Research Centre for Medical Genetics
1 Moskvorechye St,
Moscow 115522, Russian Federation
Mo-Fr: 9:00 - 17:00

RCMG held the III readings devoted to the 90th anniversary of academician Nikolai Pavlovich Bochkov

Scientists who worked with Nikolai Pavlovich and his students delivered reports on oncogenetics, cardiogenetics, pharmacogenetics, genetics of neurological diseases, and other areas of clinical genetics. Research in these areas began under the leadership of Academician N.P. Bochkov, and today, various scientific and clinical institutes continued this work and achieved notable success. Each speaker shared his memories of Nikolai Pavlovich Bochkov. All who presented the results of their research noted that Nikolai Pavlovich was the one who determined their further way in science.

Nikolay Pavlovich Bochkov was born on October 19, 1931. In 1955, he graduated with honors from N.I. Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University. His first works in human genetics focused on radiation-induced and spontaneous mutagenesis; then the Obninsk Institute of Medical Radiology of AMS USSR proceeded with these researches. N.P. Bochkov defended his doctoral thesis "Cytogenetic Effects of Human Irradiation" under the supervision of N.V. Timofeev-Ressovsky. In 1968, Nikolay Bochkov was involved in starting the Institute of Medical Genetics - the future Research Centre for Medical Genetics and became its first director. In 2019, on occasion of the 50th anniversary, the Research Centre for Medical Genetics was named after Nikolay Pavlovich Bochkov. In the first years of the Institute of Medical Genetics N.P. Bochkov organized schools for young scientists, the All-Union Conference on Medical Genetics, and initiated opening of the Institute branches in Tomsk and Minsk. N.P. Bochkov also organized expeditions to Pamir, Uzbekistan, and Siberia to study population genetics. Soon, owing to Nikolay Pavlovich, scientific knowledge came to be used to help patients with hereditary diseases - he participated in developing the principles of medical and genetic counseling. N.P. Bochkov became an author and co-author of more than 400 scientific works, such as "Human Chromosomes and Irradiation" (1971), "Human Genetics" (1978), "Medical Genetics (Manual for Physicians)" (1984), "Human Heredity and Mutagens of the External Environment". (1989), “Genes and Fates” (1990). For his "Clinical Genetics" (2001) textbook, he was awarded the Prize of the Government of the Russian Federation. In 1978, N.P. Bochkov was elected an academician of AMS USSR. In 1988, he established the Department of Medical Genetics at I.M. Sechenov Moscow Medical Academy and headed it until 2009. Nikolay Pavlovich Bochkov held the position of the Chief Academic Secretary and then the Vice-president of the Academy of Medical Sciences of the USSR.  N.P. Bochkov is an Honored Scientist of the Russian Federation, laureate of State Prizes of the USSR and Russian Federation, awarded the October Revolution Order, Order of Badge of Honor, forth-class medal of the Order of Merit for the Motherland. Today, more than 70 of his former students have degrees of Candidate and Doctor of Sciences, Professor. They continue the research begun under the leadership of N.P. Bochkov and present the results at traditional Bochkov’s Readings.