SPEAKERS

Irina Panovska-Stavridis

Professor Irina Panovska-Stavridis is Medical Director of the University Clinic of hematology-Skopje which is the only institution of this kind in the Republic of Macedonia that offers medical care for all patients with malignant and nonmalignant hematological diseases. Prof.Panovska-Stavrdis graduated from the Medical Faculty in Skopje in1995 and since 1996 has been working at the University Clinic of hematology-Skopje. She is specialist of internal medicine and subspecialist hematologist. She has been trained in UK, USA, Greece and Hungary. She participated in many clinical trials as study coordinator and authored and coauthored numerous professional papers, reviews and book chapters. Prof. Panovska-Stavridis is a member of many eminent world societies for hematology and stem cell transplantation  and  is appointed as ambassador for Macedonia by the Society of Hemato-Oncology (SOHO).

Aleskandra Pivkova-Veljanovska

Ass.Prof dr Aleksandra Pivkova Veljanovska MD, PhD
Ass. Prof. Dr. Aleksandra Pivkova Veljanovska was born in 1976 in Skopje, Macedonia. She graduated from the Medical Faculty in Skopje in 2000 and has been working at the University Clinic for Hematology in Skopje since 2001. During this years she has developed a career of specialist of internal medicine and subspecialist in hematology. She was trained in Germany and Greece for cryopreservation of stem cells and bone marrow transplantation procedures. Her main interest and success is in the field of stem cell transplantation. In 2007 she was a head of Cryopreservation Department at the University Clinic for Hematology in Skopje. 
She has been holding a position of head of the Bone Marrow Transplantation Unit at University Clinic for Hematology in Skopje since 2018. Ass. Prof. Dr. Aleksandra Pivkova Veljanovska is a member of almost all eminent world societies for hematology and stem cell transplantation (EBMT, SOHO), besides being an active member of the domestic hematological societies and the chamber of medicine. She participated in many clinical trials as study coordinator and authored and coauthored numerous publications in the field of stem cell transplantation. 

Aleksandar Petlickovski

Professor Aleksandar Petlichkovski is head of the Institute for Immunobiology and Human Genetics at the Medical Faculty in Skopje He graduated from the Medical Faculty in Skopje in 1996 and currently holds position as professor in genetics. He has been trained in Bulgaria, Italy and USA, in the field of immunology and genetics. His research interest is mostly focused on immunogenetics and different immunological response in different individuals. D-r Petlichkovski has authored and coauthored more than 100 scientific articles and book chapters. He is a member of many national and international professional societies dealing with immunology, genetics, and transplantation.

Biba Dodeva

Biljana Dodeva Hristovska known professionally as Biba Dodeva is a Macedonian singer-songwriter, musician, producer & President of Macedonia’s Cancer Association Borka – For each new day. She rose to prominence in the late -1990s musically & her musical career spans over 2 decades with more than 50 single released & has won many domestic & international awards. Outside of music, Biba recognized that there was an overwhelming need for someone or something to support the citizens, patients & families who were struggling with the battle of cancer & in 2007 Biba used her celebrity status to form the Association “BORKA – For each new day” & be the voice by generating awareness about cancer, the growing problems in the health industry & lobby for the patients’ rights of the Macedonian community. In addition, Biba represented BORKA on numerous other projects & she is a speaker on patient advocacy at various domestic and international conferences & contributes Macedonian patients’ voices to be heard and recognized internationally.Since 2017 - present, she is a Member of Executive Board of Myeloma Patient Europe, 2016 – present she serve as a Member of the Executive Board of Europa Doona - Breast Cancer Coalition. In 2016  she is one of the Founders and the President of – Alliance of Patients Organisations in Macedonia."                   

President of Association for fight against all type of cancer "BORKA - for each new day"

President of Europa Donna Macedonia

President of Alliance for Patients Organisations in Macedonia

Aleksandar Stojanovic

Borche Georgievski

Prof. d-r Borche Georgievski
Prof. Dr Borche Georgievski is consultant in Stem cell transplantation in Bone Marrow Transplantation Unit at University Clinic for Hematology, Skopje, and North Macedonia. He is a professor of Internal medicine and hematology at Medical faculty, University St Cyril and Methodius, Skopje. He had training in Italy and Greece for stem cell transplantation. Since 1999 he is Head of BMT Unit and pioneered the first bone marrow transplantations in the country in collaboration with colleagues from Greece. He is transplant team leader of the EBMT group for the country. He was a mentor of many doctoral and postdoctoral candidates in the field of hematology. He is member of all most relevant transplant societies, investigator of clinical trials and authored and coauthored many articles in the field of stem cell transplantation.   

Christina Peters

Christina Peters is Professor of Paediatrics at the Department of Stem Cell Transplantation of St. Anna Children's Hospital in Vienna, Austria and is principal investigator of active studies within the EBMT and IBFM for the treatment of paediatric leukaemia. ...CV

Dragana Stamatovic

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Kata Martinova

Lidija Cevreska

Prof. Dr Lidija Cevreska   is   professor of Internal Medicine majoring in the Hematology at the State University Clinic for Hematology – Republic of  North Macedonia, with sub-specialization  of Hematology. She is principal investigator in many clinical trials related to lymphoproliferative disease and multiple myeloma. She is member of EBMT.  She has been engaged in over 40 years of  research in adult leukemia and lymphoma, resulting in over 100 publications.

Lidija Pecova

Lidija Pecova is the Programme Manager for Leukemia Patient Advocates Foundation and President of HEMA, the association for help and support of patients and caregivers of Hematology Diseases. Prior to relocating to her birth town of Skopje in December 2014, she lived most of her life in Australia and worked in corporate business management and was heavily involved in the not-for-profit sector and worked with Australia’s Representative for the United Nation Global Contact whilst at the same time the health-focused non-for-profit was Suicide Prevention Australia. After having a brief sabbatical, Lidija wanted to be able to use the corporate and non-for-profit experience from Australia and give back to her community and found herself working with Macedonia’s Cancer Patient Organisation Borka and through this work, Lidija met the co-founders of Leukemia Patient Advocates Foundation (LePAF). Lidija’s role in the Management team of LePAF is as Programme Manager and is involved in: Planning, implementation and monitoring of various International & European projects, educational, research & awareness programmes and Horizons Conferences in which the Leukemia Patient Advocates Foundation is involved in. As well as managing the communication activities including the promotion of the initiatives developed by the CML Advocates Network and MPN Advocates Network. Through her experience at LePAF Lidija has formed HEMA – Macedonia’s, association for help and support of patients and caregivers of Hematology Diseases, where for the initial stages they will focus on the Blood Cancers (Leukaemia’s, Lymphoma & Myeloma) and expand into other hematology areas. 

Marija Kirjas

Asistant d-r Meri Kirijas, MD, PhD graduated Medical faculty in 2008 and since 2009 is employee of the Institute of Immunobiology and Human Genetics, Medical faculty, University “Ss Cyril and Methodius”, Skopje. From the beginning she is working in the HLA laboratory where she is included in the routine work of the laboratory: HLA typing for patients with hematological malignancies and their families, as well as the volunteir donors of the Macedonian Bone Marrow Donor Registry. She authored and coauthored many proffesonal pappers in immunology and genetics and has participated in many international congresses. She is a member of EFI (European Federation for Immunogenetics) and Macedonian Society for Immunogenetics.

Marija Tasev

Marija Tasev, journalist, advisor of minister of health, president and founder of the Association for better health, education and social care SANO - non-governmental organization supporting  children with cancer.  She dedicated life to improving the health of children. She has a laser focus on continuing the progress against kids cancer, refining volunteer and customer experiences, expanding stewardship and engagement, leading innovation, and improving access to care. Under her leadership, the SANO organization has set a big goal, built the Parents house.
She has a European journalism award - "Jean Monnet", State award for  Volunteering, UNDP award.

Martin Ivanovski

Doctor Martin Ivanovski is a head of Daily Hospital department at the University Clinic of Hematology-Skopje.
He graduated from the Medical Faculty in Skopje in 1984 and since 1987 has been working at the University Clinic of hematology-Skopje.
He is specialist of internal medicine and subspecialist hematologist.
Dr Ivanovski has been trained in molecular hematology and molecular immunology at the ICGEB, Trieste,Italy.
His main interest is clinical care of patient with chronic leukemias and malignant lymphomas.
He took part in several clinical trials as study investigator and authored and coauthored several research papers.

Matjaz Sever

Assoc. Prof. MatjaĆŸ Sever MD, PhD was born in 1976 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. In 2002 he graduated at Medical School, University of Ljubljana and in 2009 became a consultant at Hematology Department, University Medical Center, Ljubljana. He has been working in the field of hematology since 2004 with focus on malignant hematology and hematopoietic stem cell transplant.

Dr. Sever's postgraduate education involved postdoctoral fellowship at Leukemia Department at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX, USA in 2008/09, completing doctoral studies at University of Ljubljana in 2013 and working in the stem cell transplant field at Hammesmith Hospital, Imperial College London in 2014/15. He is actively participating in several research groups and clinical studies.

Mohamed Mohty

Mohamad Mohty is full Professor of Hematology and head of the Hematology and cellular therapy Department at the Saint-Antoine Hospital and Sorbonne University (Paris, France).
Professor Mohty obtained his medical degree from the University of Montpellier, France, and his PhD from the University of Marseille, France. He also undertook post-doctoral work at the Hematology Department, Imperial College, Hammersmith Hospital, London, UK.
Professor Mohty’s is also head of a translational research team (INSERM team N°7) at the Saint-Antoine Research centre in Paris and his research is focused on the pathophysiology and immunobiology of normal and pathological antigen-presenting cells, especially the impact of novel immunomodulatory agents such as proteasome inhibitors, IMiDs and
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Oliver Karanfilski

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Pepo Levi

Pepo Levi by profession is an economist who has more than 40 years of experience in the oil and gas pipeline industry. He worked from 1971 to 2004 in Makpetrol Skopje, and since 2004 in GA-MA AD Skopje.
In 2006, he gets ill from Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia. Fighting with severe illness, he decides, on his own initiative, to establish an Association for helping the patients with CML in the Republic of Macedonia. His basic mission and goal, as well as of the association itself, is to help as many people as possible suffering from CML, through: adequate information about the disease and its treatment, as well as providing donated drugs for the most critical patients who did not have appropriate drugs in the Republic of Macedonia. One of the biggest battles of this association was the placement of the Imatinib on the Positive List in 2011. Through numerous television shows and public appearances, aided by the Clinic for Hematology in Skopje and numerous international organizations, within the CML Horizons, as well as the Macedonian public, the drug Imatinib was provided for the patients suffering from CML in the Republic of Macedonia.  

Rada Grubovic Rastvorceva

Dr. Rada M. Grubovic Rastvorceva, MD MSci PhD is Head of Department for Stem Cell Collection at the Institute for Transfusion Medicine in Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia and Senior Assistant at the Medical Faculty in Skopje, University Sts Cyril and Methodius. She is consultant in transfusion medicine and hematology and President of Macedonian Association for Transfusion Medicine. Dr. Grubovic is JACIE inspector and external auditor for accreditation of medical institutions. She was external advisor of the Macedonian Minister of Health from 2012 till 2015 assisting in establishing the National Bone Marrow Donor Program and subsequent by-laws. Dr. Grubovic's scientific focus includes stem cell biology, mobilization, stem cell collection, hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, hemostasis, thrombosis, coagulopathies and bleeding disorders. Most of her research was done at the David Geffen School of Medicine and Ronald Reagan Medical Center at the UCLA, Los Angeles, California, USA (Fulbright scholar) and at the King’s College Hospital in London, UK (Princes of Wales Memorial Award by the British Society for Transfusion Medicine). Dr. Grubovic is author and coauthor of more than 150 scientific publications. She is editorial board member and a reviewer in 20 international medical journals.

Radovan Vrhovac

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Sanja Trajkova

Sanja Trajkova  is assistant professor of Internal Medicine majoring in the Hematology at the State University Clinic for Hematology – Republic of  North Macedonia, with sub-specialization  of Hematology.  Her major research interests are lymphoproliferative disease as a field where she finished her Master and PhD thesis. She is  also   investigator in many clinical trials related to lymphoproliferative disease and multiple myeloma.   She  serves as a Secretary of the Hematology Association in Macedonia from 2016, and she is member of European and Balkan Association of  Hematology. She is is heading the Anemia Unit at University Clinic for Hematology from 2018.  

Svetlana Krstevska Balkanov

Svetlana Krstevska Balkanov is an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine on the Medical Faculty in Skopje, majoring in Hematology at the PHI University Clinic of Hematology in Macedonia, with sub-specialization of Hematology. Her major research interests are Multiple myeloma disease, as a field where she finished her PhD thesis, and Transplantation of hematopoetic stem cells, where she did her master thesis and was a long time member of the Macedonian team for Transplantation of stem cells. She also takes part in many clinical studies related to Multiple myeloma and publishes her studies in world renowned articles. She is a long time member of European and Balkan Associations of Hematology as well as the Macedonian association where she has an important role. 
She is the head of the Ambulance Polyclinic Department since 2018 and before she was in charge of the Ultrasound Cabinet which is a part of the same department, since 2008.

Svetlana A Kocheva

Svetlana Kocheva is associate Professor of pediatric at the Medical faculty,
University St. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia. Assoc. prof. Svetlana Kocheva completed her MD degree at the Medical Faculty in Skopje. From 1991 to 1997 has been working as a young researcher at the Research Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology – Macedonian Academy and Sciences and Arts, where she completed her master’s and doctoral thesis. Since 1998 she is employed at the University Childrens Hospital in Skopje and from 2001working as a pediatrician in the Department of Hematology and Oncology. She is head of the leukemia department from 2010. She has been trained for treatment of leukemia and stem cell transplantation in Bambino Gesu Hospital in Rome, Italy and in International Mediterranean Center for transplantation at Tor Vergata University, Rome Italy. Svetlana Kocheva participated in many research project and she is author or co-author of more than 100 scientific papers published in professional journals or presented at meetings and congresses.

Zaklina Trajkovska - Ancevska

Social worker at University clinic for Hematology- Skopje.  Graduate at St. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje, Faculty of Philosophy – Social Work and Social Policy. Specialist of Social Work in Health 2010. Special skills: Ethics of Social Work in Health, Advisory work, Mental disorders, Sociotherapy, Social skills,  Destigmatization. Master of Social Work in 2012. Special skills: Social work direction and trends, Social work approaches, 

Zlate Stojanovski

Professor Zlate Stojanoski is a Head of the Intensive care unit and Ward for induction chemotherapy of the University Clinic of hematology-Skopje. He is graduated from the Medical Faculty in Skopje in 1994 and since 1995 has been working at the University Clinic of hematology-Skopje. He is specialist of internal medicine and subspecialist hematologist. He has been trained in Greece at Papanikolau Hospital in stem cells cryopreservation, in Clinical center Ljubljana Slovenia and Klinikum Nord Nurnberg Germany in Unrelated stem cells transplantation.  He was Head of the Ward for allogenic stem cells transplantation until 2018. He is a member of EBMTO from 2003. He participated in many clinical trials and authored  numerous medical papers, reviews and book chapters. 

Zorana Grubic

Zorana Grubic is full Professor at Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb. She is also co-director of Tissue Typing Centre, Clinical department of transfusion medicine and transplantation biology, UHC Zagreb. Her research is focused on the histocompatibility and immunogenetics in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation and solid organ transplantation, as well as in population genetics. She is a member of numerous national and international societies and author of more than 100 scientific publications.