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SCIENTIFIC FUND "PROFESSOR IVAN BERKEŠ"

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.

 

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



Professor Ivan Berkeš

In appreciation of the work of its teacher and distinguished expert Professor Dr Ivan Berkeš, in 1997 the Society of Medical Biochemists of Yugoslavia and the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Belgrade established the Scientific Fund ‘Professor Ivan Berkeš’ and an ‘Annual Scientific Conference’ dedicated to Professor Ivan Berkeš. The Scientific Fund was formed on a suggestion of Professor Dr Nada Majkić-Singh, the long-term organizer of these annual scientific conferences.

Dr Ivan Berkeš, professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Belgrade, was one of the founders of Medical Biochemistry in Yugoslavia. He taught Medical Biochemistry in Zagreb, Skopje and Belgrade. Having arrived in Belgrade in the sixties, he dedicated himself to creating a program for medical biochemistry specialization. Under his leadership, dozens of candidates received their magisterial and doctoral degrees in Medical Biochemistry and more than 150 candidates specialized in this field. He established Clinical Enzymology as an independent discipline. He organized the Belgrade School of Enzymology as an institution with pedagogical, publicist and research activities. He published more than 200 scientific papers in global and local journals and wrote several books. He is the author of the textbook ‘General and Medical Enzymology’.

From 1998 till today, the Society of Medical Biochemists of Serbia (formerly Yugoslavia) has organized 18 scientific conferences dedicated to the work of Professor Dr Ivan Berkeš, during which the magisterial and doctoral dissertations of Society’s members and other students in related disciplines defended during the previous year were presented.

The First Annual Scientific Conference was held in Belgrade on 21 October 1998, at the hotel ‘Intercontinental Belgrade’, in parallel with the Second Congress of Pharmacists of Yugoslavia. It was organized by the Serbian Scientific Society, Section for Medical Biochemistry of the Pharmaceutical Society of Serbia and the Society of Medical Biochemists of Yugoslavia. The purpose of creating the Scientific Fund was also to reward with money rewards and diplomas the best students of the Faculty of Pharmacy in both fields of study (Pharmacy and Medical Biochemistry) who had earned their degrees in the previous academic year in the shortest possible time and with the highest average marks.

The first laureates of the Fund were Vesna Vuković, graduated pharmacist – medical biochemist and Nebojša Cekić, graduated pharmacist.

The Second Scientific Conference was held in Belgrade’s ‘Hotel M’ on 14 December 1999. The conference coincided with the 60th anniversary of the Faculty of Pharmacy in Belgrade and 120th anniversary of the Pharmaceutical Society of Serbia. The Third Annual Scientific Conference dedicated to the life and work of Professor Ivan Berkeš was held on 27 February 2001. Thereafter, conferences were held each year. Since 2004, the scientific conferences have been organized at the Military Medical Academy by the Society of Medical Biochemists of Serbia, Scientific Fund ‘Professor Ivan Berkeš’, Institute of Medical Biochemistry of the Clinical Center of Serbia and Institute of Medical Biochemistry of the Military Medical Academy. The 17th Annual Conference was held on 2 December 2014 at the Military Medical Academy in Belgrade. All the laureates rewarded at these 17 scientific conferences are listed in a special Appendix, and are presented along with their professional resumes and pictures on the Society’s website.

The following members of the Society have so far presented their magisterial and doctoral dissertations at the scientific conferences, previously defended at the faculties of pharmacy or medicine of the University of Belgrade or the medical faculties of the universities in Niš and Novi Sad: Violeta Jelušić, Mirka Ilić, Marija Romić, Tatjana Ristić, Sanja Stanković, Lilika Zvezdanović, Radica Dunjić, Radmila Mihailović, Marijana Dajak, Nataša Bogavac-Stanojević, Tatjana Jevtović, Stoimenov, Slavka Mandić-Radić, Vojislav Ristovski, Snežana Marković, Janko Pejović, Tatjana Vodnik, Vesna Radonjić, Ivana Stojanović, Radmila Kovačević, Mirjana Opačić, Zorica Šumarac, Zoran Mijuš ković, Marina Vučeljić, Duško Mirković, Tatjana Cvetković, Marica Marković, Aleksandra Nikolić, Aleksandra Davić-Radojević, Vladan Ćosić, Emina Čolak, Nada Bu jišić, Dušan Sokolović, Mirjana Bećarević, Olivera Dimitrijević, Velibor Čabarkapa, Branimir Radosavljević, Radmila Obrenović, Zoran Dimitrijević, Snežana Jovičić, Aleksandar Veljković, Dragana Pap, Aleksandar Ignjatović, Emina Čolak, Anđelo Beletić, Tatjana Vodnik, Ana Ninić, Lidija Memon, Vesna Vuković. Most of the experts mentioned here presented their magisterial but also doctoral dissertations. Only the First Scientific Conference also had the character of a general scientific conference, where more than one author presented their works. Professor Dr Nada Majkić-Singh talked about the life and work of Professor Ivan Berkeš, which was followed by presentations of E-G. Krauese (Berlin, Germany), Zorana Va si lje vić, Snežana Marković, Gordana Ko ra će vić, Slavica Spasić, Mirka Ilić, Zorana Jelić-Ivanović and Vesna Spasojević-Kalimanovska.




Example of a Diploma awarded to the best students.

LAUREATES OF THE SCIENTIFIC FUND ‘PROFESSOR IVAN BERKEŠ’
Scientific conference Name and surname Academic year
First

Vesna Vuković, Graduated Pharmacist,
Medical Biochemist
Nebojša Cekić, Graduated Pharmacist

1997/98
Second

Sonja Bulajić, Graduated Pharmacist,
Medical Biochemist
Ivan Kovačević, Graduated Pharmacist

1998/99
Third

Iva Perović, Graduated Pharmacist,
Medical Biochemist
Danijela Đukić, Graduated Pharmacist

1999/00
Fourth

Ana Đurović, Graduated Pharmacist,
Medical Biochemist
Marija Stanojević, Graduated Pharmacist

2000/01
Fifth

Anđelo Beletić, Graduated Pharmacist,
Medical Biochemist
Ana Korać, Graduated Pharmacist

2001/02
Sixth

Srđan Dragović, Graduated Pharmacist,
Medical Biochemist
Igor Popović, Graduated Pharmacist

2002/03
Seventh

Ana Đorđević, Graduated Pharmacist,
Medical Biochemist
Marija Petronijević, Graduated Pharmacist

2003/04
Eighth

Marko Racković, Graduated Pharmacist,
Medical Biochemist
Slađana Stanojković, Graduated Pharmacist

2004/05
Ninth

Tijana Krnjeta, Graduated Pharmacist,
Medical Biochemist
Dragana Tašić, Graduated Pharmacist

2005/06
Tenth

Miron Sopić, Graduated Pharmacist,
Medical Biochemist
Ivana Kocić, Graduated Pharmacist

2006/07
Eleventh

Jelena Parezanović, Graduated Pharmacist,
Medical Biochemist
Gordana Draganac, Graduated Pharmacist

2007/08
Twelfth

Jelena Pantić, Graduated Pharmacist,
Medical Biochemist
Vladimir Dobričić, Graduated Pharmacist

2008/09
Thirteenth

Jelena Joksić, Graduated Pharmacist,
Medical Biochemist
Zora Ćetković, Graduated Pharmacist

2009/10
Fourteenth

Milena Anđelković, Graduated Pharmacist,
Medical Biochemist
Mladen Milović, Graduated Pharmacist
Ana Milojević, Master Pharmacy, Medical Biochemist
Sanela Đorđević, Master of Pharmacy

2010/11
Fifteenth

Mladen Stankov, Master of Pharmacy,
Medical Biochemist
Marija Todosijević, Master of Pharmacy

2011/12
Sixteenth

Sanja Vučković, Master of Pharmacy,
Medical Biochemist
Biljana Škorić, Master of Pharmacy

2012/13
Seventeenth

Sanja Kandić, Master of Pharmacy,
Medical Biochemist
Dušan Ružić, Master of Pharmacy

2013/14
Eighteenth

Branislava Šupljeglav, Master of Pharmacy,
Medical Biochemist
Milan Milojević, Master of Pharmacy

2014/15
Nineteenth

Aleksandra Tijanić, Master of Pharmacy,
Medical Biochemist
Marija Banićević, Master of Pharmacy

2015/16
Twentieth

Tamara Antonić, Master of Pharmacy,
Medical Biochemist
Sandra Tešić, Master of Pharmacy

2016/17



Third Scientific Conference chairwomen (Belgrade, 2000): S. Ignjatović, A. Poštić-Grujin and V. Cvetković


Iva Perović and Danijela Djukić, laureates of the ThirdScientific Conference


Participants of the Fourth Scientific Conference (Belgrade, 2001)


Ana Korać, laureate of the Fifth Scientific Conference, with Nada Majkić-Singh (Belgrade, 2002)


Igor Berkeš and Ivan Berkeš attend the opening ceremony of the Sixth Scientific Conference (Belgrade, 2003)


Srdjan Dragović and Igor Popović with Nada Majkić-Singh and Svetlana Ignjatović at the Sixth Scientific Conference


Ninth Scientific Conference chairmen (Belgrade, 2006): Svetlana Ignjatović and Janko Pejović

Nada Majkić-Singh with Tijana Krnjeta and Dragana Tasić at the Ninth Scientific Conference Professor Dr Nada Kovačević, Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy, addresses the participants of the Tenth Scientific Conference (Belgrade, 2007)


Major general Professor Dr Miodrag Jevtić, Director of the MMA, arrives at the Tenth Scientific Conference with Janko Pejović and Djoko Maksić (Belgrade, 2007)


Miron Savić and Ivana Kocić, laureates of the Tenth Scientific Conference, with Nada Majkić-Singh and Nada Kovačević


Svetlana Ignjatović and Branimir Radosavljević at the Eleventh Scientific Conference (Belgrade, 2001)


Laureates of the Eleventh Scientific Conference (from left to right): Janko Pejović, Gordana Draganac, Svetlana Ignjatović, Jelena Parezanović, Nada Majkić-Singh and Velibor Canić


Laureates of the Fund at the Fifteenth Scientific Conference in 2012: Mladen Stankov and Maria Todosijević with Zorica Šumarac, Svetlana Ignjatović and Nada Majkić-Singh


Students rewarded at the Seventeenth Scientific Conference: Dušan Ružić and Sanja Kandić with Professor Dr Nada Majkić-Singh (December 2014)


Students and organizers of the Seventeenth Scientific Conference with the Head of the Military Medical Academy, general Professor Dr Marjan Novaković (from left to right): Sanja Kandić, Nada Majkić-Singh, Dušan Ružić, Zorica Šumarac, Janko Pejović and Svetlana Ignjatović


Laureates of the Eighteenth Scientific Conference Branislava Šupljeglav and Milan Milojević with Marina Milenković, Nada Majkić-Singh, Zorana Šegrt, Svetlana Ignjatović, Janko Pejović and Zorica Šumarac



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