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22.09.2017


On September 22, President of the Republic of Abkhazia Raul Khadzhimba gave a speech during the official part of the scientific-practical conference “90 years of the Research Institute of Experimental Pathology and Therapy of the Academy of Sciences of Abkhazia”.

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Dear Zurab Yasonovich!

Dear staff of the Sukhum Scientific Research Institute of Experimental Pathology and Therapy!

Dear guests!

A glorious path traversed by the scientists of one of the great primatological centres of the world, the Sukhum Scientific Research Institute of Experimental Pathology and Therapy, is a part of the history of the development of our country’s science and of the formation of the intellectual potential of our state.

As you know, the first Soviet People’s Commissar of Public Health Nikolai Aleksandrovich Semashko proposed an idea to create a monkey nursery for carrying out experiments on primates for the purpose of investigating human diseases. Sukhum became the most fitting place for this project since the climate of our country was close to the tropical conditions to which the monkeys are used. On the basis of the Sukhum monkey nursery, which was founded in 1927, the Research Institute of Experimental Pathology and Therapy was created in 1958. It became a centre for the study of primatology of world significance and a scientific base for fighting cancer.

In this period, the centre put forward a large number of professionals, PhDs, professors and academics, whose in-depth research has received international recognition.

The Institute can be proud that here, monkeys were prepared to fly into space under the Bion program. Here, the world’s first models of a number of viruses were created, and new antibiotics and drugs were tested.

Already in 1981 at the Abkhazian State University, on the basis of the Research Institute of Experimental Pathology and Therapy, the Department of Experimental Biology and Medicine began its work. The initiators of this work were the Head of the Institute of Experimental Pathology and Therapy Boris Lapin and the Chancellor of the Abkhazian State University Aleko Gvaramia.

The war caused enormous damage to the Institute, and today, with support from the state, opportunities are being sought to restore its full-fledged activity. Today, the Institute is one of the leading structural units of the Academy of Sciences of Abkhazia. We are delighted by the successes of young academics who do serious research at the Institute.

We are deeply grateful to all those who assist the Institute of Experimental Pathology and Therapy. First of all, it is the academic and internationally famous scientist Boris Lapin who for many years was successfully leading the Institute.

Allow me to sincerely congratulate the staff of the Institute, its heads and the entire scientific community of the Republic on this wonderful anniversary and to wish you all, our dear scientists, strong health, longevity, and new achievements in this important and responsible field of service to science!

 



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