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October 2011 Spotlight - Lyudmila Korostovtseva

Lyudmila Korostovtseva

Almazov Federal Heart,
Blood and Endocrinology Centre
(St Petersburg, Russia, 2 Akkuratov st., 197022)

Current Position:

PhD student, Researcher

Previous Training/Positions:

  • Medical student at Pavlov St Petersburg State Medical University (Russia), 2001-2007
  • Residency (Internal Diseases), 2007-2008
  • Internship (Cardiology), 2008-2010

When did you become interested in science?

Since my first years as a medical student

Tell us a little bit about your research/research program:

My research focus is in Sleep Medicine. My current research is related to Cardiology practice and I am particularly interested in ‘breathing disorders during sleep’ among the hypertensive patients. My main study is to follow-up on a group of hypertensive patients with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, an established risk entity for cardiovascular disease. I am also involved in the research relating to sleep disturbances in various specialties like cardiac surgery, neurology, and endocrinology.

How did you become involved with the ISH?

I came to know about ISH when I attended the Annual ESH Meeting for the first time (19th ESH Meeting in Milan) in 2011.

What do you consider to be your most significant scientific contribution (provide Pubmed PMID if possible)?

Here are the references to the two works included in the Medline index: The first one (PMID: 21358601) is the preliminary results of the follow-up on patients with obstructive sleep apnea study in Russian Federation. The 2nd (PMID: 21819220) presents the first results of a big epidemiology study NICA carried out in the Russian Federation. 

What upcoming conferences will you be attending?

I am planning to attend 22nd ESH Meeting in London, 21st Congress of the European Sleep Research Society, as well as National Conferences.

What is your favourite manuscript from a lab other than your own (provide Pubmed PMID if possible)?

1.)    C.L. Bassetti, D.M. Hermann. Sleep and stroke. Handbook of Clinical Neurology, Vol. 99 (3rd series) Sleep Disorders, Part 2. P. 1051-1072.

2.)    Kato M, Phillips BG, Sigurdsson G, Narkiewicz K, Pesek CA, Somers VK.Hypertension. Effects of sleep deprivation on neural circulatory control. 2000 May; 35(5):1173-5. PMID:10818083

3.)    Otway DT, Mäntele S, Bretschneider S, Wright J, Trayhurn P, Skene DJ, Robertson MD, Johnston JD. Diabetes.  Rhythmic diurnal gene expression in human adipose tissue from individuals who are lean, overweight, and type 2 diabetic.. 2011 May; 60(5):1577-81. Epub 2011 Mar 16. PMID: 21411511

4.)    Wehrens SM, Hampton SM, Finn RE, Skene DJ. J Endocrinol. Effect of total sleep deprivation on postprandial metabolic and insulin responses in shift workers and non-shift workers  2010 Aug; 206(2):205-15. Epub 2010 May 17. PMID:20479040

What was your first conference?

My first European conference was 19th ESH Meeting in Milan, and I attended my first National conference during my first years as a medical student in 2011.

What is the furthest you have traveled for a conference?

Lisboa, Portugal, 20st Congress of the European Sleep Research Society (2010)

What entity (i.e. equipment, patient population) is essential to your research?

Equipment – sleep lab provided with videopolysomnography; questionnaires, routine methods applied in cardiology clinical practice.

Patient population - hypertensives (overweight or obese), patients with metabolic syndrome.

What area of research do you wish you knew more about?

Neurology and neurophysiology, psychotherapy, genetic research, chronobiology.

Any advice for other young scientists?

Don’t give up - never! Go ahead!

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