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Editorial Board

Sonja Alabakovska, MD, PhD
Institute of Medical and Experimental Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia.

D-r Alabakovska was born in 1965 in Skopje, where she has completed primary and secondary school. She has graduated from the Faculty of medicine in Skopje in 1989, and the next 1990 year she was employed at the Institute for Medical, Experimental and Applied Biochemistry. She has completed the specialization in medical biochemistry in 1995 and received her MSc degree in 1997. In 1998 she stayed at South West Foundation for Biomedical Research in San Antonio, USA, where she started research resulting in obtaining PhD degree in 2000. She is author of 76 scientific papers (21 published), and coauthor in several student books in the field of biochemistry. At present, she is responsible for a national scientific project in the field of lipoprotein metabolism.

Nikola Angelov, DDS, MS, PhD, Associate Professor

Director of the Pre-Doctoral Periodontics Clinic, Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, Department of Periodontics. Loma Linda, CA, 92350, USA. http://www.llu.edu/llu/faculty/directory/faculty.html?uid=nangelov; Tel: (909) 558-4643; Fax: (909) 558-7959.


Dr. Nikola Angelov was born in Skopje, Macedonia in 1968. He earned his DDS, MS and PhD degree from the University “St. Cyril and Methodius” and has been teaching for the Department of Oral Pathology and Periodontology in Macedonia since 1993. In 2001, he received a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institute of Health, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIH/NIDCR). At NIH/NIDCR, Dr. Angelov successfully developed a new model of oral mucosal wound healing and was also involved in collaborative clinical studies clinical trial evaluations, as well as other studies. In 2004, Dr. Nikola Angelov joined the faculty at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, Department of Periodontics where he is currently an Associate Professor and a Director of the Pre-Doctoral Periodontics Clinic. Dr. Angelov also holds an U.S. Certificate of Specialty in Periodontics and is licenced to practice dentistry in two U.S states. In 2008, Dr. Angelov received the prestigious annual Educator of the Year Award from the American Academy of Periodontics, for outstanding results in teaching in the area of Periodontics. Dr. Angelov has several other academic awards and is actively involved in teaching and research. His research area includes oral infection and immunity, mucosal wound healing, periodontal microbiology, as well as dental implants. Dr. Angelov has extensively published in peer review articles, has been invited speaker to prominent professional and research meetings, such as the American Institute of Oral Biology (2007), among others. He is a member of numerous professional societies in the USA and abroad. Dr Angelov also serves as a reviewer on the Journal of Periodontology, an official journal of the American Academy of Periodontology, as well as a School of Dentistry representative to the Institutional Review Board and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee at Loma Linda University. He lives in Redlands, CA with his wife Dragana, son Ivan and daughter Angela.

Dr. Ramush Bejiqi, MD, PhD, Associate Professor

Pediatric Clinic, University Clinical Center of Kosovo, Ministry of Health, Prishtina 10000, Republic of Kosovo. Phone: 00037744 120 129; 00386 49 120 129.



Ramush Bejiqi was born in 1961, in Rama Baje, Medvedja, Yugoslavia. He has graduated medicine 1981-1986 at the Medical Facality in Nish, Serbia, where he completed Master of Scineces in imunology and alergology (1986 – 1988).  He also finished his pediatric specialisation (5 years) in Nish, Serbia (1991 – 1995), as well as subspecialization in cardiology (2 years) in Belgrade, Serbia (1995 – 1997).  He defended his PhD in area of congenital heart disease,  titeled: “Congenital Heart Disease in Neonates with Central Cyanosis” in Tirana, Albania (2010). He was trained in transthoracic echocardiography, transesophageal echocardiography, 3D, 4D; fetal echocardiography; interventional pediatric cardiology; and abdominal echosonography.  He started his professional carrea in 1986-1991 at Medical Center, Leskovac, Medvedja, Serbia. From 1991 and onward he is employed at the Pediatric Clinic, University Clinical Center of Kosovo,  Prishtina, Kosovo. From March, 2010 he is President of Pediatric Association of Republic of Kosovo. He is Member of European Association of Pediatric Cardiologist; Member of  American College of Cardiology;  Fellow of American College of Cardiology, New Orelans, USA; Member of Editorial Board of Medical Journal “Medicus”,  Republic of Macedonia. In March 2011 he was elected as a Director of Pediatric Emergency in Prishtina;  in September, 2011 he was elected as a Director of Board for developing Cardiac Surgery Center in Prishtina; and Director of 1st Pediatric School of Pediatric Association of Republic of Kosovo.

Semra Čavaljuga, MD, MSc, PhD
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Faculty of Medicine, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina


Prof. Semra Čavaljuga, MD, MSc, PhD has obtained all degrees from the Faculty of Medicine, Univerisity of Saraevo, Bosnia and Hercegovina: Medical Faculty in 1987; MSc in informatics and health economics in 1995; Board certified epidemiologist in 1995 and PhD in health management in 2003. In 1998, the US government awarded her with H. H. Humphrey Fellowship (Fulbright professional program) at Emory University and the CDC, Atlanta. International experience gained consulting agencies and organisations as NATO forces in B&H, WHO, WB and UNDP. She has participated in over 30 projects and has around 100 publications. She is teaching various courses in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Medical Faculty, Univerisity of Saraevo. Since 2006 she is chairing the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Faculty of Medicine in Sarajevo.

Pei-Yi Chu, MD
Diagnostic and research pathologist, Department of Surgical Pathology, Changhua Christian Hospital, Taiwan
Address: 135 Nan-Shiao Street, Changhua 500-06, Taiwan, R.O.C. TEL: +886-4-7238595-4840

129803@cch.org.tw; chupeiyi@yahoo.com.tw

Dr. Pei-Yi Chu is a research and diagnostic pathologist in the Department of Pathology, Changhua Christian Hospital, Changhua, Taiwan. He has published many scientific papers in prestigious professional journals, and several book chapters in the field of medical pathology in Chinese and English. He was also invited to review more than 100 scientific manuscripts from more than 40 peer reviewed journals. He has been teaching general pathology, tumor pathology, general medicine, and neuropathology in medical colleges. His research interests include tumor pathology, comparative pathology, veterinary pathology, animal models for human diseases, and molecular pathology. He is currently member of several professional societies. Since 2009, he serves as the editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed journal- Internet Journal of Pathology. He hopes to shed a light in the areas of comparative medicine.

Aleksandar Dimovski, MD, PhD
Institute of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, University "Ss Kiril and Metodij", Skopje, Republic of Macedonia.

D-r Dimovski currently holds the position Full Professor and Vice Dean of the Faculty for Pharmacy, where he is teaching molecular biology, immunology and pharmacogenetics. He graduated from the Faculty of Medicine in Skopje in 1987 and has received his PhD in the field of molecular medicine in 1993, in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Limiburg, Maastircht, The Netherlands. He has hold the position head of DNA diagnostic laboratory at the Research Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts in 1989-1990, and position Visiting Scientist at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta GA USA 1989/90 and 1992/93. He is head of the Pharmacogenetic laboratory at the Faculty of Pharmacy in Skopje with research interest in molecular genetics of solid tumors, in particular colorectal and prostate cancer. He is member of several international societies, including the COST Domain Committee for Biomedicine and Biomolecular Sciences and Liason Officer of the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Trieste, Italy.

Ivo Donkov, MD, PhD
Staff Urologist, Lincoln County Hospital, UK

D-r Ivo Iliev Donkov was born in 1967. He has graduated from the Sofia Medical University in 1994. In 1997, he has passed the ECFMG USA licensing exams – USMLE. and in 1999, he has completed the specialist training in urology at the Sofia Medical University. D-r Donkov has been affiliated or attached to different positions in prestigious institutions all over the world, such as: Department of Urology and Department of Renal Medicine at St. George’s Hospital, London (1996 and 1999), Connecticut Medical Center, John Damsey Hospital, Farmington, USA; (1998), Institute of Urology, University College London, UK (2002). His main interests are: tissue engineering, bio-substitutes and iso-transplants in reconstructive urology, laparoscopic and mini-invasive techniques, urinary incontinence in males and females, penile reconstructive techniques and innovations, procurement and logistics in health care management. In 2003, he has completed a course in business administration and management and in 2006, he has received his PhD at the Medical University in Sofia, Bulgaria. For his fruitful work, d-r Donkov has been awarded numerous awards, among which Pfizer’s Award – for excellence in medical teaching (2001), best Resident’s Audit Presentation – Bulgarian Urological Association Award (1999), Visiting student award - the British Council Exchange Programme St. George’s Hospital, London (1992). He has published more then 50 articles in peer review scientific journals and is author of chapters in 5 medical textbooks. D-r Donkov is a member of all important professional associations in his field of interest.

Andrew J Dwork, MD, PhD
Departments of Pathology and Cell Biology and Psychiatry, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University; Division of Molecular Imaging and Neuropathology, New York State Psychiatric Institute, Unit 62, 722 West 168th Street, New York, NY 10032, USA. Telephone 001 212 543 5563; fax 001 212 543 6017

Dr. Andrew J. Dwork was born in 1951 in New York, USA. He graduated from the New Jersey Medical School in 1977. After several years of pathology and neuropathology residency he was certified in neuropathology in 1984. Since 1994, he has held the position of Associate Professor of Clinical Pathology (in Psychiatry) at Columbia University. He directs the Laboratory of Neuropathology at New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Dwork has conducted as principal investigator many scientific projects supported by NIMH and other leading scientific organizations. In his fruitful carrier, Dr. Dwork has published more than 40 in extenso articles in prestigious scientific journals. He is member of the most important scientific neuropathological societies and member of advisory boards of several associations.

Dimitar Efremov, MD, PhD
Molecular Hematology, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), Rome, Italy


Dr. Dimitar Efremov is Staff Scientist and Head of the Molecular Hematology Group of ICGEB in Rome, Italy. Dr. Efremov obtained his M.D. degree in 1986 at the Faculty of Medicine in Skopje, Macedonia, where he also completed his specialization in internal medicine and training in hematology. He received postdoctoral fellowships from the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA, USA and ICGEB, Trieste, Italy, and obtained his Ph.D. degree in 1994 at the Faculty of Medicine, Limburg University, Maastricht, The Netherlands. He is co-founder of the bone marrow transplantation program at the Faculty of Medicine in Skopje and internationally renowned for his research on chronic lymphocytic leukemia and HCV-associated lymphomas. Dr. Efremov has authored or co-authored more than 50 original publications in some of the most prestigious international peer-reviewed journals (Blood, J Clin Invest, J Exp Med, Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A), and over 150 abstracts, articles in national medical journals or review papers. He has been awarded research grants from several international and national funding agencies, including the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of America. He is a member of the Kunkel Society, the American Society of Hematology and the European Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation.

Adriana Galan
Department of Health Programmes and Health Promotion, Institute of Public Health, Bucharest, Romania.

Adriana Galan field of work is public health and health management. She graduated Computer
Science University, with intensive post-graduate specialisation in public health and health management, both in Romania and abroad. Her current position is vice-head of the Department of Health Programmes and Health Promotion at the Institute of Public Health, Bucharest
, Romania, and short-term consultant for WHO and other private consultancy companies. Main areas of interest and expertise: Public Health Strategies design, Human Resources Research and Planning, Training Programmes Development, Health Policy Development and Analysis, Design and Implementation of Health Information Systems, Health Status Evaluation (Situation analysis, Needs Assessment, Priority Setting). She is a member of European Public Health Association, Forum of Public Health in South Eastern Europe and last but not least, regional editor for Croatian Medical Journal.

Iva Ivanovska Ph.D.
Harvard Medical School, Department of Genetics, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, NRB room 239, Boston, MA 02115 USA. Phone: +1 617-432-7557; fax: +1 617-432-6506

Dr. Ivanovska graduated in 1998 from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, USA with high honors in Biochemistry. That same year, she was elected to the Smith Chapter of the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society. She received her Ph.D. in 2005 from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine under the tutelage of Dr. J. Marie Hardwick. Her doctoral work on programmed cell death in yeast was one of the pioneer studies on apoptosis in unicellular organisms and helped set the groundwork for utilization of yeast in the study of programmed cell death. Since 2005, Dr. Ivanovska has been a Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Fred Winston in the Genetics Department at Harvard Medical School. Her current research focuses on the molecular mechanisms of chromatin dynamics in the regulation of eukaryotic gene expression. She is the author and co-author of numerous scientific publications in peer reviewed journals. Dr. Ivanovska is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has presented her work at numerous international conferences.

Jerzy Jabłecki, MD, PhD

Associate Professor,  Division of General Surgery St. Jadwiga of Silesia  Hospital, Trzebnica; Head, Subdepartment of Hand Surgery an Replantation St Jadwiga of Silesia  Hospital, Trzebnica; Professor, Department of Public Health, State Higher Professional Medical School, Opole, Poland. 55-100 Trzebnica, ul. Prusicka 53, Poland.


Professor Jerzy  Jabłecki  was born in Wrocław  in 1953, graduated from Wrocław’s Medical University (WMU)  in 1978, he completed his specialization in general surgery in 1986, hand surgery 1988 . He received his doctoral degree in 1986 at WMU on replantation of hands, it’s continuation was the PhD dissertation on reconstructive procedures in replanted limbs.  Since 1978 he worked in The Center of Replantation of Limbs in Trzebnica, of  which he is the head now, since 2003.  With his team he performed the first Polish hand transplantation in 2006, followed by two others hand transplantations. Board member of Polish Society of Hand Surgery, member of all Polish surgical, traumatological and transplantological societies.  International  membership:  International Composite Tissue Allotransplantation Society,   American Society of Reconstructive Transplant Surgery – founding member. Editorial board member of: Polish Hand Surgery. His professional and research interest include: hand surgery and hand traumatology, hand transplantation, AIDS prevention.

Mehrdad Jalalian Hosseini, MD

Khorasan-e Razavi Blood Center, Mashhad, Iran.

mehrdad.medic@gmail.com | http://www.drmehrdad.com

Dr Mehrdad Jalalian holds a MD degree and is a researcher in medical and health sciences as ell as multidisciplinary field. He is currently working in department of education and research in Khorasan-e Razavi Blood Center, part of the Research Center of Iranian Blood Transfusion Organization. Dr Jalalian has experience in publication of papers in fields of medical and health sciences and information technology, organizing workshops on research methodology, and also lecturing and supervising researchers. He has personally organized several seminars in Khorasan Blood Center in Mashhad, Iran. Dr Mehrdad Jalalian is a member of several important professional organizations (World Association of Medical Editors, International Retrovirology Association and Iranian Medical Counsil) and editorial boards, such as Global journal of health sciences (Canada), Electronic Physician (Iran), Khoon (Scientific journal of Khorasan-e Razavi Blood Center published till 2004) and others. His current interests include: health education, behavioural studies especially those based on theory of planned Behaviours, epidemiology, transfusion medicine, community health, information technology in medicine and health science, educational studies and experimental medicine.

Radka Kaneva, PhD

Department of Medical Chemistry and Biochemistry, Medical University - Sofia, Bulgaria.

kaneva@medfac.acad.bg; kaneva@mmcbg.org

Dr Radka Kaneva, PhD is an assistant professor at the Department of Medical Chemistry and Biochemistry, MU - Sofia. Since 2005 she is an executive manager of the Molecular Medicine Center, Medical University - Sofia. Dr. Kaneva graduated from Faculty of Biology, Sofia University and obtained her PhD in Molecular Biology in 2000. She has been research assistant at the National Oncology Centre, the Neuroscience and Behaviour Research Foundation and from 1998 till 2008 biochemist and research associate at the National Genetic Laboratory. Dr Kaneva specialised cell and molecular biology at the Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford in 1993-94. She was awarded a Humboldt research fellowship and specialized molecular genetics at the Institute of Human Genetics, University of Bonn in 2001-03. The main research interests of Dr. Kaneva are in the field of molecular medicine, complex genetic disorders, psychiatric and cancer genetics, pharmacogenomics. She has participated in numerous national research projects and as co-PI in large scale international studies of affective disorders, addiction and prostate cancer. Dr. Kaneva is an author and co-author in more than 50 publications in peer reviewed journals and has presented her work at many international scientific congresses. She is a member of the European Society of Human Genetics; the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics, the European Association for Cancer Research, FEBS and a head of the Youth Union ”Molecular Genetics in Medicine”.

Kostandina Korneti-Pekevska, MD, PhD

Institute of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, University "Ss Kiril and Metodij", Skopje, Republic of Macedonia.



Kostandina Korneti-Pekevska MD, PhD is a full professor of anatomy at the Faculty of Medicine in Skopje, University Ss. Kiril and Metodij, Republic of Macedonia. She has graduated and also received her MSc and PhD from the Faculty of Medicine in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia. Since her graduation, she is involved and devoted to the idea of connecting anatomy with clinics and she is one of the founders of European Association for Clinical Anatomy in 1990. As a postgraduate scientist, Prof. Korneti-Pekevska has visited numerous important institutions, such as Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, USA, Institute for Anatomy and Histology in Leiden, Holland, National Institute for heart and lung at the Imperial College of medicine, in London, UK, Department for Human Anatomy and Histology in Catholic University in Brussels, Belgium. As a DAAD fellow, she stayed at Charite and Humboldt Universities. In her fruitful career, she has participated many international scientific congresses as invited lecturer. During the period 1994-1997, she was elected vice-Dean for science of the Faculty of Medicine in Skopje. The main research interests of Dr Korneti-Pekevska are the complex morphological entities of the coronary and embryonic aortic arches anomalies, associated with congenital heart malformations, as well as interdisciplinary collaboration in educational and research activities. She is a former member of the National committee on health protection, and a member of the Ethical Committee within the Macedonian Doctors Chamber. Currently, Prof Korneti-Pekevska is a member of several professional societies (EARS, EACA, SPP).

Branko Malenica MD, PhD

Department of Immunology, Clinical Hospital Center Zagreb, Zagreb University School of Medicine, Zagreb, Croatia.


Branko Malenica is professor of Immunology and Oncology at the Faculty of Biochemistry and Pharmacy and the Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Zagreb. He obtained his MD and PhD degrree from the Zagreb University School of Medicine and postdoctoral training at the Max-Planck Institute for Biology-Jan Klein s Laboratory for Immunogenetic, Tubingen, Germany. His research interest is immunopathogenesis and immunodiagnostic of systemic and organ-specific autoimmune diseases. Branko Malenicaa has published more than 100 scientific and professional articles mainly in peer-revieuw journals and has presented his work at many international conferences and congresses. He is a member of several professional societies.    

Petar Miloshevski, MD, PhD
Institute of Preclinical and Clinical Pharmacology with Toxicology, Faculty of Medicine, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia.

Prof. Milosevski currently is professor of pharmacology at the Faculty of Medicine in Skopje. He has graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, St Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje in 1973. In 1983 he has completed specialization in clinical pharmacology, and in 1985 he has finished the postgraduate studies. In 1990 he received his PhD at the Medical Faculty in Skopje. D-r Milosevski has extensive experiences in pharmacological, toxicological and clinical expert reports as well in bioequivalence investigations. He is highly computer literate, and heavily experience in medical writing and data analysis, advanced use of spreadsheets, statistical and data analysis software, word processing, database and presentation packages. He has published more then 18 publications in medical and scientific journals. His good Team leadership and interpersonal skills lead him to a position director of Institute of Preclinical and Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology at Medical Faculty in Skopje during 1985 and in 2001 he was Minster of Health in the Government of Republic of Macedonia. In 2005, he took part of the seminar training “Ethical and Regulatory Aspects on Good Clinical Practice in Investigators’ Practices” in Skopje.

Elida Mitevska, MD, PhD
Institute of Histology and Embriology, Faculty of Medicine, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia.

D-r Mitevska has graduated from the Faculty of Medicine in Skopje, in 1983. She has obtained her MSc degree in 1996 and PhD in 2005 in the field of morphological sciences. She is author or coauthor of numerous scientific papers, published in scientific journals or presented at congresses. Since 1985, she works at the Institute for Medical, Experimental and Applied Histology and Embriology. She is a member of Association of Anatomists and Morphologists of Macedonia.

Marija Mostarica-Stojković, MD, PhD

Institute of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Belgrade School of Medicine, Belgrade, Serbia.



Marija Mostarica-Stojković is professor of Immunology at the University of Belgrade School of Medicine. She obtained her MD and PhD degree from the University of Belgrade and postdoctoral training at Max-Planck-Society-Clinical Research Unit for Multiple Sclerosis, Wurzburg, Germany and Laboratory for neuroimmunology,The Wistar Institute, Philadelphia, PA, USA. Her research interest is immunoregulation and pathogenesis of organ-specific autoimmune diseases of the central nervous system. Marija Mostarica- Stojković has published more than 70 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, and participated in international meetings as invited speaker. She is a member of several professional societies.

Vesna Nikolova-Krstevski, PhD

Harvard Institutes of Medicine, HIM-201, 4 Blackfan Circle, Boston, MA, 02134, USA. Tel: 617-667-0728; Fax: 617-975-5299.


Dr. Nikolova-Krstevski completed her undergraduate studies at the University of New South ­Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia, and graduated in 2000 as Bachelor of Biomedical Science with Honors in Biochemistry. Following completion of her undergraduate studies she enrolled as a PhD student with the Faculty of Medicine, at the UNSW. Under the supervision of Dr. Diane Fatkin she started working on a project investigating the molecular mechanisms of a specific type of dilated cardiomyopathy and conduction system disease caused by mutations in the nuclear lamin A/C proteins. Dr. Nikolova received her doctoral degree in Medicine with specialization in Molecular Cardiology in 2005. Based on her doctoral studies she had several peer-reviewed publications including an outstanding first-author paper published in the Journal of Clinical Investigations, and several awards for abstract presentations. She was also an invited speaker at the XII Scientific Meeting of the Australian Society for Medical Research (2004) and 53rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (2005). Dr. Nikolova is an active affiliate member of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand since 2004. In 2006, Dr. Nikolova moved to Boston, USA, to join the laboratory of Dr. Peter Oettgen at the Harvard Institutes of Medicine, Department of Cardiology, as a postdoctoral fellow. She is currently working on a project that involves investigations of the transcriptional regulation of endothelial differentiation and vascular development by using differentiating embryonic stem (ES) cells as a model system of endothelial differentiation. Over the past two years Dr. Nikolova’s work has made a major contribution to the understanding of the molecular mechanisms that regulate endothelial differentiation in ES cells, which should ultimately lead to isolation and therapeutic applications of the ES cell-derived endothelial-progenitors for better management of patients with cardiovascular disease.

Nikola Panovski, MD, PhD
Institute of Microbiology and Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia.

Prof. Panovski is a Full Professor of Microbiology and Parasitology since 2002. In 1979 he has graduated from the Faculty of Medicine in Skopje, and in 1990 he has received his PhD at the University St Cyril and Methodius in Skopje. In 1983 he has completed medical microbiology specialisation, and in the following years he has performed research activities in different foreign educational centres (in Ljubljana- 1987, Zagreb-1989, Pittsburgh- 2001 and Boston- 2003). In his professional and scientific career, Dr. Panovski has published more then 200 publications and has been holding various organizing positions, such as: Chief of Laboratory of Serology, Chief of Cathedra of Microbiology with Parasitology (1994-96), Director of the Institute of Microbiology and Parasitology (1998), Deputy Minister of Health of Republic of Macedonia (2002), General Menager of the Health Insurance Fund of Macedonia (2003). Dr. Panovski is member of several professional governmental and non-governmental societies. For his contribution in promotion of science, Dr. Panovski has been awarded several awards among which The highest Acknowledgement of the Macedonian medical society.

Iva Petkovska, MD. BIDMC

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical CenterRadiology W CC - 3 330 Brookline Ave. Boston, MA  02215, USA.


Dr. Iva Petkovska graduated from the Medical School in Skopje in 1998. In 2001 she moved to USA where she completed 5 years of postdoctoral research fellowship (Massachusetts General Hospital, Stroke Service, Boston, Massachusetts and Department of Radiology, UCLA, Los Angeles , California ). Her current field of research is early diagnosis of lung cancer with CT, PET and CAD (Computer Aided Diagnosis), developing methods for early detection of lung cancer using computer vision analysis on radiological images. She is a member of several scientific international societies, published author and serves as a reviewer on several international scientific Journals.

Gordana Petrusevska, MD, PhD

Institute of Pathologyy, Medical Faculty,  University of “Ss. Cyril and Methodius” – Skopje, Republic of Macedonia.


Gordana Petrusevska, MD, PhD is a professor of pathology at the Medical faculty in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia. Since 2005 she is a director of the Institute of Pathology at the Medical faculty in Skopje. Dr. Petrusevska obtained her M.D. degree in 1985 at the Faculty of Medicine in Skopje, Macedonia, where she also completed her specialization in general pathology. She had training in hematopathology as well as in nephropathology at the Institute of pathology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas and active participation in several workshops of the European Association of Hematopathology. She has received her PhD in the field of malignant lymphoproliferative disorders in 1999. As a research associate, she has stayed at the Department of Clinical Pharmacology at the Medical faculty, University of Pittsburg in 2005, at the Institute of pathology, Medical faculty, University of Ljubljana and Medical faculty, University of Vienna. The main research interests of Dr. Petrusevska are malignant hemopoietic diseases as well as renal inflammatory diseases with accentuation on the stem cells (morphologic phenotype from the ultra structural, immunohistochemical and molecular aspects). She has participated in numerous national and international research projects. Dr. Petrusevska is author and co-author in more than 38 publications in peer reviewed journals and has presented her work at many international scientific congresses (more than 150). She is a member of the European Society of Pathology; European Association of Hematopathology, and National Society of Pathology.

Prof. Enver Roshi, MD, MPH, PhD 

Dean of  Faculty of Public Health, Medical University of Tirane, Chief of Epidemiological Observatory, National Institute of Public Heath. Address: Rruga e Dibres, Str. 371, Tirana, Albania. Mob.  00355 672013660      

enviroshi@gmail.com, roshienvi@yahoo.com


Prof. Enver ROSHI, MD, MPH, PhD has obtained his medical degree from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Tirana, Albania. He did International Master in Public Health in Hebrew University – Brawn School of Public Health in Community Medicine in Jerusalem and PhD at the University of Medicine in Tirana. He is teaching various courses in public health and epidemiology at the University of Tirana and is also a visiting professor in the field of Epidemiology in the Jian Ping Hsu Colleague School of Public Health in Georgia Southern University in USA. He was appointed as a Dean of the Faculty of Public Health, University of Medicine of Tirana; Executive director of Albanian Institute of Health and Social Development; Head of Albanian Public Health Forum and Albanian Epidemiological Society and member of ASPHER and EUPHA.


Gorazd B. Rosoklija, MD, PhD

Professor at Columbia University and member of the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts



Dr. Gorazd B. Rosoklija graduated from the Medical School at the University "Ss Kiril and Metodij" in Skopje, Macedonia in 1976. After several years of residency in the University Clinical Center in Skopje, he has been awarded several successive fellowships in neuropathology field in prestigious laboratories, such as Laboratoire de Neuropathologie Raymond Escourolle, Hôpital de la Salpetriere, Université Pierre et Marie Curie-Paris VI, Department of Neurology, College of Physicians & Surgeons of Columbia University, and Department of Pathology-Division of Neuropathology, College of Physicians & Surgeons of Columbia University, New York. In 1990 he has received his PhD at the University “Ss. Kiril & Metodij”, Republic of Macedonia. Since 2006 till present he holds position of Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the Department of Psychiatry, College of Physicians & Surgeons of Columbia University, New York. Dr. Rosoklija has hosted in his laboratory many young scientists from Macedonia and other countries. For his outstanding scientific, but also sport achievements he has been awarded many prizes. In 2006 he was awarded the title academician of Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts. Dr. Rosoklija is a distinguished member of many professional societies.

Aleksandar Sikole, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine
Clinic for Nephrology, Faculty of Medicine, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia

Aleksandar Sikole graduated at the Medical Faculty-University "Sv. Kiril i Metodij" of Skopje, with MD degree in 1980. Specialized internal medicine in and subspecialized nephrology. Completed PhD thesis in 1994, entitled: “The effect of erythropoietin therapy on the heart and bone marrow of end-stage renal disease patients on maintenance haemodialysis”. Since 2006 is Professor of Medicine at the Chair of Internal Medicine. He spent six months on postgraduate medical research at the Department of Nephrology of the University of Leiden , The Netherlands. In 2003 he had three months sabbatical at Laiko hospital, Athens, Greece. He was chief of hemodialysis unit at the Clinic of Nephrology and at present Director of the Clinic. Published and/or presented over 150 papers in national and international journals, books, and national and international congresses, symposia, proceedings etc. Involved in the organisation of several national and international congresses and symposia. Has conducted several clinical prospective multicentre studies in patients with chronic kidney disease. Was invited lecturer at several national and a few international meetings. Member of several medical and nephrological societies.

Gianfranco Sinagra, MD, FESC

Department of Cardiology, “Ospedali Riuniti” and University of Trieste, Ospedale Cattinara – Strada di Fiume, 447, 34149 – Trieste, Italy. Tel.: +39 40 3994477


Professor Sinagra was born in Palermo in 1964 where he has graduated from the Faculty of Medicine in 1987. He has completed the specialization in Cardiology in 1992 at the University of Trieste. He attended  the Department  of Cardiological Sciences of the St.George's Hospital of London and the Wallenberg Laboratory for Cardiovascular   Research  of the Sahlgrenska Hospital, Gothenburg University, Sweden. After several years of residency in the Cardiology Department of “Ospedali Riuniti” and University of Trieste in 1999 he became a Head of this department. Since 2004 is director of the Inter-agency Department of Cardiology of the Isontina-Giuliana area. In 2004 he became associated Professor of Cardiology for the faculty of Medicine and the faculty of Biotechnologies of the University of Trieste. Professor Sinagra is fellow of the European Society of Cardiology and of the National Italian Association of Hospital Cardiologists. Also he is a member of the editorial committee of the Italian Heart Journal and of the Scientific Board of the Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine, official revisor of the 2005 Guidelines for the “Chronic Heart Failure” of the European Society of Cardiology, member of the Superior Council of Health Expert Group and vice-coordinator of the Study Group of Cardiovascular Anatomy and Pathology of the Italian Society of Cardiology.  Up to date he is coordinating the Research Activity of the Study Group of the Heart Muscle Diseases and the clinical activity of the Research Team in Molecular Cardiology of the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Research Area of Trieste. He has published more than 400 scientific papers, 200 of them under Structural Work form, published on National and International Text Books and Scientific Magazines.

Rumen Stefanov, MD, PhD

Information Centre for Rare Diseases and Orphan Drugs (ICRDOD), Bulgaria; Department of Social Medicine, Medical University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria



Dr. Rumen Stefanov (born in 1972) is director of the Information Centre for Rare Diseases and Orphan Drugs (www.raredis.org) in Bulgaria and an associate professor/head of department of social medicine and health management at the Medical University of Plovdiv. His professional and research interests are in public health, epidemiology and clinical trials on small populations. Author of more than 40 scientific papers and project coordinator/member of several European and national projects. Dr. Stefanov is an active member of the European Task Force on Rare Diseases (DG SANCO, European commission) and board member of the Central & Eastern European Genetic Network (CEE-GN).

Milenko Tanasijevic, M.D., M.B.A.
Director, Clinical Laboratories Division and Clinical Program Development, Pathology Department, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Associate Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School. Tel:  617-732-6360; Fax: 617-713-3056.

Dr. Tanasijevic is the Director Clinical Laboratories and Clinical Program Development of the Department of Pathology of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and an Associate Professor of Pathology at the Harvard Medical School. Dr. Tanasijevic is also a member of the Senior Management Team of Brigham and Women's Hospital. He oversees the operation of the clinical laboratories, performing over 8 MM tests annually, and he is responsible for coordination of translation research, advanced diagnostics, and program and business development. His research interests include cardiac biomarkers, laboratory informatics, tumor markers and fetal lung maturity testing. Dr. Tanasijevic is the Chairman of the American Society of Clinical Pathology Expert Review Panel. He serves on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Clinical Pathology and the Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis.

Mirko Trajkovski, PhD
ETH Zürich, Wolfgang-Pauli-Str. 16/HPT D57, 8093 Zürich-CH. tel. +41 (0)44 633 3147; fax. +41 (0)44 633 1051

Dr. Trajkovski graduated at the Faculty of Pharmacy in Skopje in 2000, and started his research career at the
Research Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts. In 2001 he won a Max Planck predoctoral fellowship and continued his research at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden working on the cell cycle regulation under supervision of Dr. Wolfgang Zachariae. Winning the MedDrive grants from the Medical School in Dresden, he then moved to the lab of Prof. Michele Solimena MD, PhD, where he worked on regulated secretion and gene expression in β-cells. In 2005 he received his PhD in the frame of the Max Planck Research School for Molecular Cell Biology and Bioengineering (Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG) and the Medical Faculty “Carl Gustav Carus” at the University of Technology Dresden, Germany), with the grade awarded Summa Cum Laude* (*Outstanding). His thesis was awarded with numerous awards including the the Dr. Walter Seipp Preis for the best dissertation at the Dresden University of Technology for 2005, best research doctoral thesis at the Medical Faculty “Carl Gustav Carus”, and others.  At the end of 2005 he started his postdoctoral work until the end of 2006 in the same lab, when he was awarded with a JDRF postdoctoral fellowship and moved to the ETH Zürich for his 2nd postdoc in the lab of Prof. Markus Stoffel, MD, PhD. He is currently interested in the filed of miRNA regulation in metabolic diseases. He is author of numerous publications in highest impact factor journals, and winner of many prestigious international awards.

Kiril Trpkov MD, FRCPC
Associate Professor, University of Calgary, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Calgary Laboratory Services. 7007 14 st, Calgary SW, AB, Canada, T2V 1P9. Phone: (403) 943-3443; Fax: (403) 943-3333.

D-r Kiril Trpkov has graduated from the in Faculty of Medicine in Skopje, Macedonia in 1987 and in 1989 started his professional career working with Dr. George Stavrić in the Department of Histopathology and Cytology, Faculty of Medicine, Skopje. He continued his professional training in 1993 at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada as a research fellow in kidney and transplant pathology and as a resident in Anatomical Pathology. His postgraduate training included study visits to Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston (1999) and to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore (2001). D-r Trpkov is a member of numerous international pathology associations and societies. He has published extensively in the areas of urologic and kidney pathology and presented at many international pathology meetings. He has received numerous teaching awards and was featured at the Great teachers at the University of Calgary Web-site (http://greatteachers.ucalgary.ca). His areas of expertise and research interest include urological pathology (prostate cancer) and kidney and transplant pathology. Currently he holds the rank of Associate Professor with the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. D-r Trpkov is a peer reviewer for the journals: European Urology, Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Pathology Research and Practice and a grant reviewer (Medicine) for the Ministry of Science, Republic of Macedonia. Dr Trpkov is an avid movie and sports buff (downhill skiing, cycling, yoga, resistance training, basketball).

Igor Tulevski, MD, PhD
Department of Cardiology, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, 1100 DD,
T 020 707 2930; F 020 707 2931, The Netherlands. www.cardiokliniek.nl
i.i.tulevski@amc.uva.nl;  i.i.tulevski@cardiokliniek.nl

D-r Igor Tulevski was born in 1967in Skopje where he has completed medical high school in 1986, and Faculty of medicine in 1992. During the period 1993-1996 he continues his education in Medical University “University of Amsterdam”, where he starts internship 1996-1998. From 1998-2002 he does research, and since 2002 he starts residency in cardiology. In 2003 he received his PhD. He was or currently is a member of the NVVC Working Group Nuclear Imaging, MRI and CT (2001-2005), member of the Working Group on Pulmonary Circulation and Right Ventricular Function of the European Society of Cardiology (WG12) (2005- ) and in 2006 he has founded the Heart for Health and Cardiology Center Netherlands. He has participated many international congresses in Europe, USA and Australia as invited speaker. For his research he has been awarded several prizes from Dutch Society of Cardiology and Working Group on Cardiovascular Research from Netherlands.

Vesna Velikj Stefanovska, MD, MSc, PhD
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics with Medical Informatics, Medical Faculty, UKIM, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia

Vesna Velikj Stefanovska, MD, MSc, PhD received her medical degree from the Ss Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje (UKIM), Republic of Macedonia. She did a specialization in epidemiology and biostatistics, MSc in epidemiology of cardiovascular diseases and a PhD thesis in epidemiology of AIDS/STIs. She works as a professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Medical Faculty, UKIM, Skopje and at the School of Public Health, UKIM, Skopje. She was a visiting professor in epidemiology of HIV/AIDS and cardiovascular diseases at Northwestern University, Chicago, USA (2008/2012). She has consulting experience with UNDP, UNICEF, Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Pease Corps, MediPied etc. In 2013 she was appointed as chairman of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics with Medical Informatics, Medical Faculty, UKIM, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia.

Zoran Zdravkovski, PhD

Institute of Chemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, University Ss Cyril and Methodius, Skopje, Macedonia.


Prof. Zoran Zdravkovski is full professor at the Institute of Chemistry since 2000. He has graduated chemistry from the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics where he also obtained his masters degree in the area of natural products. He received his PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia in 1989. He spent two years at the University of New Orleans, LA, USA. In his career he has been teaching various chemistry courses for undergraduate, as well as graduate students. He has been on the editorial board of Molecules from the beginnings of this open access journal. For the past two mandates he is Secretary General of the Macedonian Society of Chemists and is a member of the American Chemical Society. He has published more than 40 peer-reviewed papers in international journals, some of them with the highest impact factors in the area of organic and theoretical chemistry. He has published books on chemical nomenclature, use of spreadsheets for chemistry and scientific calculations and the latest, on gas chromatography. His present research interest is the area of chromatographic and mass spectrometric analysis of organics in the environment, especially endocrine disruptors.

Published by: Institute of Immunobiology and Human Genetics,  Skopje, Republic of Macedonia.

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