About Institute

The Institute was founded by the order of the Authorized Advice of Labour and Defense of the USSR 1 from June 5, 1934 as a scientific operative body for plague control. Next years the Institute began to work with other especially dangerous diseases: cholera, brucellosis, tularemia, anthrax, arbovirus infections.

Skorodumov Aleksey Mikhajlovich, the outstanding epidemiologist, microbiologist, professor, was the founder and the first head of the Institute. Under his initiative anti-plague system of Siberia and the Far East, included not only its central body the Antiplague Institute, but also two Antiplague Stations viz. in Chita and Khabarovsk Cities, Antiplague Branches, Antiplague train, was organized. A. M. Skorodumov directly participated in neutralization of plague outbreaks in Transbaikalia, Mongolia and China, organized training of the qualified doctors specialists in plague and biologists, began construction of a scientific laboratory complex, organized the edition of proceedings, published about 50 research papers on actual problems of natural plague focality, including a fundamental work Plague in Siberia (1937).

At a later date the Institute was headed by F. F. Bugajchuk (1938-1940), V. N. Ter-Vartanov (1940-1941), N. I. Makarov (1941-1945), . . Bykov (1945-1948), N. D. Altareva (1948-1957), I. V. Domaradsky (1957-1964), M. I. Antsiferov (1964-1965), A. D. Safonova (1965-1978), E. P. Go-lubinsky (1978-2008). In 2008 professor S. v. Balakhonov was appointed a director of the Institute.

Now the Institute represents a multifield scientific research and anti-epidemic Establishment, providing jointly with Managements, Regional Centers of Hygiene and Epidemiology and Antiplague Stations of Rospotrebnadzora, epidemic control for especially dangerous bacterial and virus infections in the Siberian and Far Eastern Federal Districts. Ninety five scientific employees including 13 Doctors and 40 Candidates of Medical and Biological Sciences are working in the Institute.

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