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11th Serbian Diaspora Medical Conference

virtual medical conference

Thursday 17th and Friday 18th June 2021

Time schedule – Central European Time Zone



Session chairs:       Prof. dr Aleksandar Ljubić (Belgrade, Serbia)

 Prof. dr Miomir Knežević (Ljubljana, Slovenia)

09:00 – 09:20           Bioethics in Longevity and Reproductive treatment

                                    Prof. dr Aleksandar Ljubić (Belgrade, Serbia)

09:20 -09:40              Enhancement at the crossroad between the individual and collective ethics

Prof. dr Zoran Todorović (Belgrade, Serbia)

09:40 – 10:00           Neuroplasticity Based Rehabilitation: Importance of Personalized Therapy

Prof. dr Dušan Marić (Belgrade, Serbia),

10:00 – 10:20           Stem cells ethical issues in research and therapy

Prof. dr Miomir Knežević (Ljubljana, Slovenia)

10:20 – 10:40           The Ethics of Moral Bio-enhancement

Prof. dr Vojin Rakić (Belgrade, Serbia)

10:40 – 11:00           Collision of ethics and science in applying genetic therapy and biohacking

Dr Džihan Abazović (Belgrade, Serbia)

11:00 – 11:20           Discussion

11:20 – 11:30           Break

Session:                  OBESITY

Session chairs:       Academician Dragan Micić (Belgrade, Serbia)

 Prof. dr Aleksandar Simić (Belgrade,  Serbia)

11:30 -11:50             Obesity and covid-19: a complex interconnection

Academician Dragan Micić (Belgrade, Serbia)

11:50 – 12:10           Metabolic surgery and diabetes – new knowledge

Assoc. Prof. Snežana Polovina (Belgrade, Serbia)

12:10 – 12:30           Obesity treatment of the female patients with PCOS

Prof. dr Mirjana Šumarac-Dumanović (Belgrade, Serbia)

12:30 – 12:50           GLP-1 analogues in obesity therapy: Evolution and achievements

Prof. dr Aleksandra Kendereški (Belgrade, Serbia)

12:50 – 13:10           Intragastric balloon usage in obesity therapy

Prof. dr Aleksandar Simić (Belgrade, Serbia)

13:10 – 13:30           Discussion

13:30 – 14:00           Break

14:00 – 14:30          The official opening ceremony – keynote speeches

                                    HRH Crown Prince Alexander

The representative, World Health Organization

The representative, Ministry of Health

The representative, Provincial Secretariat for Healthcare

Dean of the Medical School

The representative, Serbian Medical Chamber

The representative, Royal Medical Board

HRH Crown Princess Katherine


Session chairs:      Prof. dr Ognjen Gajić (Rochester, USA)

Prof. dr Zoran Todorović (Belgrade, Serbia)

14:40 – 15:00            International collaboration during COVID-19 pandemics

Prof. dr Ognjen Gajić (Rochester, MN, USA)

15:00 – 15:20            Respiratory support in patients with COVID-19 pneumonia

Mirela Alić, RRT (Jacksonville, FL, USA)

15:20 – 15:40           Extracorporeal blood purification and organ support in critically ill patients during COVID-19 pandemics

Assist. Prof. Vladimir Krajinović (Zagreb, Croatia)

15:40 – 16:00           Antibiotic treatment in COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the intensive care unit

Prof. dr Zoran Todorović (Belgrade, Serbia), Dr Srđan Gavrilović (Novi Sad, Serbia)

16:00 – 16:20          Cardiovascular complications in critically ill patients with COVID-19

Assist. Prof. Marija Zdravković (Belgrade, Serbia)

16:20 – 16:40          Thrombotic complications and anticoagulation treatment in patients with COVID-19

Dr Milka Jandrić (Banja Luka, Bosnia and Hercegovina)

16:40 – 16:50          Discussion

16:50 – 17:00          Break


Session chairs:      Prof. dr Nebojsa Lalić (Belgrade, Serbia)

Prof. dr Vesna Garovic (Rochester, USA)

17:00 – 17:30           Impact of Viral variants on COVID and its treatment

 Prof. dr Andrew D. Badley (Rochester, USA)

17:30 – 18:00           Vaccines and Immunity

 Prof. dr Stacey Rizza (Rochester, USA)

18:00 – 18:30           In-patient treatment

 Assist. Prof. Paschalis Vergidis (Rochester, USA)

18:30 – 19:00           Outpatient diagnosis and therapy

                                 Prof. dr Raymund Razonable (Rochester, USA)

19:00 – 19:30           COVID-19 and aging

 Prof. dr James Kirkland (Rochester, USA)

19:30 – 20:00           COVID-19 and diabetes

 Prof. dr Nebojsa Lalić (Belgrade, Serbia)

20:00 – 20:20           Discussion

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Session chairs:      Prof. dr Nevena Secen (Novi Sad, Serbia)

Prof. dr Tatjana Jovanovic (Belgrade, Serbia)

08:30 – 08:50           COVID-19 pandemics in Serbia

 Prof. dr Vicko Ferenc (Belgrade, Serbia)

08:50 – 09:10           COVID-19 pandemics in Hungary

 Prof. dr Horwath Ildiko (Budapest, Hungary)

09:10 – 09:30            Significance of SARS-CoV-2 genetic variability

                                  Prof. dr Tatjana Jovanović (Belgrade, Serbia)

09:30 – 09:50            Radiology fighting COVID-19

  Prof. Dr Helmuth Prosch (Vienna, Austria)

09:50 – 10:10            The first COVID – 19 Hospital in Serbia, experience

  Assist Prof. dr Tatjana Adzic (Belgrade, Serbia)

10:10 – 10:30             COVID – 19 Pneumonia outcome in ICU Institute of Pulmonary Diseases of Vojvodina, Sremska Kamenica

 Assoc Prof. dr Jovan Matijasević (Novi Sad, Serbia)

10:30 – 10:50            World experience with COVID-19 Lung Transplantation (LUTX)

  Prof. dr Walter Klepetko (Vienna, Austria)

10:50 – 11:10            COVID-19 and Cancer

  Prof. dr Joseph Gligorov (Paris, France)

11:10 – 11:30           Targeted therapy in lung cancer and COVID-19 infection

 Prof. dr Krisztina Bogos (Hungary, Budapest)

11:30 – 11:40            Break

Session:                   LUNG CANCER

Session chairs:       Prof. dr Nevena Sečen (Novi Sad, Serbia)

Prof. dr Danica Grujičić (Belgrade, Serbia)

11:40 – 12:10           State of the Art: Challenges to Clinical Application of Precision Medicine: Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer as a Model

  Prof. dr David R. Gandara (Sacramento, USA)

12:10 – 12:30           TMB and PD-L1 are Independent Biomarkers: Together could Guide Immunotherapy Decisions in NSCL

Prof. dr Bakir Mehic (Sarajevo, Bosna and Hercegovina)

12:30 – 12:50           Management of early stage Non Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC):  recent developments

Prof. Dr Robert Pirker (Vienna, Austria)

12:50 – 13:10           Management of stage III of non –small cell lung cancer (NSCL) – Up To Date

Prof. dr Wilfried E.E. Eberhardt (Essen, Germany)

13:10 – 13:30          What is the role of surgery in stage III NSCLC in the era of immunotherapy?

Prof. dr Walter Klepetko (Vienna, Austria)

13:30 – 13:50          Tissue and liquid biopsy in Next Generation sequencing (NGS) of bronchial carcinoma sample

Dr Evica Budišin (Novi Sad, Serbia)

13:50 – 14:10          Future of Frontline EGFR+ NSCLC Features TKI, Chemo Combos and Improved Molecular Profiling

Prof. dr Marko Jakopovic, Croatia, Zagreb

14:10 – 14:30          Treatment of ALK positive non small cell lung cancer

Prof. dr Tanja Ćufer (Ljubljana, Slovenia)

14:30 – 14:50          Novel therapies in small cell lung cancer (SCLC)

Prof. dr Nevena Secen (Novi Sad, Serbia)

14:50 – 15:10          Potential synergistic effect of phosphodiesterase inhibitors with chemotherapy in lung cancer

Prof. dr Kostas Zarogoulidis (Thessaloniki, Greece)

15:10 – 15:30          New directions of brain metastasis research in lung cancer

Prof. dr Judit Moldvay (Budapest, Hungary)

15:30 – 15:50          The role of radiosurgery in lung cancer treatment

Prof. dr Dana Grujičić (Belgrade, Serbia)

15:50 – 16:10          The role of radio surgery in the treatment brain metastases in lung cancer

Prof. dr Dana Grujičić (Belgrade, Serbia)

16:10 – 16:30          Better approaches on  the horizon for managing lung cancer pain, Prof Dr Nensi Lalić (Novi Sad, Serbia)


16:30 – 16:45          Sponsorship symposium

16:45 – 16:50            Break


Session chairs:       Prof. dr Dušica Babović-Vuksanović (Rochester, USA)

 Assoc. Prof. Goran Čuturilo (Belgrade, Serbia)

COVID morbidity in vulnerable population of patients with genetic disorders

Lanpher, Brendan C., M.D. (Rochester, USA)

Stroke in COVID 19 patients

Rabinstein, Alejandro A., M.D. (Rochester, USA)

Management of metabolic disorders in COVID pandemics

Morava-Kozicz, Eva, M.D., Ph.D. (Rochester, USA)

Inflammatory syndrome in pediatric patients

Levy, Emily R., M.D. (Rochester, USA)

CERTAIN program and impact on ICU management

Dr Srdjan Gavrilovic (Novi Sad, Serbia)

Covid-19 related risks and outcome in pediatric oncology patients

Dr Jelica Predojevic (Banjaluka, Bosnia and Hercegovina)        

Covid 19 and Cancer, science perspective

Prof. dr Tatjana Stanković (Birmingham, UK)  

Empowering through Crisis – Lessons Learned: Perspectives from the Frontlines

Prof. dr Hedvig Hricak (New York, USA)

Novel Coronavirus Variants

Prof. dr Greg Filice (Minnesota, USA)


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Session:                 CARDIOVASCULAR EVALUATION DURING AND FOLLOWING                                                          COVID-19

Session chairs:      Prof. dr Branko Beleslin (Belgrade, Serbia)

Prof. dr Ida Jovanovic (Belgrade, Serbia)

Patho-morphologic changes in COVID-19

Academician, Prof. dr Vladimir Kanjuh (Belgrade, Serbia)

Cardiovascular imaging during and following COVID-19

Prof. dr Eric E Williamson (Rochester, USA)

Post Covid cardiac implications: how to manage?

Prof. dr George Athannasopoulos (Athens, Greece)

Prof. dr Branko Beleslin (Belgrade, Serbia)

Managing venous thromboembolism in COVID-19

Prof. dr Slobodan Obradovic (Belgrade, Serbia)

When and how to evaluate patients to resume physical and sports activity after COVID-19

Assist. Prof.  dr Vojsilav Giga (Belgrade, Serbia)


Session:                     INTERVENTIONAL ONCOLOGY

Session chairs:          Prof. dr Sanja Stojanović (Novi Sad, Serbia)

Asst. prof. dr Tomislav Stantic (Novi Sad, Serbia)

Introduction key notes:

Growing field of interventional oncology

Prof. dr Sanja Stojanovic (Novi Sad, Serbia)

Interventional Radiology in treatment of lung tumors

Prof dr Thomas Vogl (Frankfurt, Germany)

Current paradigms in liver cancer treatments

Prof. dr Veljko Popov (Burlington, Massachusetts, USA)

Radiology of pancreatic cancer

Prof. dr Kosta Petrovic (Bergen, Norway)

Secrets of MR protocols in diagnostics of focal liver laesions

Dr Ivana Vukadinovic (Bergen, Norway)

Flow diverting stents for the treatment of cerebral aneurysms

Prof. dr Ljubisa Borota (Uppsala, Sweden)

Session:                      MENTAL HEALTH IN THE AGE OF COVID19:


Session chairs:          Dr Jasna Milovanovic (Texas, USA)

Dr Jelisaveta Sanja Rolovic, Ph.D. (NY, USA)

Introduction key notes:

Mental health in the age of COVID‐19: Balancing loss and resilience during COVID-19 pandemic

Dr Jelisaveta Sanja Rolovic, Ph.D. (NY, USA)

Psychological effects of the pandemic on medical and mental health professionals

Asst. Prof. Svetlana Simovic (Minnesota, USA)

Poverty in the shadow of Covid19: Impact on families and individuals living in poverty

Prof. dr Michal Shamai (Haifa, Israel)

Impact of COVID-19 on psychiatric illness in children and adolescents

Dr Jasna Milovanovic (Texas, USA)

Evidence -based adolescent substance use treatment for outpatient medical or psychiatric practice

Dr David L. Atkinson (Dallas, TX, USA) 

Major depressive disorder in the medically ill during the Covid 19 pandemic

Dr Ružica Jokić (Ontario, Canada)

Experiences from the clinical practice: Outpatient psychiatric treatment of children, adolescents and adults in the times of COVID-19

Dr. Lara Jaradat (Delaware, USA)