Intelligent and Autonomous Systems are being brought to life…

Architects from Near East University have developed an autonomous vehicle software. Near East University Faculty of Engineering Applied Artificial Intelligence Research Centre Engineers, Murat Arslan, Şenol Korkmaz and Idoko John Bush, have developed autonomous vehicle software in a simulated environment. According to the press release issued by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations of Near East University, the engineers have modelled a part of the university and developed a software in a simulated environment, then succeeded to drive the unmanned-car around campus by obeying traffic rules. In addition to placing 2 cameras, 1 lidar sensor, and 12 ultrasonic sensors on the vehicle, the engineers also developed a parallel parking software for the vehicle. It was stated that the engineers obtained images from the two cameras on the vehicle, and used image processing techniques and calculated pedestrians, other vehicles in the traffic, traffic lights and traffic signs and directed the speed of the vehicle and the angle of the steering wheel. Furthermore, they added artificial intelligence to their software which they used to navigate the car previously recorded and the engineers are now seeking alternative routes by working on algorithms. Moreover, it was expressed that the engineers were planning to use the developed autonomous software to navigate a vehicle in the real world. Real driving experiences will be made with the autonomous software… It was pointed out that the NEU engineers had tested the autonomous software in car racing computer games and proudly stated that the software was more successful than a human driver; the engineers reemphasised that the autonomous software will replace human drivers and therefore prevent accidents and reduce fatal incidents. The Near East University Faculty of Engineering Applied Artificial Intelligence Research Centre Engineers further added that they will be preparing an environment almost as the real environment and try out the autonomous software on a remote-controlled car. The Multimedia System will be controlled by hand movements and voice command… Providing further details, it was explained that the engineers developed a system where the camera inside vehicle monitored the driver and that if the driver fell asleep, the air-conditioner would start off and warn the driver. Currently only the BMW’s newest models had a multimedia system operated by hand and by voice commands and a similar software was developed which enabled the NEU engineers to manage the vehicle. One of the NEU engineers, Murat Arslan, explained that previously he had designed the electrical system of Günsel prototype 1 and pointed out that all functions of a car can be managed successfully by voice command.

Near East University Hospital and Kyrenia University Hospital will Provide 24 Hours Uninterrupted Service During Sacrifice Feast

According to a joint statement made by the Near East University and Kyrenia University Hospitals, both university hospitals will continue their servieces uninterrupted 24 hours a day during the Feast of the Sacrifice. Radiology Center, Laboratories, Cardiac Center, 153 EMERGENCY Srvice will Provide Uninterrupted Service In order to avoid encountering any difficulties, new regulations were also made in order to carry out services in emergency departments such as laboratories, imaging services such as MR, tomography, ultrasound, X-ray, Cardiac Center, Radiotherapy and all branches that require continuous treatment. 153 Emergency will continue to serve 24/7 as always throughout the island In case of any emergency situations such as illness, injury or so on, the 153 Emergency ambulances will be accessible from everywhere throughout the island. Emergency and remote treatment facilities will continue to be provided in emergency departments of both hospitals. Emergency medical services will be provided uninterrupted by emergency specialists during the holiday period as conducted on other days.

Authored by Near East University Faculty Member Dr. Yücel Yazgın, the book titled ‘Beautiful Writing Techniques” Was Published…..

The book titled ‘Beautiful Writing Techniques’, which was authored by Dr. Yücel Yazgın, the Head of the Department of Plastic Arts of Near East University Faculty of Fine Arts and Design, was published. According to the info released by Near East University Press and Public Relations Directorate, the book presents techniques of beautiful handwriting and provides educators, classroom teachers and form teacher candidates with information how and in what order to teach different letter characters in giving form to letters in an expressive, harmonious and skillful manner to produce elegant handwriting or lettering. Delivering explanations about the book, Dr. Yücel Yazgın said that he hoped that the book would be a reference guide for the parents as well as a contribution to the education society. He also stated that the teaching of writing was not just a means of providing information; it was a process contributing to the development of people in different aspects of their lives. Planning Scientific Teaching of Writing in Compliance with Individual Age and Muscle Development is of Importance…. Touching upon the crucial role of writing in teaching the mother tongue appropriately, Dr. Yazgın underlined that writing with its artistic aspect was also a significant factor in developing many versatile talents. “Teaching of writing is an integral part of personal development particularly in gaining attitudes and behaviors such as attention, care, discipline, respect for rules, planning, development of pleasure and aesthetical values. The writing is original because it is a reflection peculiar to individual. It cannot be reduced; shouldn’t be reduced to a communication tool that only provides flow of information. In this context, planning a scientific teaching of writing in compliance with individual age and muscle development is very important. The book was designed with examples of theory and practice to serve this purpose” said he.

Near East University is at Turkish World Documentary Film Festival…

Near East University will be representing the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus at the Turkish World Documentary Film Festival, which is organised by Turkic World Journalists Federation. According to the press release issued by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations of Near East University, this year the Turkish World 3rd International Documentary Film Festival will be held to which a total of 7 Turkic countries are to participate. Furthermore, Near East University is proud to represent the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus with its slogan as “7countries 8 cities 1 festival”. Moreover, due to the festival framework, Near East University signed a cooperation festival with the Turkic World Journalists Federation. Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Near East University, Assoc. Prof Dr İrfan Günsel, is part of the Festival Honorary Board… It was stated that the Honorary Board of the Festival included university rectors from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kirghizstan and Turkey; alongside General President of the TDBB Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality, İbrahim Karaosmanoğlu, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Near East University, Assoc. Prof Dr. İrfan Günsel. Head of Centre of Excellence of Near East University Prof. Dr. Nedime Serakıncı and Head of NEU Department of Radio, TV and Cinema, Assoc Prof Dr. Fevzi Kasap will be a part of the Executive Board of the Festival. The Documentary Film Festival is a platform that brings Turkic countries from different locations around d the world together and the programme of the festival includes: “Colleague Meeting, Documentary Worksop, Screening and Turkish World 2nd Cinema seminar, Turkic World Festival Gala and Award Ceremony”. Additionally, films of well known figures, alongside the documentary films to receive awards will all be screened at Turkic countries. Moreover, discussions will be held with well-known figures and workshops will be held during the festival. Joint documentary formed with shootings in 7 different countries… It was revealed that as part of the festival, a joint documentary will be recorded with the images shot at 7 different countries. As part of the “Turkish Mother” project, the seven different countries will offer the opportunity to get to know its unique woman and mother figures. In this regard, it was expressed that the Turkish Cypriot mother will be filmed by the Department of Radio, TV and Cinema of Faculty of Communication of Near East University. The Consultant of the Project is stated to be Head of Department, Assoc. Prof Dr Fevzi Kasap, and the Project Executive will be Academic Member and Doctorate student Zeyde Y. Örek and Ömer Evre. The Turkish World International Documentary Films Festival also provides each country the opportunity to fiction and film its independent film. A film competition held within the framework of the Festival… It was pointed out that the Festival made a start with participants from 7 different countries, 8 cities 1 Festival; where the documentary films of Turkic countries will compete in a competition. In fact, registration to the Festival is to continue until the end of August 20th and Assoc Prof Dr Fevzi Kasap will be a part of the jury. Furthermore, it was announced that the documentary films which receive awards will be screened in different countries and cities with the attendance of President of the Turkic World Journalists Federation, Menderes Demir.

The Faculty of Dentistry of Near East University Has Been Represented at the 43rd International FEBS Congress

The Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS) Congress is held in a different location each year. This year, the Czech Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology hosted the 43rd FEBS Congress in Prague on July 7–12. The 43rd FEBS Congress provided a platform for international scientific information exchange regarding the newest developments in biochemistry, molecular biology and related areas through plenary lectures presented by outstanding scientists including Nobel Laureates, a range of subject-specific symposia, extensive poster communications, and a variety of interesting workshops and other activities on related topics. According to the Press release issued by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations Office of Near East University, Professor Tamer Yılmaz, Head of Basic Medical Sciences Department of Near East University Faculty of Dentistry, and Dr. Ziya Salman, MD at Burhan Nalbantoğlu State Hospital Thalassemia Department , conducted a joint study on “The Effects of High Ferritin Levels on Bone Turnover Biomarkers in Beta-Thalassemia Major Patients Living in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus” and presented their study at the 43rd FEBS Congress held in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. 50 (25 male and 25 female) patients with Beta-Thalassemia Major disease, who were followed up in the Thalassemia Section of Dr. Burhan Nalbantoğlu Hospital, and 30 (15 male and 15 female) healthy people participated in the study voluntarily as the patient group and the control group. The participants were over the puberty age and they were between the ages of 20 and 50. Within the scope of the study, male group (25 BTM patients + 15 healthy people) and the female group (25 BTM patients + 15 healthy people) were evaluated via blood tests to determine Ferritin, Vitamin D, Parathormone, Osteocalcin, ALP (Alkaline phosphatase), Calcium and Phosphorus levels. For the statistical evaluation of the data SPSS program was used. The total calcium, ALP, phosphorus and parathormone levels were determined within normal limits in both groups. So, the results show that there is no statistically significant difference between the BTM patient group and healthy people group in terms of total calcium, ALP, phosphorus and parathormone levels. The Ferritin levels in patients with BTM (Beta-Thalassemia Major) were significantly higher than those of the control group; Ferritin levels of female patients with BTM were higher than those of male patients with BTM as well. The results show that there is statistically significant difference between the patient group and control group in terms of ferritin levels. 25 OH-Vitamin D3 mean values were determined very low in patients with BTM compared to those of the control group. It can be said that there is a significant difference between the patient group and the control group. The results also show that there is statistically significant difference between patient group and control group in terms of osteocalcin levels. Correlation coefficients were examined and a low negative correlation (-196) between ferritin and (OH) D vitamin was determined in patients with BTM. The results of the study clearly shows that the vitamin D levels are low in patients with BTM and insufficient even in the control group although Cyprus is a country with plenty sunshine. The study concludes that it will be appropriate to add 25-OH-D3 vitamin test to the routine check-ups of healthy people as well as to the routine tests applied to the patients with BTM. The study underlines the crucial role of these tests in providing opportunity to take the required reinforcements to regulate 25-OH-D3 which is essential to improve the health of the skeletal system and the quality of life.  

The Foundations of Cyprus Modern Arts Museum Were Laid with a Glorious Ceremony Held at Near East University Campus

Since its establishment, Near East University has undertaken it as a mission not only to ensure the highest quality in education, science and health but also to realize great breakthroughs to open new horizons for our country by eliminating all barriers and shortcomings. Being aware that museums have a crucial role in preserving and reflecting the historical, cultural and artistic accumulation for all generations, Near East University attaches a special importance on museums to add vividness and color to social and cultural life. Aiming to add a new dimension to the culture and art life of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, the university realized the groundbreaking ceremony of Cyprus Modern Art Museum with the participation of TRNC President Mustafa Akıncı. Cyprus Modern Arts Museum will play a key role in promoting our country’s artistic creativity to wider populations as well as in sharing the cultural identity with international art environments and ensuring the integrity of the society with art. Near East University adopted the creative and inventive modern architecture for the museum to be situated on 20,000 square meter area. Cyprus Modern Arts Museum has been designed so as to reflect all aspects of modern architecture. The museum will house 14 different halls including 4 permanent collection halls, 3 sculpture-installation exhibition halls, 2 photography exhibition halls, conference and Cine-Vision halls. The Museum will also house studios and labs for analyzing and restoring rare artworks, photo-studios and experts’ offices, meeting rooms, repair and maintenance workshops, air-conditioned storage system for the preservation of special artworks, fully equipped art library and archive. The Directorate of Press and Public Relations Office of Near East University  released that the foundations of new Cyprus Modern Arts Museum, which will be the first of its kind in the country, have been laid with a glorious ceremony participated by TRNC President Mustafa Akıncı, TRNC Prime Minister Tufan Erhürman, TURKSOY Secretary General Professor Düsen Kaseinov, Gagavuzia Vice President Vitali Ulah, Representatives from the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, TRNC National Educatioın and Culture Minister Cemal Özyiğit, TRNC Tourism and Environmental Minister Fikri Ataoğlu, MPs, Near East University Founding Rector Dr. Suat Günsel, Near East University Board of Trustee Chairman Associate Professor İrfan Günsel, University of Kyrenia Founding Rector Cemre Günsel Haskasap, rectors, vice rectors, deans, artists, invited guests and Near East University staff. The ground breaking ceremony began with standing a moment in silence and followed by national anthem. Then, a section of valuable art-works was presented through Cine-Vision. Near East University Rector Professor Ümit Hassan, Near East University Board of Trustees Chairman Associate Professor İrfan Günsel, Gagauzia Vice President Vitali Ulah, TURKSOY Secretary General Düzen Kaseinov, TRNC National Education and Culture Minister Cemal Özyiğit, TRNC Prime Minister Tufan Erhürman and TRNC President Mustafa Akıncı delivered a speech respectively. Following the opening remarks, plaque presentations were realized and then ‘lay the foundation button” was pressed. Prof. Dr. Ümit Hassan: “We Will Reach out Our Roots and Future By Means of Arts” Highlighting the commitment of Near East University to exerting effort and mobilizing all possibilities for great breakthroughs, NEU Rector Professor Ümit Hassan stated that Cyprus Modern Arts Museum was a great project launched towards opening new horizons for our country. “The Museum will reflect all aspects of the modern art, particularly the creativity of our people. The museum will provide not only a new dimension to valuing the arts and culture but also a platform to share these values with the world. As art adds vividness and color to social life and contributes to the wellbeing of a society, we attach great importance on young people’s interest in arts. With an understanding that integrates modern art with the creativity of our people and local culture, we want to reach out our roots and leave marks that will be a source of inspiration for future generations”. Stating that Near East University was a leading university not only with its scientific organizations but also with its sports, cultural and artistic activities, Professor Hassan underlined that Near East University exhibited important performances in the world of art with multi-dimensional displays, performing arts, exhibitions and educational activities. “Driven by his deep loyalty to his country, Near East University Founding Rector Dr. Suat Günsel with his prescient vision and initiative ensured the representation of our country’s cultural and artistic heritage by undertaking the idea and aesthetic evaluation of the Modern Arts Museum and by attaching a special importance on the identity, periods, écoles and styles of the paintings to be exhibited in the museum. Underlining the necessity of assessing Cyprus Modern Arts Museum in a wide spectrum, Professor Hassan stated that the museum would undertake a significant mission in establishing cooperation among Turkic speaking people in the fields of culture and arts. “The Cyprus Modern Arts Museum is basically in a position to feature and unveil the art works created by the talented artists from Turkic speaking countries to develop and to maintain the common civil heritage of the Turkic World. The Museum will feature not only the paintings drawn in tens of years but also paintings waving hands from past to present and future” said he. The Arts Center Comes Into Service… Near East University Rector Professor Ümit Hassan stated that Near East University Arts Center would come into service on 9 November, 2018. He also expressed that the center to be situated on 15,000 square meter indoor area would house a spacious foyer, collection halls, repair and maintenance workshops, art library and archive. “Besides, works towards completing Dr. Suat Günsel Mosque and 14-storey Rectorate Building are going on.” noted he. Assoc. Prof. Dr. İrfan S. Günsel: We Are Constructing a Touchstone for the Struggle of Turkish Cypriot People to Take Place Freely in the International Arena” Underlining that Cyprus Modern Arts Museum would be a novel monumental work to be introduced to the country and the world by Near East Family, NEU Board of Trustees Chairman Associate Professor İrfan Günsel stated that it was a project to connect our past to present and future with each other. “A nation deprived of art has lost one of its life veins* and what’s more “A nation devoid of art and artists cannot have a full existence”, Near East University has adopted these sayings of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk as a principle. Being committed to mobilizing all its possibilities for the wellbeing of the people of this country, Near East University is coming up with a monumental work, namely Cyprus Arts Museum. This monumental work will constitute a new touchstone for the struggle of Turkish Cypriot people to root on this land and exist freely in the international arena”. Underlining the crucial role of art museums in promoting artistic values across the country and the world, Associate Professor Günsel stated that promoting Turkish Cypriot art and providing our country’s talented artists with opportunity to exhibit their art-works are amongst the overriding aims of the museum. He added that the Museum would feature the art-works of the painters, who have pioneered and contributed to the development of art from the beginning of Turkish Cypriot art to present. “With the quality education that we offer, with the health facilities that we have established all over the country, with outstanding accomplishments in sports, with resounding achievements in the scientific world and with social-benefit oriented projects, we are carrying the flag that liberates our country in all domains. And now, by establishing this museum, we aim to address the soul of our people and people of the world and make their hearts beating for arts. With our projects in the field of technology and industry, with our robots, with our brand electrical-car GÜNSEL, and with our high-end medical technology, we have become a family that carries the flag of the fight given for technological and industrial freedom of our country and our people. From the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, we will share the art with the entire world through Cyprus Modern Arts Museum which will be one of the most important building-blocks of our country’s social and individual liberation processes. Under the slogan ‘Living a continental life on the island’, Near East University, which has a well-rooted tradition of 30 years in education, has come up with another first. Since its establishment, Near East University has set it as a principle to carry out cultural and artistic activities with scientific studies and social-benefit-oriented projects in a holistic manner. Cyprus Modern Arts Museum, of which we are realizing the ground breaking ceremony today, will be one of the most significant monuments demonstrating Near East University’s mission to own not only our history, education, and health but also the values of our culture and arts” said he. “An Important Day for the World and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus” Gagauzia Republic Vice President Vitali Ulah said that the groundbreaking ceremony, which he was pleased to attend, was important for the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and the world. Drawing attention to the importance of e-culture, Vitali Ulah expressed that cultures were a driven power in the development of countries. He added that there would be paintins of the talented artists from Moldova and Gagauizia at the museum to be opened. Underlining that the Founding Rector Dr. Suat Günsel was a very outstanding fellow of them, Ulah stated that they had a well-established cooperation with Near East University which granted scholarship for 10 Gagauz students every year. Ulah extended his appreciations to Near East University for their support and concluded his remarks by presenting the respects and greetings on behalf of Gagauz people. Prof. Dr. Düsen Kaseinov: “Cyprus Modern Arts Museum Will Lead the Transfer of Cultural Richness Through Arts…” In his remarks, the Secretary General of the International Organization of Turkic Culture (TURKSOY) Professor Dusen Kaseinov voiced his satisfaction of participating the ground breaking ceremony of Cyprus Modern Arts Museum, which was launched by Near East University in order to convey the art to art enthusiasts, to share the cultural identity with the art medium and to ensure the integration of the society with art. “We appreciate and enthusiastically support this initiative, which will be instrumental in promoting the museum culture, the survival of this culture, and the development of the museum-community relationship. The museum, which will be situated at Near East University, the distinguished university of Cyprus, has meaning not only for TRNC but also for the Turkic world and the world. We believe that the world heritage will be preserved and the tourism of the country will peak in virtue of this initiative. I am grateful to the people of art, science and culture who will provide contribution to the art institution. Congrats to the Founding Rector Dr. Suat İ. Günsel, who exerts outstanding efforts in the field of education and science for development welfare. I wish the museum will be useful in promoting arts and transferring our artistic and cultural heritage to next generations” noted he. Minister Cemal Özyiğit: “Cyprus Modern Art Museum Will Be a World Brand” Expressing his happiness of participating in a nice and significant event, National Education and Culture Minister Cemal Özyiğit stated that they were witnessing a new example demonstrating what Turkish Cypriots were capable to do and how big and wide they could dream. “The founding Rector Dr. Suat Günsel always comes up with great breakthroughs and leaves his mark on the firsts of TRNC. By overlapping his dreams with the dreams of the society, he always steers the wheel towards realizing resounding global accomplishments symbolizing the existence of Turkish Cypriot community. This is of great importance for our country. Stating that the museum will be a very significant artistic ground featuring art-works created not only by local artists but also by talented artists from Turkic speaking countries in different geographies, Minister Özyiğit underlined that new Cyprus Modern Art Museum, which would be a center displaying the art-works of the artists coming from the same race but living in different geographies, would play a pioneer role in terms of identifying our common aspects and differences, fusing them together, digging them in our memories and transferring them to future generations. “Thus, future generations will be shaped within the awareness of their cultural and artistic heritage and maintain their cultural development in this way. Congrats to Near East University” said he. Prime Minister Tufan Erhürman: “This Project is a Very Important Breakthrough in Increasing the Visibility of Turkish Cypriot people at the International Arena” “Opening an art museum in Cyprus was the dream of the artists and art lovers for decades, now, this dream is coming true with this groundbreaking ceremony of Cyprus Modern Arts Museum. Laying the foundations of the museum is a comforting event on behalf of our people. When the Museum comes into service, it will provide our artists and Turkic world artists with opportunity to exhibit their valuable art-works, including rare artworks, paintings and TURKSOY collection. This is a gigantic step taken towards not only laying a claim on our cultural and artistic heritage and conveying this heritage to the future generations but also demonstrating the world what Turkish Cypriot people are capable to create in the art of painting and sculpture. Besides, the tourists visiting our country will have the opportunity to visit the museum and get an idea about our cultural and artistic heritage” noted he. Referring to the importance of sustaining economic and cultural development together in a holistic manner, Erhürman pointed out that the breakthrough was carried forward with the contributions and accomplishments of the Near East University in the cultural, artistic, sports and scientific field. Underlining that it had become obvious that it was possible to overcome the barriers with breakthroughs in sports, arts, culture and science although, in the conditions that Cyprus problem could not be resolved, the political visibility was prevented, Prime Minister Erhürman said: “Sports, arts, culture and science know no boundaries. The world championship of Near East University’s robotic soccer team on the international arena demonstrates that political barriers are no big matter. The achievements of the individual athletes are obvious. Our artists involving in the art of painting and sculpture showed successfully that political limits were out of the point. This groundbreaking ceremony is a gigantic breakthrough aiming at increasing the visibility of the Turkish Cypriot people at the international arena. I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation to the Near East family. ” President Mustafa Akıncı: “The Museum Will Become an Important Attraction Center For Tourism …” Underlining that they were at an important starting point, President Akıncı stated that Cyprus Modern Arts Museum would be an important attraction center for societies from the outside world. President Akıncı highlighted that the Museum would not only be an opportunity offered to our people but also an important attraction center in terms of tourism. “Painting and arts museums are amongst the center of visits in major cities. Cyprus Modern Arts Museum will also be a center of attraction for societies coming from outside world, other than our own people” said he. Expressing that Cyprus Modern Arts Museum could accommodate not only social scale activities but also the events seen in many important world cities, President Akıncı voiced his belief that the Museum would provide a unique environment for artists to create more products. Stating that Near East University had made everyone proud by offering vast opportunities to public, society, young people and students coming from third countries, President Akıncı underlined that Near East University had also created significant infrastructures enabling the society to carry out cultural and artistic activities. President Akıncı expressed his satisfaction of attending the groundbreaking ceremony and concluded his remarks by wishing good use of the museum. Following the speeches, plaques were presented to those contributed to the creation of the museum. Following the plaque presentation “lay the foundation button” was pressed and the ceremony came to an end.

Near East University has been represented at the Biggest Molecular Life Sciences Congress-the 43rd FEBS Congress…

Academic Members of Near East University Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Veterinary represented the Near East University at one of the most prestigious congresses held within the European region,  the 43rd FEBS Congress held in Prague, capital city of the Czech Republic, which aims to provide an outstanding international forum in the area of Europe and neighbouring regions for the face to face exchange of knowledge and ideas across the molecular life sciences. According to the press release issued by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations of Near East University, Academic Members of Near East University Faculty of Medicine Prof. Dr. Nazmi Özer, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Özlem Dalmızrak, Assist. Prof. Dr. Mahmut Çerkez Ergören, Assist. Prof. Dr. Sevinç Ege; and Academic Member of NEU Faculty of Veterinary Assist. Prof. Dr. Serkan Sayıner and doctorate student Veterinarian Deniz Ceylanlı successfully represented the Near East University at the 43rd FEBS Congress. The general sessions of the congress were about neurotransmitter release mechanism, mass spectrometry (MS) and proteomic analysis, the structure of Ebola virus and potential therapies, transport of destruction mitochondrial proteins, molecular identification, use of enzyme inhibitor in imaging and drugs,  CRISPR genome editing, diet, mitochondria and energy metabolisms, chromatin dynamics and DNA repair and gene expression models. Molecular küler Yaşam Bilimleri İle İlgili Özel Oturumlar Yapıldı The sessions of the congress were held at five different halls and the following issues were taken in hand: chromosome structure and segregation, and drug metabolism, host pathogen interactions, omics technologies, calculations in biology, epitranscriptomics, biochemical processes of cell membrane, RNA synthesis and processing, metal homeostasis and neurodegeneration, cardiometabolic diseases, system biology, cancer pathogenesis and protozoa and immunity, redox biochemistry,  extracellular matrix, plant biochemistry and molecular biology, natural biologic active compounds in nature and food.  Additionally, special sessions were held on molecular life bioethics, value and effect of scientific articles, and gender in science. Academic Member of Department of Medical Biochemistry of Faculty of Medicine of Near East University, Prof. Dr. Nazmi Özer and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Özlem Dalmızrak cooperated on a study on acetylcholinesterase, butyrycholinesterase and inhibition characteristics of glutathione S-transferase pi enzyme of various antidepressants:  protein-ligand docking and interaction profiling and research called The inhibition characteristics of human placental glutathione S-transferase-π by tricyclic antidepressants: amitriptyline and clomipramine stating that it causes non-competitive inhibition and also their positions with significant amino acids .  Additionally, Elavil, fluoxetine and sertraline interactions are examined via in silico modelling and these antidepressants inhibit enzymes at active regions. Prof. Dr. Hamdi Öğüş and Assist. Prof. Dr. Kerem Teralı cooperatively conducted the study on fluoxetine (Prozac) and sertraline (Zoloft) Assist. Prof. Dr. Mahmut Çerkez made a great contribution to the literature by presenting the study which identifying gene and gene variants which cause diseases… Academic Member of Department of Medical Biology of Faculty of Medicine of Near East University Assist. Prof. Dr. Mahmut Çerkez Ergören and his scientific team made three genuine presentations and discussed disease causing genes and gene variants which they had discovered very recently and made a great contribution to the literature. Jointly working with the academic Member of Department of Neurology of Faculty of Medicine of Near East University Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bahar Kaymakamzade and academic Member of Department of Child-Adolescent Psychology Specialist Dr. Yeliz Engindereli, Assist. Prof. Dr. Ergören identified the gene which causes Joubert syndrome through their study called “Identification of CC2D1A homozygous mutation as a cause of Joubert Syndrome with obsessive compulsive disorder”. Antioxidative enzyme activity differences during the pregnancy of dairy cows were scrutinised… It was also pointed out that the Academic Member of Department of Biochemistry of Faculty of Veterinary of Near East University Assist. Prof Dr Serkan Sayıner and doctorate student Veterinarian Deniz Ceylanlı presented their posters titled as “Protective effect of alpha lipoic acid on apical periodontitis-induced cardiac injury” and “Monitoring of changes in serum antioxidative system parameters in different gestation periods of cows” at the 43rd FEBS Congress, which drew a lot of interest.

People with Paralysis Will Be Able to Use Computers From Now on…. With the System that They Have Developed, Near East University Engineers Has Become the Hope of Patients with Paralysis

Murat Arslan and Senol Korkmaz, engineers at the Innovation and Information Technologies Center, have developed a novel Human Computer Interface (HCI) that can be used by head and eye movements without needing a physical touch. Thus, people with quadriplegia (paralysis below the neck) will be able to use computers and even play games on computer without touching the mouse. According to the press statement made by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations Office, the new HCI system, which was designed to facilitate the interaction between the paralyzed user and the computer, would be controlled and used by head and eye movement. Equipped with the latest image processing and the-state-of-the-art learning techniques, this novel HCI system also aims to provide ease for children with physical disabilities to play computer games by head movements. Conducting trials oriented at this goal, Engineers Murat Arslan and Senol Korkmaz achieved success. The trials clearly show that paralyzed people as well as children can use computers and play games by head and eye movements. Eye Movements Click the Left or Right Button of Computer Mouse Murat Arslan and Senol Korkmaz, engineers at the Innovation and Information Technologies Center of Near East University, stated that open and closed eye images were pre-introduced to the system, which works in the line with head movements and eye positions. They stated that users could emulate mouse actions including left-click, double left-click and right-click by opening or closing their eyes. The engineers shared further information about the system: “Through a connected camera, the system first maps the human face and identifies 68 specific points in 2D. Then, the projections of these 2D points are evaluated so as to allow the system to perceive the 3D motions of the head. This loaded program enables the system to pick the user’s head movements and moves the mouse-curser up, down, left or right in the line with the movements of head. Besides, the system recognizes the user’s eye movements and clicks the left or right buttons on the mouse in compliance with the user’s eye movements”. Through Head Movements, Children with Disabilities Will Be Able to Play Computer Games As Well…… Integrating the open source based game named Fish-Life into the system; the engineers developed the game, which can be played only by head movements, for the children with disabilities. In the game, the user’s head movements move the fish to eat the food dropping from the ship and to escape from the harmful substances dropping from the ship. The software of the system can be integrated into any game played with computer mouse. They Aim to Write The Software of Their Own Games….. Expressing that they are working on writing their own games and integrating these games into the system, the engineers state that they aim to provide online access to the games by loading them on Google Play. They underline that the games will be accessible not only for computers but also for mobile phones. Works to Service of Humanity Are Being Carried Out…… Delivering further information regarding their other scientific investigations, the engineers underlines that a vast variety of works for the service of humanity are being carried out within the innovative approach of Near East University. “We have been working on many different projects including new safety systems alerting and waking up the sleepy drivers, systems capable to detect the other vehicles on the traffic and prevent the traffic accidents beforehand, algorithms for identifying the appropriate paths, systems to convert signs into writing and pre-warning systems according to the symptoms of the diseases. The results of these scientific studies will be presented in various conferences and published in international journals in the coming days under the name of Near East University.

Findings Indicate Eastern Mediterranean could be one of the most polluted seas in the future due to wastes …

A Near East University supported scientific research project Is being conducted on the marine pollution in the Mediterranean Region Head of the Department of Landscape Architecture, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Özge Özden Fuller said, “The first concrete and important data was reached within the framework of “Spatial-temporal detection and observation of marine wastes along the northern Cyprus coasts”. The press information given by the Press and Public Relations Directorate of the Near East University reveals that this is a project financed by the Near East University Scientific Research Projects Coordination Unit and conducted in collaboration with Exeter University Cornwall Campus. Within the scope of the project, it is aimed to determine level of marine waste composition, to define spatial-temporal trends, and to produce recommendations for future marine pollution studies in the Mediterranean region. So far it was found out that the Mediterranean Sea is one of the most polluted seas with anthropogenic wastes. The research is carried out together with Exeter University … Three academicians from Near East University and two academicians from Exeter University in the UK are contributing to the project. Professor of Conservation Science at Exeter University, Prof Dr. Brendan Godley stated that the progeny are geographically wide and contain spatiotemporal variability and are long enough to provide statistical power for subsequent analysis. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Özge Özden Fuller; “Eastern Mediterranean can be one of the most polluted seas due to regional waste” Project Director from Near East University Faculty of Architecture, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Özge Özden Fuller said that the project aims to determine the composition of marine waste, to define spatial-temporal tendencies and to produce recommendations for future marine pollution research in the Mediterranean region. Fuller said there is evidence that the Eastern Mediterranean is one of the world’s most polluted seas associated with anthropogenic wastes. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Fuller said, “This area has not been worked up sufficiently and our research has the potential to have knowledge of marine science throughout the Mediterranean region. Our project emphasizes the downstream effects on Northern Cyprus shores as a consequence of poor waste management in other neighboring countries. We also encountered medical wastes that could reach the North Cyprus coasts from other neighboring countries during project investigations”
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