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NEWSLETTER 9/2017

1. SAVE THE DATE: VIENNA CITY OF SCIENCE SYMPOSIUM, NEW YORK

The 3rd Vienna City of Science Symposium, which is jointly organized with the Vienna Science and Technology Fund will take place on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York. This year’s topic is “Tissue Engineering” with lectures presented by Jürgen Knoblich and Reiner Wimmer, who are both from the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology as well as scientists from Weill Cornell Medicine.

2. SAVE THE DATE: VIENNA SCHOOL OF MEDICINE GALA VIENNA, MEDICAL UNIVERSITY VIENNA

Last year’s first Gala to honor the past, present, and future of the Vienna School of Medicine proved to be a success, raising a total of EUR 75,000 in support of future development in medical research and education in Vienna. The 2017 Gala will focus on Otology and Hearing, and will take place on Monday, November 13, 2017 at the historic Van Swieten Saal at the Medical University of Vienna.

The event is organized by the Vienna OMI together with the Josephinum Museum and the Vienna Science and Technology Fund. The program will include two lectures on the historical development of Otology in Vienna, and modern technology used in ENT today. More information on the Gala and pictures of last year’s event can be found here: http://www.wienmedizin.at/

WIener Schule der Medizin
 

3. SAVE THE DATE: MUSIC FOR MEDICINE BENEFIT ALICE TULLY HALL, NEW YORK

This year’s Music for Medicine Benefit will take place on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 07:00 pm. Members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (the Koll Trio) will perform at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York, followed by the Dinner and a live Auction benefitting the Salzburg Weill Cornell Seminars of the OMI.

 

4. SALZBURG SEMINAR ON PANDEMICS

From August 22-26, 2017, Schloss Arenberg hosted the first OMI Seminar with the Pasteur Institute on "Pandemics". The seminar took place during August and brought together 27 fellows from 21 different countries, as well as faculty from the Pasteur Institute in Paris, France, the WHO and the University Hospital in Geneva, Switzerland and the New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York, USA.

Course Director, Dr. Arnaud Fontanet, put together a very interesting program, featuring lectures on the outbreak mechanisms of infectious diseases, including Pediatric Acute Encephalitis-like Syndrome MERS, Zika, HIV/Aids, Hepatitis C and Nosocomial Infections. As pandemics tend to vary and are less tangible than other diseases, the course focused on case studies and lessons learnt from previous outbreaks - for example Zika in French Polynesia and the Carribbean or Hepatitis C in Egypt. Both faculty and fellows presented cases, providing a great opportunity to exchange experiences from their work as doctors, epidemiologists and scientists.

Following this great first seminar with the Pasteur Institute, we are looking forward to more joint seminars to come.

5. OMI RESEARCH OBSERVERSHIP: A RETROSPECTION BY OKSANA KHYZHNYAK

In June 2017 Prof. Oksana Khyzhnyak completed a Research Observership in Pediatric Endocrinology under the guidance of Prim. Univ. Prof. Dr. Milen Minkov, Head of Department of Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine and Neonatology at the Rudolfstiftung Hospital Vienna, Austria. In her report Prof. Oksana Khyzhnyak describes her experiences and her professional progress:

“I was lucky to participate in the OMI Research Observership in Pediatric Endocrinology with Prim. Univ. Prof. Dr. Milen Minkov as mentor. The joint research project handles the subject of cardiovascular risk in obese adolescents (2016) including a retrospective observational study to investigate long-term organs, hormonal complications and permanent consequences of patients who survive pediatric-onset Langerhans cell histiocytosis (2017). The results of these studies were published in scientific journals and presented at the International conferences. The experience I gained during the OMI Research Observership made it possible to improve my knowledge in the field of Pediatrics and to use it in my professional activity in Ukraine. Also, I learned a lot about medical education and health care systems in Austria, and gained insight on Austrian methods of hospital organization and provision of medical care. My great appreciation goes to my Mentor - Prim. Univ. Prof. Dr. Milen Minkov and his colleagues – Dr. R. Ratschmann, Dr. M. Zauner and of course to the AAF who made this experience possible.”

Prof. Oksana Khyzhnyak, MD, Head of Department of Age-Related Endocrinology of V.Danilevsky Institute of Endocrine Pathology Problems National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine, Chief Pediatric Endocrinologist of Kharkov Region (Ukraine)
l-r: Prof. Milen Minkov, Prof. Oksana Khyzhnyak, Prof. OA Dr. Wolfgang Arocker
l-r: Prof. Oksana Khyzhnyak, Prof. Milen Minkov

6. OMI SATELLITE SYMPOSIUM IN TANZANIA

In May 2017, Dr. Roy “Trip” Gulick from the New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medicine, travelled to Mwanza for the first OMI Satellite Symposium in Tanzania.

Dr. Gulick was invited for a one-day symposium featuring lectures on the role of a tertiary/consultant hospital in the management of Infectious Diseases. His talks included information on the Infectious Diseases Division at the New York Presbyterian Hospital, HIV-Tuberculosis Co-Infection and Drug Resistance and the Future of Infectious Diseases. The lectures were followed by case presentations from local fellows and a hospital visit with ward rounds at Weill Bugando Hospital.

46 doctors from Mwanza and surrounding areas took part in the lectures and lively, interactive discussions, and all look forward to a closer collaboration in the future.

Group Photo of the OMI Satellite Symposium in Tanzania

7. 20-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF OMI IN AZERBAIJAN & 11TH SATELLITE SYMPOSIUM

This year marks the 20-year anniversary of Salzburg Medical Seminars (SMS) offered to doctors in Azerbaijan thanks to the Open Medical Institute (OMI), the Open Medical Club (OMC)-Azerbaijan and the Baku Education Information Center (BEIC). 20 years ago, the Salzburg Medical Seminars were the only possibility for local doctors to gain new medical knowledge abroad. Today, about 350 doctors have attended the Salzburg Medical Seminars on more than 30 subject areas. In addition to gaining new medical knowledge during the OMI Seminars, the Fellows benefited from making international contacts which led to collaborations and the arranging of local Satellite Symposia. Now, 10 satellite symposia have been organized in Azerbaijan in various specialties.

The 11th Satellite Symposium on Maternal and Infant Health was held on June 19, 2017 at the Azerbaijan State Advanced Training Institute for Doctors. The Symposium was led by Univ. Prof. Dr. Friedrich Reiterer from the Medical University, Graz. The topics included among others new methods of resuscitation, non-invasive ventilation and mother and child health. More than 120 doctors from different medical institutions in Baku and the surrounding regions took part at the symposium.

On the same day, June 19, in the evening the OMC-Azerbaijan and Baku Education Information Center (BEIC) arranged an alumni reunion celebrating 20 years of SMS and Satellite Symposia in Azerbaijan. About 50 alumni of the SMS program from different years as well as Univ. Prof. Dr. Reiterer attended the event.

8. TRANSATLANTIC MEDICAL CONSULTATION: A CASE STUDY IN VIDEOCONFERENCING

Telemedicine is a rapidly evolving form of modern information and communication technology used to deliver clinical services and educational activities. The aim of this project is to show the experience with transatlantic consultation via videoconferencing in pediatric cardiology.

In February 2013, the videoconferencing project was launched between a medium-volume pediatric cardiac center in Bratislava, Slovakia and subspecialty experts from a high-volume pediatric cardiac program at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), USA. During 1.5–2 hour videoconferences, 2 to 3 patients with similar complex clinical scenarios were presented to CHOP experts.

9. AAF/SEEBACHER PRICE FOR FINE ARTS

Each year the AAF sponsors four art students or recent art graduates from the US to attend a course of their individual choice at the Salzburg Summer Academy taught by internationally renowned artists. Michael Diaz, Master Student of Fine Arts from Arizona State University, gave us a short description of his experiences and knowledge he gained during his fellowship.

 “At first it was daunting being in Austria, as it was my first time out of the United States, but after settling in I loved being in Salzburg. At the Summer Academy I attended Till Mergele’s course, High/Low: Figurative Drawing Today. Speaking to the group of mostly Austrian and German artists, I learned to think differently about creating art. Till specifically helped me take a leap forward by pushing me to “throw wrenches” in my work. I was able to be much more creative and take the drawings in unexpected directions. I’ve drawn much inspiration from the whole experience, and would like to thank everyone at the American Austrian Foundation for allowing me to be here.”

Michael Diaz, Winner of the AAF/Seebacher Prize for Fine Arts

l-r: This year’s winners Michael Diaz & Luma Jasim

10. AAF/ANSBACHER FELLOWSHIP FOR YOUNG CONDUCTORS

This year’s Ansbacher Fellowship Prize for young conductors was given to Tyler Catlin, Master of Music in Conducting, San Francisco Conservatory of Music (2015) and Jonathan Spatola-Knoll, University of California, Davis, pursuing a PhD in Musicology. The two winners had the great opportunity to meet and observe the world’s leading conductors during orchestra and opera rehearsals at the Salzburg Festival for several weeks. Tyler Catlin made an important step in his career thanks to the fellowship.

“The third Vienna Philharmonic concert in this past year’s Salzburg Festival was conducted by eminent Italian conductor Riccardo Muti. At the break, Maestro Muti came and sat near us and told us about his first lesson with his conducting teacher, a student of Arturo Toscanini. "If the music is in 2, you conduct one-two, in 3, one-two-three, in 4, one-two-three-four..." he continued, conducting the patterns as he spoke and then said, "That’s all I can teach you about conducting. For the rest, study music, and watch other conductors--good ones and bad ones." As an Ansbacher Fellow, I did just that, observing and listening to some of the best musicians in the world rehearse and perform. One of the greatest aspects of this fellowship is spending so much time with the Vienna Philharmonic. They are known for their distinctive sound and hearing them and the other orchestras at the Festival side-by-side really expanded the depth of my awareness and attentiveness to the inner-workings of an orchestra, to the musical and sonic details which distinguish any given group. I learned distinct, individual tools and ways of working from each conductor, but I also progressed in my understanding of what is common among all great conductors; an ability to listen deeply and to be completely present with 100 musicians both as individuals and as a collective unit. This Fellowship has been an invaluable opportunity and an important step in my career.”

Tyler Catlin, Winner of the AAF/Ansbacher Prize for young conductors

11. OPERA CAMPS AT SCHLOSS ARENBERG

During the summer months and Salzburg Festival Season, Schloss Arenberg opens its doors for musicians and artists. An annual highlight are the Opera Camps for children, organized by Hanne Muthspiel-Payer with members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Children between the ages of ten to sixteen spend a week with senior musicians and educators creating their own version of classical operas. The camps provide a unique opportunity for children to realize their ideas and to get a glimpse behind the scenes of a theater or opera production.

This year, Schloss Arenberg hosted four one-week Opera Camps for more than 160 children altogether. The children came from 20 different countries including Austria, Belgium, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Guatemala, Italy, Israel, Latvia, Macedonia, Qatar, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, UK, Ukraine and the US.

This year’s program featured Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s play “Jedermann” and the operas “Wozzeck” of Alban Berg and “Aida” of Guiseppe Verdi. At the end of each camp, the children performed in one of the theaters in Salzburg, presenting their work of art to the audience.

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