The pilot project ”The first steps in cancer studies” is a start-up company support for young doctors of Azerbaijan who work in the field of cancer studies. The project is a product of the cooperation of „Vereinigung Aserbaidschanischer Mediziner in Deutschland e.V.“ and “ASN – 1win Azerbaijan Student Network”. Furthermore, within the program, various academic cooperation projects have been established with research centers both in Azerbaijan and in Germany.
Participants of this program have the opportunity to acquire within six months practical knowledge about the desired research topic and to run the appropriate academic tests as well as to prepare their research plan with the help of experienced professionals. All required conditions for the implementation of the laboratory research will be delivered. This program focuses especially on doctors who work in Azerbaijan and have no access to state of the art research. Furthermore, this program will also support doctors from Azerbaijan who have been working in Germany, when they involve other colleagues from Azerbaijan into their research or establish a cooperation project with Azerbaijan research centers.
Currently, research concentrates on the role of cancer stem cells in chemoresistance. Moreover, one of the project goals is to examine the therapeutic effectivity of the gemcitabine charged nanoparticle on the experimental model of pancreas cancer.
In the context of this project, two agreements with the University Medical Centre of Mannheim and Mannheim University of Applied Sciences have been concluded.
Therefore, we have created an opportunity for four young doctoral candidates from Azerbaijan (Mr. Valeh Rustamov, Mr. Hikmat Habibov, Mrs. Yegana Hajiyeva and Mr. Ughur Aghamaliyev), who currently conduct a research work. In April, 2015 we met 3 new young Azerbaijani doctors in Mannheim, Germany. They also will be supported by our organization to carry out their researches in Germany. One of them, Emilya Baxshiyeva already embarked on her academic project in Germany, in June. July 2015 also marked a remarkable success for our team. Ughur Aghamaliyev, a PhD Candidate published an academic article titled “Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma Stem Cells” in “Pancreatic Disorder and Therapy” journal.
The organizers have made the following video about the students who have been already acting within the framework of this program in order to attract more young people to scientific career and to stir up interest amongst the young doctors in this project: