Lora Veleva, fifth–year medical student at Medical University – Varna, won the first prize in category B for presenting a research paper at the First European Student Symposium on Anatomical Studies, organised by the European Federation for Experimental Morphology (EFEM). Varna Medical University was represented by the fifth–year students Yoanna Petrova, Lora Veleva and Andon Mladenov. The future medics were the only participants from Bulgaria and made brilliant presentations at the scientific forum.
Yoanna Petrova took part at the scientific symposium with a project in the field of Cell Biology and Anatomy, on which she had been working for three years, under the supervision of Assist. Prof. Dr. Dimo Georgiev. Joanna's research is on: "Effects of Transcription Factor Zbtb 20 on the Formation of Neurons in the Mouse Brain".
Lora Veleva and Andon Mladenov presented a study on which they had been working for three months, under the supervision of Assist. Prof. Dr. Martin Ivanov. The topic of their research is "The Expression of Apelin in the Subventricular Zone". The future doctors thanked for the support to Assist. Prof. Dr. Martin Ivanov and Prof. Tonchev, as well as to the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at MU – Varna and to Prof. Lazarov – Chairman of the Bulgarian Anatomical Society.
The Evaluation Committee of the First European Student Symposium sent a greeting to MU – Varna, which reads: "Congratulations to Lora Veleva, Yoanna Petrova and Andon Mladenov, students at MU – Varna and respected research associates at the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology for their brilliant presentations at the First European Student Symposium on Anatomical Studies, organised by the European Federation of Experimental Morphology. Special compliments for Lora, who received the first prize for performance in category B: Preliminary results and Outlook!"
The students' research papers were created with the support of National Programme“European Scientific Networks” of the Ministry of Education and Science