Researcher: Asst. Prof. Ferihan Ahmed-Popova, DMD, PhD

д-р Ферихан Ахмед-Попова, дм

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Department of Anatomy, Histology and Embryology, Faculty of Medicine, Medical University - Plovdiv

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Ferihan Popova, DMD, PhD, graduated from the Faculty of Dental Medicine at the Medical University - Plovdiv in 2003.

She started working at the Department of Anatomy, Histology and Embryology of Medical University - Plovdiv in 2008.

In 2015 she obtained Doctor of Philosophy in Anatomy, Histology and Cytology for a dissertation "Dermatoglyphic characteristics in schizophrenia and bipolar affective disorder type I as signs of dysontogenesis".

She acquired specialty in Anatomy, Histology and Cytology in 2018 and became Chief Assistant in the Department.

Her scientific interests are in neuromorphology – neuro-ontogenetic hypothesis of mental disorders, translational neuroscience, medical anthropology and dermatoglyphics. She is a member of Bulgarian Anatomical Society, Bulgarian Anthropological Society, Bulgarian Dental Association.

She has been an Executive Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Bulgarian Anthropological Society since 2019. She has 19 scientific articles, including 5 with impact factor, 26 participations in scientific forums, 3 participations in projects and 29 citations.

Selected Publications:

1. Ahmed-Popova F, Sivkov S, Topolov M and Beshkov A (2020) An fMRI Study of Adult Brain Cortical Activation Following Intensive Learning. Front. Psychiatry 11:115.

2. Beshkov, M. Topolov, F. Ahmed-Popova, S. Sivkov “A Review of Neuroimaging Studies on Working Memory Paradigms in Patients with Bipolar Disorder”, Curr Top Med Chem. 18(21):1883-1892, 2018.

3. F. Popova, A. Kovacheva, P. Garov, S. Sivkov, S. Kandilarova, N. Sirakov, M. Stoeva, K. G. Velkova “Adult brain activation during visual learning and memory tasks. An experimental approach to translational neuroscience.”, J Eval Clin Pract., 24(4):864-868, 2018.

4. Ahmed-Popova FM, Mantarkov MJ, Sivkov ST, Akabaliev VH. Dermatoglyphics – a possible biomarker in the neurodevelopmental model for the origin of mental disorders. Folia medica 2014; 56(1): 5-10.

5. Sivkov S, Akabaliev V, Mantarkov M, Ahmed-Popova F, Akabalieva K. Discriminating value of total minor physical anomaly score on the Waldrop scale between patients with bipolar I disorder and normal controls. Psychiatry Research 2013; 210 (2): 451-456.