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SOCIETY OF MEDICAL BIOCHEMISTS OF THE NINETEENTH ANNUAL PROFESSOR IVAN BERKEŠ SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE

Prepared by dr Snežana Jovičić

Liaison Member of the IFCC eNewsletter Working Group

 

As the professor of University of Belgrade Faculty of Pharmacy, professor Ivan Berkeš was one of the founders of the medical biochemistry profession in former Yugoslavia. His immense contribution was in designing the postgraduate specialization studies program, and in foundation of clinical enzymology as an independent discipline. Under his mentorship, over 150 medical biochemists became specialists. Professor Berkeš was also a world-renowned scientist, with the authorship of over 200 papers in international and national journals, as well as of several books. The community of medical biochemists and the Society of Medical Biochemists of Serbia honor his life and deed, since his death in 1997, through the work of the Scientific Foundation "Professor Ivan Berkeš". The Society of Medical Biochemists of Serbia and the Foundation traditionally award the best students of the Faculty of Pharmacy University of Belgrade and organize the Annual Scientific Conference.

The Nineteenth Annual Scientific Conference "Professor Ivan Berkeš" was held on 1 December 2016, under the patronage of the Society of Medical Biochemists of Serbia, Scientific Foundation "Professor Ivan Berkeš", and the Institute of Medical Biochemistry of the Military Medical Academy. The participants of the Conference were welcomed by the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of the Military Medical Academy, colonel professor dr Nebojša Jović who expressed his great admiration for medical biochemistry profession and honor for being the host of this important event for the nineteenth time, and the Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Belgrade, professor dr Zorica Vujić, who emphasized the significance of professor Berkeš’s work and of this conference. This year’s laureates of the annual award of the Foundation were the valedictorians of the two graduate programs of the Faculty of Pharmacy University of Belgrade – Aleksandra Tijanić, Master of Pharmacy-Medical Biochemist, and Marija Banićević, Master of Pharmacy.

The scientific program of the Conference included presentations of doctoral thesis defended in the field of medical biochemistry at Faculty of Pharmacy University of Belgrade, Faculty of Biology University of Belgrade, and Faculty of Medicine University of Niš during the past year. Dr Neda Milinković presented the results of her thesis on the significance of the determination of biomarkers of bone resorption and formation in patients with end stage renal disease. Association between COMT, TNF-a, TNFR1, IL-1, and IL-10 genetic polymorphisms with a risk of early preeclampsia and it’s complication was the topic of research presented by dr Tijana Krnjeta, who was herself the laureate of the Foundation in the past. Dr Gordana Dmitrašinović presented her thesis on the effect of magnesium on parameters of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal and hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis activity in rugby players. The first section was closed with the presentation of dr Vesna Subota on immunomodulatory effects of anticoagulant warfarin in rats. The second section was opened with research results of dr Milica Despotović on polymorphisms in genes involved in inflammatory, antioxidative and immunoregulatory processes in patients with bronchial asthma. Another past laureate of the Foundation, dr Miron Sopić, presented his thesis on gene expression of adiponectin receptors AdipoR1 and AdipoR2, and adiponectin levels in blood of coronary disease patients and chronic kidney disease patients. The scientific conference was closed with the talk of dr Jasmina Ivanišević on the examination of inflammatory, oxidative stress and lipid status parameters in sarcoidosis patients. All lectures initiated vivid discussion among the most recent PhDs and interested audience, which was essential for another successfull conference worthy of the memory of a respected professor Ivan Berkeš.


Colonel prof. dr Nebojša Jović, the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of the Military Medical Academy, welcoming the audience with the chairs of the Conference, from left to right: prof. dr Nada Majkić-Singh (Executive Director of SMBS), prof. dr Svetlana Ignjatović, prof. dr Janko Pejović, and dr Zorica Šumarac (President of SMBS).


Prof. dr Zorica Vujić, Dean of the Pharmaceutical Faculty of Belgrade University welcoming the audience of the 19th Scientific "Professor Ivan Berkeš" Conference.


Aleksandra Tijanić, Master of Pharmacy-Medical Biochemist, the laureate of the Foundation, with prof. dr Nada Majkić-Singh and dr Zorica Šumarac.


Marija Banićević, Master of Pharmacy, the laureate of the Foundation, with prof. dr Nada Majkić-Singh and dr Zorica Šumarac.


The chairs of the Conference with laureates and lecturers, dr Vesna Subota and dr Miron Sopić.


The audience of the 19th Scientific "Professor Ivan Berkeš" Conference in Military Medical Academy Hall.

XX CONGRESS OF MEDICAL BIOCHEMISTRY AND LABORATORY MEDICINE AND 12TH EFLM SYMPOSIUM FOR BALKAN REGION

dr Snežana Jovičić
Society of Medical Biochemists of Serbia
Liaison Member of the IFCC eNewsletter Working Group

On May 25–27, Society of Medical Biochemists of Serbia (SMBS) and Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Belgrade organized the 20th Congress of Medical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine with international participation. The congress was organized under the auspices of International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC), European Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (EFLM), Balkan Clinical Laboratory Federation (BCLF), Ministry of Education, Science, and Technological Development, and Ministry of Health of Republic of Serbia. It had five sessions dedicated to the current findings in different areas of clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine, and their application in patient care.

During the opening ceremony, after the review of the past congresses through photos presentation, the traditional reward of the "Magistra Milica Marković" Foundation, intended to laboratories that advanced the most in the past two years between the two congresses, was awarded to the laboratory of the Community Health Centre "Palilula" from Belgrade. The reward was Alifax Test 1 BCL fully automated analyzer for determination of erythrocytes sedimentation rate, donated by the company Promedia. Also, on the occasion of the jubilee of the 20th Congress, SMBS delivered Diplomas and Acknowledgments to individuals and organizations that contributed significantly to the work of the SMBS and to the development of medical biochemistry in Serbia.

The working part of the 20th Congress officially started with the opening plenary lecture entitled "Quality assurance in clinical chemistry: a touch of statistics and a lot of common sense" held by the distinguished professor Elvar Theodorsson, from the Linköping University, Sweden. The first session was dedicated to the new biomarkers in laboratory medicine – the role of genome-wide association studies in new biomarkers discovery in the case of osteoporosis, paraoxonase enzymes in cardiovascular disease, LC-MS/MS for analysis of cholesterol synthesis and absorption markers, and adiponectin in coronary artery disease. Toxicological, pharmacokinetic, and biochemical aspects of the application of drugs were the topics of the second session. The talks comprehended the influence of environmental pollutants cadmium and polychlorinated biphenyls on thyroid hormone levels, the recommendations on application of therapeutic drug monitoring, diagnostic and therapeutic possibilities in familiar hypercholesterolemia, and monitoring of biochemical parameters in the assessment of immunosuppressive therapy safety. The third session was dedicated to contemporary methodological approaches in laboratory medicine – aplication of HPLC-MS/MS techniques, PCR methodology implementation in pathogen detection and human genomics, implementation of the recommendations of the World Health Organization in standardization of spermogram making, and pharmacogenetics testing, biochemical and therapeutic monitoring as the basis of personalized medicine. The fourth session elaborated the role of oxidative stress in contemporary diseases, as risk factor for the development of eye disease, in prediabetes, then the role of genetic polymorphisms of glutathione transferases omega class in end-stage renal disease, and the role of reduced antioxidant defense and obesity in the develop ment of cardiovascular disease in young people. The closing, fifth session was dedicated to molecular biomarkers of diagnosis and monitoring of therapeutic response in immune diseases – multiple sclerosis, liver fibrosis and celiac disease.

As part of the 20th Congress, the 12th EFLM Sym posium for Balkan Region was organized by the SMBS and EFLM on May 26 and 27. This year’s Symposium was entitled "Harmonization of the total process: Influence of the extra-laboratory phases". The Symposium was openned with the plenary lecture of the distinguished professor Mario Plebani, the leading expert in this field, entitled "Extraanalytical phases quality management – new achievement". During the four part program, European and Serbian lecturers presented different aspects of important issues in extra-laboratory phases. The topics covered rational ordering of laboratory parameters, harmonization and external quality assessment of preanalytical phase, quality indicators, application of biological variability, drug interferences, systematic automated sample interferents testing, management of processes in the preanalytical phase, the impact of laboratory test results, management of critical-risk results as a tool for im provement clinicians’ decisions, urinanalysis, critical values reporting, solutions in monitoring performance in pre-pre and post-post analytical phases, managing laboratory demand, clinical awareness about pre and post analytical phase, and the level of communication between clinicians and medical laboratory. Next to prof. Plebani, the participants had the pleasure to hear about these issues from the eminent lecturers, members of EFLM and IFCC working groups – prof.dr Gustav Kovac, dr Zorica Šumarac, prof. dr Ana-Maria Šimundić, Laura Sciacovelli, prof. dr Tatjana Cvetković, prof. dr Dunja Rogić, prof. dr Éva Ajzner, prof. dr Svetlana Ignjatović, prof. dr Mercèdes Ibarz, dr Pinar Eker, and ass. dr Snežana Jovičić; as well as from national specialists in this field – ass. dr Neda Milinković, dr Vera Lukić, dr Drina Topalov, dr Biljana Glišić, and dr Zorica Reljić.

The congress program also included two industrial workshops and poster session, with notable participation of students of medical biochemistry at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Belgrade, with their research results.

The 20th Congress and 12th EFLM Symposium for Balkan region were marked with significant attendance of medical biochemists and laboratory specialists from mostly Serbia, but also from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia, Macedonia, and Turkey. With the closing of these events, SMBS has announced the 13th EFLM Symposium for Balkan Region for September 2017, which will be dedicated to laboratory medicine management and leadership skills for effective laboratory.


Participants on the XX Congress of Medical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine and 12th EFLM Symposium for Balkan
region (Belgrade, May 2016)


Prof. dr Elvar Theodorsson with members of the Scientific and the Organizing Committee of the 20th Congress (from left to
right – prof. dr Nada Majkić-Singh, prof. dr Elvar Theodorsson, dr Zorica Šumarac, dr Snežana Jovičić, dr Velibor Canić)


President of SMBS, dr Zorica Šumarac, and Executive Director, prof. dr Nada Majkić-Singh, with the laureates of the "Magistra
Milica Marković" Foundation Award and the representative of Promedia company.


Lecturers of the opening session of the 12th EFLM Symposium for Balkan Region, from left to right: dr Zorica Šumarac, dr
Laura Sciacovelli, prof. dr Mario Plebani, prof. dr Nada Majkić-Singh, prof. dr Ana-Maria Šimundić, prof. dr Gustav Kovac.


Students of medical biochemistry at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Belgrade, with prof. dr Nada Majkić-Singh, dr Zorica
Šumarac, and dr Snežana Jovičić.


SOCIETY OF MEDICAL BIOCHEMISTS OF THE EIGHTEENTH ANNUAL PROFESSOR IVAN BERKEŠ SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE

Prepared by dr Snežana Jovičić
Liaison Member of the IFCC eNewsletter Working Group

The annual activities of Society of Medical Biochemists of Serbia are traditionally wraped up in December with the scientific conference dedicated to the life and work of one of the most prominent figures in medical biochemistry science and profession in former Yugoslavia. In this way, on 3 December 2015, Serbian medical biochemistry professionals remembered for the eighteenth time, their esteemed mentor and founder, since professor Berkeš established post graduate program in medical bio chemistry at the University of Belgrade School of Pharmacy. Under his leadership, several dozen candidates got their Master of Science and Doctoral degrees, and over 150 medical biochemists obtained their specialist degrees. Professor Berke{ authored over 200 papers in leading international and national journals, and several books.

The eighteenth in a row scientific conference "Professor Ivan Berkeš" was organized, as usual, bythe Executive Director of the Society of Medical Biochemists of Serbia and the successor of professor Berkeš in leading and guidance of Serbian Medical Biochemistry in the last thirty years, professor Nada Majkić-Singh. The conference was held under the patronage of the Society of Medical Biochemists of Serbia, Scientific Foundation "Professor Ivan Berkeš", and the Institute of Medical Biochemistry, Military Medical Academy. The chairs were professor Svetlana Ignjatović, dr Janko Pejović, and dr Zorica Šumarac. Representative of the Head of the Military Medical Academy, colonel professor Zoran Šegrt welcomed the gathering and expressed his great admiration for medical biochemistry profession and honor for being the host of this important event for the eighteenth time. After the welcoming word of the Vice-Dean for Education of the University of Belgrade School of Pharmacy, professor Marina Milenković, who emphasized the significance of professor Berkeš‘s work and the scientific conference, the awards of the Scientific Foundation were delivered to the best pharmacy students that graduated in the past year. This was also the part of tradition, since Scientific Foundation "Professor Ivan Berkeš" was established by the Society of Medical Biochemists of Serbia to support and award valedictorians of the two graduate programs of the University of Belgrade School of Pharmacy. This year’s laureates were Branislava Šupljeglav, Master of Pharmacy-Medical Biochemist, and Milan Milojević, Master of Pharmacy.

The scientific program of the Conference included presentations of doctoral thesis defended in the field of medical biochemistry at School of Pharmacy and School of Medicine of the Universities of Belgrade during the past year. The lectures in the first section were mostly dedicated to the research of the oxidative stress biomarkers. Dr Danijela Ardalić presented the results of her thesis on indicators of oxidative stress, lipid profile, and status of the enzyme paraoxonase 1 in pregnancy without complication and after delivery. Indicators of oxidative stress and inflammation in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients with co-morbidity was the topic of research presented by dr Ivana Stanojković. Dr Nevena Kardum’s thesis investigated the impact of aronia juice on oxidative status’ biomarkers and fatty acid profile in healthy subjects with or without risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Dr Danica Ćujić presented her research of the effect of steroid hormones and their antagonists on galectins’ level in human trophoblast in vitro. The second section was mainly dedicated to research of the enzyme genetic polimorphisms. The role of genetic polymorphisms of glu thathione transferases in the development of Balkan endemic nephropathy was the topic of research presented by dr Zorica Reljić. The scientific conference was closed with the talk of dr Mirjana Milivojević on the clinical relevance of osteopontin in diagnosis of ovarian tumors.

All lectures initiated vivid discussion among the most recent PhDs and interested audience, which was essential for another successfull conference worthy of the memory of a respected mentor and world-renowned scientist.


Nada Majkić-Singh addresses to the Scientific Conference participants


Participants on the 18th Annual Professor Ivan Berkeš Scientific Conference


Colonel Professor Zoran Šegrt, Head of the Military Medical Academy welcome the Conference participants


Professor Marina Milenković, Vice-Dean of The Pharmaceutical Faculty addresses to the Conference participants


Laureat Branislava Šupljeglav with Nada Majkić-Singh and Zorica Šumarac


Laureat Milan Milojević with Nada Majkić-Singh and Zorica Šumarac


Laureats of the "Professor Ivan Berkeš Foundation" with Marina Milenković, Nada Majkić-Singh, Zoran Šegrt, Svetlana Ignjatović, Janko Pejović and Zorica Šumarac

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