On March 13–15, the XII International Forum for Dermatovenerologists and Cosmetologists (XII IFDC) was held in Moscow. It was attended by experts from Russia and abroad and included a competition for young scientists. NSU’s Natalia Shipilova, 2nd year resident in Dermatovenereology, presented her work “Nail Changes in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease” in the category “Best Research Work”. She was awarded first place among “Graduate Students, Medical School Graduates, and Practicing Doctors”. Valentina Shamrikova, a 5th year student at the NSU V. Zelman Institute of Medicine and Psychology, also won first place for her research “Study of the Features of the Dermatoscopic Picture of Nevi in Childhood” in the category “Students and Residents”. These research projects were conducted under the supervision of Irina Sergeeva, Professor at the NSU Department of Fundamental Medicine and Director of the Center for Postgraduate Medical Education.
Irina Sergeeva explained that these papers are only part of the research work that has been going on for many years. The papers presented by these young people were based on the work they personally conducted this year. In March 2017, Irina Sergeevna was included in a working group on the study of nevi in children that was formed at the All-Russian Congress on Dermatoscopy. The task of the group was to study the characteristics of the development of nevi in children and the prevention of their unnecessary removal to reduce the number of traumatic effects on the child and parents. This would also decrease the workload on medical personnel. The main objective of the study on mycoses is to assess the significance of a fungal infection for patients with various diseases, in particular those with kidney pathology, and its role in the development of pathological changes.
As a manager, I was pleased with the results but I would have been happy with the work even if it had not won prizes. As a professor at NSU, I try to make sure that our students participate in these contests because it helps demonstrate to the community the quality of education available at our University and the seriousness of the research being conducted in our field.
The Forum was organized by the National Alliance of Dermatologists and Cosmetologists (NADK), the Euro-Asian Association of Dermatovenereologists (EAAD), the Guild of Specialists in Sexually Transmitted Infections (IUSTI), and the Interdisciplinary Medical Alliance (MDMA) Nonprofit Partnership.