Scientists from around the world discuss actual problems of modern biochemistry at Lviv University

More than 60 scientists from Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, Austria and the United States are participating in the three-day international scientific conference “Actual problems of modern biochemistry”, dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the birth of Professor Boris Sukhomlynov that began November 17, 2016 in the Assembly Hall of the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv.

The Ivan Franko National University of Lviv hosts the conference in collaboration with the Institute of Cell Biology of NAS of Ukraine, the Ukrainian NGO “Ukrainian Society of Cell Biology”, Institute of Biochemistry named after O. Palladin Sciences of Ukraine, Ukrainian Biochemical Society as well as Rzeszow University.

“We are proud of the fact that present forum brought together not only Ukrainian, but also foreign leading experts in the field of biochemistry,” – said in his welcoming speech, Roman Hladyshevskyi, doctor of Chemistry, professor, corresponding member of NAS of Ukraine, vice-rector.

The Rector highlighted that the theme of the conference concerns the issues including the key strategic areas of the modern world, namely medicine, food and biotechnology, the use of modern methods and approaches, openness to new ideas, critical assessment of popular trends efficient for integration of Ukraine in the international scientific community. And the very conference, according to Roman Hladyshevskyi, will be an important step in this direction. “Recently, there will be embedded platform not only to outline the major problems of modern biochemistry, but also to combine them effectively to find ways of overcoming them” – summed up the vice-rector.

Roman Hladyshevskyi noted that the development of biochemistry at Lviv University is closely connected with the name of Borys Sukhomlynov. The Rector spoke about the major milestones of its becoming as a science and its most important achievements in the postwar period. According to him, in 1963 with the assistance of Borys Sukhomlynov there was founded department of biochemistry at Lviv University. Borys Sukhomlynov was its head for 25 years, and from 1988 to 1993 he worked as a professor of biochemistry. Borys Sukhomlynov’s scientific interests concerned the scope of Radiobiology and Molecular Biology.

“Borys Sukhomlynov made a significant contribution to the development of structural and metabolic theory of ionizing radiation; established research priority of the primary structure of hemoprotein animals under conditions of various pathologies and others. In addition, Borys Sukhomlynov is the founder of scientific school “Biochemistry and Molecular Biology”, – said Deputy Rector Roman Hladyshevskyi, adding that Professor Sukhomynov trained 49 Ph.D., and his scientific legacy includes more than 350 scientific papers, 56 of which the scientist wrote working at Lviv University.

Dean of the Faculty of Biological Ihor Khamar sent a welcoming speech to the participants of the International Conference. Ihor Khamar shared his memories of Borys Sukhomlynov, noting that he restored the status of biochemical School at Lviv University and launched the trend of molecular biology.



Speaking about the personality of Professor, Ihor Khamar said: “He is mentioned to be a good organizer, a scientist, but also a man who had a peculiar sense of humor.”

The participants were also greeted by Andriy Sybirnyi (Doctor of biological sciences., professor, academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Director and Head of Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology Institute of Cell Biology NAS of Ukraine, Head of Department of Biotechnology and Microbiology Rzeszow University) and Serhiy Kosterin (doctor of biological sciences, professor, academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Deputy Director and Head of the department of Biochemistry, the O.V. Palladin Institute of Biochemistry of NAS of Ukraine).

The international conference “Actual problems of modern biochemistry” continued its further work in the plenary and section sessions in such fields as: “The regulation of metabolism and cellular functions”; “Medical Biochemistry”; “Food chemistry and herbs”; “Cellular Biochemistry”; “The regulation of metabolism and cellular functions”; “Medical Biochemistry” and “Nutritional Biochemistry and herbs.” In the plenary reports scientists focused on the issue of Biochemical School at Lviv University and shared memories of Borys Sukhomlynov.