Kazan 2015

5-day intensive PhD level course in CVD epidemiology in Russia

The course intends to develop competence for undertaking research of epidemiologic nature in association with David Leon’s project “Cardiovascular disease in Russia: Strengthening evidence about causes, mechanisms, prevention and treatment – An international research collaboration 2014-19”.

Course key words are student activity and mastering. Each day a major CVD risk factor is to be studied. In the morning, the epidemiology is presented with lectures, discussion and presentation. Then statistical analysis methods are presented followed by a presentation in the statistical program package R. After lunch the students work individually on their own PC with example data from a cross-sectional study before they present the results for the other students. The day ends with an open lecture on some research topic.

The course is fully financed by SiU - Norwegian Center for International Cooperation in Education and UiT - The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø.

The course is arranged in and by Kazan FU (http://kpfu.ru/eng).

  • UiT The Arctic University of Tromsø - Department of Community Medicine - Research group Arctic Health Research, Norway
  • Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Medical Sciences – Institute of Internal and Preventive Medicine - Novosibirsk, Russia
  • Northern State Medical University, Arkhangelsk, Russia
  • Kazan (Volga region) Federal University – Institute of Fundamental Medicine and Biology – Kazan, Russia


Researchers or medical persons who intend to undertake epidemiologically related research in or related to David Leon’s project on cardiovascular disease in Russia. This research project is associated with Tromsø 7, the 7th round of The Tromsø Study, and the Tromsø participants are assumed to have a project therein.

Participants need to be affiliated to one of the partner cities.

The epidemiology and computer issues will be held at a basic level, but some background within medicine or health science is required.

Fluency in English is mandatory. Everyone is assumed to be an active partner in presentations, discussions and debates.

Recruitment of participants will be through David Leon and the local partner.


Tormod Brenn

Ekaterina Sharashova 

Time table

David Leon joins us on Sunday and stay until Tuesday morning. David will open the course and give lectures on Monday, see the time table.

Timetable 2015

The Monday guest lectures are announced as follows:

Russia has one of the highest mortality rates from cardiovascular disease in the world. Although these rates have been declining over recent years, these improvements have many of the features of earlier fluctuations in mortality that have been closely linked to hazardous consumption of alcohol. It is currently unknown whether the reductions in mortality will be sustained, and when Russia will pass through the cardiovascular revolution that has been seen in nearly all high income countries. To do so will require reductions in smoking among men as well as further reductions hazardous drinking. This may also require improvements in the standard of treatment and primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease. The first guest lecture will present an overview of international trends in cardiovascular disease, highlighting the way in which Russia differs from what is seen in many other countries.

The second presentation is on how research on risk factors for heart disease are conducted in Norway at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø.

In the final lecture an outline will be provided of a series of studies that are underway to understand more about cardiovascular disease in Russia and what can be done about it. Emphasis will be given to comparisons with Norway.