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Belarus, Russia to implement antimicrobial resistance R&D project

Society 12.11.2019 | 15:32
Veronika Skvortsova
Veronika Skvortsova

MINSK, 12 November (BelTA) – Belarusian and Russian medics intend to implement a project in the area of antimicrobial resistance, BelTA learned from Russian Healthcare Minister Veronika Skvortsova. The statement was made before the joint session of the boards of the Belarusian and Russian healthcare ministries held on 12 November to discuss neurology and neurosurgery.

The official said: “We have prepared a new R&D project in the area of antimicrobial resistance [the resistance of microorganisms to antimicrobial medications, which could treat the infection caused by the microorganism in the past]. As you know, it is a problem the biological security relies on all over the world. It is a complex problem that needs to be resolved via agriculture, via proper training of medics, by raising the awareness of the population, and by creating new alternative antibiotics able to produce the desired effect when radioactive medications can't.”

Cooperation will continue in the area of stem cells. “We are preparing a project to continue the one implemented in 2013-2017. We will explore regenerative medicine, which has been advanced to new heights in the last few years. There are many opportunities to create artificial equivalents of human organs and systems, artificial coatings and ports for precisely injecting medications using cell structures. This is why we are going to have interesting programs,” the Russian healthcare minister noted.

Veronika Skvortsova stressed that Belarusian and Russian medics are interested in stepping up cooperation in neurology and neurosurgery. “It is a limitless area of research, one of the world's most rapidly developing ones. We are talking about understanding what the brain is, how it works, how memories, conscience, and human behavior operate. We are also talking about diagnostics and treatment of specific diseases, including age-related ones,” she added.

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