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Post-Conflict Rehabilitation

The 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh War has strained Armenia's health system with the management of thousands of wounded soldiers and refugees in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the start of the war in September 2020, our organizations have initiated various efforts including coordination of rehabilitation volunteers traveling to Armenia, donation of therapeutic supplies, clinical webinars related to treatment and assessment of war injuries, teleconsultation with in-country clinicians, and a digital resource library. In order to further advance the field and promote international collaboration, we are organizing the Post-Conflict Rehabilitation Virtual Symposium to be held on July 17th & 18th, 2021. The goals of the conference are as follows:

● To stimulate interdisciplinary collaboration among Armenian healthcare providers to address identified challenges related to post-war rehabilitation.

● Facilitate the connection of Armenian healthcare providers and international rehabilitation experts to share evidence-based treatment methodologies and build local capacity.

● Empower local rehabilitation professionals to share their expertise and experience in an international platform, bringing awareness to the unique challenges of post-war Armenia and Artsakh.

This conference will be a culmination of international experts and participants coming together for the first multidisciplinary rehabilitation conference targeting post-war injuries. We look forward to further collaboration and efforts supporting capacity-building for Armenian rehabilitation.

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European Academy of Neurology Virtual Day in Armenia

European Academy of Neurology Virtual Day In Armenia

May 15, 2021, duration 10:00-16:00 Yerevan time

3 Armenian CME 

Target audience: neurologists, neurosurgeons, family physicians and rehabilitation specialists

Language: English with Armenian simultaneous translation

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Symposium on Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Dedicated to the Memory of Professor Konstantin Danielyan

The International Center for Professional Development (ICPD) is cognizant of its duty to honor those who made substantial contributions to advancement of healthcare and medical education in Armenia. The ICPD is proud to be the organizer of a Symposium on Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, dedicated to Professor Konstantin Danielyan, who chaired the Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Medical Psychology of the National Institute of Health of Armenia since 1985 and contributed to the development of the field.

Many organizations in the world recently issued an urgent warning about mental health crisis among children and adolescents. In the USA it was declared to become a “national emergency” by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Children's Hospital Association and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Although the rates of mental health problems in youth have been rising steadily over the past decade, stress association with the coronavirus pandemic made the situation significantly more acute. Suicide is one of the leading causes of death for people between the ages of 10 and 24. The percentage of emergency department visits for mental health emergencies in the USA rose by 24% for children between the ages of 5 and 11 and 31% for those 12 to 17, compared with 2019. One in seven 10-19-year-olds in the world experiences a mental disorder, accounting for 13% of the global burden of disease in this age group. Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders has also been increasing worldwide partly due to improved early screening and diagnostic methods. The situation with mental health in youth has been critical in Armenia. Recent war with Azerbaijan had an enormous impact on emotional wellbeing of youth and their families. One of the main targets of the conference is to share the experience and expertise of our colleagues in this field. The knowledge obtained during this meeting will help us to provide more comprehensive and advanced help to youth with mental health disorders in Armenia.


Symposium Co-Chairs

Dr. Arman Danielyan, MD, FAPA, DFAACAP

Dr. Armen Soghoyan, MD, PhD, Armenian Psychiatric Association

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Antonio Y. Hardan, MD, Professor at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford University, USA

Dr. Gabrielle A. Carlson, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics and Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at State University of New York at Stony Brook, USA


Target audience: Psychiatrist, psychologists, rehabilitation specialists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists, juvenile justice workers, pediatricians, developmental pediatricians, family doctors, nurses, social workers, counselors, educators


Symposium Language

English with Armenian simultaneous translation


2 days, 4 hours per day

Registration required!

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Updates on Pediatric Surgery Dedicated to the Memory of Professor Albert Vanyan

The International Center for Professional Development (ICPD) is cognizant of its duty to honor those who made substantial contributions to advancement of healthcare and medical education in Armenia. The ICPD is proud to be the organizer of the Virtual Symposium on Updates on Pediatric Surgery, dedicated to Professor of Pediatric Surgery, Dr. Albert Vanyan, who stood at the origins of the formation of modern pediatric surgery in Armenia since 1965. He had a great contribution to the formation of children's surgical services (general surgery, thoracic surgery, neonatal surgery, urology, orthopedics and traumatology, neurosurgery) in the country, working at the newly established Yerevan Children's Hospital (now the Surb Astvatsamayr Medical Center), where he worked until the end of his surgical and teaching career. He passed away in summer of 2022 at his 90th.  

Updates on Pediatric Surgery is designed for both practicing, in-training pediatric surgeons, general surgeons and non-surgical physicians interested in the pediatric surgical field. This online webinar will be conducted by collaboration of pediatric surgeons from Washington DC and Armenia.

This comprehensive series will cover updates in the treatment of common pediatric surgical problems, the latest surgical techniques and innovative procedures, including minimally invasive surgery as well as the management of other pediatric surgical diseases.

Leading experts will discuss the management and treatment options from a pediatric surgical perspective. This series assists in decision-making for multiple areas of pediatric surgical practice. The subject matter selected is a cross-section of the cutting-edge surgical practice of today and new developments in pediatric surgical field.

The intention of the program is to increase knowledge of pediatric surgical disease, to analyze the result of new approaches or techniques for managing disease and to examine new concepts in surgical science. The intended result of this activity is increased knowledge, performance, competence, skill and enhanced patient care regarding pediatric surgical disease, analyzing new approaches or techniques for managing disease and examining new concepts in the pediatric surgical science.

Symposium Chair

Dr. Mikael Petrosyan, MD, MBA

Symposium Co-Chairs

Dr. Ara Babloyan, MD, PhD

Dr. Nikolay Dallakyan, MD, PhD

Key faculty from the Joseph E. Robert Jr. Center for Surgical Care at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Target audience: Pediatric surgeons, pediatric anesthesiologists, ICU physicians, newborn surgeons, pediatricians, general surgeons, orthopedic surgeons, pediatric thoracic surgeons, urologists, neurosurgeons, ENT doctors, oncologists, maxillo-facial surgeons, family doctors and pediatricians, neurologists, rehabilitation specialists, perioperative nurses

Symposium Language

English with Armenian simultaneous translation


2 days, 4 hours per day

Registration required!  

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The International Center for Professional Development (ICPD) is cognizant of its duty to honor those who made substantial contributions to advancement of healthcare and medical education in Armenia. The ICPD is proud to be the organizer of the 2nd Professor Edgar Housepian Clinical Neuroscience Symposium on Pediatric Neurosurgery.

Professor Edgar Housepian was an internationally-renowned neurosurgeon at New York’s Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, whose daily activity was oriented to the creation for the sake of a human being, the community and the Country. He led the launch of still operating multiple Continuous Medical Education Programs designed for medical personnel of Armenia and Artsakh. His inexhaustible dedication and open-mindedness very much contributed to improvement of the health care system of Armenia. 

With advances in healthcare and improved survival from communicable disease in pediatric population especially in low- and mid-income countries, there is an increased need for neurosurgical procedures. Despite the influx of knowledge and equipment from diaspora which resulted in improvements in pediatric neurosurgery in post-Soviet Armenia, there is still a need for continuous learning to be able to reach comparable levels of advanced health care systems.

This symposium will create an opportunity for pediatric perioperative neurosurgical specialists in Armenia, to meet their peers from well-known neurosurgical centers in USA and Europe virtually, exchange ideas, and share experience discussing new technologies and techniques.

This symposium provides focused, comprehensive knowledge to neurosurgeons with a specific interest in pediatric, stereotactic and functional neurosurgery.


At the end of this symposium, the participants will be able to:

  • Discuss advancements in pediatric stereotactic and functional neurosurgery,
  • Review methods to implement advanced perioperative care for pediatric patients in need of neurosurgical procedures in Armenia
  • Develop new collaborations with peer specialists in USA and Europe
  • Exchange ideas and knowledge with colleagues from different countries and different settings, networking with other professionals,
  • Apply knowledge and the science of pediatric functional neurosurgery to start such programs in Armenia

Course Format 

This two-half day virtual symposium will take place on October 6 and 7, 2023, at 16:00-20:00 Yerevan time and will be moderated to allow questions and answers by participants.


Co-ChairsGarni Barkhoudarian, MD, FAANS (USA), Prof. Ruben Fanarjyan, MD, PhD (Armenia)

Scientific Committee: Nara Lalazaryan, Niko Arzumanyan, Sevak Badalyan

Target Audience 

Neurosurgeons, Neurologists, Anesthesiologists and Critical Care Specialists, Neurophysiologists, Neonatologists, Pediatricians, Oncologists, Rehabilitologists, Neuroradiologists

Symposium Language

English with Armenian simultaneous translation

Registration required!

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