Medical University of Sofia has won a project for the exchange of Erasmus lecturers and students with the University of Hiroshima, Japan for the academic year 2016/17. In connection with the implementation of the project activities, during the period from July 1 to July 8, 2017, three lecturers realized an Erasmus Mobility for Teaching at the University of Hiroshima:

Prof. Dr. Radoslav Girchev, MD, DSc. and Chief Assistant Professor Dr. Nikolay Ichshtiev, MD, PhD, from the Faculty of Medicine and Chief Assist. Professor Dr. Nikolay Apostolov, MD, PhD, from the Faculty of Dental Medicine.

Prof. Dr. Radoslav Girchev, MD, DSc in seminar hall 1, in the building of Basic and Sociomedical Research, at the University of Hiroshima delivered lectures presenting the structure and curricula of the Medical University – Sofia, including the educational objectives and the learning outcomes of Physiology training as required by the Bologna Process. He also presented the ERASMUS credit mobility at the Medical University of Sofia with the industrialized partner countries of the 13 region. During a seminar organized by Professor Hideya Yamamoto, he presented a scientific report entitled “Effects of Newly Synthetized Nociceptin Analogues Modified in Ninth Position on the Sympatho-Vagal Balance in Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats.” During his stay, Prof. Girchev visited the Department of Cardiovascular Research, headed by Professor Iasuki Kihara, the Functional Research Laboratory headed by Prof. Higashi and the Department of Physiology at the Medical Faculty, where, in a conversation with Prof. Massao Oocusumi and his Collaborators exchanged ideas for future scientific cooperation. As Head of the International Integration and Project Funding department, he is involved in the selection procedure development for Erasmus students from the University of Hiroshima, including the selection criteria and the preparation of the documents required by the Program. Prof. Girchev participated in the interview for selection of Erasmus students and in this connection he also met the Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry, Prof. Kuichi Kot, to discuss the admissions of students of dentistry at Medical University – Sofia.

Chief Assist. Professor Dr. Nikolay Ishkitiev, MD, PhD, delivered lectures on “Potential for Differentiation of Stem Cells in the Dental District”. During his Erasmus stay Dr. Ishkitiev attended the Department of Biomaterials, the Department of Biochemistry headed by Professor Chisa Sukunami, the Department of Oral Biology and Engineering of Prof. Hiroki Nikava, with whom they exchanged views on future cooperation.

Chief Assist. Professor Dr. Nikolay Apostolov, MD, PhD delivered lectures on “Prosthetic adhesives – application and necessity”, held meetings with the Dean of the Faculty of Dental Medicine – Prof. Kuichi Kato and the Head of the Department of Oral Physiology Prof. Sugita, with whom discussed the possibilities for collaborative research projects.

The lectures were attended by more than 300 students and professors from the Medical Faculty of the University of Hiroshima.

Within their Erasmus stay they also visited the hospital complex of the University of Hiroshima.
During their visit to Hiroshima, Prof. Dr. Radoslav Girchev, MD, DSc., Chief Assist. Professor Dr. Nikolay Ishkitiev and Chief Assist. Dr. Nikolay Apostolov also met with the members of the Friendship Society between Hiroshima and Bulgaria, where they were welcomed by a letter from the Foreign Minister of Japan, Fuimo Chischi.