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A Project of MU-Varna is the Only One Selected for Funding in the FP Horizon 2020 Contest

On 1st September the European Commission presented the results of the evaluation of the submitted draft research proposals in RISE (Research and Innovation Staff Exchange) competition, part of Horizon 2020. 74 new consortia (out of 408 applicants) have been selected, whose ideas are focused on supporting international and cross-sectoral cooperation through exchange of research and innovation.

The only project selected for funding, coordinated by a Bulgarian organization, is the one of Medical University - Varna, headed by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Eng. Kristina Bliznakova from the Department of Medical Equipment, Electronic and Information Technologies in Health. The consortium consists of five partners from Bulgaria, Greece and Italy, including representatives of academia and the private sector. The expected results of PHENOMENO project are related to the development of a new methodology for designing anthropomorphic breast phantoms, a new methodology for materials production, and a methodology for developing a prototype of complete equipment and technology for production of realistic breast phantoms, structures or parts of the mammary gland.

This year, for the first MaXIMA project, coordinated by Assoc. Prof. Bliznakova and funded by Horizon 2020, she has been awarded with the most prestigious prize for scientific achievements by the Ministry of Education and Science – the Pythagoras Award in the category of Successful International Project Manager.

The Department of Medical Equipment, Electronic and Information Technologies in Health was established in 2019 by a Decision of the Academic Council of Medical University "Prof. Dr. Paraskev Stoyanov" - Varna as a part of the Faculty of Public Health. The members of the Department maintain a beneficial partnership with colleagues from other departments, resulting in launching research projects under the Science Fund and the Young Scientists and Postdoctoral Students National Programme.

In August 2020 the Standing Committee on Technical Sciences at the National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency gave a positive evaluation of the project targeted at establishing a professional field 5.2 “Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Automation” for acquiring a Bachelor’s Degree at Medical University - Varna. The first class of Biomedical Engineering and Technology is about to start its education in the academic year 2021/2022. Currently the Department is expecting the start of the Master’s Programme Information Technology in Health and Health Care.