Meetings and educational activities arranged in the previous years

Third International Symposium on Problems of Biochemistry, Radiation and Space Biology”, dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Academician N.M. Sisakian, April, 2007, Yerevan-Ashtarak, Armenia.

Young Scientists Conference dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Academician H.Kh. Buniatian, June 25-27, 2007, Yerevan, Armenia.

International Symposium on “Actual Problems in Neurochemistry and Neuroimmunology”, dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Academician H.Kh. Buniatian, September  24- 26, 2007, Yerevan-Gavar, Armenia.

FEBS Advanced Lecture and Practical Course “From Functional Genomics to Molecular Proteomics: Basic Techniques to Gene Analysis”, October 2-13, 2006, Yerevan, Armenia.

The Special Scientific Council constantly acts at the H. Buniatian Institute of Biochemistry. The Council comprises 15 members, qualified scientists in biology, biochemistry, biophysics, neurochemistry, molecular cell biology, and genetics review and judge submitted scientific dissertations to obtain degree of the Candidate of Biological Sciences. Through last 2 years there were submitted and defended 15 scientific theses.

Educational activity of the AAB members includes lectures and laboratory workshops by:
Profs. M. Aghajanov (Biochemistry), H. Vahradyan (Biochemistry) and M. Melkonyan (General and Bioorganic Chemistry) in Yerevan State Medical University; Prof. G. Kuevorkian (Biochemistry, Clinical Biochemistry) and  Dr. H. Hayrapetyan (Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Ecology) in Armenian Medical Institute; Prof. R. Kamalyan (Biochemistry) in Armenian Agricultural Academy, Prof. A. Simonyan (Biology, Bioenergetics) and Dr. L. Arakelyan (Neurochemistry) in Gavar University, Profs.  R. Haroutunyan (Human Genetics) and E. Gevorgyan (Biophysics) in Yerevan State University, etc.  Most of the AAB members are affiliated at the Universities as Faculty staff and along with lectures on variety of biological subjects conduct laboratory practical and research work with students and postgraduate students.

Visiting scientists

Prof. Vehary Sakanyan, UMRCNRS 6204, Biotechnology, Biocatalyse et Bioregulation, Faculte′ desScienmces et techniques, Universite′ de Nantes, France, President of “Ptoteonetmix Co”, April 18, 2008.
“Microarrays as diagnostic tools”

Prof. Israel Pecht, The Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, FEBS General Secretary elected FEBS “Campbell lecturer” visiting scientist program, October 12-19, 2007.
“Stimulus-response coupling of immune cells” and “Electron transfer processes in metalloproteins”.

Foreign participants of the International Symposium on “Actual Problems in neurochemistry and Neuroimmunology” dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Academician H. Kh. Buniatian, September 24- 26, 2007, Yerevan-Gavar, Armenia.

Organizers: H. Buniatian Institute of Biochemistry, National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia, Armenian Association of Biochemists, Gavar State University.

Kvamme E. (Norway) Novel form of phosphate activated glutaminase (PAG). PAG in the brain pathology and its localization.
Wekerle H. (Professor of Immunology, Department of Neuroimmunology, Max-Planck Institute for Neurobiology, Germany). Immune pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis.
Ugrumov M.V. (Russia) Non-monoaminergic neurons partly expressing individual enzymes of monoamine synthesis: functional significance in norm and pathology.
Hamprecht B. (Germany) The roles of glycogen and amino acids in neural energy metabolism
Gleiter C.H. (Germany) EPO increases glutamate uptake and reduces its cytotoxicity in astroglia under normoxic and hypoxic conditions.
Danielyan L. (Germany) Mechanisms supporting proliferation, rejuvenation and protection of astrocytes during hypoxia.
Hucho F. (Germany) Receptor allosterism.
Gebhardt (Germany) Glutamine synthetase as a target of Wnt/β-catenin signaling: is there any relevance for the brain?
Buniatian G. H. (Germany) Glial fibrillary acidic protein-expressing hepatic stellate cells as modulators of capillary.

Foreign participants of the FEBS Advanced Lecture and Practical Course
“From Functional Genomics to Molecular Proteomics: Basic Techniques to Gene Analysis”, October 2-13, 2006, Yerevan, Armenia.

Organizers: FEBS, Armenian Association of Biochemists, Center of Medical Genetics and Primary Health Care, Yerevan State Medical University.

Guldberg P. (Danish Cancer Society, Copenhagen, Denmark) Genomics and epigenomics of human disease.
Hoffman R. (AntiCancer Incorporated, San Diego, USA) Tri-Color whole-body cellular imaging of tumor-stroma interaction.
Lykkesfeldt A. (Danish Cancer Society, Copenhagen, Denmark) Regulation of transcription – Hormone dependent gene regulation.
Rohde M. (Danish Cancer Society, Copenhagen, Denmark) Stress proteins in malignant transformation: Hsp70 proteins and Cancer.
Berezin V. (Panum Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark) Signal transduction: from receptors to genes.
Mkrtchian S. (Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden) Protein misfolding and aggregation as primary causes of neurodegenerative diseases.
Lukanidin E. (Danish Cancer Society, Copenhagen, Denmark) Molecular mechanisms of tumor development and metastasis.
Grigorian M. (Danish Cancer Society, Copenhagen, Denmark) Stem cell biology: potential therapies for the future.
P. Gromov (Danish Cancer Society, Copenhagen, Denmark) Proteomics: an overview of key concepts and its applications from cell to clinic.
Gromova I. (Danish Cancer Society, Copenhagen, Denmark) Principles and applications of mass spectrometry in modern biology.DNA microarray: gene expression profiling, what is it?
Ambartsumian N. (Danish Cancer Society, Copenhagen, Denmark) Functional genomics: genetically modified mouse models.

ICSU-TWAS-UNESCO-UNU/IAS Visiting Scientist Programme:

Mohanakumar K.P. (Scientist F, Deputy Director, National Bioscientist & Raman Research Fellow,
Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Calcutta, India).
Host: Armenian Association of Biochemists and H. Buniatian Institute of Biochemistry.
Lectures onMechanisms and novel treatments of Parkinson’s disease”, July 1-31, 2004.
Lectures, seminars tutorials on “Cellular and molecular mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases
in relation to Parkinson’s disease, August 26– September 26, 2005.