Today ZSMU hosted an extraordinary event — honoring the founders of the anatomical school of the University, scientists who stood at the origins of the Department of Anatomy (now it is the Department of Human Anatomy, Operative Surgery and Topographic Anatomy) and developed it throughout their lives — Professors Alexander Yakhnytsia and Mykola Voloshyn. Commemorative plaques have been installed on the façade of the University's academic building No. 3 in honor of prominent figures. The ceremony was attended by members of the Administration, professors, heads of departments, colleagues, friends and relatives of scientists.
The celebrations were dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the birth of Professor Oleksandr Yakhnytsia and the 65th anniversary of the birth of Professor Mykola Voloshyn, and took place on the eve of Teacher's Day in Ukraine, when it is appropriate to remember with gratitude the names of prominent people who went ahead, taught and educated.
Professor Yurii Kolesnyk, Rector of ZSMU, and Professor Valerii Tumanskyi, Pro-rector for scientific work, spoke with sincerity and warmth about scientists, whose names are inscribed in golden letters in the history of the Department and University. Professors Olena Hryhorieva, Olha Turhan, students and colleagues defined their personal qualities — extraordinary diligence, humanity, respectful attitude to colleagues and students — in their speeches.
It is very wise of the Administration to take the initiative to honor the elite of ZSMU, scientists, role models for young people. A new generation of freshmen has already begun to pave their way to the medical and pharmaceutical professions, and future doctors have begun to study anatomy, which Hippocrates considered the first principle of medicine. So they should know that back in 1964, a few days after the organization of the Medical Faculty at the Zaporozhye Pharmaceutical Institute, a scientist from Dnipropetrovsk, Oleksandr Yakhnytsia, was appointed head of the newly created Department of Anatomy.
The high-professional team was united by the devotion of the professor, the material and technical base was created, and the scientific work was strongly developed. Under the leadership of Professor Yakhnytsia, section halls, scientific laboratories and an anatomical museum were created and decorated. Today, the Museum of Human Anatomy is a business card of the University. It is difficult to overestimate the role of the scientist in the creation of the foundation of the Zaporizhzhia branch of the Scientific Society of Anatomists, Histologists and Topographers of Ukraine; significant contribution to the training of scientific and pedagogical staff of the department in particular and the University as a whole and scientific achievements in the study of morphogenesis of organs and tissues.
Alexander Yakhnytsia had many students, followers; one of the most talented of them was Mykola Voloshyn. Mykola Voloshyn's whole life is connected with ZSMU — here he was a student, graduate, postgraduate student, and head of the leading department, which he headed from 1994 to 2017, until the last days of his life. The scientist worthily continued the work of his teacher, developing the potential of the scientific and pedagogical department. Professor Mykola Voloshyn first described the endocrine structures of the thymus gland, substantiated the concept of "Lymphocyte as a factor in the morphogenesis of organs and tissues" and left behind many other valuable discoveries.
Colleagues remember Mykola Voloshyn as a principled scientist, Pro-rector for scientific work, deputy chairman of a specialized academic council, a demanding but friendly leader who blessed several dozen candidates and doctors of sciences. But the main asset is invaluable — the self-sufficient Department, he nurtured, is now replenished by young scientists, his students, who grew up under his wing. They fruitfully realize themselves, spend traditional anatomy evenings with students, and, of course, remember their predecessors with a kind word.
In continuation of the honoring of scientists on this day, ZSMU hosted a scientific-practical conference "Current issues of modern morphology", which was attended by leading Ukrainian scientists online.
2 October 2020