On May 4, 2019 the Belarusian State Medical University was visited by the head of the Department of Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology, Hadassah University Hospital (Israel), Professor Yackov Berkun. The main purpose of the visit was to give a lecture on “Auto-inflammatory diseases” for students and faculty members of the university.
The delegation was received by University Rector Anatol V.Sikorski. The meeting was also attended by Vice-Rector for International Relations Vasili V. Rudenok, Head of the 2nd Department of Pediatric Diseases, Tatiana N.Voitovich and the head of a joint Belarusian-Israeli project for Israeli citizens training Yulia A. Danovich.
Yackov Berkun spoke about the Hadassah University Hospital, which is one of the oldest and largest hospitals in the country, located in Jerusalem.
In turn Professor Berkun was presented with the information about the Belarusian State Medical University: about the history, structure, educational process, organization of educational and scientific activities for foreign citizens, in particular, for the citizens of Israel.
The parties discussed the features of the organization of the health care system in the Republic of Belarus and the State of Israel, as well as prospects for further cooperation in the scientific field.
After the official meeting, Professor Yackov Berkun gave a lecture on auto-inflammatory diseases. The listeners were clinical residents studying in the specialties “Pediatrics”, “Otorhinolaryngology” and “Infectious Diseases”, pre-graduate interns in “Otorhinolaryngology” and “Pediatrics”, students of the Medical faculty for international students, Dean of the Pediatric Faculty Vladimir I.Bobrovnichy and teachers from the departments of the Faculty of general medicine and Pediatric faculty.
In his lecture, Professor Berkun spoke about the general concept of auto-inflammatory diseases, its classification, differences from autoimmune, common manifestations, diagnosis and treatment.
Auto-inflammatory syndromes are a diverse group of genetically determined diseases that are based on dysregulation of inflammatory mechanisms.
The professor stressed that early diagnosis of auto-inflammatory diseases is the key to successful treatment, the most important is the awareness of primary care physicians about these rare diseases, noting that genetic analysis plays an important role.
In conclusion, Professor Berkun concluded that new sequencing technologies, including whole exome and genome sequencing, significantly accelerated the identification and characterization of auto-inflammatory diseases. The study of these rare innate immune defects has made a significant contribution to understanding the mechanisms of the inflammatory process, which has led to the successful treatment of many diseases.
After the lecture, the audience was given the opportunity to ask questions and a lively discussion began in the audience.
University Rector Anatol V Sikorsky thanked Professor Berkun for an interesting lecture, and also invited the professor to visit the Belarusian State Medical University in the future.
Professor Berkun was given an excursion around the university. The professor praised the level of educational process organization, professionalism of the staff and teachers of the Belarusian State Medical University, as well as the ability to combine classical and modern approaches in the training of highly qualified doctors.
At the end of the meeting, the parties exchanged souvenirs.
Author: Anastasiya Karnacheva, methodist of the Department of International Relations;
Photo: Andrey Zelenkovsky;