TSU Masters’ Research Solve Problems in Applied Medicine

22 June 2018 TSU and Maastricht University (The Netherlands) saw the defence of Master’s Theses within the joint programme. The masters’ studies concerned topical medical issues such as cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, heart diagnosis, and vestibular organ.

The Faculty of Physics has been carrying out the Master’s Programme in medicine in partnership with Maastricht University since 2015. The programme implies internship in Maastricht University where students join research groups and do their own research under supervision of world-class specialists. This year six Master’s Students successfully defended their theses. Three graduates were awarded excellent grades.

– The name of the programme tells us about the diversity of students’ studies, – highlights Vladimir Dyomkin, Director of the Programme. – Interdisciplinary approach to research on fundamental medicine based on physical processes and laws allows for in silico modelling of complicated biological processes. Therefore, research results can be applied in practice.

Today’s students focus on the most topical issues: cardiology, oncology, neurology, hemodynamics, and rheological properties of blood, thermoregulation, and human vestibular system. Such a wide range of research topics is enabled by close cooperation between The TSU Laboratory for Modelling of Physical Processes in Biology and Medicine, medical institutions in Tomsk, and Maastricht University.

The graduates came from different backgrounds: physics, medicine, biology. Their prepared their Master’s Theses under double supervision of professors at TSU and Maastricht University, for example, Tom Evers’s research on the new combined method for treating breast cancer. Evgeniya Solomina presented a method that can serve as a basis for creating a new branch of target therapy of Alzheimer’s disease. The research supervisors say that the obtained results are of great importance for modern medicine and can help to overcome limitations of conventional types of treatment.

– I would like to emphasise that graduates’ competency and motivation are very high – says Tatyana Rudenko, Programme Coordinator. – The research topics are not only practice-led but also crucial for health care system since they solve problems in medicine.

It should be noted that the majority of the graduates want to continue doing their research and plan to conduct them in Russian and European laboratories.

Admissions for 2018/19 academic year has already started. For more information go to http://biomed.tsu.ru/en/ or contact Coordinator of the Programme Tatyana Rudenko by email rudenko@ido.tsu.ru or phone +7 (3822)529-552.

Maastricht University specialises in medicine and is ranked one of the World’s Top-100 Universities (QS Rankings). The Cooperation Agreement between the universities was signed in December 2012. In May 2013 the Agreement on specification of the joint activity was signed. In 2014, The Laboratory for Modelling of Physical Processes in Biology and Medicine was opened and headed by Professor Herman Kingma. In 2017 TSU together with Siberian State Medical University under the auspice of Maastricht University launched a new Master’s Programme – Innovations and Society: Science, Technology, Medicine – which has no analogues in Russia today.