A series of events on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of the establishment of the Department of Physiology at MU – Varna, entitled “55 Years of Academic Physiology in Varna”, was launched on 6th and 7th October 2017.
The ceremony began with the opening of an exhibition “55 Years of Academic Physiology in Varna” in the foyer on the 4th floor of the University, displaying the first textbooks, devices, photographs, diaprojectors, dynamometers, old headphones, blood pressure monitors and many others, bringing back the participants in the first years of the establishment of the Department, reminiscing about their lecturers and colleagues.
After the presentation of the exhibition students, lecturers, researchers and official guests gathered at the solemn assembly at the University’s first auditorium. Prof. Dr. Zlatislav Stoyanov, head of the Department of Physiology and Pathophysiology at MU – Varna, addressed the audience with the words, “50 years is not such a great deal of time within the scope of social and educational universe. They indicate that you have already grown-up, mature and ready for the next step – a step on the way up and ahead. And here is our next step – we are already 55! When you are at the University, immersed in the energy, enthusiasm, purposefulness, sometimes even recklessness of young people, it is hard to feel old! At 55 we are vibrant, young, enthusiastic, capable of dreaming, ready for work and celebration!”
“The Department manages to attract and retain new, young assistant professors and PhD students among our best students. There is plenty of positive energy at this Department, a very good atmosphere, there is a spirit,” with these words Prof. Dr. Albena Kerekovska – Vice Rector for Academic Affairs at MU-Varna addressed the guests.
Gabriela Panayotova, from the Student Council, congratulated and expressed gratitude to the lecturers at the Department of Physiology on behalf of all students, expressing their hope that their lecturers will continue to be next to them in their research work.
By tradition, one of the first heads of the Department of Physiology Prof. Todor Ganchev handed a handful of pencils to his young colleagues. This gesture symbolizes the relationship between the generations of physiologists, which preserves the unquenchable thirst and spirit for new knowledge over the years.
Friends and guests of the Department delivered their congratulations and presents to Prof. Stoyanov in recognition and respect for their long years of work and professionalism.
The little big Monika Parusheva – a laureate of many national and international music competitions took care of the wonderful mood of the guests with her performances.
A photo exhibition entitled “Wine and Health” was also opened after the ceremony. A little later a scientific symposium entitled “Evksinograd Readings: Wine Physiology” was launched, and it continued during the next day as well. The plenary report by Prof. Ivan Marazov “Wine – a Mirror of the Soul” was presented within the framework of the celebrations, as well as a scientific and educational excursion to the Municipal Cultural Museum in Byala, Varna, entitled “The Ancient Wine Production in Varna Region”.