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  • Researchers Explain: All About Carbon Dots And Their Medical Applications

    Carbon nanoparticles (or carbon dots) are a recent and lucky discovery that has managed to become one of the most popular scientific trends of the last 15 years. Their biocompatibility and solubility, among other properties, make them highly useful in diagnostics and therapy of some of the most severe conditions, as well as in biosensing, bioimaging, environmental monitoring, optoelectronics, and other fields. We caught up with Elena Ushakova, the head of the Laboratory of Light-Emitting Carbon Quantum Nanostructures and PI of the Functionalized Carbon Nanoparticles group, to ask her all about carbon dots, their synthesis, and the promise they hold. 


  • ITMO Students Develop Smart Armband for Monitoring Hospital Patients

    Medsled, a team from ITMO University, has developed a concept of a smart armband for monitoring the condition of hospital patients. Unlike its competitors, the new solution doesn’t have a screen and can transport data directly into a medical information system. The concept won the Smart Medical Technologies hackathon held by the university at the recent St. Petersburg International Health Forum. Read on to learn more about this and other solutions developed by ITMO students, including a fundus camera, a portable electromyograph, and another smart armband.


  • Empathy Is Key: Charity Hospital Founder Talks Street Medicine and Helping the Homeless

    As a doctor, Sergey Ievkov worked with critical-condition infants. But four years ago, he quit his job and quite literally took to the streets – to help the homeless, who are otherwise nearly unable to receive qualified medical assistance. This was the origin of Charity Hospital (Благотворительная больница), a project staffed by 100+ volunteers, doctors, paramedics, and medical students who help homeless people by treating injuries, distributing medicine, and giving vaccine shots. This October, the project’s team organized an event during which they provided patients with cataract and glaucoma screenings, as well as eyeglass prescriptions. We spoke to Sergey about street medicine, personal choice, empathy, and staying involved when others look the other way.


  • Healthcare for International Students in Russia

    Health and well-being are not something that we are ready to leave to chance – it’s always better to come prepared and stay assured that you know what to do in case you catch a flu or feel unwell during class. Here are some must-know tips for any international student at ITMO.


  • How ITMO Trains Specialists in Public Health Sciences

    Last year, the university’s Center for Science Communication launched Russia’s first-ever English-language Master’s program in public health sciences. Its students train to become specialists in medical research, epidemiology, healthcare, and health economy. The program’s first students are already participating in major medical research. We spoke to Anton Barchuk, an oncoepidemiologist and head of the program, and Ksenia Spiridonova, the program’s coordinator, about the program and its benefits.


  • What Helps the Brain Keep Your Balance

    Do you ever find yourself struggling to keep your balance? Well, if it’s any comfort, your vestibular system was perhaps doing an even harder job making sure you stay upright and coordinating your limbs. In today’s feature, we will tell you about three more things that this system does to keep us alive, healthy, and happy! 


  • Student Spotlight: Ashish T.S. Ireddy, India

    Ashish from Bangalore, India is studying big data and machine learning at ITMO and planning to apply what he learns in healthcare to provide better treatments and address various diseases more efficiently. He is curious about the world and passionate about football. Read on to learn more about his intriguing field of studies and his experience in St. Petersburg. 


  • New Plant-Based Drug Testing System to Help Cut Down on Animal Testing

    In the fall of 2019, Aleksandra Predeina, then a first-year Master’s student at ITMO came to Vladimir Vinogradov, head of ITMO’s SCAMT Institute and expressed a desire to make an art & science research project. Two and a half years later, this collaboration has resulted in a unique testing system for nanopharmaceuticals that will make it possible to significantly cut down on animal testing. Read on to learn all about the scientific breakthrough born from a passion for art. 


  • Vaccination in St. Petersburg: ITMO Staff and Students on Why They Decided to Get Vaccinated

    Russia’s vaccination campaign against COVID-19 was launched on December 15, 2020, when the Russian Ministry of Health approved the Sputnik V vaccine. Since then, a lot of research has been conducted on its safety and efficiency with results published in Nature and The Lancet, and in late August the first international article on the Russian CoviVac vaccine was published in Emerging Microbes & Infections. Researchers from all over the world agree that the only way to end the pandemic is through herd immunity. It means that everyone can contribute if they get vaccinated. ITMO.NEWS asked university staff and students why they decided to get vaccinated and why it’s important to rely on science instead of rumours spread online.


  • ITMO Researchers Create an Algorithm To Help Reduce the Risk of Complications in Cardiovascular Diseases

    The machine-learning-based algorithm is developed by ITMO’s National Center for Cognitive Research. By analyzing data on patients’ well-being and lifestyle, the program will help physicians make timely decisions on prescribing treatment, drugs, or surgery. The study was published in Journal of Computational Science.