On September 30 – October 4, 2019, the XII Ukrainian Biochemical Congress was held at I. Horbachevsky Ternopil National Medical University. It was dedicated to the 165th anniversary of the birth of Ivan Horbachevsky, the eminent scientist born in Ternopil region.
The Ukrainian Biochemical Congress is a significant event for biochemists, molecular and cell biologists, biophysicists, physicians and related specialists who work with and are interested in the latest achievements and prospects of modern biological science, experimental medicine, pharmacology and biotechnology.
On September 30, 2019, Academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine, Director of O. Palladin Institute of Biochemistry, President of the Ukrainian Biochemical Society Serhii Komisarenko together with TNMU Rector, Professor Mykhaylo Korda opened the Congress at the Acting Hall of the Medical University
“I am pleased to welcome everyone at today’s Congress, because we are all witnesses to the fantastic progress of the life sciences with biochemistry being a major one. Some time ago, biological sciences explored biological phenomena and subjects of biology. Then, we began studying the mechanisms of realization of biological phenomena. Now we are participants of regulation of biological processes and possibilities of their transformation», – Serhii Komisarenko emphasized in his greeting speech.
He thanked the TNMU administration for having contributed in every possible way to this important scientific event.
“We are trying to organize the Congress not only in the capital city but also in other cities of our country. We want such a large-scale event to take place in regional centres too. The Congress has been already held in Chernivtsi, Kharkiv, Donetsk, Odessa, now it is hosted in Ternopil. After all, there is a national medical university here, named after the eminent biochemist Ivan Horbachevsky. I think that holding the XII Ukrainian Biochemical Congress within the walls of this university is interesting for both teachers and students, as well as for local doctors.
The university is named after Ivan Horbachevsky. Unfortunately, in Ukraine little is known about him. He was a wonderful and unique person, a distinguished scientist and health organizer. He was born in the village of Zarubyntsi near Ternopil. He was fluent in German and English but was also fluent in Ukrainian. Becoming a biochemist, he made a great contribution into the world science – he was the first to synthesize uric acid, the first to predict that proteins are composed of amino acids. Now it is known that Ivan Horbachevsky was one of the nominees for the 1911 Nobel Prize. That is why we decided to organize a Congress of biochemists in Ternopil,” Serhii Komisarenko added.
He also read congratulations from the President of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Academician Borys Paton.
The Head of Ternopil Regional Council Viktor Ovcharuk said: “We understand that it is both – a great honour for all of us, and a recognition of the achievements of Ternopil scientists. On the other hand, it is equally important for us that the Congress is dedicated to the 165th anniversary of the birth of our countryman Ivan Horbachevsky, an outstanding biochemist, hygienist and epidemiologist, terminologist, social, political and educational figure. It is also a recognition of the contribution of this multifaceted personality to the world science. On behalf of Ternopil Regional Council, I congratulate everyone on the beginning of this remarkable event in the field of science”.
The Deputy Head of Ternopil Regional State Administration Yurii Yuryk emphasized that Ternopil Region is pleased to welcome the best biochemists. In his opinion, this is already a historical event, because the University gathered people, who for many years have formed and will form the Ukrainian biochemical science, in the same place. This is also important since biochemistry is not only a theoretical but also a practical field that enhances our lives. He expressed hope that the Congress participants will have the opportunity to visit the architectural and cultural places of interest of our region.
The Head of the Health Care Department of Ternopil Regional State Administration Volodymyr Bohaichuk also congratulated the participants and wished them interesting and fascinating discussions.
State expert of the Directorate of Science at the Chief Department of Scientific and Technical Development of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine Oksana Krukevych thanked for the invitation to participate in the XII Ukrainian Biochemical Congress. She emphasized that the main priority for the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine is the development of Ukrainian science in our country.
The video call for all participants was made by Nobel laureate (2004) Aaron Ciechanover (Israel). He is known for the discovery, together with Abraham Hershko and Irwin Rose, of ubiquitin-dependent proteolysis.
TNMU Rector, Professor Mykhaylo Korda expressed his gratitude to the Biochemical Society, Institute of Biochemistry for having decided to organize the Congress in Ternopil National Medical University. He noted that Ivan Horbachevsky is considered by many countries in Europe as their scientist, but he was a Ukrainian scientist and patriot of Ukraine, who glorified our country and its science all over the world. Professor Mykhaylo Korda expressed his wishes for fruitful work and entertaining time in Ternopil.
On this day, the audience had the opportunity to enjoy interesting lectures by Serhii Komisarenko “Achievements of life sciences as the basis of modern and future medicine”, Mykhaylo Korda “Ivan Horbachevsky, an eminent scientist, public-political and statesman”, Stanislav Stipek “Professor Horbachevsky, a founder of Czech Medical Chemistry”.
The most famous foreign and Ukrainian scientists were invited to the Congress with plenary lectures and reports. In general, the best scientists of Ukraine participated in relevant sections of life sciences and medicine, as well as our colleagues from the USA, Germany, China, Sweden, Finland, Italy, Poland, Croatia, Hungary, Georgia, Turkey and other countries. The Congress has preserved its historical title “biochemical” but it has interdisciplinary character and covers a much broader range of life sciences, including molecular, systemic and cellular biology, biophysics, genomics, immunology, endocrinology, oncology and many others.
An educational workshop for scientists in the fields of natural sciences and experimental medicine “Techniques and Efficient Road Maps: New Options for Practicals and Innovative Learning”, with the participation of Europe’s leading educational experts was held at the FEBS initiative. The workshop covered a wide range of topics such as preparing dissertations, writing research articles and grants, distance learning, and many others.
Press Service of I. Horbachevsky Ternopil National Medical University.