On the occasion of the World Alzheimer’s Day, in the Cabinet of the President of the Republic of North Macedonia last night, an expert lecture was held in the field of medicine that aims to raise awareness about the existence of Alzheimer’s disease through educational lectures.
The event, which is part of the initiative of the President’s Wife, Elizabeta Gjorgievska for transfer of knowledge and exchange of ideas and experiences with young people studying at medical faculties, was attended by the Minister of Health, Venko Filipce, students from the Medical Faculty, young doctors and trainees.
Dr. sci Gabriela Novotni from the Medical Faculty at the “St. Cyril and Methodius” University delivered a lecture on “Alzheimer’s Disease – A Silent Epidemic of the 21st Century”, who said that Alzheimer’s disease is slowly but surely becoming a silent epidemic in the 21st century. According to Novotni, there are about 50 million people with the disease in the world, and by 2050 this number is expected to triple. She stressed that given that the risk factors that are typical of our population have been identified, further steps should be taken towards prevention strategy or it should be included in the future national strategy for dementia prevention.
The link between Alzheimer’s and periodontal disease was presented as a lecture at the event by Prof. Dr. Kristina Mitic, specialist in oral diseases and periodontist at the Faculty of Dentistry at the “St. Cyril and Methodius” University. “If we are led by the view that the prevention of periodontal disease could reduce the risk of dementia, then comes the suggestion that the introduction of healthy habits at an early age can help delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease”, Prof. Dr. Mitic said.
This initiative, which started in February this year, with the lecture of the Minister of Health, Venko Filipce, in the field of neurology, implemented in the Office of the President, MladiHub, continued last month in the Cabinet of the President of the Republic of North Macedonia with the expert lecture of the President’s Wife, Elizabeta Gjorgievska, on the topic: “Simplified 3D visualization: µCT evaluation in vitro and in vivo”.
The lectures can be attended by all interested persons because they are of open type and are useful for all future medical professionals, enabling them to get answers to questions that remained unanswered through direct contact and conversation, as well as the opportunity to launch new initiatives. At the same time, this initiative enables students and young doctors to get acquainted with the valuable work of medical professionals outside their specializations and faculty premises.