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Vasil Kostin, M.U.Dr.

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Charles University, Czech republicMD (MUDr.)12/2023Medicine
2022
Young Leader - UN SDG, The Association of Social Responsibility
2023
Talent Scholarship - Josef, Marie and Zdenka Hlávka Foundation
2023
Forbes 30 Under 30 - Forbes Czech republic
2024
Young Innovator Under 26 (shortlisted) - World Summit Award

Overview
Dr. Vasil Kostin is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School and an Honorary Researcher at Oxford University, with a specialized focus on the integration of artificial intelligence within ophthalmology, particularly in medical retina. Since 2019, he has been actively involved in MedTech/HealthTech work, creating innovative devices in various medical fields for which he has received national and international distinctions. He secured a prestigious grant as the youngest successful applicant from the Czech government's highly competitive Program for applied research, experimental development, and innovation.

Throughout his medical education, Dr. Kostin demonstrated a commitment to teaching, serving as an Instructor of Anatomy Dissections for medical students. Presently, he is dedicated to enhancing the educational experiences of final-year medical students in Practical Skills in Ophthalmology. Additionally, he is the main organizer of the Summer School of Ophthalmology in Prague for European Universities, an initiative that has flourished under his guidance, annually instructing 30 selected candidates from across Europe.

Beyond entrepreneurial ventures, Dr. Kostin had been actively engaged in humanitarian efforts, contributing to missions in Kenya and collaborating with Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on the development of 3D printable insulin pens. Presently, his professional focus lies in the medical retina field and the application of AI methods in Ophthalmology at the Harvard Ophthalmology AI Lab under the supervision of Assistant Professor Mengyu Wang, PhD.

Research
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  1. 4EU+/23/Kostin (Vasil Kostin) Jan 1, 2023 - Jan 31, 2023
    4EU+ ($6,400)
    Summer School of Practical Ophthalmology 2023
    Role: Principal Investigator
  2. RIV/00216208:11120/22:43923271 (Vasil Kostin) Jan 1, 2021 - Dec 31, 2022
    Technology Agency of the Czech republic - GAMA2 program for applied research, experimental development, and innovation ($38,000)
    Smart Mousepad Wrest for prevention of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    Role: Principal Investigator
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Funded by the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences through its Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program, grant number UL1TR002541.