TSU with colleagues will open the Public Health Centre

Representatives of TSU, Siberian State Medical University, and Maastricht University (Netherlands) have agreed to open international the Public Health Centre, which will be the first in Russia. As part of its work, scientists from the three universities will study complex health problems from the medical and sociological, philosophical, ethical, and other viewpoints.

Maastricht University is a longtime partner of TSU. In addition, scientists at Maastricht University, TSU, and SibSMU are developing a master's programme to train specialists in medical innovation that has no analog in Russia and will be implemented with support from the European Union programme Erasmus+ . Representatives of all three universities met recently at TSU to discuss the prospects for trilateral collaboration.

In particular, the universities plan to open the first interuniversity and international research public health centre in Russia. As Evgeniya Popova, director of the TSU Centre for Political Analysis of Science and Technologies (PAST Center), explained, public health is a discipline in which scientists from various areas of science study the complex social and cultural origins of health problems, aiming at preventing disease and improving the quality of life.

- Often, programmes aimed at prevention are being ignored or rejected by the target audience. People do not act according to the recommendations and many tools become ineffective, - added Evgeniya Popova. - For these programmes to work, we must take into account the specific cultural and economic conditions of people's lives.

It is expected that the Centre will begin operations in early 2017 and will bring together all the projects of the three universities in the area of public health. In particular, the scientists of these universities are planning to study the problem of resistance to antibiotics, which is not only a medical and biological but also a cultural and political problem. Now, this project is applying for the EU programme Horizon 2020.

In addition, the Tomsk universities and Maastricht University also will submit a second application for participation in the Erasmus+ programme. The universities want to improve training by the Master's programme on biomedicine. This enables training specialists, the lack of which is now acute in the health care, for example in the development and maintenance of medical devices.