Second International Medical Congress of Armenia 2007
Second International Medical Congress of Armenia
Mamikoniants Str. 30, Yerevan, Armenia
Tel: (37410) 231232
Contact: Professor Ara Babloyan, President
Email: President @ 2imca.am
Second International Medical Congress of Armenia
Set for June 28-30
Yerevan – The Second International Medical Congress of Armenia, a three-day, comprehensive forum for healthcare professionals and experts from throughout the world, will be held in Yerevan June 28-30.
Organized under the auspices of the Ministry of Healthcare of Armenia, the Medical Congress will convene at the Armenia Marriott Hotel. In addition to plenary sessions dedicated to key health issues affecting Armenia and Karabakh, the event will comprise scientific presentations in some 24 areas of specialty, as well as eight satellite symposia linking regional healthcare professionals with the international Armenian medical community attending the Congress.
The event will feature lectures by renowned specialists from Armenia and across the globe, who will share with colleagues a significant number of new medical discoveries and advanced techniques, in addition to examining a number of health issues pertaining to the world at large, and Armenia and Karabakh in particular.
For the first time ever, the satellite symposia organized by the Medical Congress will bring together close to l,500 professionals throughout the world. Also planned is a teleconference session on pediatrics that will link medical professionals from New Jersey and Yerevan. This particular session is being sponsored by the US-based Richard Davoud Donchian Foundation and the Medical Missions for Children. Furthermore, the Medical Congress will see the launch of the Building Bridges Partnership Program, an initiative aimed at bolstering professional growth and cross-country collaboration through guest-lectureship opportunities.
“The Armenian medical establishment has come a long way in the past decade or so, but there’s still much to be done for achieving the optimal healthcare standards that we envision,” said Professor Ara Babloyan, President of the Medical Congress’ Organizing Committee. Babloyan, who has served as Minister of Health of Armenia and heads the Arabkir Joint Medical Center, Institute of Child and Adolescent Health, was recently appointed Chairman of the Armenian Parliament’s Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Health Care, and Environment.
Babloyan continued: “The Medical Congress is critically important in that it provides an all-encompassing platform for improving the healthcare sphere on the one hand, and enhancing public awareness of medical issues on the other. Specifically, the event provides an extraordinary conduit for discussing major healthcare issues, sharing know-how and experience, and fostering collaboration.”
The Medical Congress is being made possible through a major donation by VivaCell, the leading Armenian mobile operator, providing a wide range of voice and data services.
With an institutional credo of corporate social responsibility, to date VivaCell has supported a string of cultural and social projects in Armenia, including the First for the Children organization, the Golden Apricot International Film Festival, the Music Groups ensemble of the Armenian Blind Society, and the Millennium Armenian Children’s Vaccine Fund. “Corporate social responsibility is a key aspect of our work,” said Ralph Yirikian, General Manager of VivaCell. “We are extremely proud to have been involved in the realization of the Second International Medical Congress of Armenia. It remains to hope that our support can be emulated by many other Armenia-based companies, which can achieve so much today by contributing to worthy local causes. Corporate social responsibility is not just good karma; it makes good business sense.”
Other sponsors of the Medical Congress include: GlaxoSmithKline, Hoffmann-La Roche, Inc., MRPharmS, Wigmore Medical Limited, Eli Lilly Vostok S. A., Gedeon Richter, Arabkir United Children’s Charity Foundation, Children of Armenia Fund, and Fund for Armenian Relief.
Haroutioun Koushkyan, MD, PhD, Minister of Health of the Republic of Armenia, emphasized the significance of synergies and partnerships that he hopes the Medical Congress will facilitate. “In the main, the Congress will serve to help Armenian healthcare workers gain fresh insights and understanding, and strengthen their professional skills,” he said. “As importantly, the event is meant to widen the impact of these benefits through a host of collaborative projects and experience-sharing programs.”
In this respect, Koushkyan explained that the Medical Congress’ third-day plenary session will be devoted entirely to Diaspora-Armenia projects and strategies for future collaboration. He added that the goal of sharing medical experience, developments, and ideas among Armenian healthcare professionals continues to be realized across the globe, thanks both to the International Medical Congress of Armenia and the biennial Armenian Medical World Congress, organized in the Diaspora by the Armenian Medical International Committee.
“Inclusiveness is another hallmark of the Medical Congress,” Babloyan said, in reference to the event’s unprecedented outreach effort through its satellite symposia. In a bid to secure the involvement of Armenian healthcare professionals throughout the regions of the country, the Medical Congress has announced that they may participate in its activities without having to pay a registration fee. The satellite symposia are designed to provide up-to-date professional information to regional practitioners and help build cross-country partnerships.
Some of the Medical Congress’ main plenary-session topics necessitate the discussion of certain cultural, sociological, and socio-psychological factors, “making for a broad and extremely rewarding examination of these issues,” according to a representative of the Medical Congress. The topics include quality assurance in healthcare, the growing trend of hypertension, tobacco addiction, and affective disorder – titled “Temperament, Human Nature, Affective Disorder, and Creativity: Is there an Armenian Temperament?”
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