Workshops and Extra-sessions

They are taking place on Friday, 8th of March

Knowledge translation of genetics or genomic technologies into clinical practice

Location: str. Pasteur 6, Department of Modern Languages, room 7

Trainer: Andreea Catana MD, PhD

Time 12:00-15:00

Number of participants: 12


Knowledge translation of genetics or genomic technologies into clinical practice is a topic that attracts the attention of more and more medical professionals as researchers place Oncogenetics in the new era of personalised medicine.The genomic structure of each individual is different and genetic alterations vary from tumor to tumor. As a result of new genomic sequencing technologies, medical practitioners can diagnose, analyse, and treat cancer on the basis of an individual patient’s genome composition. However, one of the major challenges in this process is knowledge translation of genomic services into clinical care. The rapid expansion in genomic science and biomedical innovations produces novel knowledge and information that can generate uncertainty in the clinic and cast doubt among clinicians in terms of how to interpret and apply genomic data into clinical practice. Highly interactive group activities that actively engage participants throughout the 3 hour workshop. 
  • DNA diagnostic interpretation (NGS/MLPA analysis versus multigene panel testing)
  • Case reports based genetic counselling (pedigree interpretation, targeted treatment and prophylactic measures according current Guidelines)
Workshop coordinator: Dr. Catana Andreea, MD, PhD Lecturer, Medical Genetics Department, UMF Cluj Senior Specialist Medical Genetics, IOCN, Cluj  

 Late-onset Alzheimer and APOE4

Location: str. Pasteur 6, Medical Genetics Department, UMF “Iuliu Hațieganu”

Time: 8th of March, participants are required to be at the genetics department by 14:30

Number of participants: 12 (3/trainer)

Prerequisites: Student’s who are in their second year of studies or above, lab coats recommended

Trainers: Sergiu Osan, Ionut Coroama, Maria Miclaus, Maria Stratan


Alzheimer’s disease is the most common neurodegenerative disorder, causing up to 70% of all dementia cases. It is produced by the plaque accumulation of abnormally folded amyloid beta protein and tau protein. As a multifactorial disorder, this disease is produced by the interaction of environmental and genetic factors.

The genetic heritability of this disorder is established up to 74%, and the most important genetic risk factor linked to Alzheimer’s is a particular haplotype of apolipoprotein (APOE) gene which is involved in synaptogenesis and maintenance of synaptic connections.

The haplotype called ε4 allele, consists in the association of 2 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) which are crucial for the protein structure and function. Thus, patients presenting one ε4 allele are 2-3 times more likely to suffer of this disease in their lifetime, and in patients with a homozygote ε4 genotype there is a 12 times greater risk.

During our workshop we will learn more about the role of this particular haplotype and his importance in Alzheimer’s pathogenesis and about how the genetic testing for this variant is conducted.

Workshop coordinators:

Marius Farcas MD

Tania Crisan MD

Diana Miclea MD

Radu Popp MD

Legal medicine solving crimes

Location: str. Clinicilor 1-3, Legal Medicine Department, UMF Cluj

Time 14:00-16:00

Number of participants: 25

Trainer: Codrin Rebeleanu MD, PhD

Sef de lucrari UMF Iuliu Hatieganu Cluj-Napoca


Have you ever wondered what it takes to solve a criminal case? How many details would you have to pay attention to and how could you follow the way a criminal mind thinks?

The workshop will consist in solving some real criminal cases in an interactive manner, using forensic pathology principles.

Workshop coordinator:

Codrin Rebeleanu MD

senior at Forensic Pathology Department, UMF Cluj. 

Public speaking training – intro in guerrilla approach

Location: str. Marinescu 23, first floor, Dorofteiu Amf.

Time 18:00-20:00

Number of participants: 95

Trainer: Răzvan Cherecheș MD, PhD


The training will cover the fundamentals of public speaking, focusing on the impact and “rememberability”: what works for you and what doesn’t– forget about the notes and the recommendations! The focus is on finding the rhythm, the balance, the eye-contact, the posture, the connection with the public – individualized for everyone.

Topics: speech (structure, memorization, storytelling), emotional preparing and adjustment, hall and logistics, types of public, posture and eye-contact. Bonus: what to do with (your) hands while you speak in public!


Workshop coordinator:

Răzvan Cherecheș MD, PhD

Telemedicine connecting patients and doctors

Location: Pasteur 6, Department of Modern Languages, room 3b

Time 13:00-15:00

Number of participants: 30

Trainer: Philip Choban


We are aware that there are situations where people do not have easy and simple access to medical assistance, which may lead to unfavorable situations regarding the outcomes. What if we could break the barriers of distance and time to provide clinical healthcare to patients in all locations? This workshop will let us find out more about Telemedicine, the development of a telecommunication network which provides easier access to medical advice and overall wellness. Telemedicine is the connection between patients and medical professionals, a way of providing a convenient and precise transition of medical information from one side to the other. You can hear a story about crossing bridges and barriers in doctor-patient relationship, enabling access to proper diagnosis and personalized treatment for those in need.

Come explore a new world of access and patient centered care. We will show you how to interactively communicate with a healthcare provider using everything from the normal telephone, video, online and AI symptom and diagnosis checkers.  Advice is just a click away and not kilometers away. See and understand why this is the form of care taking the world by storm. Find out why doctors through insurance companies are riding the new wave of care and information.


Workshop coordinator:

Philip Choban, CEO Telios Care S.A. Romania and TeleMedEuropa Inc. USA: Passion in life is often left behind to live every day. This is not how we live at Telios. We are helping to build a new way of thinking in Romania: giving back. Through helping others and providing information and services in healthcare and dementia related care, we achieve what we feel in our hearts. We are born, we live and we die; it is what we do in between that counts. Even if we only scratch the surface, we are living our dreams.

EEG in patients suffering from epilepsy

Location: Str. Iuliu Moldovan, 10 ( Centrul de Epilepsie și Monitorizare EEG Cluj-Napoca) 

Time  14:00-15:30


Number of participants: 10/workshop (total 20)

Trainer: Bogdan Florea MD


Dr. Bogdan Florea is a neurologist and one of the three discoverers of the “NIU COMPLEX” on the EEG in deep coma. He is a founder of the TeleMedicine in Epilepsy Network in Romania. This Lions Club’s project offers the chance of a correct diagnosis and modern treatment for the approximately 400.000 patients with epilepsy in our country.

He will be conducting a hands-on workshop teaching us the proper techniques and procedures when performing an EEG for patients who suffer from epilepsy.


Workshop coordinator

Bogdan Florea MD

The Clinical Use of Robots for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Location: Pasteur 6, Department of Modern Languages, room 4

Time: 16:00-18:00

Number of participants: 25

Trainer: Silviu Matu PhD


Silviu Matu is a Faculty member of the Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy Department at Babes-Bolyai University and a researcher who studies emotions and ways to manage them. He is always looking for new strategies to help people overcome their emotional challenges.

His research contributed to developing a unique way to help children who suffer from autism. His method uses a robot as a communication partner for these children, while a therapist supervises and stimulates their connection. By bonding with the robot, the children could show progress in interacting with people.


Mr. Matu will be conducting a workshop showing participants the way his method works and how it can be an improvement over the standard treatment.

Sinceritatea cu noi înșine – între autoamăgire și autenticitate

Location: Pasteur 6, Department of Modern Languages, room 6b

 Time  18:00-20:00

Number of participants: 25

Trainer: Cristian Erdei MD


Știi când, cum și de ce te minți singur?

De cine fugi când te autosabotezi?

Înțelegi ce pierzi cu fiecare mască?

Ai curajul de a fi onest cu tine însuți?

Dragi prieteni, vă invit la o dezbatere liberă de prejudecăți și însoțită de multiple strategii practice creative, axate pe o tematică des întâlnită: felul cum ne amăgim și ne autosabotăm, iar apoi modalitățile prin care putem să ne privim și să ne raportăm la ceilalți cu mai multă sinceritate.

Evenimentul va integra informaţii teoretice, explicate într-un limbaj accesibil şi exemplificări multiple, cu strategii practice de conștientizare, acceptare și evoluție.

Orice fel de întrebări din partea celor prezenţi sunt binevenite şi merită un răspuns detaliat, în idea în care acest eveniment se doreşte a fi în primul rând un dialog deschis, cald, liber şi fără prejudecăţi.

Activitățile care se vor desfășura includ: tehnici și strategii de conștientizare și evitarea autoamăgirii și autosabotării, exerciții de autenticitate, jocuri de rol, psihodramă (Teatru de măști), soluții personalizate pentru fiecare participant la întâlnire, feedback individual și colectiv.

Vom purta măști, la propriu și la figurat ,iar apoi vom explora cum am putea trăi fără ele, dincolo de ziduri, de fațade și de temeri.

Acest eveniment este dedicat curajului de a ne privi în ochi și a ne accepta așa cum suntem, pentru ca apoi să regăsim libertatea de a alege cum vrem să evoluăm

Dr. Cristian Erdei, medic psihiatru: este un medic specialist psihiatru și totodată psihoterapeut, care a simțit nevoia de a face un pas în plus spre a ajuta lumea modernă în reconectarea cu sinele. Astfel a luat naștere proiectul “The return to yourself”, prin care o echipă formată din medic psihiatru și psihologi își pun la dispoziție timpul și expertiza pentru a lupta cu dificultăţile psiho-emoţionale pe care toţi le trăim adesea

Courage without borders

Location: Pasteur 6, Department of Modern Languages, room 3b

Time  15:00-17:00

Number of participants: 25

Trainer: Alin Andrei Abrudan MD


Andrei Abrudan graduated the University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Iuliu Hațieganu” Cluj-napoca in 2015. He is currently a fourth year resident in the General Surgery section at the Clujana hospital.
In 2017, he volunteered for 4 weeks at a hospital in Mosul, a city in Northern Iraq, treating refugees of the civil war. He is the first doctor from Eastern Europe to have volunteered at this hospital. Last year, he participated in a humanitarian aid expedition called “Nepal for Life” in which he volunteered in 2 hospitals in Nepal for two and a half weeks.

How to handle difficult patients

Location: str. Marinescu 23, Department of Pharmacology

Time  13:00-15:00

Number of participants: 25

Trainer: Sebastian-Mihai Armean MD, PhD


Dealing with difficult patients can be a serious challenge for any doctor no matter the specialty. Effective communication is vital for breaking the boundaries between the doctor and his patients and also for the well-being of the patients.

The factors that contribute to a difficult situation can come from many sources. It is hard to manage patient interaction effectively with every factor that comes into play. Being aware of these circumstances and taking steps to reduce them could help prevent difficult situations from arising.

The practice of good communication skills in the medical profession is integral for the development of a meaningful and trustworthy relationship between the doctors and the patient and, thus, is beneficial to both of them.

Patient’s level of satisfaction is improved by better recognition and understanding of the ailment and the treatment available. Furthermore, this increases patient’s adherence. Besides, it has a positive impact on patient’s psychology, mental health, tolerance power and quality of life.

Good communication skills  have been considered extremely important for medical practitioners since centuries. Therefore, it is very important for medical students to attend this workshop in order to enlarge their perspective upon this subject.

Sebastian Armean, MD, PhD, valedictorian of Iuliu Hațieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy Cluj-Napoca works as a specialist in psychiatry and clinical pharmacology. He is also a psychotherapist and clinical psychologist, licensed in law and assistant professor at the department of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Clinical Pharmacology from our University.

Connecting digitally to provide mental health services – the opportunities, challenges and the limitations

Location: Pasteur 6, Department of Modern Languages, room 6b

Time  16:00-18:00

Number of participants: 30

Trainer: Oisin Scollard


A group based practical workshop 

The workshop’s emphasis will be on designing, connecting with and delivering a mental health service online through technology by looking at a case study based on data of technology usage for Health Globally.
It will focus on traditional and primary mental health care in a group discussion on emerging trends and new technology solutions.
The participants will do brainstorming around the topic of online delivery and communication challenges and limitations.
At the end, there will be a measuring outcomes discussion and a Q&A session with Oisin Scollard –  Co-Founder of – A Lifeline Online.

How to do research with an impact

Location: Pasteur 6, Department of Modern Languages, room 7

Time  15:00-17:00

Number of participants: 20

Trainer: Marius Ionuț Ungureanu MD, PhD


The success of any research project is highly depending of the planning phase. In this initial phase, two of the most important aspects are (1) formulating your research question, and (2) formulating the objectives of your research. During this interactive workshop, you will learn how to identify and successfully refine your research question, and how to develop objectives that are SMART. You will be presented concrete examples from lecturers’ previous research. In addition, you will work in small groups to develop specific research questions and SMART objectives on research topics under the lecturer’s guidance.

About the lecturer: Marius-Ionut Ungureanu is an Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Public Health ( at the College of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences within the Babeș-Bolyai University. For the past eight years, Dr. Ungureanu has had hands-on experience in working to implement more than 15 research and capacity building projects in the healthcare field. Between 2016 and 2017 Dr. Ungureanu has served as Secretary of State in the Ministry of Health. Currently, Dr. Ungureanu is Associate Editor of BMC Public Health, one of the leading peer review journals in public health.