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Specialist in Dental and Oral Medicine Became an Associate Professor at MU-Varna

On 18th June the Academic Council of MU - Varna selected Dr. Vladimir Emanuilov Panov, MD, to be awarded with the academic title "Associate Professor" in the professional field of "Dentistry" and in the science specialty "Therapeutic Dentistry".
The scientific publications of Assoc. Prof. Dr. Panov are both in the field of Therapeutic Dentistry and in Dental Clinical Microbiology, Dental and Oral Medicine, Oral Immunology and Allergology. He has plenty of publications with original contributions to the problems of Oral Pathology in infection with Helicobacter pylori, hepatitis B and hepatitis C - virus infection. He has achievements in the field of local oral immunity and the use of probiotics.
The doctoral thesis of Assoc. Prof. Dr. Vladimir Panov is of an undoubted interest not only for Dental, but also for Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Examining the oral cavity of patients with a various oral status, in relation to carious, extracted, obturated and prosthetic teeth of different materials, the author seeks, finds and successfully summarizes through the changes in the oral status, the manifestations of systemic infections and the local oral immunity. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Panov has examined approximately 300 patients with clinical methods and 600 clinical laboratory tests and has used modern statistical apparatus, allowing reliable conclusions.
The oral cavity is an example of a location with the highest infectivity in the human body. The irrefutable merit of Assoc. Prof. Dr. Panov is that he has discovered virulent strains of Helicobacter pylori – extremely rare and perhaps transient in oral samples, which is of great importance to the overall approach to this significant human chronic infection.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Panov has found out in his publications that the liver disease patients, followed by the patients with gastrointestinal diseases have the worst dental status. Perhaps this is due to the superimposition of the two groups of diseases in chronic liver disease patients.
He has provided an original system for evaluating the coating on the tongue, applicable in Clinical Medicine, and has introduced dry tests in the examination of oral cavity successfully.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Panov has found out viral HBV DNA in the sputum of patients with chronic hepatitis B, even at low viremia, and also parallelism in the serum and salivary levels of the same nucleic acid. During the treatment with pegylated interferon, the salivary concentration of HBV DNA decreases similar to the serum one. On the contrary, HCV RNA has not been detected in the sputum of patients with chronic hepatitis C, even at high viremia. This has important clinical and epidemiological implications not only for Dental Medicine but also for modern Hepatology.