European University Cyprus Medical School organised the 7th International Multithematic Bio-Medical Congress, “Bio-Medical Scientific Cyprus”, with the general title: “Medical School: Resource of Science and Culture”. This unique three-day congress was held under the auspices of the Ministry of Health and the Pancyprian Medical Association. The opening ceremony took place on Thursday, 7 November at 14:00, while the congress concluded on Saturday, 9 November, 2019.The keynote speaker at the closing ceremony was the world-renowned cardiothoracic surgeon professor Dr Sir Magdi Yakoub.
During his speech, titled “The Glory and threat of Science and Medicine” Dr Sir Yakoub analysed the pursuit of science for the search for truth. The process, he said, is constantly accelerating by providing powerful tools that are widely used for the benefit of mankind, but he warned that the process brings threats that need to be monitored and minimized. As such, he mentioned false discoveries, intellectual arrogance, catastrophic competition and commercialization. He described the modern fields of discovery, such as organ transplants, tissue regeneration and engineering, but also referred to the enormous inequality in the distribution of the benefits of these discoveries worldwide. This inequality, he stressed, must be urgently addressed by scientists, clinicians, governments and international organizations in order for the achievements and the “greatness” of science and medicine to become a reality.
European University Cyprus medical conferences are distinguished for the participation of international speakers from world-renowned foreign Institutions. The multithematic, bio-medical scientific congress has established itself as a high-level, annual international meeting. Scientists from Poland, Greece, Africa, Turkey, Iran, United Kingdom, Beirut, Israel, Iraq, Beirut, Palestine and elsewhere registered this year. The conference has featured for the past three years in the world-renowned scientific journal of Nature publishing house “Cell Death & Disease”.