Professor ALEXANDER I. NOVIKOV, MD, PhD, President of OSMU
Alexander I. Novikov was born in 1948 in Bryansk Region. After the army service, in 1969 A. Novikov entered Omsk State Medical University the Faculty of Pediatrics from which he graduated with honors in 1975. His career is connected with Omsk State Medical University where A. Novikov started working as an Assistant at the Department of Skin and Venereal Diseases and later became its head.
In 1983, A. Novikov defended his PhD thesis entitled “Clinical value of dislipoproteidemias and their role in pathogeny of lupus erythematosus”. In 1988, he was conferred the academic rank of Associate Professor. In 1997, A. Novikov defended his doctoral thesis entitled “Efferent techniques in complex treatment of chronic recurrent dermatoses”. That year he was conferred the academic rank of Professor.
On the 25th of December 1997, A. Novikov was selected as Rector for the first time. He was reelected several times in 2002, 2007 and 2012.
From the very beginning A. Novikov joined efforts of the University’s staff to solve key issues of its development. The result of joint activity was recognition of OSMU as a dynamically developing educational institution which is in the list of top ten of best universities in Russia. In April 2012, OSMU became the winner of “The Healthy Lifestyle University” competition.
According to A. Novikov, one of the OSMU main activity areas is highly qualified medical assistance to the population of Omsk Region. To provide qualified medical assistance to the rural population of the Region, leading professors regularly go to districts where they take part in consultations, discuss the most severe cases, define methods of treatment and send patients with the most severe diseases to Omsk clinics.
A. Novikov pays great attention to development of research activities in OSMU, aimed both at the training of the teaching staff and to carry out fundamental and applied research. Among the priority directions of the University's scientific development in recent years there are: burning issues of Reproductive Health and Pediatric Pathology in the regional aspect, medical and social issues of Narcology in the context of a large industrial center, development and clinical testing of new methods and technical means in Surgery, regional features of infectious pathology, socio-hygienic aspects of the population health in Omsk Region, the improvement of drug assistance to the population of Siberian Region and others.
The international authority of the University has increased. OSMU established strong partnerships with European universities in France, Luxembourg, Germany and Italy. Programmes of student and academic scientific exchanges with the universities of Strasbourg are being successfully implemented.
In 2006, OSMU won Tempus-Tacis “Joint European Projects” grant. The grant on “Modernization of Training Courses for Oncology Service in Omsk Region” was the only one in the field of medicine, issued in 2006, and the third in this field in Russia. OSMU became the grant holder.
In 2009, the University won the second educational grant of the European Union Tempus-IV "Life-Long Learning Framework for Medical University Teaching Staff", which goal is to develop new qualification requirements for teachers of medical universities and to modernize their training programmes, to improve the attestation mechanisms in the quality control system in accordance with modern international principles, to disseminate positive results in the implementation of the project. To implement this important project, designed for 2010-2012, the Department of Pedagogy and Psychology was established in OSMU, working in close contact with partners from the universities of Luxembourg, Strasbourg. Bochum, Rome. OSMU is also the grant holder. In addition, a direct Cooperation Agreement was signed with the University of Luxembourg on joint work in the field of Psychooncology, Physiology and Psychophysiology of Pain.
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From 2007 to 2011, A. Novikov was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Omsk Region, the vice-chairman of the Social Issues Committee and a member of the Committee on Education, Science and Youth Policy.
A. Novikov is the author of 300 research publications, among them there are 12 monographs and original training manuals, the author and rightholder of a number of patents and innovatory proposals. Under his supervision 5 doctoral and 15 PhD theses have been defended.