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From the Editorial Board Russian Journal of Developraental Biology, Vol. 31, No. 5, 2000, pp. 271-274. Translated from Ontogenez, Vol. 31, No. 5, 2000, pp. 325-329. Original Russian Text Copyright 9 2000 by Golichenko~: HISTORY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF EMBRYOLOGY (MOSCOW STATE UNIVERSITY) AND STUDIES IN EMBRYOLOGY Sixty years ago, in September 1940, the Depart- ological research at Moscow State University, in the ment of Embryology was set up at Moscow State Uni- form of reviews and experimental papers written by versity. The outstanding Russian scientist Dmitrii the staff and graduates of the department, now work- P. Filatov became the first head of this department. ing in various research institutions. The Department This is why the editorial board of Ontogenez (the of Embryology has made a considerable contribution Russian Journal of Developmental Biology) has to the development of embryological research in Rus- decided to dedicate this issue of the journal to the sia and to the development of research skills. The edi- jubilee of the department, one of two departments of torial board of Ontogenez congratulates the staff and embryology in the universities of Russia. This issue students of the Department of Embryology on this contains papers concerning the history of the Depart- happy event and wishes further success to all in our ment of Embryology and the development of embry- common work. To the 60th Anniversary of the Department of Embryology, Moscow State University V. A. Golichenkov Moscow State University, Vorob 'evy go~., Moscow, 119899 Russia The Department of Embryology of Moscow State On September 1, 1940, the first department of University is 60 years old on September 1, 2000. This embryology in Russia was opened at the Biological is not all that old, especially in comparison with the Faculty of Moscow State University. The outstanding almost 250-year history of the university itself or the biologist Dmitrii P. Filatov became the first head of this 150-year history of embryology in Russia, but it is suf- department. The Department of Embryology was orga- ficient, in looking back, to grasp our present situation in nized by the specialized scientific centers working at the common flow of events and time. that time at Moscow State University, who collected many bright Russian embryologists. The Biological There are aspects in the life of institutions, which Faculty included the Institute of Comparative Anatomy, can be perceived and communicated by witnesses where D.P. Filatov worked at the beginning of the cen- through their subjective impressions. The author of this tury; the Institute of Zoology (Director, B.A. Kud- paper has, for more than 40 years, been such a witness ryashov) with its Laboratory of Developmental Dynam- of and participant in many departmental events and ics, where T.A. Dettlaff worked; and the Research activities, first as a student of another department and Institute of Experimental Morphogenesis (Director, then, after the lectures of Professor V.V. Popov, as a stu- P.P. Bondarenko). The latter institute included the dent, post graduate student, technical assistant, departments of Mechanics of Embryogenesis (headed research worker, head of a laboratory, and, now for by D.P. Filatov), where N.A. loft, A.I. Lazarev, more than 15 years, head of the Department of Embry- N.A. Manuilova, M.N. Kislov, M.F. Nikitenko, ology. P.S. Chanturishvili, V.V. Popov, D.A. Potemkina, and Each department of Moscow State University has its R.A. Borsuk worked; Postembryonic Development own unique face and has preserved recognizable fea- (headed by L.Ya. Blyakher), where M.A. Vorontsova, tures in the course of changing generations and priori- L.D. Liozner, and A.G. Lapchinskii worked; and Endo- ties. The Department of Embryology has always been crine Factors of Development (headed by V.E Larionov), characterized by warm, informal relations between its where A.I. Irikhimovich, N.A. Kuz'mina, I.N. Lektor- staff and, in modem language, a bioethical attitude of skii, A.A. Voitkevich, G. Shtraikh, E. Svetozarov, and the staff towards the subjects and objects of study. This B.G. Novikov worked. In addition, there was the Labo- style of work was laid down by the founders of the ratory of Embryology and Histology at the university department and has been carefully conserved by gener- (headed by A.V. Bogoyavlenskii) in the 1920s, where ations of their students. G.G. Shchegolev worked, who supervised the research 1062-3604/00/3 i 05-0271 $25.00 9 2000 MAIK "Nauka/lnterperiodica" Russian Journal of Developmental Biology Springer Journals

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