Division of Human Ecology

Prof. K.V. Yaremenko Scientific Advisor of Division
Prof. K.V. Yaremenko
Scientific Advisor of Division

Head of Division - physiologist Olga A. Antonova with the 27 years experience in applied science.
Scientific advisor - professor of oncology, the honorary member of the Academy of Informatisation- Kassinia V. Yaremenko. She has the 38 years experience in applied science.
In a world focused on things, human ecology focuses first on people. The mission of the Division of Human Ecology is to discover, disseminate, and apply knowledge to meet basic human needs and improve the human condition. The Division intends for the term "human ecology" to refer to all aspects of human experience and everything in the environment that defines quality of life.

Olga A. Antonova Head of Division

Olga A. Antonova
Head of Division

       The projects carrying out by the scientists of the Division are as follows:

  1. Optimization of human health using natural adaptogens (Prof. Kassinia V. Yaremenko)
  2. Clinical and experimental phytotherapy (Prof. Oleg D. Barnaulov)
  3. The impact of environment and psychological status on adolescent health (Development of health-environment interactions model and indicators system for decision-making) (Dr. Olga A. Antonova)
  4. Rhythmic movement psychotherapy (Prof. Irina G. Malkina-Pykh)


       Leader of the project  - Prof. Kassinia V. Yaremenko.

       Objectives of the project:

  1. Development and implementation of group and individual regimes of human
    organism's purification, vitaminisation and adaptogens taking. Supplement with the requested
    adaptogens. Group formation.
  2. Development and realisation of monitoring of health status of patients (Nagasaki
    method, determination of blood markers).
  3. Analysis of disease and complications in various groups.

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       Leader of the group - Professor Barnaulov O. D. - the leading scientist of Human Brain Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, St.Petersburg, has more than 160 publications on phytotherapy
and phytopharmacology of different diseases.
       The main scientific themes during the recent years are: phytotherapy of patients with
neuralgic, psychosomatic, broncholung diseases, also phytotherapy in reanimation
department, phytodietotherapy. Group takes advantage of a store of more than 350 medicinal
plants(herbs). Method of treatment is selection for a person of polycomponent plants compositions,
consisted of 15-78 (mean quantity - 50) plants for prolonged 2 and more courses, diet
correction and hirudotherapy.

       List of group of diseases:
  1. Cerebral atherosclerosis (from initial forms to stroke and poststroke conditions),
    multiple sclerosis, Parkinsonism, neuroses.
  2. Bronchial asthma, pulmonary tuberculosis, chronic bronchopulmonal diseases.
  3. Essential hypertension, ischemic heart disease, postinfarction conditions.
  4. Ulcer disease, acute and chronic gastroenterocolites, dysbacteriosis.
  5. Hepatic disease, cholecystites.
  6. Pyelonephrites, nephrolithiasis, nephropathies.
  7. Gynecopathy including breach of reproduction function.
  8. Catarrhal diseases, allergies of adults and children.

THE IMPACT OF ENVIRONMENT AND PSYCHOLOGICAL STATUS ON ADOLESCENT HEALTH (Development of health-environment interactions model and indicators system for decision-making)

       Leader of the project - Dr. Olga A. Antonova

       The project aims to establish positive measures that can be taken to improve the living conditions and environment of young people in the deprived areas of St.Petersburg with a view to developing community-based techniques that can be replicated in other places. The first step is to analyse the relationships between environmental conditions and health. The complex causation and aggravation of ill-health means that careful analysis of both environmental and lifestyle factors will be necessary. To do this engagement with community groups and individuals will be essential. Identifying their perceptions and concerns and seeking the scientific evidence will go hand in hand. Established procedures derived from experience elsewhere, such as the Community Sustainable Development Indicators used by the Commonwealth Human Ecology Council in India and South Africa, will be adapted to the needs of the communities in St. Petersburg.

       Objectives of the project:
  1. Develop and use a data collection systems for assessing and monitoring the school environment, physical and psychological status of school-children .
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  2. Development of a model of health - environment interactions using the response function method as modelling technique .
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  3. Use the output of the health-environment model for development of indicators system as the basis for the decision-making process .
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  4. Provide leadership and administrative support for creating and sustaining a healthy school environment .
  5. Development and implementation of a plan for creating and sustaining a healthy school environment .
  6. Monitor the implementation of the plan as well as the school environment.

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       Leader of the project - Prof. Irina G. Malkina-Pykh

       Irina G. Malkina-Pykh is practical psychologist, professor of physics and mathematics in the area of systems analysis and mathematical modeling of complex biophysical and ecological systems.

       The project is presenting the original author's program of rhythmic movement psychotherapy that is the synthesis of body-oriented psychotherapy, dance-movement therapy and rhythmic gymnastics (aerobics) approaches.

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       Rhythmic movement psychotherapy is founded on the principle that a vital connection exists between personality and the way in which one moves, and that changes in movement behaviour affect the emotional, intellectual, and physical health of the individual. Rhythmic movement psychotherapy is a form of psychotherapy which uses rhythmic movement as a medium of change. Through body action - the most basic form of communication - a dialogue emerges that tells of an individual's relationship to self, others, and the environment. By working with movement patterns, and by focusing on the interrelationship between psychological and physiological processes, individuals are helped to reveal, release, and transform internalized feelings, conflicts, and desires.
       Feelings are experienced in the body. We protect ourselves from pain by deadening our bodies, by tightening our muscles and by not breathing enough. Discomfort with the body is endemic in our culture. The basic view underlying the concept of rhythmic movement psychotherapy is that the expressive aspects of a personality, in its gestures, movements, and postures, are a function of the individual totality. Given this totality, it is therefore theoretically possible to provide effective therapeutic intervention at any level of these behavioral modes, due to the phenomenon of their interaction. Rhythmic movement psychotherapy can be a powerful tool for stress reduction, relaxation anger management, and the prevention of physical and mental health problems. By utilizing the rhythmic movement, patients increase their understanding and expression of feelings, recognize options, develop coping skills, increase focus and concentration, increase self-esteem, recognize strengths, accept limitations, learn to relax and hence work towards maximum integration.
       Rhythmic movement psychotherapy helps you to know what you feel, understands why you feel it, expresses what you feel, and acts on the basis of your true feelings, enhances feelings of well-being by bringing you in-touch with your body. Listening to the "messages" of your body promotes the confidence of knowing when you are doing the right thing for you. Also, it helps with a wide range of psychosomatic ailments by supporting a person in understanding and becoming comfortable with their emotional sources.
       Main focus of work in rhythmic movement psychotherapy are
  1. Grounding;
  2. Supercontrol;
  3. Boundaries;
  4. Aggression;
  5. Self-image;
  6. Communication;
  7. Blockage release;
  8. Systemic integration.

       The detailed description of Rhythmic Movement Psychotherapy principles and methodology is given in the INENCO Working Paper - Irina G. Malkina-Pykh "Rhythmic Movement Psychotherapy", St.-Petersburg, 2001.        See paper in pdf format
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