Welcome letter

Welcome letter

Dear colleagues,

I warmly greet you and extend a welcome to the first Balkan Symposium on the research, diagnosis, and prevention of tick-borne diseases, organized by the Pasteur Institute in Novi Sad.

The symposium will take place on December 22, 2023, in Novi Sad.
During the symposium, we will have the opportunity to familiarize ourselves with the latest advancements in research, diagnosis, and prevention strategies related to tick-borne diseases.

The symposium will bring together speakers from Serbia, Croatia, North Macedonia, Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, and France.

The Balkan region, with its unique ecological landscape, is particularly susceptible to tick-borne diseases. Therefore, it is crucial for experts in this region to collectively address this public health issue.

The goal of the symposium is to achieve interpersonal connections and foster understanding, collegial relationships, and a sense of belonging.

The diverse expertise represented at this symposium spans various disciplines within one region, indicating the interconnected nature of our mission.

By combining our knowledge and experiences, our aim is to promote a comprehensive understanding of tick-borne diseases and, more importantly, identify effective strategies for prevention and control.

We look forward to welcoming you to Novi Sad!

Director in act
Dragana Gazibara, MD


ZARZ Pasteur Institute Novi Sad
Hajduk Veljkova 1
Novi Sad, Serbia

Organization Board:

Dragana Gazibara MD, president

  1. Marko Ključar MSEM, member
  2. Ivana Radović LLB, member
  3. Aleksandra Radić BScEcon, member
  4. Mirjana Kolak BScEcon, member

Manager of scientific program
Pavle Banović MD, PhD

Date of the event


Venue of the event

Hotel “Sheraton”
Polgar Andrasa 1,
Novi Sad 21000, Serbia

8:30-9:00 Opening ceremony
9:00-9:20 Microbial ecology meets vector control: anti-microbiota vaccines
Alejandro Cabezas-Cruz, UMR BIPAR (INRAE, Anses, EnvA), France
9:20-9:40 Exploring diversity of tick-borne pathogens from vectors to reservoirs and discovery of novel viruses
Lidija Cvjetko Krajinović, University Hospital for Infectious Diseases “Dr. Fran Mihaljević”, Croatia
9:40-10:00 Tick-Talk: Exploring the hidden dangers in Greek Ticks
Anastasia Diakou, Laboratory of Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases, School of Veterinary Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
10:00-10:10 Community driven discovery: Exploring Tick-Borne Viruses in Hungary through citizen science
Gabor Kemenesi, National Laboratory of Virology, University of Pécs, Hungary
10:10-10:25 Presence of Anaplasma in animals
Sara Savić, Scientific Veterinary Institute ‘Novi Sad’, Serbia
10:25-10:30 Discussion
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-11:20 Ticks of Romania: diversity and vectorial role – 15 years of research
Noureddine Mechouk, Department of Parasitology and Parasitic Disease, University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca, Romania
11:20-11:40 Tick-borne infections in Bulgaria
Iva Christova, Bulgarian reference laboratory of vector-borne pathogens · National Center of Infectious and Parasitic Diseases, Bulgaria
11:40-12:00 Exposition to tick-borne pathogens in tick infested individuals in North Macedonia – preliminary results
Dejan Jakimovski, University clinic for Infectious Diseases & Febrile Conditions – Skopje, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, North Macedonia
12:00-12:20 An update on Tick-Borne Diseases in endemic regions of continental Croatia
Tatjana Vilibic Čavlek, Department of Virology, Croatian National Institute of Public Health, Croatia
12:20-12:40 Emergning tick-borne pathogens and neglected tick-borne diseases in Serbian population
Pavle Banović, Pasteur Institute Novi Sad, Faculty of Medicine in Novi Sad, Serbia
12:40-12:50 Diagnostic treatment and management of the patients infested by ticks: protocol of Pasteur Institute Novi Sad
Dragana Mijatović, Pasteur Institute Novi Sad, Serbia
12:50-13:00 Discussion
13:00 14:00 Lunch
14:00-14:20 Bayesian modeling of scutal and coxal indices for determination of Lyme borreliosis risk-profile of patients from Serbia
Eleftherios Meletis, Faculty of Public and One Health, University of Thessaly, Greece
14:20-14:35 An overview of immunodiagnostic results of Lyme borreliosis for South Bačka District (Vojvodina, Serbia)
Ivona Martinović, Institute of Public Health of Vojvodina, Serbia
14:35-14:50 Lyme disease in southeastern Serbia: the importance of early diagnosis in the prevention of complications
Nataša Rančić, “Public Health Institute Niš”, Serbia
14:50-15:05 Tick-borne diseases: classification and epidemiology
Srđan Stanko, Pasteur Institute Novi Sad, Serbia
15:05-15:20 Clinical Characteristics of Patients Presenting with Tick-Borne Diseases in Croatia
Monika Mudrovčić, University Hospital for Infectious Diseases “Dr. Fran Mihaljević”, Croatia
15:20-15:40 Fatal Case of Imported Tick-Borne Encephalitis in South Serbia
Lidija Popović Dragonjić, Clinic for Infectology, University Clinical Center Niš, Serbia
15:40-15:55 Detection of TBE virus in Ixodes ricinus ticks in Serbia
Tamaš Petrović, Scientific Veterinary Institute ‘Novi Sad’, Serbia
15:55-16:00 Discussion
16:00-16:30 Coffee break
16:30-17:00 Round table (all lecturers)
20:00 Gala dinner*
*Persons who wish to attend the Gala dinner at the Hotel Novi Sad should announce their attendance at no later than 15.12.2023.
The price of the Gala dinner is 30 Euros in dinar equivalent and is paid to the hotel on the day the dinner will be held.
Accommodation options

Hotel Novi Sad ****
Address: Bulevar Jaše Tomića 1, Novi Sad
Phone number: +381 21 442 511

Hotel SHeraton ****
Address: Polgar Andraša 1, Novi Sad
Phone number: +381 21 4878000 »

Hotel Veliki ***
Address: Nikole Pašića 24, Novi Sad
Phone number: +381 21 472 38 40 »

Hotel Putnik ***
Address: Ilije Ognjanovića 24, Novi Sad
Phone number: +381 21 66 15 555 »


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