Mikrobiol. Z. 2022; 84(2):76-81.

To the 125th Anniversary of the SI “Institute of Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases
Named after L.V. Hromashevskyi” of NAMS of Ukraine

V.M. Hamaliia, S.P. Ruda, H.V. Zabuha

Dobrov Institute for Scientific and Technological Potential and Science History Studies, NAS of Ukraine
60 Tarasa Shevchenka Blvd., Kyiv, 01032, Ukraine

The review is dedicated to the 125th anniversary of the opening of the Bacteriological Institute in Kyiv (now it is called the SI “Institute of Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases Named aft er of NAMS of Ukraine) on the initiative of the Society for Control of Infectious Diseases, a non-governmental self-managing organization that united Kyiv’s microbiologists. It is noted that it was the fi rst institution to study infectious diseases in Ukraine. The activity of the Society, has been described. The efforts of a group including professors in medicine from the Kyiv University of Saint Volodymyr, namely K.G. Tritschel, O.D. Pavlovskyi, V.P. Obraztsov, V.V. Podvysotskyi, F.K. Bornhaupt, M.I. Stukovenkov, F.O. Lesh, F.G. Yanovskyi, V.Ye. Chernov, and others have been appreciated. It is emphasized that one of the priority tasks specified in the statute of the Society, approved on December 21, 1895, was the foundation of the Bacteriological Institute. A number of problems considered by the Society members have been described in detail. Special attention is paid to the role of patrons, in particular L.I. Brodskyi and O.N. Tereshchenko, thanks to whose donations the construction of the Institute became possible. The activity of directors and employees working in this scientific institution, namely V.Ye. Chernov, V.K. Lindeman, O.D. Pavlovskyi, V.K. Vysokovych, L.V. Hromashevskiy, and others, is covered. It is noted that during the first decade of the Institute’s existence, it produced important prophylactic drugs (against diphtheria, anti-meningococcal, anti-streptococcal, and tetanus serum), as well as vaccines against smallpox, cholera, typhoid, anthrax, and rabies. The work emphasizes that over 125 years of its operation, the Institute has undergone several reforms, and today it is the main scientific institution in Ukraine for the problems of epidemiology, microbiology, virology, parasitology, and infectious diseases. The importance of modern developments performed by the Institute’s staff such as new methods of treatment, diagnosis, and prevention of influenza, pneumonia, intestinal infections, scarlet fever, tetanus, viral hepatitis, meningoencephalitis, HIV infection, etc. has been highlighted.

Keywords: infectious diseases, medical society, vaccines, disease prevention, epidemiological department, bacteriology.

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