Poltava State Medical University and Lithuanian University of Health Sciences: unity of the scientific community during the war in Ukraine

June 7, 2022
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DOI: 10.32471/umj.1680-3051.149.229504 War is a negative and anti-human social phenomenon. Therefore, science must be a third force alongside diplomacy and an army that resists violence, demonstrating an example of unity, friendship and mutual support. Such actions were demonstrated by the higher medical institutions of Ukraine and Lithua­nia — Poltava State Medical University (PDMU) and Lithuanian University of […]

War is a negative and anti-human social phenomenon.

Therefore, science must be a third force alongside diplomacy and an army that resists violence, demonstrating an example of unity, friendship and mutual support. Such actions were demonstrated by the higher medical institutions of Ukraine and Lithua­nia — Poltava State Medical University (PDMU) and Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (Lith.: Lietuvos sveikatos mokslų universitetas, LSMU), as they signed a Memorandum of direct scienti­fic cooperation on May 12, 2022 and became «scientific brothers».

LSMU has a 100-year history and it celebrates this anniversary in 2022. The staff of PDMU headed by the rector professor Vyacheslav Zhdan congratulates his new scientific brother — LSMU headed by the rector professor Rimantas Benetis on the anniversary. Professor R. Benetis was awarded by the mayor of Poltava with the gratitude of the mayor with a badge for a significant contribution to the organization of comprehensive assistance to Ukrainians and Poltava residents in need of physical protection in Lithuania and Kaunas during the military decree of February 24 № 64/2022 status and on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the LSMU. A similar award was given to the head of the nephrology clinic of the LSMU, Professor Inga Arūnė Bumblytė. The PDMU staff also congratulates LSMU on the 30th anniversary of its nephrology clinic. PDMU hopes to be able to adopt her scientific experience in the organization of hemodialysis and kidney transplantation as well.

LSMU wishes the staff of PDMU not to stop their contribution to world science in wartime in turn. LSMU is based on the idea of academic integrity and supports Ukrainian scientists during the war and provides them with technical opportunities to continue their research work and lifelong learning. Scientific cooperation between LSMU and PDMU is currently continuing in one of the promising scientific areas regarding the effects of the Earth’s external magnetic field on the functional state of the human body. Lithuanian scientists, led by Professor Alfonsas Vainoras, have been studying these aspects for more than five years together with their American colleagues from the HeartMath Institute (California, USA) [1, 2]. The staff of the Department of Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine, headed by Professor Maxim Potyazhenko, has joined this now. Ukrainian scientists have made an attempt to generalize from the standpoint of systems medicine the role of magnetoelectric processes in the human body, which is reflected in the monograph «Magnetoelectrochemical theory of metabolism: conceptualization. 1 volume» [3]. Thanks to the support of LSMU, this work will not stop and can be continued.

Scientists of LSMU and PDMU are convinced that science should serve peace, the triumph of truth and the research process should continue even in difficult and wartime times. Scientists are representatives of the intellectual vanguard of human society. They must be together and serve the ideas of humanism and progress, without stopping in the face of the difficulties of life.

Професор Римантас Бенетіс (Rimantas Benetis)

Професор Інга Аруне Бумбліте (Inga Arūnė Bumblytė)

References:

  1. Alabdulgader A., McCraty R., Atkinson M. et al. (2018) Long-term study of heart rate variability responses to changes in the solar and geomagnetic environment. Scientific Reports. ISSN 2045-2322. Nature Publishing Group. , article no. 2663.
  2. Siauciunaite V., Ragulskis M., Vainoras A. et al. (2021) Visualization of complex processes in cardiovascular system during the electrical Auricular Vagus nerve stimulation. Diagnostics. ISSN: MDPI. P. 2075–4418.
  3. Mintser O.P., Potyazhenko M.M., Nevoit G.V. (2021) Magnetoelectrochemical theory of metabolism. Volume 1. Conceptualization. Monograph for the general. ed. O.P. Mintzer, M.M. Potyazhenko. Interservice, Kyiv-Poltava, 352 p. repository.pdmu.edu.ua:8080/bitstream/123456789/16848/1/MagnitoElectroChemicalTheoria_T1.pdf.