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Research Institutes & Labs

The scientific core of I.M. Sechenov First MSMU is its Research Center (RC) which combines all the scientific departments of the University. RC subdivisions are 7 research institutes (RI), over 30 laboratories and research departments, the Coordinating Research Council, and the Coordinating Department of Young Scientists.



Research Institutes of I.M. Sechenov First MSMU:
RI of Medical Parasitology and Tropical Medicine
RI of Public Health and Healthcare Management
RI of Medical Sociology, Healthcare Economics and Medical Insurance
RI of Phthisiopulmonology
RI of Molecular Medicine 
RI of Pharmacy
RI of Uronephrology and Reproductive Health

A number of chairs of I.M. Sechenov First MSMU conduct their research at the Research Centers of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences:

A.N. Bakulev Research Center of Cardiovascular Surgery of the RAMS
N.N. Blokhin Russian Research Center of Oncology of the RAMS
B.V. Petrovskiy Russian Research Center of Surgery of the RAMS
Research Institute of Eye Diseases of the RAMS
Research Center of Endocrinology of the RAMS

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RI of Medical Parasitology and Tropical Medicine

The Institute of Medical Parasitology and Tropical Medicine named after E. Martsinovskii is the educational base of the department of Tropical Medicine and parasitic diseases which founded as a part of the preventive healthcare faculty.

The institute owns a large collection of agents of parasitic diseases and arthropod-carriers of diseases, rich illustrative material in the form of tables, slides, videos and CD-ROM drive, a library, which contains all of the major publications relating to the studied problems, and includes 80,000 names of the scientific literature for Parasitology, unique insectaries carriers of human diseases, collection agents, registered in the World health Organization.

The staff of the institute are deeply involved in carrying out the theme: "Improving the surveillance of parasitic diseases" and actively participate in the development of materials legislative prevention of parasitic diseases in Russia.

Objectives: 
The main objective of the department is training of competent personnel for the Russian Federal Consumer Rights Protection and Human Health Control Service and health care facilities specializing in "Parasitology" with the use of modern: technologies, forms and methods of teaching, as well as the latest achievements in biological and medical science and practice.

The departments train postgraduates in the field of "parasitology" and prepares graduate students (full-time and part-time students) and competitors of scientific degrees of candidate and doctor of medical and biological sciences in the specialties of "parasitology" and "entomology". Due to the degradation of the environment new training on carrying out sanitary parasitological studies of the environment (water utilities, etc.) were introduced.

Departments and divisions:

Department of Scientific Medical Information

Department of Medical protozoology

Department of Medical Helminthology

Department of development and pre-clinical study of antiparasitic medications

Division of modern therapeutic methods of treatment of parasitic diseases

Department of Medical Entomology

Laboratory development of treatments for parasitic diseases

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RI of Public Health and Healthcare Management

The Scientific-Research Institute of Public Health and Health Management was established in 2002.

The Institute is composed of the managerial board and 8 scientific compounds (4 divisions and 4 independent laboratories). The Institute’s personnel consists of 82 academic staff, including one member from the Academy of Medical Sciences, one correspondent, 16 doctors and 24 candidates of sciences.

Main goals:

  • Development of modern technology
  • Training of specialists with higher medical and pharmaceutical education, based on the achievements of biomedical research.

Main areas of research are:

  • The policy and strategy for the formation of public healthcare
  • The development and improvement of technologies for shaping public healthcare
  • Strategy for healthcare Management
  • Personnel Policy in healthcare
  • Economic and resource provision of healthcare
  • Standardization in healthcare
  • Information technology in healthcare management
  • Legal protection of public health and healthcare management
  • International healthcare

Departments:

  • Department of Medical prevention and health promotion
  • Department of Public Health Policy
  • Department for problems of public health
  • Department of Standardization in Health Care
  • Department of Health Management Strategies
  • Laboratory of the development, implementation and certification of information technology
  • Laboratory of labor efficiency in health care
  • Laboratory of coordination of inter-institutional research on public health and health care management
  • Laboratory of legislation in health care
  • Department of Problems of health information
  • Department of socially significant diseases
  • Laboratory of clinical and laboratory diagnosis

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RI of Medical Sociology, Healthcare Economics and Medical Insurance

Established in 2011 the Institute of Sociology of medicine, health economics and health insurance consists of the managerial board and 6 scientific divisions: 5 departments (sociology of health and illness, sociology of health care management, historical and sociological analysis of medicine, health economics, management, economics and sociology of health insurance) and a laboratory of medical and sociological monitoring.

The Institute is headed by Professor A.V.Reshetnikov academician of the Academy of Medical Sciences, Dr. of Medical Sciences, Dr. of Sociological Sciences, honored worker of health.

Main objectives:

  • Coordination of research activities
  • Improvement of the quality and quantity of medical and sociological and socio-economic research on fundamentally new directions in the sociology of medicine, health economics and health insurance.
  • Training of health managers in areas of: sociology of medicine and health economics.

Main areas of research:

  • Generating new knowledge about the basic laws governing the functioning and development of medicine as a social institution,
  • The formation of valuable relationships among different segments of the population with healthcare institutions, illnesses and health care, medicine and public health organization,
  • Development and implementation of social and economic measures to further improve health and health care organizations.

The research activities of the Institute are based on the principles of: unity and active interaction between the research and educational activities.

RI of Medical Sociology, Healthcare Economics and Medical Insurance

Established in 2011 the Institute of Sociology of medicine, health economics and health insurance consists of the managerial board and 6 scientific divisions: 5 departments (sociology of health and illness, sociology of health care management, historical and sociological analysis of medicine, health economics, management, economics and sociology of health insurance) and a laboratory of medical and sociological monitoring.

The Institute is headed by Professor A.V.Reshetnikov academician of the Academy of Medical Sciences, Dr. of Medical Sciences, Dr. of Sociological Sciences, honored worker of health.

Main objectives:

  • Coordination of research activities
  • Improvement of the quality and quantity of medical and sociological and socio-economic research on fundamentally new directions in the sociology of medicine, health economics and health insurance.
  • Training of health managers in areas of: sociology of medicine and health economics.

Main areas of research:

  • Generating new knowledge about the basic laws governing the functioning and development of medicine as a social institution,
  • The formation of valuable relationships among different segments of the population with healthcare institutions, illnesses and health care, medicine and public health organization,
  • Development and implementation of social and economic measures to further improve health and health care organizations.

The research activities of the Institute are based on the principles of: unity and active interaction between the research and educational activities.

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Research Institute of Phthisiopulmonology

The Institute is a lead agency for TB prevention, control and treatment, as well as the base for the Scientific Council of the Russian Ministry of Health and the WHO/Russian Federation on tuberculosis issues.

The RI of Phthisiopulmonology was established in 1918 as the Moscow Institute of Tuberculosis. In 1998 it became a part of I.M. Sechenov First MSMU. 

Nowadays the Institute is headed by Sergey V. Smerdin, M.D., honorable physician of the Russian Federation, and comprises board of directors, 7 departments (of epidemiology and TB care management; of TB monitoring; medical; of pediatric and adolescent tuberculosis; of laboratory diagnostics in phthisiology; surgical; of diagnostic study in phthisiology), 17 laboratories, and a vivarium.

Main goal is to stabilize and improve TB epidemiologic situation through developing and implementing new technologies in medical care management, tuberculosis prevention in various risk groups, treatment and rehabilitation of patients with different locations of tuberculosis.

Fundamental research is aimed to 
- obtain new knowledge in phthisiology; 
- development new technologies and means of prevention, diagnostics and treatment of tuberculosis; 
- solve scientific medical issues of public health and healthcare management. 

Research activities are based upon 
- principles of unity and active cooperation between research, education and healthcare; 
- concentration of efforts and resources on priority directions in phthisiology; 
- support of the leading scientists and research groups able to provide an outrunning level of research in phthisiology; 
- translation of results to consumers via publishing and the Internet; 
- orientation of research groups towards full cycle research and inventions resulting in a product; 
- integration into the Russian and the international scientific community. 

Calendar of events with international participation

DateEventGoals
March 28-29th, 2013All-Russian scientific and practical conference “Emerging issues of prevention, diagnostics and treatment of pediatric and adolescent tuberculosis”Increase efficiency of prevention and detection of tuberculosis and associated pathologies, pediatric and adolescent TB diagnostics and treatment
September 26-28th, 2013All-Russian research and practical conference “Strategy of patient-specific diagnostics and treatment in phthisiopulmonology”Increase efficiency of prevention, detection, diagnostics and treatment of tuberculosis





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RI of Molecular Medicine

The Research Institute of Molecular Medicine was founded in 2000 as a division of the First MGMU in the light of the tremendous scientific and technical progress at the end of the second millennium. The emergence of new technologies in biology took medical science to the level of studying intermolecular interactions. There was a need for specialized academic medical institution which would be engaged in a study of the causes and mechanisms of human diseases, the development of adequate methods of diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases carried out at the molecular and cellular levels.

The institute specializes on: clinical laboratory diagnostics, laboratory genetics, management and economics in the field of pharmaceutics and others. Its also engaged in fundamental biomedical research.

Main areas of research:

  • Development of approaches for creating drugs of a new generation,
  • Development of methods of early detection and diagnostic tools, and their pre-clinical investigations and referrals for clinical trials on the basis of modern achievements in molecular biology and genetic engineering.

Professionals working in these areas should combine a natural approach and high level of engineering thinking. It is essential that such an institution has links with the international scientific community to ensure the integration of Russian science in the global research process.

The Institute is composed of the managerial board and 9 research units: 2 divisions and 7 laboratories.

The basic principle of the institute in regards to the personnel policy is - continuous improvement of professional skills and increase of the scientific level of personnel. All employees have a degree in either: medicine, biology, pharmacology or chemistry and most are Ph.D. candidates.

Laboratories of the RI of Molecular Medicine:

  • Laboratory of biotechnologies
  • Laboratory of genetic engineering
  • Laboratory of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
  • Laboratory of human molecular genetics
  • Laboratory of Chemical Analysis
  • Laboratory of biologically active compounds
  • Laboratory for the study of reparative processes in skin tissue

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Research Institute of Pharmacy

The Research Institute of pharmacy was established in 2001, it carries out its activities in cooperation with the institutions, faculties and departments of the University and its clinics, performs with them collaborative research, and participates in the educational process at the University.

Main areas of research:

  • Development of scientific foundations for organizing the functioning of pharmaceutical companies.
  • Development of the basic principles of pharmaceutical research in establishing a manufacture of medicines.
  • Research to develop innovative technologies for medicine production.
  • Development of requirements for the creation and standardization of medical drugs based on nanotechnology.
  • Research on the standardization of general pharmacopoeial analytical methods.
  • Research on standardization of dosage forms.
  • Research on the standardization of medicinal plants, herbal medicines, including homeopathic ones.
  • Research on standardization of excipients.
  • Development of scientific and methodological principles of pharmacoeconomic and pharmacoepidemiological studies.
  • Pharmacoeconomic studies of drugs used for the treatment of of socially significant diseases.

The results of the research conducted by the staff at the Institute of Pharmacy is published in monographs, textbooks and the following magazines: "Pharmacy", "New Pharmacy", "Pharmaceutical Chemistry Journal", "Bulletin of Voronezh State University," "Pharmaceutical industry", "Bulletin of the Scientific Center of Medical Products "," Pharmacoeconomics ", etc.

The Institute of Pharmacy holds annual scientific conferences and scientific seminars on topical issues of technology, standardization, production and pharmacoeconomics of medicines, with the participation of students, researchers, companies specialized in the manufacture of medicines and the regulatory authorities.

Laboratories of the RI of Pharmacy:

  • Laboratory of medicines technologies
  • Laboratory of pharmacognosy
  • Laboratory of pharmacopoeias
  • Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Laboratory of pharmacoeconomics

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RI of Uronephrology and Reproductive Health

The Institute explores the current issues of diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases of the urinary system, male fertility disorders, and sexual function.

In it’s clinical departments a wide range of complex medical operations are performed routinely this includes: laparoscopic interventions on the kidney, a wide range of rare and technically complex reconstructive and plastic operations on the organs of the urinary system, percutaneous interventions, minimally invasive treatment of prostate cancer using focused ultrasound, destruction of small renal tumors with radiofrequency ablation and other modern techniques. Promising methods of 3-D modeling of the pathological process of kidney cancer, kidney stones and hydronephrosis were introduced in the institute, significantly improving the effectiveness of surgical treatment for these conditions by creating computer simulations of operations.

Soon the institution will open a well-equipped Laparoscopic Training Division. There are also plans to further develop public educational activity of the institute in the near future.

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