The Leiden International Medical Student Conference (LIMSC) is one of the largest student conferences in Europe, hosted by the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) and organized by bio-medical students. The seventh edition of LIMSC took place in Leiden, the Netherlands March 16th -20th 2011.
Two hundred presenting students from more than forty countries, such as Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Germany, Iran, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Russia, United Kingdom, USA etc., were selected to present their researches. Despite their differences they had a common goal: to improve their scientific world with innovative insights and visions.
Our university was represented by Anastasia Ledyaeva, a 3-year medical student, and Dr. Evgeny Morkovin, a PhD student, Department of clinical pharmacology. Their studies went through a serious selection process and were selected from 700 submitted in the top 200, and the authors were invited for oral presentations at the conference in two sessions: Pediatrics (Anastasia Ledyaeva) and Pharmacology (Evgeny Morkovin). Anastasia’s abstract “The influence of overweight and obesity on the ABPM parameters in children and adolescents with arterial hypertension”, as one of the best in pediatrics session, was selected in the top 50 abstracts in all conference and was published in the “Medical Science Educator” – the journal of the International Association of Medical Science Educators. Moreover, she was awarded with travel grant, like another 15 students, who had the best motivation letters.
During the conference there was not only a rich scientific program, like student presentations in different fields of bio-medical science, interesting lectures of guest speakers from the USA and the Netherlands, workshops, career and internship fair, but also a very exciting social program, which included a boat trip along the canals of Leiden, gala dinners, concerts, a boat trip from Rotterdam to Kinderdijk and a bike tour around the amazing windmills in Kinderdijk.
LIMSC was a memorable conference with high-level organization and we are very pleased, that our students had the opportunity to take part in it.