The year 2018 has been historic for beekeeping world-wide: with Slovenia’s initiative, World Bee Day is being celebrated for the first time in the history. The Apifuture symposium 2018, held on 18 October 2018 in the Hotel Mons in Ljubljana, will be the highlight of all activities Medex has organized in tribute of World Bee Day. The common thread of the symposium will be the safety and quality of bee products and control of products that contain bee products.
Several of the most important Slovenian and foreign experts will discuss the newest findings in the field of the use of bee products in medicine. The concluding part of the symposium will be the certificate award ceremony for apitherapists and presentation of their graduation work.
Apifuture symposium 2018 speakers

Safety of Bee Products
Dr. LUTZ ELFLEIN, Head of Authenticity testing, Eurofins Food Integrity Control Services GmbH

Dr. Lutz Elflein has 18 years professional experience as a certified food chemist, thereof 15 years of practical experience and profound expertise in scientific research, analytical testing and legal assessment of bee products (honey, royal jelly, beeswax, pollen, propolis). He is currently working at Eurofins in Germany as the Director Food Authenticity and as the Site Manager of Eurofins Food Integrity Control Services GmbH, a special business unit of Eurofins dealing with all aspects of Food integrity and authenticity. Lutz Elflein is Eurofins Germany’s designated contact person for expert services regarding honey and other bee products.

Quality of Bee Products
GUDRUN BECKH, Managing director at Quality Services International GmbH

Gudrun Beckh is Biologist and originally trained in pollenanalysis during her Diploma studies. Since 2000 she is the Managing Direcor of QSI, she joined the company in 1991. QSI itsself respectively the former Institute for Honey Research was funded in 1964. Since more than 25 years she is involved in the quality control of honey and other beeproducts. QSI is testing 70.000 samples per year for general quality, residues, authenticity, origin. As internationally working expert she carried out training sessions for German governmental and EU projects supporting countries to access the honey market in Europe. She is member in different committees like DIN, ISO beeproducts and technical adviser for FEEDM, German Honey Association. Currently she is the head of the International Honey Commission, a global network of experts.

Honey and Other Bee Products in Primary, Secondary, Tertiary and Quaternary Prevention in Family Medicine
Prim. mr. sci. JOSIP LONČAR, dr. med., Private Apitherapy Practitioner

Chief physician Josip Lončar, M.Sc., specialized in family medicine after finishing his medical studies and gained the title Master of Science in 1991. In 2000, he became a chief physician. Since 1991, he has worked in private practice in Bjelovar.

He has had contact with bees since an early age, but it was in 1975 when he started to deliberately dedicate his time to bees. Nowadays, he uses apitherapy in everyday medical treatment. He is treating people oversensitive to bee stings with immunotherapy, and practicing therapies with natural bee venom for people suffering from degenerative diseases. He actively participates at apitherapy symposia in Slovenia, and gives lectures on apitherapy to pharmacists, doctors and students in Croatia. He is a lecturer and tutor at the School of Medicine in Zagreb, Department of Family Medicine. He has published more than 100 scientific and technical articles in the field of family medicine. In the magazine “Hrvatska pčela”, he regularly publishes articles on bee products.

Effect of Royal Jelly on Systemic Inflammation – clinical study
Dr. ZALA JENKO PRAŽNIKAR in Dr. ANA PETELIN, University of Primorska, Faculty of Health Sciences, Slovenia

Doc. Dr. Zala Jenko Pražnikar graduated from the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Chair of Biochemistry. In 2009, she obtained her doctorate in biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Medicine. During her PhD studies, Zala Jenko Pražnikar was employed as a young researcher at the Jožef Stefan Institute, Department for Molecular and Medical Biology Studies, where she lectured on toxins and biological membranes. Currently, she is employed at the University of Primorska, Faculty of Health Studies, where she teaches Biochemistry and selected chapters from Genetics and Nutrigenomics. As a researcher, she works in the field of metabolic and hormonal disorders, as well as food interventions. She has published more than 25 scientific articles with high impact factor, and she is often quoted.
Doc. Dr. Ana Petelin obtained her doctorate in chemistry at the Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School in Ljubljana, in the field of biochemistry and molecular biology, in the Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies programme. She is currently employed at the University of Primorska, Faculty of Health Studies, where she lectures on chemistry basics, chemistry, pathophysiology of food and partially in research in dietetics. As a researcher, she works on several national and international projects. The main focus of her research is identifying early biomarkers for obesity and connected diseases, as well as the field of food intervention. She has published more than 20 scientific articles with high impact factor, and she is often quoted.

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