On January 27-28 professors of Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology of Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University (PNU) Halyna Semchyshyn and Volodymyr Lushchak visited Ştefan cel Mare University of Suceava (USV, Suceava, Romania) in the frames of the joint trans-border project “Personalized prevention tools in obesity and diabetes – a joint Romanian-Ukrainian programme of health education” (PrePOD). The visit was devoted to detalisation of contract preparation and general and specific steps for the project realization.  Romanian partners were presented by the leader of the PrePOD project Professor Mihai Covasa, Head of the department of Health and Human development; PostDoc Bioengineer, Research Associate PrePOD, Roxana Toderean; Ph.D. student in medical field, Research Assitant PrePOD, Oana Iatcu; and Administrative assistant PrePOD Loredana Patrascu. Detail plan for the project realization was discussed with special attention to symmetric and complementary actions of both partners. The visit was very useful for PNU team especially because Romanian partners already have certain experience in cooperation with local hospital personnel in the field of diabetes. Rector Emeritus  Professor Adrian Graur provided some details on the development of USV particularly he was active to construct 15 buildings in the university. Further, Professor Stefan Purici, USV Vice-Rector for University Image, International Relations and European Development, who perfectly spoke in Ukrainain, advised both teams for successful realization of the bilateral project. Finally, Professor Cavasa provided excellent tour in very well equipped new laboratories for biochemical and molecular biology investigations (total price of equipment more than 1200000 Euros), which clearly demonstrated attention paid in Romania for development of science and which is seriously supported by the European Union. Concluding remarks disclosed great potential for collaboration between PNU and USV in the fields of science, health education and prophylactics of human diseases.

Foto (from left to right): Volodymyr Lushchak,  Oana Iatcu, Halyna Semchyshyn, Mihai Covasa and Roxana Toderean.