Bacterial Infection Centers of the Ministry of Health of Russia
Centers of the Ministry of Health of Russia for bacterial infections operate in accordance with the decisions of the Ministry of Health of Russia and the Russian Academy of Medical Science, and on the basis of laboratories of National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology named after the honorary academician N. F. Gamaleya of the Russian Ministry of Health
Tel. (499) 193 6365.
Director – Professor Igor Semenovich Tartakovskiy.
Director – Doctor of Biological Science Irina Valentinovna Rakovskaya
Head – Doctor of Biological Science Nailya Akhatovna Zigangirova.
Director – Professor Tamara Ivanovna Sergeeva.
Tel. (499) 190 5742.
Director – Professor Eduard Isaevich Korenberg.
Tel. (499) 193 4395.
The content of scientific and practical activities of the Centers is set forth under the provisions of Order No. 2/2 of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation and the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences dated January 5, 2000. “On renaming the Republican Centers on the basis of the laboratories of the N. F. Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences as Centers of the Ministry of Health of Russia”.
In accordance with these provisions, the Centers of the Russian Ministry of Health for Bacterial Infections are coordinating, advisory and methodological bodies involved in research, organizational and methodological work on the study, diagnosis and prevention of infections.
The Centers carry out their work in cooperation with research institutes, health authorities and healthcare institutions of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation, institutions of the Russian Agency for Health and Consumer Rights (Rospotrebnadzor) in the constituent entities of the Russian Federation, and anti-plague institutions of Rospotrebnadzor.
The tasks and functions of the Centers include:
analysis of the incidence of the respective infections, forecasting the epidemiological situation in the country as a whole and in individual constituent entities of the Russian Federation;
development and improvement of new methods of diagnosis and prevention of infections based on the achievements of modern science;
development of draft regulatory and methodological documents on epidemiology, organization of anti-epidemic measures and prevention of infections;
provision of methodological and practical assistance to public health authorities and healthcare institutions of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation, Rospotrebnadzor institutions in the constituent entities of the Russian Federation, domestic anti-plague institutions for the prevention and control of infections;
training and professional development of experts of healthcare institutions and Rospotrebnadzor in the constituent entities of the Russian Federation for the prevention and laboratory diagnosis of infections;
organization and participation in conventions, conferences, seminars and symposia on relevant issues.
WHO Collaborating Centers
In accordance with cooperation agreements signed with the WHO, until recently, WHO Centers for bacterial infections operated on the basis of the laboratories of the N. F. Gamaleya National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology.
WHO collaborating center on rickettsiosis.
Tel. 193 6185
WHO collaborating center on legionellosis
Director – Professor Igor Semenovich Tartakovskiy.
Tel. 190 2581
Pursuant to the main tasks assigned to them, the Centers engaged in the following types of scientific and practical activities:
Conducting scientific research in relevant areas in conjunction with other WHO reference laboratories.
Storing international and national collections of reference strains of microorganisms and providing them to national and foreign laboratories on the basis of incoming requests.
Identifying bacterial pathogens detected in specific situations in the territory of the Russian Federation and in other regions of the world.
Training experts of scientific and practical institutions in epidemiology and laboratory diagnostics of infectious diseases.
Exchanging scientific information.
In recent years, in accordance with the WHO’s long-term programs for the control of zoonotic diseases and other infectious diseases, the Legionellosis Center has participated in three programs for testing drugs and methods under the auspices of the WHO (ELISA, immunodispersive test systems and methods for the isolation of Legionella from the external environment). The staff of the Center for Rickettsiosis carried out joint studies, including fields research, to study the modern epidemiological features of new and recurring rickettsioses (Astrakhan fever, trench fever).
At the request of the WHO, the Collaborating Centers on the basis of the N. F. Gamaleya National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology in tandem with other reference centers worked on the preparation of draft WHO Surveillance Standards and the new WHO Methodological Guidelines for the control of brucellosis, leptospirosis and legionellosis.
The directors of the respective laboratories work as part of international taxonomic sub-committees and WHO task forces. The employees of these laboratories are involved in preparing for and conducting WHO-sponsored conferences.