Department of Children Diseases

Irina Nikitina
Head of the Department, Professor

Currently the Department of Children Diseases conducts two certification training cycles (each 144 hours) on the main issues of physiology and pathology of newborns, including premature, retraining (primary specialization) 504 hours in neonatology, 8–9 cycles (each 72 hours) “Intensive therapy in neonatology with practical skills in simulated classroom”, 2 certification cycles (144 hours each) on topical issues in pediatrics and pediatric cardiology.

Authorial cycles of the Department:

  • Pediatric Gastroenterology and alimentary diseases (144 hours);
  • Controversial issues of Pediatric Cardiology (36 hours);
  • Perinatal medicine as a basis for future health (144 hours).

Research topics:

The priority directions of scientific work of the Department at the moment are:

  • Studying the mechanisms of fetal growth retardation, and implementation of these mechanisms in the postnatal period in the form of increased risk of cardiovascular and endocrine diseases.
  • Study of cellular mechanisms programming system diseases in children with intrauterine growth retardation syndrome.
  • The phenomenon of microchimerism in newborn infants and their mothers.
  • Nutrition problems of healthy and sick child, functional disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Efferent therapy in perinatology.

Scientific and pedagogical school:

4–5 medical interns in pediatrics, 4–6 clinical residents in pediatrics and 4–6 clinical residents in neonatology, and 4 aspirants are trained at the Department now. Each of them is trained in a simulated classroom with practical skills for resuscitation and neonatal intensive care. Each intern and clinical intern is engaged in research work during the training course.

Clinical bases:

  • Perinatal Centre of Federal North-West Medical Research Centre;
  • Pediatric Department for children with endocrine and cardiovascular disease of Federal North-West Medical Research Centre;
  • Consultative and Diagnostic Centre for Children of City Clinic N 23;
  • St. Petersburg Regional Hospital.