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General presentation

At the establishment of the Timisoara Institute of Medicine, the Discipline of Medical Genetics functioned under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Benedict Menkes, alongside Cell Biology and Histology disciplines. In 1976 it was established as an independent discipline, called Genetic Biology. In the period 1977-1987 the discipline was led by Prof. Dr. Olimpia Tudose. Between 1988-1993, the Medical Genetics discipline was coordinated by Dr. Valerica Belengeanu. Between 1993-2003, Prof. Dr. Olimpia Tudose was the discipline coordinator. Medical genetics was recognized as a discipline increasingly useful for medical clinics, as the subject were increasingly diversified. In addition to the specializations of General Medicine and Dentistry, other departments received genetics courses, such as Physiokinetotherapy, Pharmacy, Laboratory Colleagues. From 2003 to 2012 the discipline of Medical Genetics was coordinated by Prof. Dr. Valerica Belengeanu. Medical Genetics curriculum was expanded, it has become a university year subject, taught in 2 semesters, with up-to-date content, changed annually, in parallel with the explosive discoveries in the field of genetics. Since 2012, the management of the discipline is taken over by Prof. Univ. Dr. Maria Puiu, teacher and physician with extensive experience in the field of clinical genetics and pediatrics. President of the Romanian Society of Medical Genetics and Vice President of the National Alliance of Rare Diseases Romania, she is involved in numerous projects and activities that mainly target rare diseases.

Most of the teachers in the discipline have completed training courses in prestigious genetics centers abroad, thusensuring their continuous improvement and a growing recognition of the discipline.

Since 2011, the name of the discipline has been changed to Genetics and an optional course in Clinical Genetics is introduced for sixth year students in General Medicine.

Starting with 2014, the Nutrigenomics Course is introduced within the Master’s program of Clinical and Community Nutrition.

Within the Discipline of Genetics, students acquire theoretical and practical information related to the basic techniques of cytogenetics and molecular genetics, notions of dysmorphology, stages of diagnosis and genetic consultation. Volunteer activities are carried out for the students enrolled in the Volunteer program in the Academic Development Activity „VADA”.

In addition, we support PhD sudents and trainees in Medical Genetics. We organize postgraduate courses aimed at ensuring a good knowledge of genetics and implementation of genetics in current medical practice.

Since 2001, the university management decided the establishement  of the Genetic Consultation and Genetic Analysis Cabinet. Here, the population can benefit from consultation and analysis for reproductive failures, antenatal diagnosis, constitutional diagnosis for malformative pathology, molecular diseases, intellectual disability and other rare diseases.

A major POSCCE infrastructure project, implemented in 2015, establishes the Center for Genomic Medicine (Genomic Link http://genomica.umft.ro/), as a core of research and training facility within the Victor Babeş University of Medicine and Pharmacy. The latest OMICS (Genomics, Proteomics, Metabolomics, Epigenomics) technologies and key expertise for research in the Center for Genomic Medicine, help the collaboration between preclinical research and clinical fields. By carrying out European projects, the Center for Genomic Medicine contributes to increasing the research capacity of our specialists and the visibility of Victor Babeş University of Medicine and Pharmacy. The efficient and well-planned acquisition of new tools is extremely important in maintaining a competitive advantage for researchers in our university and the European partners.

Scientific activity (projects)
  • Science and Technology in Childhood Obesity Policy (STOP) Project, Grant Agreement number 774548; Call: Horizon 2020-SFS-2016-2017; Topic: SFS-39-2017, Research Innovation Action 2018-2020
  • Project co-financed by the EUROPEAN SOCIAL FUND through the Operational Program Human Capital 2014-2020 Priority Axis: 4 Social inclusion and combating poverty – Specific objective: 4.8 – Improving the level of skills of professionals in the medical sector; Project title: Professional training of medical staff in medical genetics – PROGEN – SMIS 107623; POCU Contract: 91/4/8/107623 / 08.12.2017 (12.2017-12.2019)
  • Competitiveness operational program 2014-2020; priority axis 1 – research, technological development and innovation (rdi) in support of economic competitiveness and business development; Action 1.1.4 Attract staff with advanced skills from abroad to strengthen R&D capacity; Project type: Attracting staff with advanced skills from abroad, Title: Using nutrigenomic models to customize dietary treatments in obesity (NutriGen) 2016-2019
  • Prof. Univ. Dr. Puiu Maria project director: Center for Genomic Medicine v2, “Victor Babeş” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Timişoara; ID: 1854; SMIS: 487449 Contract No .: 677 / 09.04.2015 POSCCE Operation 2.2.1: Development of existing R&D infrastructure and creation of new R&D infrastructures (laboratories, research centers)
  • Project “Quality Standards and Specific Performance Indicators for Health Education” POSDRU / 18 / 1.2 / G / 40067POSDRU
  • PRIORITY AXIS 1 “Education and training in support of economic growth and development of the knowledge-based society” MAIN AREA OF INTERVENTION 1.5 “Doctoral and postdoctoral programs in support of research” Interuniversity partnership for increasing the quality and interdisciplinary of doctoral research by doctoral research DocMed.net, 01.12.2010 – 30.11.2013
  • HuRo – Screening of metabolic diseases in the newborn and genetic molecular diagnosis of hereditary diseases: creation of Euro regional infrastructure, Acronym: SCREENGEN, 2011 – 2013
  • Correlation of clinical, genetic and epigenetic aspects involved in the etiology of Prader Willi / Angelman syndromes: model of multidisciplinary approach to rare diseases in Romania, PNCD, Partnership Program, contract 42113, 2008-2011, -Maria Puiu Project director.
  • Monitoring of minimal residual disease in acute lymphoblastic leukemia in children by multiparametric flow cytometry, CNCSIS type A, 2007-2008, – Maria Puiu Project Manager
  • GRANT CEEX – M1 (No.111-VIASAN) (consortium) “Determination of the expression of complex glycosphingolipids in the central nervous system by integrated multifunctional microchip devices coupled with mass spectrometry”, CEEX Project 2006-2008 Project director: Sisu Eugen, UMF Timisoara. Valerica Belengeanu – member of the research team.
  • Optimizing the management of children with ALL through the use of molecular cytogenetics (FISH) techniques in the evaluation protocol, CNCSIS type A, 2007-2008, Maria Puiu Project director
  • Optimizing the diagnosis and management of patients with mental retardation by introducing in the evaluation protocol the MLPA test, CNCSIS code 832, 2006-2007 – Maria Puiu Responsible partner UMF Timisoara
  • The impact of functional foods with bioactive components on the quality of life in breast cancer, CNCSIS type A, code 275, 2005-2007, Director Simona Dragan, 2006-2007, -Maria Puiu Member of the research team
  • Romanian National Alliance for Rare Diseases – RONARD, Trust for Civil Society for CEE, RO / IX 2006/123, 2007-2008, Specialist Coordinator, Maria Puiu Deputy Director
  • Correlations between parenchymal distribution of angio-and biliary architecture elements and caudate lobe segmentation – Anatomical bases for resection and transplant surgery, PNCDI 2 – Program 4 – Partnerships, code 2167 / 2007-2009, – Maria Puiu Member of the research team
  • Rare Diseases Solidarity Project, Romanian National Alliance for Rare Diseases (RONARD), The Trust for Civil Society in Central & Eastern Europe (“CEE Trust”), RO_X 2007_190, October 2008 – September 2009, – Maria Puiu Assistant manager
  •  “Treatment of peripheral vascular complications in diabetes and nondiabetic arteriopathy using angiogenetic gene therapy, Acronym: ARTGEN, Code 1668, 2007-2010, – Cristina Gug Member
  •  “The Genographic Project: Molecular Genetic Analyzes of Western / Central European populations – Romania”, 2008-2011 – Cristina Gug Member
  • “Network of experts in the diagnosis of myleproliferative disorders (MPD)”, Acronym: COST 8M0902, 2010-2013 – Cristina Gug Member
  • Increasing the administrative capacity and institutional performance in the field of medical research of UMF Victor Babeş from Timişoara Project period: 15.07.2010-15.01.2011, Operational Program: POS CCE, Beneficiary: Victor Babes University of Medicine and Pharmacy from Timisoara, Nr. project: ID 808 / SMIS Code – CSNR 13060, Nr. contract: 202 / 15.07.2010, Professor Dr. Valerica Belengeanu – Member of the multidisciplinary team.
Courses and practical applications books for students

Year

Authors

Book Title

Publishing house

 ISBN

 Page number

2004

Valerica Belengeanu, Dorina Stoicănescu, Cristina Gug, Mirela Mihăescu, Simona Farcaş, Cristina Popa, Kinga Roysnzai

Medical Genetics – practical applications

Orizonturi Universitare, Timişoara

973-8391-51-2.

160

2006

Valerica Belengeanu, Maria Puiu, Dorina Stoicănescu, Cristina Gug, Mirela Mihaescu, Simona Farcaş, Cristina Popa, Monica Stoian

Elements of Medical Genetics

Ed. Orizonturi Universitare, Timisoara

(10) 973-638-272-9(13) 978-973-638-272-7

275

2007

Maria Puiu (Coordonator)

Essential in 101 rare genetic diseases

Ed. Orizonturi Universitare, Timisoara

978-973-638-327-4,

512

2008

V. Belengeanu, F. Glăvan, D. Stoicănescu, Noemi Meszaros, Nicoleta Andreescu, Cristina Bratu, Monica Stoian, Simona Farcaş, Cristina Popa, Dragoş Belengeanu, Mihăiţă Opriţescu

From fundamental to applied in dental genetics

Ed. Eurostampa, Timisoara

978-973-687-676-9

355

2008

Valerica Belengeanu, Maria Puiu, Dorina Stoicănescu, Cristina Gug, Simona Farcaş, Cristina Popa, Monica Stoian, Nicoleta Andreescu, Noemi Meszaros

Practical Applications in Medical Genetics, 1st Edition

Ed. Eurostampa, Timisoara

978-973-687-676-9

276

2008

Valerica Belengeanu, Maria Puiu, Dorina Stoicănescu, Cristina Gug, Simona Farcaş, Cristina Popa, Monica Stoian, Nicoleta Andreescu, Noemi Meszaros

Practical Applications in Medical Genetics 2nd Edition

Ed. Eurostampa, Timisoara

978-973-687-762-9

276

2008

Cristina Gug

Medical Genetics – Course Notes

Editura Solness, Timisoara

978-973-729-131-8

127

2008

Maria Puiu (Coordonator)

Rare diseases, between dedication and understanding

Ed. Brumar, Timisoara

978-973-602-390-3

132

2008

Maria Puiu (Coordonator)

Rare diseases, useful information for parents

Ed. Brumar, Timisoara

978-973-602-391-0

92

2009

Valerica Belengeanu, Maria Puiu,  Dorina Stoicănescu, Cristina Gug, Simona Farcaş, Cristina Popa, Monica Stoian, Nicoleta Andreescu, Noemi Meszaros

Practical Applications in Medical Genetics 3rd Edition

Editura Eurostampa, Timisoara

978-973-687-915-9

276

2010

Valerica Belengeanu, Dorina Stoicănescu, Noemi Meszaros, Nicoleta Andreescu, Monica Stoian, Simona Farca, Cristina Bratu, Malina Popa, Cristina Popa, Dragoş Belengeanu, Stefania Dinu

Dental Genetics – Theoretical and Clinical Basis

Editura Eurostampa, Timisoara

978-606-569-152-0

373

2011

Maria Puiu (Coordonator)

Medical Alert in Rare Genetic Diseases

Editura “Victor Babes”, Timisoara

606-8054-39-X

 

2011

Cristina Gug

Medical Genetics – Course Notes

Editura  Eurobit, Timisoara

978-973-620-777-8

128

2011

Valerica Belengeanu, Maria Puiu,  Dorina Stoicănescu, Cristina Gug, Simona Farcaş, Cristina Popa, Monica Stoian, Nicoleta Andreescu, Noemi Meszaros

Medical Genetics in Medical Practice

Ed. Eurostampa, Timisoara

978-606-569-213-8

307

2012

Cristina Gug

Genetics – Course for students in General Health Care

Editura Excelsior Art

978-973-592-285-6

135

2012

Maria Puiu, Dorina Stoicănescu, Cristina Gug, Cristina Popa, Simona Farcaş, Nicoleta Andreescu, Noemi Meszaros, Monica Stoian.

Genetica Anomaliilor Dento-Maxilo-Faciale, , 2012, 200 pagini, ISBN:

Editura Victor Babeș, (cod CNCSIS 324)

978-606-8054-94-0

200

2013

Maria Puiu (Ed.), Adela Chirita Emandi and Smaranda Arghirescu

Genetics and Obesity, Genetic Disorders

InTech,  Available from: http://www.intechopen.com/books/genetic-disorders/genetics-and-obesity

978-953-51-0886-3

271-292

2013

Maria Puiu (Ed.), Simona Dumitriu, Adela Chiriță-Emandi, Raluca Grădinaru and Smaranda Arghirescu

The Genetics of Mental Retardation, Genetic Disorders

InTech,  Available from: http://www.intechopen.com/books/genetic-disorders/the-genetics-of-mental-retardation

978-953-51-0886-3

143-174

2013

Maria Puiu, Cristina Gug, Carmen Haivas

Génétique médicale pour les étudiants en médecine

Eurostampa, Timișoara

978-606-569-596-2

279

2013

Dorina Stoicănescu

Practical Applications of Medical Genetics

Eurostampa, Timisoara

978-606-569-667-9

118

2013

Dorina Stoicănescu, Nicoleta Andreescu

Genetics in Clinical Dentistry

Eurostampa, Timisoara

978-606-569-666-2

127

2014

Cristina Gug, Maria Puiu, Carmen Haivas

Génétique médicale–Note de cours

Eurostampa, (cod CNCSIS 184), Timișoara

978-606-569-900-7

176

2015

Cristina Gug, Maria Puiu, Carmen Haivas

Génétique médicale – Note de cours, IIeme edition

Editura Victor Babeş (cod CNCSIS 324), Timișoara

978-606-8456-78-2

248

2016

Maria Puiu, Dorina Stoicănescu, Cristina Gug, Simona Farcas, Cristina Popa, Nicoleta Andreescu, Adela Chirita-Emandi, Andreea Dobrescu

Curs de Genetică Medicală

Editura Eurostampa (cod CNCSIS 184), Timişoara

978-606-32-0296-4

264

2016

Dorina Stoicănescu

Medical Genetics

Editura Eurostampa

978-606-32-0326-8

240

2017

Maria Puiu, Dorina Stoicănescu, Cristina Gug, Simona Farcaș, Cristina Popa, Nicoleta Andreescu, Adela Chiriță-Emandi, Andreea Dobrescu

Curs de Genetică pentru Asistență Medicală Generală

Editura Victor Babeş (cod CNCSIS 324), Timisoara

978-606-786-043-6

154

2019

Dorina Stoicănescu, Nicoleta Andreescu

Genetics in Clinical Dentistry 2nd ed.

Eurostampa, Timisoara

978-606-32-0773-0

130

2020

Cristina Gug, Maria Puiu

Génétique médicale – Cours pour étudiants à la Faculté de médecine générale

Editura Victor Babeş, Timișoara

978-606-786-213-3

193

2020

Cristina Gug, Maria Puiu, Iulia Jurca-Simina

Génétique médicale – Livre des travaux pratiques

Editura Victor Babeş, Timișoara

978-606-786-212-6

155

External collaborators
  • Karolinska University Co-supervised Institute for PhD (Prof. Dr. Leonard Girnita and Prof. Dr. Maria Puiu)
  • Collaboration with Dr. Horia Stanescu (University College London, UK) – biostatistics course for
UMFT doctoral school and other projects for students
  • Organizing student scientific circles in which topics of interest proposed by members of the discipline or even by students are debated
  • Coordination of undergraduate work in all UMFT specializations
  • Coordination of scientific papers presented by students at various events in the country or abroad
  • Volunteering within the program of Volunteering in the Academic Development Activity (VADA)
Useful links
  • http://www.srgm.ro/ Romanian Society of Medical Genetics – acronym SRGM
  • https://www.eshg.org European Society of Human Genetics – acronym ESHG
  • http://www.bolirareromania.ro/ National Alliance for Rare Diseases Romania
  • http://www.eurordis.org/ EURORDIS is an alliance for rare disease patients
  • http://www.orpha.net Portal for rare diseases and their medicines
  • http://www.eurogentest.org/ website founded by the European Commission in order to harmonize the genetic testing process
  • http://bolirare.ro/linkuri-utile.html Portal dedicated to rare diseases