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(first line from left to right: Prof. Dr. Varban Ganev, M.D., D.Sc.; Prof. Dr. Shinya Yamanaka, M.D., Ph.D.; HE Mr. Masato Watanabe)

Professor Shinya Yamanaka is a Nobel Prize laureate in Physiology or Medicine in 2012 for his contributions to the discovery that mature somatic cells can be reprogrammed into pluripotent cells. Professor Shinya Yamanaka and his research team prove that this process can be accomplished by transferring only a few distinct genes. The main achievements in this direction are reflected in two of their papers: Takahashi, K. and S. Yamanaka, "Induction of pluripotent stem cells from mouse embryonic and adult fibroblast cultures by defined factors", Cell, 2006. 126 (4): p . 663-676. and Takahashi, K., et al., "Induction of pluripotent stem cells from adult human fibroblasts by defined factors", Cell, 2007. 131 (5): p. 861-72. These are the conditions for somatic cell production of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells). Such iPS cells can then be transformed into fibroblasts, nerve cells and intestinal cells.

On August 20th, 2018, Professor Dr. Shinya Yamanaka, accompanied by HE Mr. Masato Watanabe, Ambassador of Japan to Bulgaria and Mr. Hitoshi Hatta, First Secretary of the Embassy of Japan in Bulgaria visited the Laboratory of Molecular Biology and Medical Genetics at the University Hospital "Lozenets" for a meeting where Professor Dr. Varban Ganev, Head of the Laboratory and Associates of the University Hospital "Lozenets" - Chief Assist. Radoslava Vazharova, PhD, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Velislava Terzieva, Prof. Dr. Galina Zhelezova, PhD, Prof. Dr. Tsvetanka Marinova, MD, PhD, DSc and others. During the visit Professor Shinya Yamanaka became acquainted with the possibilities for diagnostic and research work of the modern laboratory base of Lozenetz University Hospital and then held a thorough discussion on the present and the future of the application of stem cells in modern medicine.