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Brief History

The Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery was established in 1921 and located in the Neurology Center of OSMU. Prof. Vasily V. KORELIN was assigned as the first Head of the Department. Banding together with the Department of Psychiatry, the staff mostly focused on cross-disciplinary issues including mental disorders, psychology, and pedagogy. Under the supervision of Prof. KORELIN, the first Students’ Scientific Society was established, and the students began to get involved in research.
In 1926, Prof. Vyacheslav A. SHTARKER was assigned as a head of the Department, and he started to organize weekly conferences where the most complicated and interesting clinical cases were discussed. Prof. SHTARKER was a polyglot and read many foreign journals, which allowed him to integrate the European best practices into Omsk Clinics.
In 1970-2008, the Department was headed by Prof. Yuriy N. SAVCHENKO, MD, PhD, Laureate of the State Prize in Science and Technology, Honored Doctor of the Russian Federation, Honored Professor of OSMU. Under his supervision and management, the Interregional Epilepsy Center was set up; as well as the Unique Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Clinical Genetics and Rehabilitation was established in the Omsk Regional Clinical Hospital. 
Since August 2008 Prof. Valery I. LARKIN, MD, PhD has led the Department. He is proceeding the scientific directions determined by his Teacher, Prof. SAVCHENKO, and exploring the most relevant issues, including pediatric neurology and neurosurgery, neurooncology, rehabilitation, and comorbid conditions in neurology.