Numerous researches of human microbiota and the discovery of brain-gut axis have confirmed a huge impact of food on the emotions and behavior. Microbiota is a common name for all microorganisms that inhabit and make 90% of all the cells in human body. Except maintaining the integrity of the mucous membrane, microbiota can be considered as an endocrine organ because it synthesizes almost one third of all metabolites in our body. Many biologically active substances in food exhibit different effects important for our well being. Besides the types of foods, a meal schedule affects healthy psychological-cognitive function. Circadian rhythm is considered to be a key link between microbiota and metabolism whose regulation is in two-way synchronized. Every change in the composition or time of meal can lead to a hormonal imbalance that affects mood.
During the workshop, participants will learn how certain types of foods affect the mood swings and behavior. Participants will be assigned to a clinical case and have the opportunity to create their own meal.

You find yourself facing an injured person. Panic, chaos, pain everywhere, BUT you need to stay calm and help that person by any means available at that moment and do it efficiently, successfully and fast. If you wish to delve into the problems this situation holds join us this year at ZIMS and attend this workshop. We’ll be happy to have you.

Imagine that a 32 year old female primigravida in 36 weeks of gestation walks into your emergency room with contractions. Delivery doesn’t go as planned and child is facing the danger of hypoxia. What would you do? Many times a pregnancy does not become high risk until labor starts. Join us at Child delivery workshop and find out how to manage child delivery in special circumstances.

It`s your first day at the ER, when an ambulance brings you a young man who spiked a fever and started talking nonsense. What questions should you ask him? What diagnostic tests should you order? Did you miss something? Did you do something unnecessary and lose valuable time? It is hard to think about these important questions while trying to memorise the details you might be asked in your exam. That is why in this workshop you will see virtual patients presented to you by our infectious disease specialist.
You will order diagnostic tests and propose treatment over an anonymous online application and finally become more confident in treating patients with neurological infections.

In this workshop you will take up the role of a curious genetic counsellor with the task of identifiying patients that have a high chance of developing early onset Alzheimer’s disease,. By applying various bioinformatic methods, you will gain insight into proteins associated with this disorder. Throughout this task, you will learn how to analyze the results of Sanger sequencing and interpret a multiple protein sequence alignment. You will also get a good understanding of databases containing known polymorphisms and pathogenic mutations. Lastly, you will visualise the 3D structure of proteins and apply this knowledge in determening the effects of mutations on protein structure.

Manipulation of human microbiome has found its place in evidence-based medicine in the form of fecal microbiota transplantation and use of probiotic supplements. The spectrum of conditions treated by these methods is narrow, but with more research and evidence, they are likely to become widespread in the future.
The goal is to educate the participants on the topic of human microbiome, probiotics, their current and potential future use to improve health. For the practical part we prepared microscopic specimens made from fermented foods, commercial probiotics and participants will get a chance to prepare their own samples and get a glimpse into their own microbiome.

The wonderous field of neurology. So logical, so sound, so charming and so many things not yet explained. Amidst all of it is EEG, the diagnostic procedure that’s hard to understand, but of great value. And, for this year’s ZIMS we’ve organised this workshop that tackles the issue of EEG and its applications in clinical medicine. We hope you’ll like it.

Body Interact is a Virtual Patient Simulator that allows healthcare professionals and students to challenge themselves and solve interactive clinical cases in a safe environment.
The user gets the main role in the action and becomes responsible for the diagnosis and treatment plans of a Virtual Patient.
We owe our thanks to colleagues from Body Interact for making this workshop possible.
All workshop participants will get a free trial and the winners get a 1 month subscription!

There are a few things every good and resourceful doctor should know (just in case he or she is the only doctor in a village in the middle of nowhere) and primary wound care is one of them. Treating a cut or some other small physical trama is a very useful skill – they are very frequent and chances are you will encounter a patient in need of such help in your career.

To make the model as realistic as possible we will use pigs’ legs and each participant will get his injured ‘patient’ to practice how to address certain wounds.

The workshop will be held by experienced orthopaedic surgeons who can teach even the most inexperienced hands.

Nutritional assessment is a comprehensive approach, completed by a registered dietitian, for defining nutritional status using medical, social, nutritional and medication histories, physical examination, anthropometric measurements and laboratory data. Due to disease, different types of treatment, reduced mobility and other, patients in hospitals often have decline in physical performance and muscle strenght. The goal is to identify those patients in order to provide timely and adequate nutritional intervention, and to improve clinical decision of health professionals in the patient treatment.

Have you ever written an article and had trouble referencing? Do references and citations make you cranky? Have you ever found a perfect figure/table, but did not know if you are allowed to use it? Do not worry, we are here to help!
We are going to show you how to use Mendeley, one of the most popular citation tools available, and demonstrate how to use ClinicalKey, a medical database and search engine. However, you may come across a few articles that even citation tools can’t cite properly (or at all). Luckily, you will be able to handle them with no difficulty after participating in our workshop. Furthermore, we are going to show you how to check if a certain figure or table is available for use and how to cite it properly.
We kindly recommend that participants bring their own laptops for better interactivity.

Psychodrama is an action psychotherapy method that uses stage techniques (dramatic play). It is an reliable and effective therapeutic tool that engages and drives us toward the realization of therapeutic change, fostering our spontaneity and creative potential.
During the workshop, by reflecting upon personal experience, we will investigate brain and gut connection. By exploring our „second brain“ or “brain in our gut” we will try to understand better the links between digestion, mood, anxiety, health and the way we think and feel in certain situations.

The evolution is protracted process of small changes that overtime lead to the development of new species. Although the evolution produced many different species with wildly different, and sometimes “bizarre” characteristics, the process is not completely random and without constrains. For example, in order for the human brain to enlarge to the current size, it was necessary to change several other systems – gastrointestinal to provide more energy; muscles of the head in order to allow for the physical growth of the brain; and changes in the pelvic anatomy to accommodate such large brain during childbirth. In this workshop we will discuss the possibilities and limitation of the (brain) evolution in current settings and what would happen if basic setup is altered.

Do you want to find out more about traditional diets around the globe? Why do some cultures live longer than the others? Do their eating habits have something to do with it? Answers to that questions and many more will give you nutrition science students from PROBION (student association of Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology).

In this workshop you will learn about 5 traditional diets: Latin American diet, Mediterranean diet, African heritage diet, Asian heritage diet and Vegetarian diet. Each diet is unique and has its effects on health. You will find out what are the perks and disadvantages of each and every mentioned diet and how to implement the benefits in your own diet. The foods that are typically represented in the diet will be examined thoroughly on their health benefits.
We will look closely to fat, sugar and dietary fiber intake in the diets and compare it to today’s lifestyle and recommendations. Find out how eating habits affect life expectancy and prevalence of chronic non-communicable diseases around the globe.
To insure you understand the differences between the 5 diets, we are preparing something to snack on while learning about the traditional diet. The presentation of one diet will be 10-15 minutes long, so don’t snack hard on the first presentation, save some room for the others!

ORTHObasics introduces participants with the fundamentals of musculoskeletal examination using a peer-to-peer principle. Disorders of the musculoskeletal apparatus make up a major part of cases encountered in daily practice – traumatic events are a common event in the younger population whereas degenerative diseases are more commonly encountered among the elderly. Workshop begins with a short introduction concerning the anatomy, biomechanics and kinesiology of a particular segment. Then, clinical tests are demonstrated with explanation. After the demonstration, participants perform the examinations on models, during which they are monitored and advised by an instructor.

Research has shown that less than 25% of students finish the school in a regular term due to different learning difficulties, caused mostly by maladaptive reactions to stress. In this workshop it will be discussed how stress affects student population physically, mentally and emotionally, what different stress-related factors cause most common difficulties including examinations, poor time management, procrastination, family and peer pressure as well as negative thinking styles and beliefs. Also, different cognitive-behavioral techniques for learning difficulties treatment will be demonstrated and participants will be encouraged to share their experiences with stress-related problems.

Imagine working in the ER and admitting a patient.
Case 1: “21 month old girl came to Pediatric ER because of weakness, vomiting and diarrhea.”
Case 2: “A girl aged 15 years and 10 months with suspicion of inflammatory rheumatic disease is hospitalized for further treatment.”
What would you do next?
This workshop is here to help students develop their clinical problem-solving, verbal and written communication skills. You will work in a team and use your clinical knowledge and skills to solve a pediatric case. You will “order” lab tests, take a good physical exam and, of course, listen to your team. Clinical cases are an important educational link in the medical student learning chain. Conclusions drawn from clinical cases generally can be reaffirmed or reassessed, showing there is no true expiration date for them. Also, case reports can provide a direct impact on clinical practice and patient care.

Research ethics are moral principles that guide researchers to conduct and report research without deception or intention to harm the participants of the study or members of the society as a whole, whether knowingly or unknowingly.
Principles – such as openness, honesty, integrity, objectivity – are just a few a serious researcher should abide by.
Anybody who strives to become a researcher, and all of you who might already be involved in one, should not miss the opportunity to advance your knowledge on this topic with the help od Hrvoje Baric, MD.

In this workshop the participants will have a chance to perform ORL examinations under the watchful eye of Filip Bacan, MD. The ORL student section members will be there to help explain the procedures and demonstrate them for better understanding.

Do you ever look yourself in the mirror and ask: What defines me as a person? Who am I really? Loving yourself – Narcis’ experience workshop will help you find the answers to these questions. You will experience emotional rollercoaster and get to understand yourself better.
You will need a small mirror, paper and a pen for workshop. But if you have emotional problems in terms of overwhelming emotions that are difficult to cope with, psychotic symptoms or intense depressive reactions to stress and reality, please do not participate in the workshop.

Ultrasound has come to stay – what’s not to like about an easy, instant, bedside scanning tool that can give you essential information for diagnosing a stable, as well as critical patient!? In this workshop, dive into the world of black and white, learn and improve your knowledge about ultrasound and its application in medicine today.

Epilepsy is not a rare disease, and when it occurs, it affects every part of an individual’s life, including those around them. Learn what goes wrong in epilepsy by putting together a functional model of the brain with Neurići (little neurons).
These tiny boards aim to provide a different approach to understanding complex brain circuits and networks. Their main element is an LED indicator which continuously reports the state of an individual “neuron”. Neurići, once connected together, can therefore be used to make a textbook’s description of a circuit come alive, just as it exists in vivo. Once you’ve got the theory down, you’ll learn what to do should you witness someonehaving a seizure, so you’ll be able to jump to their aid in the blink of an eye!

An interactive workshop featuring the neuroanatomy of the brain-gut axis, the brain parts that are involved and the changes that occur in the brain following changes in the digestive system. In addition to neuroanatomy, we will also cover the basics of neurophysiology and neuroimmunology.