6th Scientific Congress of Bulgarian Respiratory Society, in Golden Sands Resort, was opened under the solemn sound of Radetzky March, performed by the Navy brass band.
This year's Congress gathers together the greatest names in Bulgarian Pulmonology and more than 25 recognized world authorities and representatives of patient organizations. Prominent scholars such as Samy Suissa, Ulrich Costabel and Mark Woodhead are among the eminent guests at the forum.
Within the Congress scientific programme, the experts will be discussing the fight against a series of socially significant diseases such as tuberculosis, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), asthma, lung cancer, etc., as well as modern approaches to their diagnosis and treatment.
"Opening the 6th Congress of Bulgarian Respiratory Society, we are full of desire and ambition to enhance and build on the achievements, to share and disseminate the knowledge among all specialists dedicated to Pulmonology. The best way to achieve that is through organizing discussions and debates on key issues and exchanging ideas and knowledge. Only thus can we face the challenges of the future and meet the requirements posed on us by our patients and the society," said in her greeting Assoc. Prof. Dr. Diana Petkova - Chairperson of the Board of the Society.
Welcome address on behalf of the Rector of Medical University - Varna was presented by Prof. Dr. Zlatislav Stoyanov - Vice Dean of the Faculty of Medicine.
By tradition, distinguished Bulgarian pulmonologists were awarded for their lifetime achievements at the opening ceremony of the Congress. Awards for longtime research and training activities and two incentive awards for outstanding young scientists were presented as well. Some of the foreign guests were awarded with a statuette by Georgi Chapkanov for their longtime unwavering support for the Bulgarian Respiratory Society.
"Analogous to the European Respiratory Society, here you have created a similar structure which is extremely successful and manages to transmit the knowledge and experience to our young colleagues," said Prof. Ulrich Costabel - head of the Department of Pulmonology and Allergology in Essen (Germany).
The well-known singer Dessy Dobreva and the dance ensemble of Medical University – Varna also took part at the opening ceremony with their performances.