In accordance with the work plan of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Belarus on October 30-31, 2019 the annual republican scientific and practical conference with international participation “New concepts and methods in microbiology, virology and immunology” was held at the Belarusian State Medical University. The conference was organized by joint efforts of specialists from the Republican Research and Practical Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology and Belarusian State Medical University. The reports presented at the conference covered a wide range of issues dedicated to molecular epidemiology of infectious diseases, epidemiological monitoring of infectious and parasitic diseases, the study of resistance and pathogenicity of microorganisms. The researches from Belarus and abroad had an excellent opportunity to present their works to a wide range of specialists.
In her welcoming speech Deputy Minister of Health - Chief State Sanitarian of the Republic of Belarus Natalia P. Zhukova noted that the prevention of infectious diseases in our country has always been considered a priority. Treatment and prevention of infectious diseases requires constant attention and efforts from both the Government and the specialists - scientists, practitioners and healthcare organizers. A mandatory and necessary element of this work is early and effective diagnosis with the use of modern molecular biological methods.
Within the framework of the conference a plenary session was held as well as the following affiliated sections “Epidemiological monitoring of infectious and parasitic diseases”, “Molecular genetic markers of virulence and resistance of pathogens of infectious diseases to antimicrobial medicinal products”, “Modern methods and means of prevention, diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases”, “Immune aspects of infectious diseases, molecular-genetic and cellular mechanisms of pathogenesis”, “Young scientists at the forefront of microbiological science”.
At the plenary session the Director of the Republican Research and Practical Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology Vladimir A. Gorbunov presented the National Strategy for Preventing of Spread of Antibiotic Resistance in the Republic of Belarus.
At the sectional meetings the delegates presented the results of their scientific achievements in the field of diagnosis of influenza and acute respiratory viral infection, vaccine-preventable infections and viral hepatitis, development of HIV drug resistance, etc. The problem of increasing antimicrobial resistance as a global concern was also actively discussed at the conference. Among the new topics were infectious complications during organ and cell transplantation, the results of population-based studies of breast cancer and the medical and social aspects of thyroid cancer.
The sectional meeting “Young scientists at the forefront of microbiological science” was held for the first time in the framework of the annual conference, so that graduate students, degree-seeking students and young researches of the Republican Research and Practical Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology and Belarusian State Medical University had the opportunity to present their scientific evidence and share experience with the colleagues.
The conference was attended by bacteriologists, virologists, epidemiologists, infectious disease specialists, immunologists and allergologists from the Belarusian Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education, Belarusian State Medical University, Gomel State Medical University, Republican Center for Hygiene, Epidemiology and Public Health, Minsk City Center for Hygiene and Epidemiology, regional centers of hygiene, epidemiology and public health, as well as researchers from republican scientific and practical centers and state scientific institutions of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus. Among the special guests were colleagues from N.F.Gamaleya Scientific Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology (Russian Federation), Saint Petersburg Pasteur Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology (Russian Federation), Pavlov First State Medical University of St. Petersburg (Russian Federation), Kazan State Medical University (Russian Federation), Ural State Medical University (Russian Federation), Odessa National Medical University (Ukraine).
The annual republican scientific and practical conference with international participation “New concepts and methods in microbiology, virology and immunology” became a very important scientific event which identified priority areas for the development of microbiology, epidemiology and immunology.
Authors: the Organizing committee
Translation: Varvara Boika