Mastology Association of Northern and Southern Mediterranean (MANOSMED) / Mediterranean Mobile University of Mastology under the auspices of Montpellier University School of Medicine organized its annual diploma course in Istanbul, Gayrettepe Dedeman Hotel Convention Center between 13-15 December 2018. The theme of the course was Advanced Cancer in which MANOSMED had a collaboration with SENATURK Turkish Academy of Senology. Locally the course was endorsed by Kocaeli University School of Medicine and Turkish Society of Breast Surgery. Altogether 34 local and international faculty members gave lectures or took the role as panelists during the course. During the 2 and a half day course, there were two hands-on courses on oncoplastic breast cancer surgery and breast ultrasonography / guided interventions, 23 lectures and 2 panels in which multi-disciplinary team members attended as panelists to discuss cases. Almost all lectures were given in English however, there were French slides for each lecture shown to the audience for those whose preferred language is French. There were 96 registered participants from 9 different countries including Turkey, Greece, Saudia Arabia, Egypt, Sudan, Bulgaria, Romania, Lebanon, and Iraq. Among 60 participants who took the final exam at the end of the course, 56 passed and received an achievement certificate. In the course, 3 oral and 5 poster presentations were given by young course attendants at a separate hall.
Breastanbul, International Istanbul Breast Cancer Conference, was held in 10-12 November 2016 with more than 700 participants from 25 countries. Event started with courses on breast surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, breast imaging and pathology. A commemoration for Prof. Umberto Veronesi who has passed away very recently was done by Dr. George Asimakopoulos at the official opening. Scientific programme run in three parallel halls in which more than 100 speakers and panelists from 17 countries took part in it. At closing ceremony, awards for best oral and poster papers were given to Dr. Selcuk Seber from Turkey and Dr. Wlliam Evans from the UK, respectively. The conference is followed by a pop concert attended by a crowd of delegates and invited patients along with their friends and relatives.
TURKIREBS Istanbul Breast Cancer Reconstructive Surgery Workshop was held during 4 and 5 June 2016 in Istanbul. Marmara University School of Medicine hosted the event in which 54 trainees attended this 2-day training workshop. Totally 17 faculty members from General Surgery, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and Surgical Anatomy Departments from 12 different institutions took part in this hands-on postgraduate education programme. Attendants spent their time in 6 different modules in which they were coached to perform 14 different oncoplastic breast surgery techniques on live and foam models as well as fresh frozen cadavers. Those who passed the final exam received the official certification acknowledged by SENATURK and European Academy of Senology.
SENATURK faculty member Prof. Omar Z. Youssef has been elected as president-elect in Breast Surgery International (BSI). BSI will be organizing the Mastery of Breast Surgery Course during Breastanbul on 10 November 2016 in Istanbul.
SENATURK President Professor Bahadır M. Gulluoglu and First Vice President Professor Nuh Zafer Canturk were invited to 3rd International Symposium of Romanian Society of Breast Surgery and Oncology in Bucharest between 8-10 October 2015 as guest faculty. Professor Gulluoglu emphazied the significance of professionalism in breast surgery during his official opening talk. The congress president Professor Alexandru Blidaru who is also a SENATURK faculty member said the collaboration between Romania and Turkey is very fruitful by means of experience exchange. Turkish Ambassador in Romania his excellency Mr. Koray Ertaş also addressed the audience at the official opening of the congress emphasizing the significance of increasing scientific and health sector partnership between two countries. During the symposium along with Profs. Gulluoglu, Canturk and Blidaru, SENATURK faculty member from Cairo, Egypt Professor Omar Z. Youssef gave lectures on breast cancer as well. Also as a social event, Professors Gulluoglu and Canturk along with Prof. Dan Hershko, the president of Israeli Society of Breast Surgeons visited Turkish Embassy in Bucharest after the Ambassador’s kind invitation.
The Symposium on “Molecular Oncology in Breast Cancer” which is organized as a joint project by SENATURK and Acibadem University School of Medicine was held in 17 October 2015 in Istanbul. More than 50 physicians from all over Turkey attended the meeting in which 10 guest faculty gave lectures in three sessions. Molecular oncology in healthy women, patients with early as well metatstatic breast cancer were discussed during this one-day symposium.
SENATURK successfully organized its second breast ultrasound course in Istanbul in collaboration with International Breast Ultrasound School (IBUS). 30 physicians from Turkey, Azerbaijan, Latvia, Australia, Iran and United Arab Emirates received their certificates after completing theoretical and hands-on training sessions on three-day programme between 18-20 June 2015.
SURGEONS RECEIVED IREBS 2015 CERTIFICATES
Istanbul Reconstructive Breast Cancer Surgery (IREBS) 2015 Workshop was held during 9-10 May 2015 in Istanbul with participation of 30 surgeons from Turkey, Greece, Saudia Arabia, Egypt, Morocco, Moldavia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria and Romania. All participating surgeons received their certificates after completing 2-day workshop including hands-on training on live and foam models.
SENATURK JOINS EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT’S NEW INITIATION
Prof. Bahadır Güllüoğlu, the president of SENATURK, has recently visited European Parliament in Brussels to join the Partnership on Equity of Access to Quality Healthcare in European Union after receiving an official invitation from the Presidency of EP. This officially named Patient Access Partnership is planned to work as a network aimed at bringing together patients, the health community, health industry and policy-makers to discuss and promote solutions in tackling barriers and inequities in healthcare across Europe. Mr. Andrey Kovatchev who is the Quaestor, member of the Presidency of the EP, with a group of his MEP colleagues initiated the creation of an Interest Group on Access to healthcare in the EP last November. This group is thought to play a major role in providing a platform for discussion and concrete action, in cooperation with patients and the healthcare community. It is also expected to promote synergies and knowledge-sharing regarding disease specific initiatives in the EP relating to access, and other thematic interest groups to ensure maximum effectiveness. SENATURK was represented by Prof. Güllüoğlu at the official launch of the Group on 27 January 2015 in Brussels. “SENATURK is expected to contribute to the objectives of the Group with its extended network, trained human resource and significant expertise. That is why we are very happy to see SENATURK’s representation here at the Parliament today” Mr. Kovatchev said. During the official launch, Mr. Vytenis Andriukaitis, the Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, also underlined the importance of rising the standards of life parameters by increasing the cooperation among all stakeholders. Also MEPs Mrs. Biljana Borzan from Croatia, Mrs. Marian Harkin from Ireland, Ms. Kateřina Konečná from Czech Republic and Mr. Cristian Silviu Buşoi from Romania made short remarks about the Project as the co-chairs of the Group saying that this initiation of the Parliament is a hope for those who really need high standards of healthcare and should be embraced by all state members.To read "Launch of the Interest Group on Patient Access to health care" document, please click here.
With the partnership of SENATURK, Acibadem University and EuropaDonna, International Istanbul Breast Conference Breastanbul 2014 has been held between 30th September and 2nd October 2014 in Hilton Bosphorus Convention and Exhibition Center. More than 600 registrants from 34 countries followed the three day-meeting in which 46 international faculty took part in scientific programme in three parallel sessions. The event was presented and supported by Turkish Basketball Federation and Federation of International Basketball Associations FIBA.
3rd Istanbul Reconstructive Breast Cancer Surgery (IREBS) Workshop will be organized during 9-10th May 2015 in Istanbul. 12 international well-known trainers will be providing a level III two-day hands-on training event on live and foam models. Seat capacity is limited to 36 trainees. However, there will be more seats for those who would like to follow the theoretical lectures on the first day of workhop with a reasonable low fare. Please click here to read more about the workshop.
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International Breast Ultrasound School (IBUS) and SENATURK organized their first joint breast ultrasound course between 15-17 June 2014 in Istanbul. 39 surgeons, radiologists, radiology technicians and senologists from 13 countries participated 3-day hands-on course under the supervision of 9 international ultrasound experts from Australia, United States of America, Italy, United Kingdom, Germany, Greece and Turkey. European School of Oncology (ESO) gave grants to 7 trainees for the course as its recommended event.
Twenty-four surgeons from 7 different countries have succesfully completed and certified at 2nd Istanbul Reconstructive Breast Cancer Surgery Workshop (IREBS) in 10-11 May 2014 under the auspices of SENATURK Senoloji Akademisi, Royal College of Surgeons London, Association of Breast Surgeons, British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgeons and European Academy of Senology.
Honorary meeting for Prof. Mustafa Dülger withold in Kocaeli with colloboration of EURAMA and SENATURK in November 30, 2013 with great success. The topic of the meeting was"Demanding future of breast cancer management". Almost 150 attendies were at the meeting from all around the Turkey especially from Istanbul and Kocaeli. Also there were foreign attendies from Serbia, Lebinan, Suudi Arabia, France, Germany, Greece and Holland. There were 5 foreign speakers and 5 Turkish speakers.
Level III Masterclass on Oncoplastic Breast Surgery which was organized by SENATURK was held successfully on 7 and 8 June 2013 in Istanbul MARMA Congress Center. Faculty from Royal College of Surgeons of England, British Association of Breast Surgeons and British Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons ran the 2-day masterclass. 26 Turkish and one Swiss breast surgeon participated and were certified after completing 15-hour practical modules on oncoplastic surgery skills and breast interventional ultrasonography. Please click for detailed information about the course.
Prof. Bahadir M. Gulluoglu, president of SENATURK, has become the member of International Faculty of International Breast Ultrasound School (IBUS) which is the oldest institute on this field since 1991. IBUS will be organizing courses in Otwock Poland, Sao Paulo Brazil, Athens Greece and Stuttgart Germany in 2013. Please click for detailed information about IBUS activities.
Prof. Bahadir M. Gulluoglu, president of SENATURK, visited Tbilisi, Georgia on 28 March 2013 as the representative of European School of Oncology (ESO) along with Prof. David Kaladze, Deputy Chairman of Russian Academy of Medical Sciences and Russian Cancer Institute and Mrs. Daniela Mengato, Coordinator of Caspian Region Programmes of ESO. Prof. Gulluoglu, Prof. Kaladze and Mrs. Mengato made contacts with Dr. Rema Gvamichava and Dr. Ioseb Abesadze, executive managers of Tbilisi Cancer Prevention Centers as well as Italian and Czech Republic Diplomatic Envoys to Georgia for organizing in-service training programmes for oncology care services for South Caucasian countries Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. Czech Development Agency and ESO agreed to start attempts for fund application for a 3-year project starting in February 2014. During their stay in Tbilisi, the ESO delegation including Prof. Gulluoglu had chance to discuss all issues with Hon. Tamara Gvamichava, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Hon. Federica Favi, Italian Ambassador to Georgia, Mr. Albert Sido, Attache for Development Cooperation, Embassy of the Czech Republic, Dr. Jan Vorisek, Health Care Projects Advisor in Georgia, Czech Development Agency and Ms. Ketevan Egadze, Assistant to Italian Ambassador in Georgia. “I hope this collaboration among Czech, Italian, Georgian and Turkish officials will bring a fresh and effective restoration on oncology health care system in this part of the world which I believe will make these countries and Turkey come close to each other regarding health-related quality” said Prof. Gulluoglu after his observations in Tbilisi.
SENATURK and EURAMA (Euro-Asian Society of Breast Diseases) signed a “Letter of Intent” on 23 November 2012 in Istanbul as they further agreed to collaborate on training, research and quality programs in breast care at both European and Asian countries.
From left to right: Prof. Güllüoğlu (President of SENATURK), Prof. Asimakopoulos (Vice-President of EURAMA) and Prof. Cantürk (First Vice-President of SENATURK).