Organizing Committee

Konstantin Sukhov
Konstantin Sukhov
MD, PhD; The State Duma of Russian Federation, Committee Protection of Health, Expert Council of Complementary Medicine – member of the Board (Moscow, 2014); Ministry of Health of the Russia, The Coordination Council of Traditional Medicine – member of the Board (Moscow, 2016); European Society of Integrative Medicine (ESIM-Berlin) – member of the Board, 2014; World HirudoTherapy Organization (WHTO) – president (Moscow, 2013); The Russian Professional Medical Association of Complementary and Alternative Medicine – vice-president, (Moscow, 2012); International Biotherapy Society – member at Large, 2017.

Graduated with honors from the Medical Institute of Yakutsk State University (Yakutsk, 1985). Pupil of academician K.R.Sedov (RAMS of the USSR, Irkutsk – Krasnoyarsk); a doctor and researcher, Nobel prize laureate (1976) D.C.Gajdusek (National Institute of Health, USA); professors V.M.Makarov, V.P.Alexeev, V.G.Krivoshapkin (Medical Institute of the Yakut State University, Yakutsk). Laureate of the Award of Komsomol of Yakutia in the field of science and engineering (1991) and the public Prize named. A.N. Kosygin for great achievements in the development of Russian economy (2013).
Head the courses of «Hirudotherapy» and «Application of Medical Leeches in Complementary medicine and Rehabilitation»; section «Unindifferent» Russian Society of Physicians in Rehabilitation medicine (Moscow).
Author of more than 100 scientific works and books, dedicated to issues of general pathology; history of medicine, cardiology, pulmonology and gastroenterology on the Far North; the Vilyui encephalomyelitis; hirudotherapy; capillaroscopy and microcirculation.

Magdalene Westendorff

Biologist, Doctor of biological Sciences (PhD), Natural health professional (Hirudothery). Freelance scientific collaborator in the Biebertaler Blutegelzucht GmbH (Biebertal, Germany). Member of the German Association of the promotion of therapies using Hirudinea and their species conservation.

Graduated with honours from the Biological faculty of the Kiev State university, worked while studying time in the Department of biochemistry of the nervous system in the Institute of biochemistry of the Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and wrote the thesis about functions of membranes of brain cells. Scientific works in the field of physiology, pathophysiology of animals, genetics and ecology of insects and biology of Hirudinea. PhD at the University in Leipzig (1986). Studies in the school for natural health professionals, passed state examination and works above all as a hirudotherapist. Studied at courses of hirudotherapy in Moscow (Dr. Sukhov).

Holds lessons about scientific bases of hirudotherapy at the European Academy of Hirudotherapy (Ltd.) in Wil, Switzerland, in training courses at the Biebertaler Blutegelzucht GmbH and in the natural health professional association Berlin (Fachverband Deutscher Heilpraktiker, Landesverband Berlin-Brandenburg e. V.)

Author of scientific papers about problems of physiology and pathophysiology of animals, genetics of sawflies (Symphyta, Hymenoptera), and ecology of insects and leeches (Hirudinea); co-author of a guide about hirudotherapy (D.K.Schweizer & M.Westendorff: Hirudotherapie. Ein Handbuch der Blutegel-Therapie, Wil, 2013).

Alexandr Khardikov

MD, Doctor of Medical Sci, a practicing obstetrician-gynecologist, Assistant Professor of obstetrics and gynecology of the Kursk State Medical University, Kursk, Russia.
Graduated with honors from the Kursk State Medical Institute (1982). In 2010 he defended his doctoral thesis on “Chronic oophoritis: pathogenetic aspects of the formation, diagnosis and therapeutic tactics”. Member of the Russian Academy of Natural History (RANH) – corresponding member (2014), academician (2015). For merits in practical health service awarded the Governor of Kursk oblast commemorative badge «For Works and Fatherland» (2008).

Practicing hirudotherapy in gynecology since 1995. The basic scientific directions: inflammatory processes of female genital огранов, chronic pelvic pain, female infertility, benign tumors of the uterus and appendages, hirudotherapy in gynecology. Is the author of more than 120 papers and one monograph, published in the Central and International press. The author of five rationalization proposals and one invention.

Boris Ragozin

MD, PhD, BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurvedic medicine and surgery), BNYT (Bachelor of Naturopayh & Yoga Therapy), Head of the Department of Ayurveda, Institute of Oriental medicine of RUDN University, Moscow, Russia.

MD (A.M.) – Indian board of Alternative Medicine (Calcutta, India). The research is devoted to treatment of diseases through Yoga therapy and traditional methods of treatment (duration 2 years).

Active participant of scientific-practical conferences and congresses at national and international levels. Participated in presentations and workshops on Ayurveda and Yoga therapy in India, England, Israel, Lithuania, Germany and Turkey, as well as in Moscow and other Russian cities.
From 2010 to 2014 – Headed the courses of DPO Formation of “Healthy Lifestyle and N utrition” (Ayurvedic medicine) and DPO “Restorative massage techniques in Oriental medicine” (Ayurvedic massage) at the Medical faculty at the Russian University of Friendship of Peoples (RUDN University, Moscow).

Kosta Y. Mumcuoglu

Professor, Biologist, Doctor of biological Sciences (PhD), president of the International Society of Biotherapy. Active in the Parasitology Unit, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, The Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel.

Graduated with honors from the Zoology Department of the Basel University (Switzerland). Thesis: House dust mites and allergies. Awards: The Wilhelm Lutz Award (1983) by the Swiss Society of Dermatology and Venereology; Corresponding member of the Swiss Society of Dermatology and Venereology (2002); Outstanding Teachers Award for the years 2003/2004 from the School of Medicine, Hebrew University, Jerusalem; The William S. Baer Award for outstanding service in the advancement of biotherapy (2010), conferred by the BioTherapeutics, Education & Research (BTER) Foundation; Honorary Member of the Entomological Society of Israel (2012); Outstanding Teachers Award for the years 2012, 2013 (twice), 2015 (twice) and 2018 from the Faculty of Agriculture, Koret School of Veterinary Medicine, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

Appointments: Secretary of the Israel Society for Parasitology, Protozoology and Tropical Diseases (1990-1995); Executive Member of the Israel Society for Parasitology, Protozoology and Tropical Diseases (2008-present); Member of the National Committee on Allergy and Clinical Immunology, section: Indoor allergies (1992-present); President of the International Society of Biotherapy (1998-2010). Member of the Organizing Committee of the 3-10th International Conferences on Biotherapy (1998-2017); President of the International Society of Phthirapterists (2010-2014); Member of the International Organizing Committee of the 10. European Multicolloquium of Parasitology, Paris, France (2008); President of the International Society of Biotherapy (2015-present); Member of the Governing Board of the Entomological Society of Israel (2017-present). Publications: Author of more than 300 scientific works and books, related to medical and veterinary entomology as well as maggot debridement therapy and hirudotherapy.

Dr. Jeena Neendoor Janardhanan

BAMS, MD, Professor & Head, Department of Ophthalmology & ENT, VPSV Ayurveda College, Kottakkal (Kerala) and faculty member, Board of studies member, Kerala University Health Sciences, India.

Practising Hirudotherapy for the past 15 years. Specialised in Ayurvedic Ophthalmology and ENT from Govt Ayurveda College, Trivandrum, Kerala, India. Conducting an OP exclusive for Ayurvedic Ophthalmology & ENT with a patient turn out of 100-150 per day.

Member of panel of experts in the First Russian Ayurveda Congress, Moscow in April 2013. Principal Investigator of clinical research, Govt. of Kerala, India. Keynote speaker at different International conferences.

Dr. N. Deniz Esin

MD; internal medicine specialist; a certified tutor in Ministry of Health in Turkey leading Hirudotherapy, Cupping Therapy, Maggot Therapy courses with her husband, Dr. Süleyman Esin; also a faculty member lecturing on İntegrative Medicine at Faculty of Medicine, İstanbul Medipol University, Turkey.

Dr. N. Deniz Esin has been carrying out integrative medicine applications (Acupuncture, Hirudotherapy, Cupping Therapy, Maggot Therapy, Phytotherapy) in her own private clinic with 15 years of experience. She also organised and conducted numerous seminars and workshops on integrative medicine.

Dr. Alexander Chistov

MD, practicing clinician, Doctor of Rehabilitation Medicine, a keen photographer, a member of the Russian Professional Medical Association of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (RACAM), Bryansk, Russia

A graduate of the Medical faculty of the Smolensk State Medical Institute (1983). Twenty one years engaged in active revival and promotion of the use of medicinal leeches in medical practice. Chairman of the organizing committee of three Inter-regional Conferences for the Treatment of Medical leeches, held in Bryansk (2000-2002), an active member of the All-Russia (Moscow) and Interregional Exhibitions (Bryansk) 2000-2013. Member of the Organizing Committee of the World Hirudotherapy Congress (2013, 2016, 2019), the author of the photo exhibition “Forward into the Past!”, the official photographer of the all our Congress.

An active participant in training courses of medicinal leech therapy and monthly meetings of the section “Unindifferent” Russian Society of Doctors for Regenerative Medicine.