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  • How Scientists Prove Vaccine Efficacy and Safety

    Before a vaccine becomes publicly available, researchers conduct dozens of studies to prove its efficacy and safety. Leading scientific journals keep publishing papers on how current coronavirus vaccines work and can save us from severe cases of the disease. How do scientists analyze new vaccines and assess their safety? How can you understand their conclusions without a degree in medicine? Anton Barchuk, an epidemiologist, head of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Health Research and ITMO’s Public Health Sciences Master’s program, answered these and other questions for ITMO.NEWS.


  • 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.


  • First Article on Safety of CoviVac Vaccine Published

    In late August, the first international article on the CoviVac vaccine was published in the peer-reviewed journal Emerging Microbes & Infections. Scientists from the Chumakov Federal Scientific Center for Research and Development of Immune-and-Biological Products of the Russian Academy of Sciences have presented data on preclinical studies of immunogenicity, safety, and efficacy of the vaccine in animals. The study was conducted over the course of more than a year. ITMO.NEWS asked Oksana Stanevich, an infectionist at the Pavlov First St. Petersburg State Medical University and a student at ITMO’s Public Health Sciences Master’s program, to discuss its results.


  • Why We Should Study Anti-Vaccination Communities

    Vaccination saved humanity from many dangerous diseases, such as smallpox, polio, and measles. However, there have always been people who were sceptical about it. What is going on in the anti-vaccination communities? What do their members discuss? How can we establish a constructive dialog with them? Denis Kvasnyuk, an analyst at ITMO’s Center for Development of Publishing Activities and junior researcher at the STS Center of the European University, tried to answer these and other questions. We met with Denis to discuss the importance and methods of such research.


  • Immunologist Marina Dukhinova on Herd Immunity and COVID-19

    The pandemic and introduced protective measures against COVID-19 have created a great storm for dispute, disinformation, and conspiracy theories. In this article, Marina Dukhinova, an immunologist and a senior researcher at ITMO’s ChemBio Cluster, answers the most frequently asked questions about immunity, antibodies, and revaccination.


  • Researchers on the Spread of COVID-19 in St. Petersburg and Vaccination

    Scientists have analyzed the spread of coronavirus in St. Petersburg throughout the past year. The research was headed by Anton Barchuk, head of the European University’s Institute of Interdisciplinary Medical Research and executive director at the Northwestern Federal District Association of Oncologists, and Daniil Shirokov,  head of ITMO’s Center for Development of Publishing Activities and the scientific department of Severgroup Medicine. ITMO.NEWS asked them to share the achieved results and discuss plans for further research.


  • Everything You Need to Know About COVID-19, Pandemic, and Vaccination

    ITMO.NEWS together with Oksana Stanevich, an infectionist at the Pavlov First St. Petersburg State Medical University and a chief expert of the project of the Ne Naprasno Medical Solutions Foundation (a partner of ITMO University), prepared an essential guide and answered the most frequently asked questions about the coronavirus, pandemic, and vaccination.


  • From Evidence-Based Medicine to Neuroscience: Nine Most Popular Books on Health

    If you want to better understand your own body and improve your health literacy, here are nine excellent books on medicine for all tastes.


  • CES 2021 Presents: High-Tech Face Masks, Transparent Screens and Flying Cars

    Illuminated face masks, housekeeping robots, transparent TVs, expandable smartphones, and flying cars – in this review, we will tell you about the most breathtaking devices showcased at CES 2021.


  • Cyber-Corona: How Businesses Managed the Transition to Working From Home

    A recent survey by the RAEC, the Higher School of Economics, and Microsoft has shown that 54% of Russian companies have switched to working from home due to the pandemic. But it wasn’t always a breeze.