Near East University Hospital was represented at BREASTANBUL 2018

International Istanbul Breast Cancer Conference – BREASTANBUL, which has become a known brand over the world in a short time, is a multidisciplinary meeting focusing exclusively on breast cancer. BREASTANBUL is organized biennially to provide platform for scientists to discuss the latest research and exchange information and experiences regarding the most-up-to date and multidisciplinary treatment approaches. The Head of the Department of Radiation Oncology, Professor Meltem Nalça Andrieu attended the 3rd International Istanbul Breast Cancer Conference – BREASTANBUL 2018, which was held in Istanbul Wyndham Grand Hotel on 11-13 October 2018. “Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women populations in developed countries. About 1 in 8 women in the U.S. and 1 in 12 women in our country have risk to develop breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. Since breast cancer can be fatal, many research studies are conducted to develop innovative medical treatment options. Therefore, very significant and innovative multidisciplinary approaches offering novel treatment options for breast cancer have been emerging. During the Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which takes place throughout October every year, various events are organized to raise awareness about the disease and raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. In this sense, BREASTANBUL Conference constitutes a great platform for international colleagues to discover and discuss the latest research, share information and experiences with the goal of strengthening collaborative treatment approaches and enhancing patient care” said Professor Meltem Nalça Andrieu. BREASTANBUL 2018 brought the World’s Leading Experts together… Highlighting the importance of the 3rd International Istanbul Breast Cancer Conference – BREASTANBUL 2018 in terms of providing opportunity for a large number of medical doctors from various medical disciplines that specialized in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment as well as the nurses to discuss all innovations regarding the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, Professor Meltem Nalça Andrieu stated that Istanbul Breast Cancer Conference had become a new brand meeting known all around the world. Professor Meltem Nalça Andrieu chaired a session at the Conference… The Head of NEU Hospital Oncology Department, Professor Andrieu stated that 5 parallel sessions were realized during the first day of the conference. She underlined that Breast Radiation Therapy Course, Oncoplastic Breast Surgery Course, and Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Course were realized with great participation. Innovations in the Treatment of Breast Cancer across the world were discussed at BREASTANBUL 2018… Highlighting the crucial role of scientific studies in discovering novel diagnostic or treatment techniques, Professor Meltem Nalça Andrieu stated that the study on “Radiofrequency ablation in very small, localized breast cancer and mastectomy with endoscopic surgery” that presented by the Japanese Professor Fukuma at the conference was one of the notable innovations in breast cancer treatment. “Robotic breast surgery in Turkey, short-course radiotherapy techniques for appropriate patients, neoadjuvant therapies to shrink breast cancer prior to surgery, systematic therapies chosen by taking the molecular properties of the tumors into consideration, goal-oriented and personalized treatments, and oncoplastic surgical methods, which are becoming increasingly widespread, were also discussed by worldwide renowned experts” noted she.

The Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts and the Cyprus Car Museum located in the museums area on the campus of Near East University hosted 180 German tourists

“We could not imagine the existence of such a collection when we came to the TRNC” The Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts and the Cyprus Car Museum located in the museums area on the campus of Near East University hosted 180 German tourists. According to the press information given by the Press and Public Relations Directorate of the Near East University, 180 German tourists visiting our country within the scope of cultural tourism organizations held by the NBK Touristic paid a visit to the Cyprus Car Museum and Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts located on the Near East University campus. Serdar Sevinç, NBK Touristic Executive Vice President and Operations Officer of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, stated that they organize cultural tours in cooperation with NTL-Northern Travel Limited and bring in over 250 thousand tourists who are over 65 years old from 9 Western European countries since the last five years between October and May, which is the most tranquil time of the island, and visit all the historical sites. In this regard, Serdar Sevinç stated that they first time brought to the tourists to the museums area located on the Near East University Campus with positive impressions. He said; ” “we have integrated the Near East University musums area into our tour of Nicosia, we did not have a guess that we would get so positive results, but we are very happy to receive such intense positive responses,”. “A Reason was born to revisit the TRNC“ Serdar Sevinç stated that many tourists now have a reason to come back to our country because of the impressive museums of the Near East University. He said ” Many of our guests said to us that they have so far visited many museums but did not see such a professionalism in organization and they first time have seen such a lot of diversity together. Our guests said that they could not even imagine that they would come across such a collection when they came to the TRNC. There was a reason for them to come here again.” “We want to integrate the Museums Area of the Near East University within our TRNC Operations” Serdar Sevinç, NBK Touristic Executive Vice President and the TRNC Operations Officer, said that they were right after these positive feedback and they wanted to integrate the Museums Area of the Near East University into their programs.

With participation of the Prime Minister Tufan Erhürman, the retrospective painting exhibition of the painter Feryal Sükan was opened at the Arts Center of Near East University where four exhibitions can be displayed simultaneously

Prime Minister Tufan Erhürman attended the opening of the retrospective painting exhibition of the painter Feryal Sükan that realized at the Arts Center of Near East University, which provides services within the scope of Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts on Near East University Campus. Having the capacity to open four exhibitions at the same time, Arts Center of Near East University aims to be a center of culture which promotes our country’s artistic creativity to wider populations by making artistic production process a part of the daily life. The Directorate of Press and Public Relations Office of Near East University released that the Arts Center of Near East University, which is located in Atatürk Culture and Congress Center (AKKM), opened its doors for the first retrospective exhibition. The opening of this retrospective exhibition, which comprises a distinguished collection of paintings created by the painter Feryal Sükan in almost twenty-five years, was realized by the participation of the Prime Minister Tufan Erhürman, Near East University Board of Trustees Chairman Associate Professor İrfan Günsel, Vice Rectors, faculty deans, faculty members, artists, art-lovers and guests. The retrospective exhibition, which consists of a collection depicting 93 distinguished artworks created by Feryal Sükan from 1993 to 2018, is open to the public from 10:00 to 17:00 from October 16 to October 28, 2018. The Prime Minister Tufan Erhürman, Painter Feryal Sükan and Associate Professor Erdal Aygenç, Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Design, delivered speeches at the opening of the exhibition. We will view figures full of emotion… Delivering the first speech at the opening ceremony of the exhibition, the Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Design, Associate Professor Erdal Aygenç stated that art-makers were not expected to say much as their artworks talked louder than remarks. Underlining NEU’s commitment to bringing vividness and color into social life through arts, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Aygenç said that Near East University with its broad possibilities had brought a new dimension to the arts to constitute a new instrumental for new beginnings. Underlining that the Painter Feryal Sükan was well-known with her figurative paintings, Associate Professor Aygenç stated that the painter also painted autobiographical images adding that Sükan particularly used women painting figures and these figures were sometimes alone but full of emotions. Artistic, vital and emotional adventure is depicted… Underlining that she wanted to present her own experiences and interest through art, the Painter Feryal Sükan stated that her exhibition featured a collection of her distinguished paintings. “With my paintings from 1993 till now, I have aimed to present an artistic, vital and emotional adventure. Now, with this exhibition, I am experiencing the happiness of sharing this process with the art enthusiasts”. “I would like to take this opportunity and extend my thanks to those, who contributed to me to bring this exhibition into life and those, who provided opportunity to exhibit my paintings in such a beautiful venue. Besides, I would like to extend my appreciations mainly to Suat Günsel in recognition of his contributions to arts and artists, and thanks to Near East University for creating opportunity and spaces for artists by establishing exhibition halls and museum of arts. I hope that these supports will continue” said she. Prime Minister Tufan Erhürman: We know no boundaries in Artistic Production…” Underlining that Near East University had come up with great breakthroughs for the wellbeing of the society, the Prime Minister Tufan Erhürman voiced his happiness of attending the opening of the Arts Center of Near East University, which is a subservient of Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts that established to promote the artworks of the talented artists of our country and Turkic world. “Production is important no matter what field it is related. The importance of artistic production is much greater, because art knows no boundaries. Especially Our artists engaged in plastic arts have been realizing great achievements at international platforms through art that knows no boundaries” noted he. Stating that he had been one of the closest followers and fans of Feryal Sükan since 1993, Erhürman expressed that he had had the chance to see her paintings separately since 1993. “I am experiencing the joy of having the opportunity to see her paintings all together at the retrospective exhibition to be realized today” said he. Extending his appreciations to those who provided opportunity to view the paintings reflecting the “adventure” of a significant artist in such a nice venue, the Prime Minister Erhürman underlined the important role of production for a society in maintaining its existence. “As long as you produce, our people will continue to exist. We will continue to produce much more and much better quality because producing means existing.”
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It is possible to overcome negative effects of Autism via Early Diagnosis and Intensive Treatment

Specialist in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Near East University Hospital, Dr. Yeliz Engindereli, stated that the autism spectrum disorder could be diagnosed in the first three years of a human’s life and that it could be seen in the development or distortion of emotional, social, verbal and non-verbal communication. Furthermore, it could be seen as a neurodevelopmental disorder, involving repetitive behaviour and limited areas of interest. 1 in Every 68 Children in the World is diagnosed with Autism… Specialist Dr. Yeliz Engindereli emphasised that although there was not a test for the early diagnosis of autism, the disease could be diagnosed via clinical examination. She added that one in every sixty eight children was diagnosed with autism in the world. Additionally, Specialist Dr. Yeliz Engindereli stated that autism was four times more common in boys than girls. In spite of the fact that there were indications that the disease was caused genetically, the true cause of autism was not known; including which gene or genes cause the disease. It is believed and strongly argued that environmental factors and especially advanced age of the father had a major role in triggering it. Moreover, it is known that autism is seen in all kinds of communities in different geographical locations and in many human races. Also, Specialist Dr. Yeliz Engindereli expressed that babies were born with an instinct and a need to socialise and establish communication. She stressed that the responses that a baby gives to the world around him/her was rather significant. In this regard, she advised parents to keep a close eye on their baby’s development process and adaptation to the outer world. Symptoms of Autism… Specialist Dr. Yeliz Engindereli stated that the development stages of babies with autism were distorted; such that some of the skills which should be developed could not at all be developed. In fact, there may be times where regression of acquired skills could be observed. Furthermore, she provided details regarding the symptoms of autism and stated that autistic children showed low interest in the surrounding environment and limited eye contact and that autistic babies did not respond when their names were called. She said that “When an attempt is made to make them laugh, they do not laugh. Autistic children do not play with the toys in the intended purpose, they do not wave hands nor do they send a kiss. They do not do the actions which could be seen in their peers. In addition to distortion in development, meaningless clapping, shaking and twirling could be observed. Once the autistic baby is six months old, they do not recognise their parents and do not smile back at them. Even when they pass the age of 1, they do not have the ability to point and show things, or play games, or say a few meaningful words. At the age of two, autistic children do not play with the toys as they should be and could end up playing with them in a different way; compared to peers. If a child cannot play imaginary games, and seem irrelevant to events happening around him/her and thus end up sitting in a corner alone and play, this could be an indication.” Specialist Dr. Yeliz Engindereli: “It is possible to improve your child’s development through early diagnosis, intensive and continuous special needs education so that they can level with the development of their healthy peers’ development.” Specialist Dr. Yeliz Engindereli emphasised the significance of consulting a paediatrician and/or a child and adolescent psychiatrist as soon as parents notice a difference in their child’s development and/or any of the symptoms of autism; without a moment to spare. She reminded the positive impact and results that could be achieved via early diagnosis and regular psychiatric treatments. It was pointed out that the only known treatment of autism today was through early diagnosis and intensive, continuous treatment through special needs education. Furthermore, Dr. Yeliz Engindereli expressed that at least 20 hours of special needs education was required subsequent to the early diagnosis since this caused a significant difference in a child with autism. Such that it increases their quality of life, helping them to level with healthy peers- so that they can continue their education along with them.

An Exhibition on “Cyprus in Movie Posters” has been opened at the 3rd Turkic World Documentary Film Festival

It was announced that a Cyprus in Movie Posters Exhibition has been opened at the Turkic World Documentary Film Festival, which is organised by the Federation of the Turkic World Journalists and the Curator is Assoc. Prof. Dr. Fevzi Kasap, Head of Department of Radio, TV and Cinema of Faculty of Communication of Near East University According to the press info release issued by the Director of the Press and Public Relations of Near East University, the exhibition titled as “Cyprus in Movie Posters” that involves movie posters about either films about Cyprus or local and international films which have been shot in Cyprus and the exhibition is being displayed at the Prof. Dr. Cemil Bilsel Conference Hall in Istanbul University. It was pointed out that the exhibition was opened by Head of Federation of the Turkic World Journalists, Menderes Demir; Director of Turkic World Documentary Film Festival, Okay Karacan; Cultural Counsellor of Azerbaijan Baku İrfan Çiftçi; NTV International News Chair Ahmet Yeşiltepe; and the influential director of Turkmenistan Hocakulu Narliyev In addition to the above, it was stated that the festival was brought to life with a slogan as “8 Countries, 8 Cities and 1 Festival” and the Head of Department of Radio, TV and Cinema of Near East University, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Fevzi Kasap has been appointed as the curator of the exhibition titled as “Cyprus in Movie Posters”. The Turkic World Documentary Film Festival will be screened in our country in November… The screening of the Turkic World Film Festivalwill be continuing in countries who are project partners and in this regard, the screening of the Turkic World Documentary Film Festival will be held in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus on 4-11 November, 2018; and Near East University will be hosting the event.

Near East University Researchers are awarded a grant to participate in an International Congress

Assist. Prof. Dr. Güner Ekiz, Dr. Buket Baddal, Assist. Prof. Dr. Meryem Güvenir, Specialist Emrah Güler and Specialist Nazife Sultanoğlu, who are academic members of the Near East University Faculties of Pharmacy, Medicine and Health Sciences; and also research members of the NEU Experimental Health Sciences Research Centre (DESAM) where they have been carrying out scientific studies in the fields of microbiology and microbial biotechnology have been awarded a grant to attend a congress by the Turkish Microbiology Society (TMC) and the Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS). According to the press release issued by the Directorate of Press and Public relations of Near East University due to their studies Assist. Prof. Dr. Güner Ekiz, Dr. Buket Baddal, Assist. Prof. Dr. Meryem Güvenir, Specialist Emrah Güler and Specialist Nazife Sultanoğlu have been awarded a grant to attend the 38th Turkish Microbiology Congress on 4-8 November 2018 (FEMS) to be held Istanbul, Turkey. Details were provided regarding the congress and stated that many contemporary issues related to medical microbiology, food microbiology, environmental microbiology, molecular microbiology, pharmaceutical microbiology and microbial biotechnology will be addressed at the congress. Furthermore, the above mentioned researchers from the Near East University will find the opportunity to make presentations on various studies they had carried out at this platform. The Synthesis of the Anti-aging Molecules will be taken… Assist. Prof. Dr. Güner Ekiz kongrede will be sharing information on the effects of anti-aging and regarding an issue which is highly addressed nowadays; biotransformation studies via fungi on cycloastragenol and its derivatives. Additionally, details on inhibiting the telomerase enzyme activation in cells of products obtained via biotransformation. Alternative treatment methods have been identified for the bacterial infection related to sore throat and throat infection… Dr. Buket Baddal stated that as the genetic miracle of the 21st century, CRISPR/Cas9 gene modification technology is used to identify the Streptococcus pyogenesis which causes throat infection and how the bacteria defines the new receptors and with the help of these receptors, invasive streptococcus and how antimicrobial methods are developed for the treatment of the infected throat.

TechCamp Cyprus

We are pleased to accept applications for 2018 TechCamp Cyprus, which will take place in Nicosia, Cyprus from December 7-9, 2018. The program is co-organized by the Department of State’s International Information Programs, the U.S. Embassy in Cyprus and the University of Nicosia. TechCamp Cyprus aims to help Cypriot and European youth grow digital literacy, cybersecurity awareness, and technology skills. Through fast-paced, interactive workshops, participants will engage with international industry leaders to develop methods of recognizing and countering disinformation through everyday technology. The event will accept participations from Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Latvia, Moldova, Serbia and Turkey. https://www.techcamp.unic.ac.cy/

Near East University was represented at the 11th International Conference on Geosynthetics in Korea

Head of Earthquake and Subsurface Exploration Centre of Near East University and Head of Department of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, Prof. Dr. Cavit Atalar, attended the 11th International Conference on Geosynthetics as a guest session moderator. According to the press release issued by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations of Near East University, the 11th International Conference on Geosynthetics (ICG) was held at Coex, in Seul, Korea from September 16 to 21, 2018; a total of 1239 people from 66 different countries attended the conference and 451 presentations were made. Furthermore, it was pointed out that Prof. Dr. Cavit Atalar attended the conference from the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) and made a presentation titled as “The behaviour of the filled land on soft clay supported by geogrid and concrete pile foundations”. It was stated that he had prepared the presentation with Prof. Dr. Braja Das whose book is widely used in the field of soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering; and also with Prof. Dr. Eun Chul Shin from Association of Geotechnical Engineering in Asia. In addition to the above, it was stated that in his presentation, Prof. Dr. Cavit Atalar provided details on the results of the pilot field study carried out to prevent too much settlement of structures, such as buildings, tanks and walls built on soft clay soil. He explained that the study was conducted with low plasticity clay soil. Moreover, he reported that there was 60% less settlement in buildings that have been constructed with support of geogrid and concrete pile foundation. Furthermore, it was expressed that on the last day of the conference Prof. Dr. Cavit Atalar, attended the general assembly of the International Geosynthetics Society.

Arts Center of Near East University, where four exhibitions can be displayed simultaneously and which will host retrospective exhibitions including Feryal Sürkan exhibition on October 16, Mustafa Hastürk exhibition on October 29 and the exhibition of Near East University artists on November 15, has been established within the scope of Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts

Near East University Arts Center, which houses four galleries to display more than one exhibition at the same time, was established at Near East University Campus to provide services as a subservient of Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts, which was established with the aim of making the artistic production process a part of the daily life of the society and promoting our country’s artistic creativity to wider populations as well as ensuring the integrity of the society with arts. The Directorate of Press and Public Relations Office of Near East University released that the Arts Center of Near East University, which is located in Atatürk Culture and Congress Center (AKKM), would open its doors with retrospective exhibition series. Arts Center of Near East University, which will open its doors with the retrospective exhibition of Feryal Sürkan on October 16, will host the exhibition of Mustafa Hastürk on October 29, and the group exhibition of Near East University artists on 15 November 2018. More than one exhibition can be opened at the same time… 4 gallery venues will bring together art lovers. The Arts Center with four exhibition halls will feature not only the painting collections but also the artworks of the artists involving in sculpture, photography, plastic and other arts. The Arts Center, where many exhibitions can be opened simultaneously, will provide services with four different gallery venues. Arts Center of Near East University with its physical structure capable to host four solo or group exhibitions at the same time will also have the mobility to fictionalize one or two exhibitions. Having been founded on the principle of respect for arts, artists and audiences, Arts Center of Near East University, which will play a leading role in promoting the Turkish Cypriot culture and arts, will be a cultural, which opens its doors for all kinds of artworks and where artists and art lovers come together. The Arts Center aims to bring more artists together with the art enthusiasts… The Arts Center, which will provide opportunity not only for artists including young talented artists, the international artists and local artists having a place in Turkish Cypriot art history to display their artworks but also for art enthusiasts to come together with these distinguished artists, will also form a basis for the formation of an art-market in the country through solo or group exhibitions to be organized, particularly with contributions to young artists. In order to contribute to the internalization of the interest and love in arts and add vividness and color to social life, NEU Arts Center will provide the public with opportunity to unveil the creative power in them by personally experiencing the art production process.

The Study on Cengiz Aytmatov that conducted by the Faculty Members of Near East University took place in the book titled ““Suların Sırrını Ödünçleyen Adam Cengiz Aytmatov’a Armağan (A Present to Cengiz Aytmatov, the Man Who Borrows the Secret of Waters)”

Edited by Professor Hasan Bahar and Dr. Shurubu Kayhan in memory of the great author of the Turkic World, the book ““Suların Sırrını Ödünçleyen Adam Cengiz Aytmatov’a Armağan (A Present to Cengiz Aytmatov, the Man Who Borrows the Secret of Waters)” was published. The study conducted by the Faculty Members of Near East University on Cengiz Aytmatov took coverage in the book. In memory of Cengiz Aytmatov, the great author of the Turkic World, Selcuk University Research Institute of Turkology published the book titled “Suların Sırrını Ödünçleyen Adam Cengiz Aytmatov’a Armağan (A Present to Cengiz Aytmatov, the Man Who Borrows the Secret of Waters)”. “An overview to Cengiz Aytmatov’s novel ‘Mother Earth’ through historical fiction perspective” the study conducted collaboratively by Associate Professors Mustafa Yeniasır and Associate Professor Burak Gökbulut from Near East University, took coverage in the book. According to the press release issued by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations Office of Near East University, the study, which was conducted collaboratively by Associate Professor Mustafa Yeniasır from the Department of Turkish Language Teaching of NEU Atatürk Faculty of Education and Associate Professor Burak Gökbulut from the Department of Turkish Language and Literature of NEU Faculty of Arts and Sciences, was a significant work in terms of revealing the cultural values of Kyrgyz Turks in the context of Aytmatov’s works. A total of 55 scholars from Turkey and Turkic World contributed to the book that edited by Professor Hasan Bahar, the Head of Selçuk University Research Institute of Turkology, and Dr. Shurubu Kayhan and examined by Professor Mustafa Toker, Professor Orhan Söylemez and Professor Ufuk Deniz Aşcı. An Important Reference Book that everyone should read… Underlining that Aytmatov’s works had some elements that were unique specifically to his creative process; NEU Faculty Members stated that when all the novels of Cengiz Aytmatov were probed in, it was seen that cultural values belonging to Kyrgyz Turks had a wide coverage. The Faculty Members underlined that the stages that the country experienced in the historical process were seen to the finest detail in Aytmatov’s works. “Toprak Ana (Mother Earth) novel is one of the most important works of the author reflecting the values of Kyrgyz Turks. When the novel is evaluated from the perspective of historical novel, it is possible to say that the work is much more effective than an ordinary history book describing the Second World War. In his novel, Cengiz Aytmatov established his fiction on historical facts and successfully uncovered the socio-cultural relations in the geography where the events happened. In his work, with a critical understanding of history, Aytmatov also revealed the wrongdoings of some self-benefit- seeking people (Cenşenkul), who stole the seeds harvested by the Kyrgyz villagers and famished them into great poverty throughout the war. This novel, which narrates what experienced in a Kyrgyz village during the Second World War and the negative impacts of war on people, is an important source book for all to read to better understand that period of history” said the faculty members.
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