The purpose of the visit of Russia’s Minister of Science and Higher Education Valery Falkov to Almazov Centre was to learn more about the World-Class Research Centre for Personalized Medicine and the educational activities of Almazov Centre.
During his visit, the Minister of Science and Higher Education visited the Preclinical Translational Research Centre of Almazov Centre, where he got the opportunity to see the classrooms and attend the classes and learn about the educational process of the higher education programme in General Medicine. Valery Falkov got an up-close look at a modern laboratory animal nursery as well as some of the technologies of basic research departments at the Centre for Personalized Medicine, including an operating room for large animals, a fluorescence / CT imaging unit and other equipment used for projects in nanotechnology, oncology and microbiology. The minister also learned about the activities taking place at clinical departments, research institutes and laboratories of Almazov Centre.
At the joint meeting, Valery Falkov praised the participation of Almazov Centre in the instrumentation upgrade programme and emphasized the maximum efficiency of the equipment used.
The minister drew attention to the successful establishment of the World-Class Research Centre in 2020 and the importance of the project both for society and the state calling personalized medicine one of the global trends for the future.
Vice Governor of St. Petersburg Vladimir Knyaginin thanked the staff at Almazov Centre for great work during the epidemic of coronavirus infection.
Deputy Director of the Department of Medical Education and Personnel Policy in Healthcare Elena Semenova expressed confidence that thanks to its research and clinical expertise, in the near future Almazov Centre will be able to reach new heights not only in medicine but also in education.
Director General of Almazov Centre Prof. Evgeny Shlyakhto thanked the prominent guests for visiting Almazov Centre and for supporting the WCRC initiative.
He emphasized that the Centre focuses on four key areas – research, clinic, education and work with the regions. The most important thing is to create a biomedical ecosystem that will generate human resources, research and education.
Director of the Institute of Experimental Medicine Alexander Dmitriev highlighted that the Centre for Personalized Medicine is a unique fusion of two institutions, and the Institute, as a partner, is ready to be involved in its educational, medical and research processes.
At the end of the meeting, Valery Falkov expressed confidence that the example of Almazov Centre should be used to promote education based on research and personalized medicine as a whole philosophy based on each patient’s unique medical attributes. At the same time, the Institute of Medical Education at Almazov Centre focuses not only on personalized medicine but also on personalized education, and this experience needs to be used in the education system as a whole.