Working visit of international experts to YSMU within the framework of the ARICE program

Yerevan State Medical University named after Mkhitar Heratsi hosted the representative delegation of international experts within the framework of the EU ARICE ("Armenian Research Infrastructure on Cancer Research") program.

Renowned Armenian and foreign specialists from the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), leading universities and medical centers of Armenia, France, Austria, Czech Republic, Greece, Cyprus, USA, and Israel, accompanied by ARICE Armenian experts - Tamara Sargsyan, Head of the Department of Medical Genetics, Director of the Medical Genetics and Primary Health Care Center; and Davit Babikyan, Associate Professor of the Department of Medical Genetics, visited the "Homeland Defender’s Rehabilitation Center", where Haykuhi Minasyan, the Head of the Center; presented the history and mission of the establishment of the "Soldier's House", its structure, and modern equipment to the guests.

Being impressed and not hiding their admiration, the members of the delegation continued the cognitive tour at the YSMU "COBRAIN" scientific and educational center for brain research, where Konstantin Yenkoyan, the Vice-Rector for Science; presented in detail the history of the creation of the unique scientific and research center in the region, the latest technologies used, as well as the international partners of the "COBRAIN" project.

Armen Muradyan, YSMU Rector; also welcomed the delegation. Speaking about the 25-year history of the Center for Medical Genetics and Primary Health Care, he noted: "This center is not only a university base, but also one of the special centers of our country, which stands out for its scientific achievements, in particular, the initiative to create the first biobank in accordance with European standards. I am confident that this Center will serve not only the University, but also the entire region."

The Rector expressed hope that the Center for Medical Genetics and Primary Health Care would become a part of the big family of leading centers in the world. "We are ready to be a full partner of the global community of geneticists," the Head of the University added.

During the meeting, the guests presented their impressions, stating that it was a great honor for them to be in Armenia, and expressed their willingness to expand collaboration with Armenian partners.