The Third Annual BTRP Ukraine Regional One Health Research Symposium is held in Kyiv this week. Today, UIPHP Senior Researcher Oleksandr Zeziulin gave a presentation during the Clinical Medicine and Public Health Session.
As part of the Science Writing Mentorship Program (SWM Program), the third annual BTRP Ukraine Regional One Health Research Symposium presents a venue that will bring together representatives from more than ten countries and 83 different institutions including Ukrainian research institutions, oblast state laboratory centers, medical universities, medical academies of postgraduate education, veterinary universities, agrarian universities, and health care institutions. The Third BTRP Ukraine Regional One Health Research Symposium both provides a truly national overview of research within Ukraine as well as further open the door to building regional understanding and collaboration.
Over the course of the Symposium’s first four days, 52 researchers present their work during oral presentations, 44 authors present their work in lightning talks during concurrent sessions, over 300 poster presentations are shared during the daily meeting reception, and throughout the meeting the Peer Review Panel is seeking to identify Ukrainian scientists that can be paired with field-specific international Subject Matter Experts (SME) in order to assist with data analysis, identifying high-impact journals, and producing targeted manuscripts that can be submitted for peer review and potential publication.
During the Clinical Medicine and Public Health Session UIPHP Senior Researcher Oleksandr Zeziulin presented the results of the study aimed to determine the risk factors of HCV infection in PWID in Ukraine. The study found that PWID, using opioid drugs, have higher chances of having HCV infection comparative to non-opioid PWID. These findings underline the importance of further investigation of HCV infection determinants in PWID for adequate public health strategies planning and implementation.
The 2018 Symposium provides a venue for Ukraine’s research community to present their findings and drive scientific discourse that will advance biosafety and biosecurity, contribute to Ukraine’s One Health and biosurveillance knowledgebase, and improve understanding of disease risk.