pollutants and Radioactive Contamination (III);
Project leader: Antonije Onjia, PhD, Principal Research Fellow, Institute for nuclear sciences VINČA.
Development and Application of Technologies for Protecting the Environment from Chemical Pollutants and Radioactive Contamination;
Project leader: Ivana Smičiklas, PhD, Principal Research Fellow, Institute for nuclear sciences VINČA.
Project no. 45019:
Synthesis, development of technology and application of nanostructured multifunctional materials with defined properties;
Project leader: Djordje Janaćković, PhD, Professor, Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, University of Belgrade.
Project no. 31057:
Improvement of genetic potential and technologies of production of fodder plants in the function of sustainable livestock development;
Project leader: Jasmina Radović, PhD, Senior Research Associate, Institute for Forage Plants, Kruševac.
International projects–participants from INEP:
Researchers from INEP are engaged in the following COST actions:
TD1306-New frontiers of Peer review;
FA1408-A European Network for Foodborne Parasites (Euro-FBP);
CA15133-The Biogenesis of Iron-sulfur Proteins: from Cellular Biology to Molecular Aspects (FeSBioNet);
CA16112-Personalized Nutrition in aging society: redox control of major age-related diseases (NutRedOx);
CA16133-CliniMARK: ‘good biomarker practice’ to increase the number of clinically validated biomarkers;
CA16205-European Network on Understanding Gastrointestinal Absorption-related Processes (UNGAP).
Bilateral collaboration projects:
Bilateral project with Slovak Academy of Sciences 680-00-140/2012-09/01:
“Lectin biochips for characterization of glycan structure of the IGF system proteins as a tool for research, diagnostics and therapy of colorectal carcinoma” (2012-2013).
Bilateral project with Slovak Academy of Sciences 451-03-545/2015-09/01:
“Determination of glycosylation changes of proteins related to colorectal carcinoma using modern sensitive lectin biochips with impact to cancer research, diagnostics and therapy” (2015-2016).
Bilateral project with Slovak Academy of Sciences SK-SRB-2016-023:
“Glycan biomarkers analysis as a tool for biomedical research, follow-up and diagnosis of tumor diseases” (2017-2018).
Bilateral project with Austria 451-03-02131/2017-09/16:
“Testing the hygiene hypothesis: Trichinella Spiralis-secreted proteins in treatment of airway inflammation” (2018-2019).