Department of Microbiology, virology and medical genetics

Department of Microbiology, virology and medical genetics

The Department of Microbiology, Virology and Medical Genetics is structured into two sections: Section of Microbiology and Virology and Section of Medical Genetics. It was founded in 1999 and is headed by Assoc. Prof. Mariya Petrova Sredkova, M.D, Ph.D.

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Section of Microbiology and Virology

Nowadays the academic staff of the section consists of one Associate Professor and six chief assistants. All the teachers have a specialty in Medical Microbiology, one of them has a second specialty Virology, and one has a second specialty Epidemiology.

 

Academic staff:
Assoc. Prof. Mariya Petrova Sredkova, M.D., Ph.D.
Chief Ass. Valentina Edreva, M.D.
Chief Ass. Hristina Hitkova, M.D.
Chief Ass. Valentina Popova, M.D.
Chief Ass. Svetlana Pachkova, M.D.
Chief Ass. Krasimir Dragoev, M.D.
Chief Ass. Sashka Mihaylova, M.D., Ph.D.

The Section of Microbiology and Virology works in two major branches: teaching of students and scientific researches. Teaching of M.D. students takes place in their second year and is carried out in both Bulgarian and English, as well as Problem–Based Learning. The teaching process includes a lecture course and training practice within two semesters. The teaching program includes basic subjects of the General Microbiology, Antibacterial Chemotherapy, Immunology, Special Microbiology, Special Virology and Clinical Microbiology. The objective of the teaching in Microbiology is to obtain optimum knowledge in the field of infectology and the antibacterial therapy, which will be used in the routine practice of the future doctors. The discussion of clinical cases is vastly applied. Individual places for work with microscope are provided for each student. Audio-visual equipment and respective materials are used in the practical training.
Teaching activities also include courses for Nurse and Midwife B.Sc. students in the Health Care Faculty, as well as Medical Laboratory Assistant students at the Medical College of the Medical University of Pleven.
The Section of Microbiology and Virology is also a training base for postgraduate specialization in Medical Microbiology.
The basic trends of the scientific researches are:
• antimicrobial resistance of clinically relevant pathogens
• catheter–associated bacteriaemia
• nosocomial pathogens
• unusual nonfermentative Gram-negative bacteria

Medical Genetics Section

The history of medical genetics in Pleven began in 1976, when the Medical Genetics Counseling division was formed as part of the Department of Biology in the recently established Higher Medical Institute of Pleven. An independent Medical Genetics Counseling Centre was established in 1986 with the start of the first National Programme for the organization of genetics care in Bulgaria. The Centre grew into the Department of Medical Genetics in 1997. As result of restructuring, the Department was split into Medical Genetics Section , which became part of Department of Microbiology, Virusology and Medical Genetics in 2001, and into Medical Genetics Diagnostics Laboratory under University Hospital Pleven in 2000. Department head throughout these years has been Maria Simeonova, M.D. Ph.D.

 

 

Research and teaching staff at the Medical Genetics Section also include Chief assistant professor Katia Stefanova Kovacheva MD and assistant professor Petia Angelova Nikolova,MD both of whom have achieved specialisation in Medical Genetics.
Two staff members have completed Ph.D. theses in the past:
„Genetic monitoring of oil industry workers exposed to chemical mutagens ” – Maria Nikolaeva Simeonova (1986)
„Genetic diagnostic study of mentally handicapped persons at school age” – Lyudmila Boncheva Angelova (1993)
Katia Stefanova Kovacheva is near completion of her Ph.D. thesis, entitled „Diagnostic, prophylactic and epidemiological aspects of registration in inborn anomalies”

Research is carried out in the following areas:
Genetic screening for inborn anomalies in newborns
Clinical genetic investigations and genetic prevention for families with reproductive failures or hereditary pathology
Cytogenetic investigations of oncohematological diseases
Testing of genetic factors in trombofilia
Teaching Medical Genetics is one of the main activities of the Section . Teaching of M.D. students takes place in their third year, and is carried out in both Bulgarian and English. Course curriculum is reviewed and improved in several stages. Also, the Section has well-equipped laboratories and lecture hall. The excellent facilities, together with many auto-visual learning materials help students to become familiar with current approaches and methods for diagnostics and prevention of hereditary and inborn diseases.
Teaching activities also include courses for Nurse and Midwife B.Sc. students in the Health Care faculty, as well as Medical Laboratory Assistant students at the Medical College of the Medical University of Pleven.
The section also provides post-graduate specialisation and training in Medical Genetics, as well as education of doctors from other clinical specialties through thematic courses, individual training and other venues offered each year.

 

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