In 2006, CAAU supported a six-week training program conducted at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for eight scientists that were selected from prominent research facilities in Ukraine. The eight scientists were also honored guests at the CAAU Ball in February 2006.
Since 2006, scientists from Ukraine have been invited to participate in the annual ‘Bridges in Life Sciences’ conference organized by Regional Cooperation for Health, Science and Technology (RECOOP HST) Consortium. RECOOP is coordinated by the International Research and Innovation Program (Sandor G. Vari, M.D., Director) at Finance Department (Edward Prunchunas, Senior Vice President for Finance Department and Chief Financial Officer) at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
For two weeks in June 2008, two Ukrainian scientists, Professor Dr. Rostyslav Stoika and Dr. Rostyslav Bilyy, from the Institute of Cell Biology, national Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (Lviv) visited Los Angeles, on invitation from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (CSMC), to deliver scientific lectures and participate in seminars. CAAU provided funding for local accommodations and other hospitality for the two scientists.
Rostyslav Bilyy was named ‘Best Young Scientist’ in a competition of presentations among young scientists at the ‘Bridges in Life Sciences’ conference in October 2007. ‘Rostyslav Stoika is a mentor and scientific advisor of Rostyslav Bilyy. He has been involved in scientific projects in the past, and was one of the participants in the February 2006 program at CSMC. ‘Also, as a member of the CAAU advisory board Dr. Stoika continues to assist CAAU with direct project coordination in Ukraine.
For the ‘Bridges in Life Sciences’ conference held in Debrecen, Hungary in April 2009, CAAU sponsored the transportation for ten scientists from Ukraine. The winner of the ‘Best Young Scientists Award’, molecular biologist Dr. Vitalina Grishkova, and her mentor, Dr. Ramziya Kiyamova, both from the National Academy of Sciences in Ukraine, visited Los Angeles in November 2009, on invitation from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (CSMC), to deliver scientific lectures and participate in seminars. CAAU again provided funding for local accommodations and other hospitality for the two scientists.