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International Laboratory for Population and Health

About the Laboratory

International Laboratory for Population and Health develops new methods for modelling and decomposing differences and changes of major health indexes in human populations.  We conduct studies for unrevealing the Russian mortality enigma. We address components and factors of excess mortality at working ages and among the elderly. We are interested in health and quality of life in aging populations and in the impact of socioeconomic inequalities on people’s survival and health.


Illustration for news: State and Civic Efforts Helped Save at Least 80,000 Lives in Russia During the Pandemic, HSE Experts Say

State and Civic Efforts Helped Save at Least 80,000 Lives in Russia During the Pandemic, HSE Experts Say

In a study, ‘How Many Deaths from COVID-19 Were Avoided by Russian Society’, experts from HSE University found that the restrictive measures taken by the Russian government and its citizens to combat the spread of the virus saved the lives of tens of thousands of Russians.

Webinar "Challenges in interpreting the mortality impact of COVID-19"

On April 24, the regular seminar of the Modern Demography series was held. At the seminar, David A. Leon (Chief Research Fellow at the HSE University; Professor of Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; Adjunct Professor at the UiT The Arctic University of Norway) presented the report "Challenges in interpreting the mortality impact of COVID-19".

Coronavirus: There's a better way of judging countries on their COVID-19 response

The interview with Professor Leon

Webinar "COVID-19: A Quantitative Assessment of the Pandemic and its Impact on Mortality"

The coronavirus pandemic has spread to almost all countries of the world and by early April 2020 the number of confirmed cases of the disease has exceeded a million milestone. In terms of the impact on the political and economic situation in the world and on people's minds, what is happening has no analogs over the past decades. However, can we reliably quantify this phenomenon? Oddly enough, despite the presence of a huge amount of easily accessible data on the Internet, the quantitative characteristics of the pandemic remain problematic even in economically developed countries. The presentation examined the key points regarding the quality and comparability of COVID-19 cases and deaths, as well as some additional options for objectively measuring the impact of the epidemic on mortality.

Seminar "Inequality in infant mortality rate in the population of modern Russia"

On March 5, the regular seminar of the Modern Demography series was held. At the seminar, Evgeny Mikhailovich Andreev, head of the International Laboratory for Population and Health, presented the report "Inequality in the infant mortality rate among the population of modern Russia."

The 2d Heart to Heart Symposium

The second Symposium "From heart to heart" was held at the Northern State Medical University February 3-14 2020, . During the Symposium were presented the main results of the study "Know your heart" which was carried out during 2015-2017 in Arkhangelsk and Novosibirsk, and the results of health indicator comparisons between population of Russia and Norway. All presented results were aimed at studying the causes of significant differences in mortality from cardiovascular diseases between two countries. The Symposium was attended by leading Russian and foreign experts in the field of epidemiology, prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases.

The main Laboratory’s results (2017-2019)

We offer you a brief overview of the main Laboratory’s results.

Anniversary session "Contribution of Evgeny M. Andreev to the study of mortality"

A special session in honor of the anniversary of Evgeny M. Andreev was held on November 21, as part of the international conference "Demographic trends in Russia: Legacy of the Soviet Era or a new tendency?"

International Conference "Demographic trends in Russia: Legacy of the Soviet Era or a new tendency?"

On November 21-22, 2019 the International Laboratory for Population and Health together with the Institute of Demography held an international conference "Demographic trends in Russia: Legacy of the Soviet Era or a new tendency?"

Seminar “Spatial Inequality in cause-specific mortality in Europe: Empirical evidence and future research directions”

The scientific seminar “Modern Demography” was held on 30 May 2019. The speaker was Pavel Grigoriev, PhD, Research Scientist at the Laboratory of Demographic Data, Max Planck Institute for demographic research.