Visiting lecture by dr Stela Vujosevic, MD, PhD

On December 20th, the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Montenegro was honored to host two invited lectures by Dr. Stela Vujošević, the expert adviser on the project DEMONSTRATE, from the Medical Center for Retina Diseases at the University Hospital “Maggiore della Caritá” in Novara, Italy.

The lectures were titled:

  1. Recent developments in the treatment of degenerative and vascular maculopathies
  2. Application of non-invasive “imaging” biomarkers in the treatment of diabetic macular edema: the concept of precision medicine

This visit was organised by the Faculty of Medicine Vice Dean for Science and funded by the Ministry of Science of Montenegro, through the program of Guest Lecturers. The purpose of this program is to engage prominent scientists, university professors or entrepreneurs from the world to deliver intensive courses for students and / or scientific and academic staff at universities in our country, in the areas that are identified as a priority for the Smart Specialization Strategy.

(image: N.P.)

Successful HORIZON 2020 grant application

The networking and collaboration established though the DEMONSTRATE project resulted in achieving a milestone in the area of sustainability and increasing the visibility of Montenegrin institutions in the field of medical research in the world.

The Faculty of Medicine of the University of Montenegro and the Clinical Center of Montenegro won the HORIZON 2020 grant as partner institutions on the project titled Unravelling the common pathways and identifying patients at risk for dementia – RECOGNISED. This is a multinational project involving 21 research institutions and teaching hospitals from Europe that are leaders in the field of research related to Alzheimer’s dementia and diabetes. The coordinating organization is Fundacio Hospital Universitari Vall D’Hebron/ Institut de Recerca (VHIR).

The goal of this project is to evaluate patients with diabetes type 2 who are at increased risk developing dementia based on microvascular or neurodegenerative changes we observe on the retina. This 4-year project will start on January 1st 2020. More information on the project is available at the following link.

(image: EC Horizion 2020)

Journal paper publication: Scientific Reports

A scientific paper entitled “Regional Patterns in Retinal Microvascular Network Geometry in Health and Disease” (authored by N. Popovic, S. Vujošević, and T. Popovic) has been published in the Scientific Reports on November 8th 2019. This work is a result of a collaboration of scientists from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Montenegro, the Faculty for Information Systems and Technologijes, University of Donja Gorica from Podgorica and the Eye Clinic, University Hospital “Maggiore della Caritá” from Novara, Italy. This research was conducted to develop a methodological approach that will also be used to analyze the fundus photographs that we will collect through the DEMONSTRATE project. More information at the following link.

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Semi-Annual Progress Meeting

On October 2nd, the Faculty of Medicine in Podgorica hosted the semi-annual meeting for the project “New methods for risk stratification for the progression of cancer and Alzheimer’s disease in patients in Montenegro – DEMONSTRATE”. In addition to the team members from the Clinical Center of Montenegro from Non-governmental Organization Futura, the members of the Institute of Biomembranes, Bioenergetics and Molecular Biotechnology from Bari and an external expert from University Hospital Maggiore della Carita’ from Novara, Italy, participated in the meeting.

Semi-annual Progress Meeting for DEMONSTRATE project in Podgorica

International conference in Vrnjacka Banja, Serbia

Participation at an international conference: 6th Meeting of the European Section of the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences (IACS) in Vrnjacka Banja, Serbia. A poster entitled “Quantitative Assessment of Microvascular Network Morphology and Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetic Retinopathy” authored by M. Lipovac and N. Popović from the Faculty of Medicine in Podgorica, was presented on September 13, 2019. This research was conducted to develop a methodological approach that will also be used to analyze the fundus photographs that we will collect through the DEMONSTRATE project. More about the conference at the following link.

Poster presented in Vrnjacka Banja, September 2019

Fundus camera training by ULMA

ULMA Embedded Solutions organized an online training session for DEMONSTRATE team members on how to operate new hand-held digital fundus camera.

Learning steps on installation and configuring of new hand-held fundus camera.
Setting up the camera and getting familiar with its features.

Collaboration with ULMA Embedded Solutions

The Cooperation agreement between the Faculty of medicine, University of Montenegro, and the company “ULMA Embedded Solutions” was signed in the context of DEMONSTRATE project with the aim of encouraging and supporting research, scientific and educational activities. “ULMA Embedded Solutions” is a company from Spain founded in 2009 in the ULMA Group business incubator with intentions to offer specialized services beyond electronic systems functional prototyping. They provide specialized engineering services along the whole electronic product lifecycle, from the concept to manufacturing and maintenance, including design, development and test phases. Namely, of the interest for DEMONSTRATE project, the company is working on various projects in health domain. One especially interesting project that DEMONSTRATE team already collaborated on is H2020 RETINAL that focuses on non-invasive and cost-effective tools for early detection of eye-related diseases using digital images of retina.

RETINAL – Prevention and Early Detection of Eye-related Diseases

Montenegrin Acedemy of Sciences and Arts

The Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts, the Committee on Information and Communication Technologies, organized the 2nd Scientific Conference “Information and Communication Technologies – Condition and Perspectives”, which took place at the CANU on June 10, 2019. The presentation titled “IT Megatrends and the World Around Us” included introduction to Montenegrin project with interdisciplinary components and applied computer science. DEMONSTRATE project was discussed as well. You can see the program by clicking here.

DEMONSTRATE project featured in the presentation at the Academy

Appearance on TV 777

DEMONSTRATE project was featured in a the news program on the TV 777 station on May 9th, 2019. Our team members had a chance to discuss the project and its impacts with the host of TV 777 morning news program.

The whole footage is provided thanks to the courtesy of TV 777.

DEMONSTRATE on TV 777 (source: TV 777, Montenegro)