On July 17, 2022, Professor Petr Viktorovich Morozov, Secretary General of the World Psychiatric Association, Vice-President of the Russian Society of Psychiatrists, Editor-in-Chief of the newspaper “Diary of a Psychiatrist” passed away.
Professor Pyotr Viktorovich Morozov was born into a family of hereditary doctors. His father Viktor Mikhailovich Morozov was a psychiatrist, Corresponding member of the USSR Academy of Medical Sciences, and his grandfather Mikhail Akimovich Morozov was a well-known Soviet virologist, academician of the USSR Academy of Medical Sciences.
In 1971, Petr Viktorovich graduated from the Second Medical Institute and entered the Scientific Center for Health Care of the Russian Academy of Sciences, where he worked his way up from a resident to the head of a department. From 1994 to the present, he has worked as a professor at the Department of Psychiatry at the Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University.
Professor Morozov was the founder and editor-in-chief of the Gannushkin Journal “Psychiatry and Psychopharmacotherapy”, the author of 10 books and more than 250 Russian and foreign publications published in 9 languages. He worked at the WHO Secretariat, where he headed the Biological Psychiatry and Psychopharmacology Program. He was the author of the original methodology for multicenter international studies in psychiatry, publisher, and co-author of a collective monograph on the viral hypothesis of the etiology of mental illness.
For many years, Professor Morozov represented our country in authoritative global organizations in the field of psychiatry. Over the years, he has been a WPA representative for Eastern Europe, an ECNP ambassador in Russia, an expert of the Council of Europe, a member of the Council of the European Psychiatric Association, a curator of the WPA-Servier Academy for young scientists in the CIS, a publisher and a member of the editorial board of a number of foreign publications.
In 2020, Professor Morozov was elected Secretary General of the World Psychiatric Association.
Since 2015 he has been Vice-President of the Russian Society of Psychiatrists (ROP), focusing on the implementation of various projects of international cooperation between the ROP and foreign psychiatric public associations.
Petr Viktorovich Morozov was a member of the Supreme Council of the Union for Mental Health and our great friend. The entire staff of the Union is now experiencing an irreparable personal loss.
Peter Viktorovich, we will always remember you. Bright memory!