Azerbaijan International

Spring 2002 (10.1)
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Research Award Fellowships at Case Western

Dr. Gumrah Aliyev has also been instrumental in raising funds to enable Azerbaijani medical students to study at Case Western Reserve University. The first fellowship has just been awarded for Dr. Dilara Seyidova to begin a two-year assignment as a Research Associate at the University in July 2002.

Dr. Dilara Seyidova

Seyidova is a graduate of Baku Medical University (1988) in the field of pediatrics, in which she did research on the rehabilitation of children who were victims of paralysis or vegetative disorders.

While working with humanitarian organizations in Azerbaijan - Relief International and UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Refugees) - she realized that no one was doing anything about the chronic neurodegenerative and cerebrovascular diseases in the elderly population in Azerbaijan. That's when she began to explore the possibility of changing her specialty from pediatrics to geriatrics.

In 2000 and 2001, she worked as a Research Associate with Dr. Aliyev at Case Western Reserve University, studying the brain and how it is affected by aging and Alzheimer's disease. She will return there in July 2002. Seyidova has co-authored more than 12 scientific papers and 10 scientific abstracts for international journals. In July 2002, she will present her research at the International Congress of Alzheimer's Disease held in Stockholm, Sweden.

To find out more about the Professor Gumrah Aliyev Research Award Fellowships, which enable Azerbaijani medical doctors, students and scientists to conduct research at Case Western Reserve University for one to two years, visit the frequently updated "Educational Opportunities" section of

Research conducted during the fellowship must relate to one of the following topics: cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative disease (especially Alzheimer's disease), cerebrovascular disease or malignant and non-malignant tumors. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. For questions, contact: Gumrah Aliyev, M.D., Ph.D., Co-Director, Microscopy Research Center, Room 103, Institute of Pathology, Case Western Reserve University, 2085 Adelbert Road, Cleveland, OH 44106. Fax: (216) 368-1144; or;

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