First Balkan Conference on Personalized Medicine

First Balkan Conference on Personalized Medicine

First Balkan Conference on Personalized Medicine

Objective: Outlining the stage of development, challenges for implementation and future trends in personalized medicine in Balkan region. The conference is focused on presentation of scientific projects, clinical, diagnostic and organizational methods, integrated approaches, real-world-evidence, real-world data and experience in the field of precision and personalised medicine

Target audience:

  1. Healthcare institutions: MEP; Ministries of Health; Health Commissions in the Parliament; NHIF; NCPR; NCHOA;BDA
  2. Professional Societies: BMA; BPhU; BDU etc.
  3. Scientific Societies;
  4. Medical Universities and other Academic structures;
  5. Medical professionals; students; patients organizations and societies; NGOs
  6. Pharmaceutical and Diagnostics Industry

Programme Outline

  • Cancer Biology Discovery, Оncogenetics and new therapeutical approaches
  • Precision Oncology and Hematology : Prevention, Diagnosis, Treatment
  • Driving the Innovation Agenda
  • Precision Diagnostics, Pharmacogenetics/pharmacogenomics and biomarker discovery
  • New and emerging therapeutic areas for precision and personalized medicine
  • Big Data for Better Health, Real-world-evidence, real-world-data
  • Value based care and Precision Health
  • Personalised Health:  Pushing the Policy Agenda, Access/Value of innovation
  • Personalised Health and Human Disease
  • Keeping the Person in Personalised Health
  • Translational research
  • Continuous education for healthcare professionals
  • Regulatory affairs and for precision and personalized medicine


Best Western Expo Sofia Hotel


Duration – two days:

Day I – 26.10.2017 – Arrival, accommodation, registration

10.00 Press-conference at Bulgarian News Agency

Day II, 27.10.2017:

8.30 – 9.00 Registration

9.00-9.20 Opening ceremony

9.20-10.20 Plenary Session “Personalized Medicine in Europe and Balkan Region

Moderator: Dr. Jasmina Koeva-Balabanova – Chair of the Board BAPPM

  • 09.20 – 09.40 Denis Horgan – Executive Director European Alliance for Personalized Medicine (EAPM) ‘Personalising your Health: A Global Imperative’
  • 09.40 – 10.00 Marius Geanta”– Founder of Center of Innovation, Romania, Romanian Alliance for Personalized Medicine “Personalised Medicine in Romania: from bench to bedside, from dream to reality”.
  • 10.00 – 10.20 Dr. Jasmina Koeva-Balabanova – Chair of BAPPM “Personalized Medicine in Bulgaria“

10.20 – 12.00 Session 1: „Personalized Medicine – new paradigm in healthcare

Session Chair: Prof. Dr. Draga Toncheva – National Consultant for Medical Genetics, Bulgaria, President of Bulgarian Scientific Society for Genomics and Human Genetics

  • 10.20-10.40 Prof. Draga Toncheva – “Major Achievements of Genomic Medicine“
  • 10.40-11.00 Mr. Dejan Denev – Executive Director ARPharm (Association of Research-based Pharmaceutical Manufacturers in Bulgaria) – „Personalized Medicine in Bulgaria – opportunities and challenges“
  • 11.00-11.20 Dr. Venelina Mileva – Executive Director Acibadem City Clinic Tokuda Hospital –“Personalized Medicine in the Strategy of Hospital Care”
  • 11.20-11.40 Prof. Dr. Rumen Stefanov – Dean of Faculty of Public Health, Medical University Plovdiv – „Personalized medicine in rare diseases“
  • 11.40-12.00 Mr. Plamen Taushanov – Chair of Bulgarian Association for Patients’ Defence – „Patients’ Prospective to Personalized Medicine”

12.00 – 12.20 Coffee Break

12.20 – 13.20 Sponsored Company Symposium “Roche

  • Prof. Ido Wolf – Head of Oncology Division and Oncology Research Lab of Tel Aviv Medical Center, Israel: “Overall genomic profiling: in the clinical practice and beyond”

13.20 – 14.20 Lunch

14.20-15.50 Sponsored Company Symposium „Аmgen: Multiple Myeloma: model of scientific and clinical process – from diagnosis to treatment

  • Personalized medicine – who benefits?”-Dr. Penka Ganeva, Specialized Hospital for Active Treatment of Hematological Diseases, Sofia
  • Minimal residual disease in multiple myeloma – biomarker for assessment of clinical effect – Dr. Kalina Ignatova, Specialized Hospital for Active Treatment of Hematological Diseases, Sofia
  • Carfilzomib (KYPROLIS) in patients with recurrent/refractory multiple myeloma– Dr. Kamelia Milcheva-Chief of hematology ward, Military Medical Academy, Sofia

15.50- 17.10 Session 2: „Precision diagnostics and personalized medicine in oncology

Session Chairs: Prof. Dr. Savelina Popovska – National consultant for Clinical Pathology, Bulgaria; Vice-rector Medical University, Pleven and Prof. Dr. Dobrin Konstantinov – National consultant for Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Transplants, Bulgaria; Chair of Scientific Society for Pediatric Hematology and Oncology

  • 15.15-16.20 Prof. Jaime Prat,         M.D., Ph.D., FRCPath. Emeritus Professor, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain; State-of-the-art Lecture:  “Endometrial carcinoma: from Type I/II (endometrioid/nonendometrioid) to TCGA 4 types
  • 16.20-16.40 Prof. Dr. Dijana Plaseska-Karanfilska, MD, PhD, Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Research Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology ” Georgi D. Efremov”, Republic of Macedonia   „Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer Susceptibility “
  • 16.40-17.00. Dr. Zhasmina Mihailova – Chief of department of oncology Military Medical Academy, Sofia – „Lung Cancer, its molecular diversity and state of the art targeted treatment”

17.00-17.20 – Coffee-break

17.20– 18.40 Session 3: „The new faces of personalized medicine“

Session Chair: Prof. Dr. George Christoff–Head, Department for HTA, Faculty of Public Health, Medical University, Sofia, Bulgaria

17.20-17.40 – Prof. George Christoff – “Personalized Medicine in allergic diseases“

17.40-18.00 – Robert Penchovsky, Associate Professor of Genetics, Bioinformatics and Molecular Evolution, and Synthetic Biology at the Faculty of BiologySofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” – Microfluidics and functional nucleic acids as tools in  personalized medicine“

18.00-18.20 Dr. Diana Pendicheva-Duhlenska – Medical University Pleven -“Prognostic genotyping of polymorphic candidate genes as a tool for optimizing pharmacotherapy in major depressive disorder: translational concepts and clinical reality”

18.20-18.35 Dr. Irina Berechet, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest: „Keeping the person in personalized health“

18.35-19.00 Poster session

19.00 – 19.15 Closing and farewell

19.30 – 22.30 Official Dinner with Speeches

Official languages: English and Bulgarian

Institutional Partners:

EAPM   Romanian Alliance for Personalised Medicine   InoMedlogo

BA       MU Pleven

With the generous support of:

Silver Sponsors:


Bronze Sponsor:




Media partners:

RedMedia   Zdrave   

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