Kazan Federal University and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine launched a new project: scholars from two universities started to detect risk factors of cardiovascular diseases development. Currently there was signed an agreement on cooperation between educational institutions. Recently representatives from London have come to discuss further steps for cooperation.
This project is an interdisciplinary one. KFU is represented by the Institute of Mass Communications and Social Sciences and Institute of Fundamental Medicine and Biology. Director of the Institute of Fundamental Medicine and Biology explained that it was a burning problem - half of deaths in our country were caused by cardiovascular diseases. He also added that their results could substantially contribute to Russian and Tatarstan medicine.
But what is this project about? Sociologists and health professionals will study this question and from both sides. Sociologists will figure out the specificity of peoples` life style and environmental factors, whilst health professionals will examine peoples` health. Professor from London School, David Leon, considers this project to be innovatory and creative one.
It is known that preparatory stage for joint work has already started in February. As all organizational issues were settled, currently sides proceeded to discussion of project implementation, its technical and methodological issues. According to Mr. Leon in the future this project will be extended including other Russian and international universities.
English scholars will stay in Kazan for 5 days, during this period of time they want to communicate not only with scholars, but with students as well. On September, 23 it is planned to organize round table Experience of social studies in interdisciplinary projects in the Institute of Mass Communications and Social Sciences where were invited undergraduate and postgraduate students.