Kazan Federal University

KFU’s work exhibited at Tatarstan Academy of Sciences on Russian Science Day

An extended session was held on 9 February with participation from Minister of Science and Higher Education of Russia Valery Falkov, Governor of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov, and rectors of Tatarstani universities.

KFU chose to showcase its research in neurodegenerative diseases and neural injury treatment. Comments were given by Director of the Center for Precision and Regenerative Medicine Albert Rizvanov.

At the meeting, Minister Falkov noted, “The Republic takes the most active part in the growth of R&D. All conditions have been created here for scientists to work and conduct knowledge-intensive business. Thanks to this, in 2022 Tatarstan took second place in the national rating of scientific and technological development of the subjects of the Russian Federation. Universities participate in the implementation of all federal programs, including those initiated by the Russian Ministry of Science and Higher Education. Universities are creating research and education centers, advanced engineering schools, developing student technological entrepreneurship – all this is aimed at attracting talented young people to science. I cannot fail to mention the fact that the business is also actively investing in university developments.”

Governor Minnikhanov mentioned that the number of research workers in Tatarstan has exceeded 14,000, which is the biggest number since the dissolution of the USSR in 1991, and the number of young scientists is also above national average. Combined public and private spending on R&D in 2023 in the province amounted to 30 billion rubles.

President of the Tatarstan Academy of Sciences Rifkat Minnikhanov spoke about the Academy’s strategy for the near future and introduced vice-presidents, one of which is KFU’s Vice-Rector for Economic and Strategic Development Marat Safiullin. He is going to oversee research in economics and sociology.

Lead Research Associate of KFU’s Laboratory of Gene and Cell Technology Yana Mukhamedshina talked about her work on gene therapy for orphan diseases. Laboratory Researcher Arsen Mamleev showed an auto-heated platform with a perfusion camera for veterinary surgery. The device has proved to decrease animals’ mortality in surgery by 60%.

An antibacterial coating for wound treatment was presented by Senior Lecturer Semyon Romanov.

In conclusion, Governor Minnikhanov and Minister Falkov conferred federal and provincial awards and commendations. Chair of the Department of Human and Animal Physiology Guzel Sitdikova was named Distinguished Worker of Science of the Republic of Tatarstan.

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