8th National Conference for Rare Diseases and Orphan Drugs and 12th Balkan Congress of Human Genetics – September 2017, Plovdiv

June 14, 2017By Antonia GenovaScience and education No Comments

Dear colleagues, dear friends,

On behalf of the Organizing Committee and the Bulgarian Society of Human Genetics and Genomics, I am honored to cordially invite you to the 12th Balkan Congress of Human Genetics, on September 8-10, in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

We would love you to join us in Plovdiv, one of the cities with richest history in Europe. Plovdiv is located in the heart of Bulgaria and is well known for its Roman theater and picturesque old town with narrow cobblestone streets and historical architecture that will send you back in time! You will be able to experience rich culture, traditional arts and world renowned cuisine and wines. The city is also hosting an International Technical Fair known for the presentation of innovations and new technologies, which is why it is considered the largest technology meeting in the Balkans.

Plovdiv is a place, where history, culture and tradition meet science, technology and innovation. This makes it a perfect home for the 12th Balkan Congress of Human Genetics. The event will present the newest achievements in the field of dysmorphology genetics, neurogenetics, reproductive genetics, prenatal genetics, cancer genetics and precision medicine. Highlights also include the current developments in omics technologies and bioinformatics and their application in everyday medicine. We welcome you to share your outstanding research, new ideas and scientific experience!

We hope to make together the 12th Balkan Congress of Human Genetics a highly inspirational meeting that should not be missed.

See you in September in Plovdiv!

Corr. mem. Prof. Draga Toncheva, MD, PhD, DSc


Dear colleagues,

The beautiful city of Plovdiv traditionally hosts Bulgaria’s National Conference for Rare Diseases and Orphan Drugs in September. This year we are pleased to invite you to two events. 8th National Conference for Rare Diseases and Orphan Drugs will be jointly held with the 12th Balkan Congress of Human Genetics on September 8-10, 2017 at the Congress Centre of Grand Hotel Plovdiv.

2017 is a year of new horizons for rare diseases. 24 reference networks for rare and complex diseases are now officially operating within the European Union. These are new opportunities for improved diagnosis, treatment and follow up of patients with rare diseases. These are new prospects for integrative approach and international cooperation in Bulgaria, the Balkans and Europe.

8th National Conference for Rare Diseases and Orphan Drugs and 12th Balkan Congress of Human Genetics will present innovations and trends in personalized and genomic medicine. This joint event is an excellent occasion for new, expanded contacts at regional and European level.

We kindly invite you to the 8th National Conference on Rare Diseases and Orphan Drugs and 12th Balkan Congress of Human Genetics. We welcome you to Plovdiv!

Prof. Rumen Stefanov, MD, PhD

Deadlines:

  • Early registration: June 30, 2017
  • Late registration: August 15, 2017
  • Abstract submission: August 1, 2017 

 

For additional information – website of the event.

MU-Varna Offers an Updated Virtual Tour

April 5, 2017By Antonia GenovaScience and education No Comments

MU-Varna offers to everyone who failed to attend Open Days 2017 a chance to peek behind its walls. 

Thanks to the updated virtual tour, you can see close-up one of the most dynamic and high-tech universities in Bulgaria. 


On 24 and 25 March 2017 Medical University – Varna organized Open Days targeted at prospective students, parents, teachers and citizens across the country. During these two days prospective students had the opportunity to get acquainted both with the University facilities and to get in touch with the specifics of the training process in the various programmes of study and the modern teaching methods. On 24 and 25 March the four Faculties of the University – Medicine, Dental Medicine, Pharmacy and Public Health as well as the Medical College opened their doors to everyone wishing to see the training facilities of MU-Varna.

Cytological Diagnostics Workshop

April 1, 2017By Antonia GenovaScience and education, Upcoming events No Comments

Dear colleagues, 

The upcoming Black Sea Symposium for Young Scientists in Biomedicine (BSYSB), organized by the students of the Medical University “Prof. Dr. Paraskev Stoyanov” – Varna gives you the unique opportunity to take part in a wide variety of workshops, showcasing the practical aspects of medicine.  Take advantage of our “Cytological Diagnostics” workshop, during which you will take buccal swabs to stain and view your own cells.

 

 

 

WORKSHOP SUBSCRIPTION IS AVAILABLE AT THE REGISTRATION DESK ON THE 6.04!

EACH WORKSHOP HAS A PARTICIPANT LIMIT OF 5 TO 10 PEOPLE!

Cardiosurgery Workshop during BSYSB 2017

April 1, 2017By Antonia GenovaScience and education, Student activity, Upcoming events No Comments

Dear Colleagues,

Heart diseases are one of the major scourges of mankind. We find it only fitting that all medical specialists should be acquainted with their treatment.

During the fifth Black Sea Symposium for Young Scientists in Biomedicine, organized by the students of Medical University “Prof. D-r Paraskev Stoyanov” – Varna you are going to have the opportunity to take part in a cardiosurgical workshop during which you will be able to practice suturing real hearts. It will take place on Saturday (08.04.17) at 16:30 in the “Hellige” auditorium of UMHAT “St. Marina” and will be led by renowned specialists from the Department of Surgical Diseases, Cardiosurgery section.

The workshop will take place thanks to Assoc. prof. Panayotov and the cardiosurgery club.

WORKSHOP SUBSCRIPTION IS AVAILABLE AT THE REGISTRATION DESK ON THE 6.04!

EACH WORKSHOP HAS A PARTICIPANT LIMIT OF 5 TO 10 PEOPLE!

Top Specialists from Europe Are Going to Discuss Issues of Child Diabetes in Varna

April 1, 2017By Antonia GenovaInternational activity, Science and education No Comments

The fourth postgraduate course of the International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD) – Changing Diabetes will be held at Golden Sands Resort, near Varna, in the period 20-22 April 2017. The International Conference, with the participation of eminent specialists from Italy, Britain, the Netherlands, Israel, Germany, Turkey and Bulgaria, is targeted at diabetologists and endocrinologists, pediatricians, medical students and endocrine nurses across the country.

“The topics in the fourth edition are focused on aspects of the current achievements and expectations in the field of daily management of diabetes and rare endocrine disorders in children and adolescents. Special emphasis will be placed on the new technologies that can be beneficial in social challenges in health care”, said Prof. Dr. Violeta Yotova, Director of the course on behalf of VAPED (Varna Association of Pediatric Endocrinology) and organizer of the international scientific event.

More details are available at www.vapesbg.org

Prof. Dr. Violeta Yotova is a prominent specialist in pediatric endocrinology and metabolic diseases, a professor at the Department of Pediatrics at MU-Varna and head of Pediatrics at “St. Marina” – Varna.

The Open Days at MU-Varna Attracted a Record Number of Prospective Students

March 30, 2017By Antonia GenovaScience and education No Comments


MU-Varna opened its doors to visitors on 24 and 25 March for the fifth year in a row. The University attracted a record number of prospective students, more than 1500, who had the opportunity to see the training facilities and to be a part of a special programme prepared for them.

The students were acquainted with the subjects and curricula in the Faculties of Medicine, Dental Medicine, Pharmacy, Public Health and the Medical College.

The prospective students observed laboratory experiments, 3D anatomy, experiments in the rooms of virtual microscopy, 3D technology in Dental Medicine and live demos. They found out about the variety of opportunities for sports and cultural life at the University. The richest museum Anatomy collection in the country, check-ups and screening, presentation on the Learning Platform Blackboard, presentations on career development, films about Medical University-Varna, lottery with prizes – all these were also a part of the programme of the Open Days.

Representatives of the Student Council took them around the University. They answered to all their questions and acquainted them with the opportunities for accomplishment after completing their education.

The Affiliates of Medical University – Varna in Sliven and Veliko Tarnovo also welcomed students and their parents. The students from the Affiliates, with the help of their lecturers, demonstrated a variety of medical treatments and procedures for their guests. The Open Days in Shumen Affiliate are scheduled for 29 March, which are expected to provoke a keen interest as well.

The deadline for submission of documents for the preliminary examinations in Biology and Chemistry for the specialties of Medicine, Dental Medicine and Pharmacy at MU-Varna is 5 April 2017. Documents can be submitted either on the spot, at the University, or online through the official website.

Students and Lecturers at MU-Varna Celebrated the World Sleep Day

March 30, 2017By Antonia GenovaScience and education, Student activity No Comments

Lecturers and students from the Faculty of Dental Medicine at MU-Varna celebrated the World Sleep Day (WSD). The initiative was dedicated to the dangers of sleep apnea and snoring for the second year in a row.

The School of Sleep Apnea answered to questions related to health problems caused by sleep disorder, in the course of that free medical check-ups were carried out as well. The specialists from the School reported that the patients that had been treated over the past year had shown exceptionally good results and the symptoms had been removed or reduced. Moreover, up-to-date equipment from Norway is expected to arrive at the University Dental Center.

Statistical studies show that women sleep 9 hours and 7 minutes per day on average, and men, in whom obstructive sleep apnea is more common, a minute longer. Usually the first more evident signs of the disease are observed in patients between 45-50 years of age, but cases of sleep apnea in younger overweight people are not so infrequent. The clinical picture varies from simple snoring to severe symptomatic form of repeated cessation of breathing during sleep.

The First Distance Course for Pedagogical Qualification of the Academic Staff of MU-Varna Is Underway

March 30, 2017By Antonia GenovaScience and education No Comments

The approbation of the first certified distance course for pedagogical qualification of the academic staff of the University was launched today. The course has been conducted for four years but until now it did not involve distance learning. The first lecturers who are going to take part in the distance course are the lecturers from Veliko Tarnovo Affiliate of MU-Varna.

The total duration of the course is 8 weeks. It is divided into six working sessions. Each of them includes a summary of the lecture, multimedia presentation and individual course work. The course finishes with a methodological development of a practical lesson, and the graduates receive a Certificate of Initial Pedagogical Competence (Level I).

The training is intended for postgraduate qualification for non-habilitated academic staff, which includes lecturers, assistant professors and chief assistant professors, with a permanent employment contract at Medical University – Varna, as well as medical professionals (without pedagogical qualification), working at clinics that are accredited to train students and postgraduate students across the country.

The course is mandatory for the lecturers of MU-Varna, and it will be implemented through the Blackboard system. As a function it belongs to the Department of Research and Career Development. The course was developed and will be conducted by Assoc. Prof. Marinela Grudeva, PhD, a specialist in Pedagogics, in cooperation with the Center for e-Learning and Distance Learning and IT Center of MU-Varna.

Its main objective is to create initial pedagogic competence in non-habilitated academic staff, with no or minimum teaching experience (0 to 5 years), to master and apply the knowledge of basic educational concepts, organizing and conducting practical exercises at the higher school, skills for recognizing, identifying and characterizing the specific aspects of the process of learning at the higher medical school, individual structuring and developing the methodology of each particular lesson, as well as competence for orientation in the specifics of training at the higher medical school and implementation of the methodological requirements for taxonomy of the educational objectives.

The course is conducted in a distance, individual and independent form of training, where current control is conducted through doing tests and development of didactic tasks.

WHO Oral Health Manual in Bulgarian Language Was Issued by MU-Varna

March 18, 2017By Antonia GenovaHealth news, Science and education No Comments

In 2015 the World Health Organization (WHO) provided Medical University – Varna with the exclusive rights for translation of the WHO manual Oral Health Surveys – Basic Methods into Bulgarian language. It was translated by students from the Faculty of Dental Medicine, edited by Assoc. Prof. Klara Dokova from the Department of Social Medicine and Healthcare at the Faculty of Public Health.

The manual is of great value to all researchers and dental practitioners, who are interested in the incidence of oral diseases and the risk factors in the population. Moreover, it is an invaluable teaching aid for training students in the subject of Public Dental Health.

You can find the full text of the Bulgarian edition of the WHO manual here.

Welcome to Open Days at MU-Varna on 24th and 25th March

March 17, 2017By Antonia GenovaScience and education No Comments


On 24th and 25th March 2017 Medical University – Varna organizes Open Days, targeted at prospective students, parents, teachers and citizens across the country. During these two days prospective students will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the University facilities and to experience the specific character of the training in the various programmes of study and the modern training methods. On 24th and 25th March the four Faculties of the University – Medicine, Dental Medicine, Pharmacy and Public Health as well as the Medical College will open their doors to everyone wishing to explore the training bases of MU-Varna.

Representatives of the University will be happy to answer to the enquiries of prospective students and advise them on their choice of a major during their visit to MU-Varna.

During the event visitors will have the opportunity to:

  • observe 3D human anatomy through live demonstrations;
  • explore the richest in our country museum collection of anatomy;
  • observe a demonstration of the digital 3D technologies in Dental Medicine;
  • carry out microscopic observations and laboratory experiments – observing blood cells and live plant objects; determining the blood groups; techniques for taking fingerprints used in forensic medicine and criminology; measuring the levels of glucose and cholesterol in the blood; drug tests; DNA isolation; preparation of various medicine formulations; attractive chemical experiments – Silver Mirror, Volcano, Golden Rain, Iron Blood, Chameleon, etc .;
  • receive guidelines on the entrance exams in Chemistry;
  • observe e-learning in a virtual classroom;
  • meet our students, who will elaborate on student life;
  • explore our sport facilities, where students are able to develop their talents and gifts;
  • receive curious information – what is really happening at Medical University-Varna? On the stage – students and lecturers! We raise the curtain for you with our short films;
  • get a glimpse into the “second home” of our students, getting acquainted with the youngest, most colorful, talented and competent team of a scientific library in Bulgaria and many others.

You can find the programme of the event here.

We are looking forward to seeing you!