Medical Field: Gynecology
Award: Finalist
Country: Slovenia
Year: 2022
Research Work: The Lifestyle Modifications and Endometrial Proteome Changes of Women With Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and Obesity
Published in: Frontiers in Endocrinology

My mother, who is also a doctor, often told me, "Be a good doctor or not a doctor at all." I often remember this phrase from her.

Dzhamilyat Abdulkhalikova, MD, is a specialist at the Clinical Department of Human Reproduction, Division of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University Medical Centre Ljubljana Slovenia, while simultaneously pursuing her doctor’s degree within the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme in Biomedicine – Clinical Orientation at the University of Ljubljana.

Although she comes from a family of physicians, she never took becoming a doctor for granted. But her commitment to the profession, the fast-paced environment, the interesting and lively work, and the feeling of being important never made her regret the decision.

Abdulkhalikova points out that most of the treatments we have today are the result of learning from the past. Therefore, research is the only way for physicians to discover new insights that help develop ever better guidelines and recommendations for treating patients. 

Another important factor for her to do research is also the desire for intellectual satisfaction when the results are published, when the work is recognized, and especially when the findings are translated into clinical practice. And that is true of the research she submitted, which examined how weight loss can improve the health and fertility of overweight women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). 

Our study sought to determine how weight loss associated with lifestyle changes affects the set of proteins specific to the endometrium, endocrine-metabolic properties, and motor abilities of obese women with PCOS and infertility. In our study, we identified several novel potentially important biomarkers that may influence endometrial susceptibility both in general and after weight loss. In addition, we found that lifestyle modifications lower fasting glucose and free testosterone and have a positive impact on body characteristics and motor skills.

After long hours at work, she recharges her batteries by spending time with her family and taking short trips to neighbouring countries. And at the end of the day, there is no better way for her to relax than to surround herself with the positive energy of her close friends.