The fifth edition of the Black Sea Symposium for Young Scientists in Biomedicine was held in the period of 06-09 April 2017.
The event is a joint initiative of MU-Varna and the students from the Student Council at MU-Varna, the Association of Medical Students in Bulgaria -Varna, the Association of Students of Dental Medicine - Varna and the Association of Students of Pharmacy- Varna. This year a record number of young scientists took part at the forum - more than 800 from different specialties and countries. The future professionals had the opportunity to demonstrate their academic and presentation skills, and their personal contribution to science.
The event was opened with an official ceremony, where the Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs at MU-Varna, Prof. Dr. Albena Kerekovska congratulated the attendees. The Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at MU-Varna and Chairperson of the Regional Board of the Bulgarian Medical Association - Varna Prof. Dr. Radoslav Radev awarded on behalf of the professional medical organization in Bulgaria a badge of honor and a certificate of appreciation to Prof. Vadim Pishtik - Deputy-Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the First Saint Petersburg State Medical University, Russia, and a guest lecturer at the event.On the first day of the forum participants witnessed a unique live surgery broadcast. Prof. Pishtik, together with a team from University Hospital "St. Marina", performed a thoracoscopic procedure for removing lung cancer in a patient. The conference participants had the opportunity to observe the course of the operation and pose questions.
The symposium included sessions on pharmacology sciences, orthopedics, preclinical and paramedical sciences, clinical medicine and dental medicine, and at the end of the programme the participants had prepared a variety of workshops with a practical focus on: ultrasound training, 3D anatomy, immunofluorescence microscopy, preparation of immunofluorescent and histochemical preparations, cardiac surgery, buccal cervical smear and endoscopic surgery.
The young scientists presented their research at sessions on clinical medicine, cardiovascular diseases, treatment of benign and malignant tumors.
The guest lectures at the forum presented interest-provoking lectures for the participants. Prof. Pishtik delivered a lecture entitled "Shaping the future of non-invasive thoracic surgery inside and outside the operating room". Prof. Igor Resnick - Head of the sector on Bone Marrow Transplantation and Immunotherapy at Hadassah University Hospital, Jerusalem, acquainted the participants with "Transplantation of hematopoietic stem cells in patients with non-haematological and non-malignant diseases".
The final day of the forum included sessions on laboratory medicine, clinical medicine, pediatrics, gynecology, pharmacology sciences and preclinical disciplines.