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Cardiovascular Health

On 1 and 2 April, the Cardiology Section programme will feature presentations of both leading specialists from Latvia and outstanding international high-profile experts in cardiology, among them the president of the European Heart Rhythm Association Professor Hein Heidbuchel (Belgium), one of the world’s leading experts in cardiac ion pump pathology Professor Samuel Viskin (Israel) and the expert in treatment of atrial fibrillation Yuri Shubik (Saint Petersburg, Russia).

On 1 April, the president the Latvian Society of Cardiology Professor Andrejs Ērglis and Professor Pēteris Stradiņš will open the section with their lectures and reports. Next, Mārtiņš Kalējs, MD, will highlight the issues of modern revascularisation, while the leading expert in cardiology Dr Aija Mača will analyse topical issues of acute cardiology.

On 2 April conference participants will have a unique opportunity to take part in a lecture conducted by Professor Hein Heidbuchel on sports cardiology and learn about modern aspects of long and short QT syndrome from Professor Samuel Viskin. The session will also feature reports on myocardial hypertrophy.

The next session will focus on cardiomyopathy and sports cardiology. The attendees will have an opportunity to hear presentations covering the followings topics: rare diseases (Ainārs Rudzītis, MD, Dr Baiba Barone), modern concept of an athlete's heart (Dr Sandra Rozenštoka), aspects of hypertension in children after the correction of coarctation of the aorta and Eisenmenger syndrome.

A satellite symposium is scheduled after the conference during which the aspects of the use of antiarrhythmic medications will be viewed from the perspective of their efficiency and safety.

Mārtiņš Kalējs, cardiac surgeon and leading researcher of the Scientific Laboratory of Biomechanics at Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU): Every Latvian healthcare professional should allocate time to attend the conference to present their studies, and get to know about the research currently being carried out by their colleagues. Read full interview

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Oncology and Haemotology

The section of Oncology and Haematology will be opened by Prof. Elona Juozaityte from Lithuania University of Health Science (Kaunas) who will speak on cell responce to ionizing radiation. New data on biomarkers and prognostic indicators for leukemia will be addressed by Rūta Dambrauskiene, Rolandas Gerbutavicius (LUHS, Kaunas) and Alla Rivkina (RSU, Riga). Domas Vaitiekus, Rolandas Gerbutavicius (LUHC, Kaunas) and Ilze Trociukas (RSU, Riga) will present and discuss results of of autologous hematopoetic stem cell transplantation

Cancer genetics will be also broadly represented. Prof. Jan Lubinski from Pomeranian Medical University (Szczecin) will provide overview on improvement on prevention and treatment of cancers based on knowledge of patients genotypes. Genetics and epidemiology of heritable cancers in Latvia will be main topics of talks given by Prof. Zanda Daneberga and Juris Plonis. Both speakers are from RSU (Riga). Patient-derived breast cancer cell cultivation (Inese Cakstina, RSU, Riga) and impact of hypoxia on chemoresistance in breast cancer cell lines (Valdis Pirsko, RSU, Riga) may lead to new targets and approaches in future cancer therapy.

Prof. Gunta Purkalne in her talk on targeted therapy will link cancer genetics with patient treatment. Change of paradigm in breast cancer and multidisciplinary management of patient with triple-negative breast cancer will be topics of Prof. Arvīds Irmejs and Jelena Maksimenko.

Inese Čakstiņa, molecular biologist, leading researcher at the Laboratory of Molecular Genetics, RSU Institute of Oncology and RSU lecturer on Why attend the conference?

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Children's and Women’s Health

Research in improving health of women and society

UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030 include many targets linked to women’s health. It is impossible to achieve them without further medical research covering all life-course stages of women as well as broadening it to public health and social sciences, and analyzing social determinants of health.

Women’s health session will start with preconception and perinatal periods in improving maternal and newborn health. Prof Dace Rezeberga, RSU, Latvia will share outcomes of perinatal and maternal mortality audits piloted in Latvia. Researchers from Latvia as well as other countries will present the progress in ongoing research projects as well as the ideas for further research including implementation research in improving maternal and newborn health. One of the main challenges of the 21st century is the high incidence of Cesarean Sections influencing the health of a woman as well as the health of an offspring. Prof Ruta Nadisauskiene, LUHS, Lithuania will present the impact of the implementation of the Robson classification.  Prevention and management of gyneacological problems will be the focus of the second part of the discussion.

Dr Ilvars Silins, University Hospital of Uppsala, Sweden has graduated RSU and carried out his research in Sweden and Norway in the area of prevention and management of gynaecological cancers. He will share his experience and progress covering the topic “The role of cytoreductive surgery in ovarian and colon cancers” Discussion and exchange of experience will be moderated by Prof Gunta Lazdane, RSU, Latvia.

Infectologist at the Children’s Clinical University Hospital and a lecturer at the Department of Paediatrics, Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU), Inga Ziemele explains why attend the conference in an interview.

PhD student Lāsma Līdaka: the knowledge I gain from attending the conference will help my work with patients. Read full interview

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Infectious Diseases

The programme includes reports of bacterial, viral and parasite infections related to human health. The section meeting will be opened by Prof Vīksna’s report on infectology as objective reality in the 21st century - facing problems and their solutions in modern infectology. More detailed hospital infections, sepsis and antibacterial resistance, tuberculosis, parasitic infections and factors affecting the spread of infection issue will be addressed.

The latest findings on the spread of HIV, human herpesvirus, hepatitis and papillomavirus, the role of viruses in the development of inflammatory nervous system and oncological diseases will be reported.

The programme includes a report on the new viruses presented by our partner in the field of parvoviruses research from the University of Helsinki Haartman Institute, Prof Maria Söderlund-Venermo, reports on whether viruses are only bad or also useful in medicine (Prof Simona Doniņa), on vaccines in the current view, (lead researcher Maria Issaguliants).

Whereas the spread of HIV infection in Latvia is a matter of concern, Prof Kristel Van Laethem from Rega Institute for Medical Research Katholieke Universiteit Leuven will report on this matter. With this Institute, our researchers had prior cooperation in the field of HIV research. In one’s turn the biology, epidemiology and association with pathological processes of human herpesviruses will be reported by Prof Roberta Rizzo from the University of Ferrara, because we see opportunities for further cooperation in this field of research.

Maksims Čistjakovs, researcher at the RSU Institute of Microbiology and Virology explains Why attend the conference?

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Mental Health and Neuroscience

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Neuroscience in Latvia – from prevention to after treatment check-up – researching every step in neurological pathology

Incidence of neurological diseases as the main reason for early disability and lethality in the last 30 years has increased,  the reason being increase in total life expectancy and improvement of diagnostics and its availability. Field of neurological pathology is very diverse, therefore this conference will discuss current topicalities in neuroscience.

As the population ages, it is important to preserve patient's quality of life – researchers have studied causative factors and potential solutions when neurological disease is the main reason for disability.

Cognitive deficit will be viewed from less emphasized perspective – its connection and diagnostic differences in cases when underlying pathologies (such as multiple sclerosis or connective tissue disease) are present.

Early diagnostic possibilities, prevention methods, pathogenic causes and modifiable risk factors for neurodegenerative diseases shall be explored.

Considering important role that neuroradiology has in diagnostics worldwide, sessions will view the possibilities of current clinical research at RSU, radiological differences in malignant CNS pathologies, as well as discussing the importance of radiological examinations in evaluating therapeutic outcomes after cerebrovascular pathology treatment. Study of structural and functional brain changes after metcatione (ephedrone) abuse will be presented.

In addition, sessions will also focus on neurological diseases affecting younger population – acquired peripheral neuropathies and Duchenne muscular dystrophy in children, antiepileptic drug use in women of childbearing age.

To highlight novelties in Latvia, first results of the success of epilepsy surgery will be presented.

Pain – from peripheral nociceptors to perception in brain and neuromodulation

Pain – both acute and persistent chronic, affects millions of people worldwide across the lifespan and is global cause of disability. Poorly managed pain is costly not only for the affected individuals and their families but also for governments and whole society.  Appropriate assessment and treatment of pain are the main way how to improve this including active self-care of educated sufferers. The programme of meeting covers results of our own research in field of pain evaluation, recognition and management in different and most common pain states - headaches, chronic low back, neuropathic, and also in pain after transcatheter cardiac surgery. Biopsychosocial approach in pain treatment is emphasized and results of transcranial current stimulation in neuropathic pain, dance movement therapy for chronic pain patients and self-care in chronic back pain are presented. Particularly novelties and achievements of the neuroablative procedures for pain care are accentuated by plenary speaker.   

Mental Health in Latvia – from behavioural patterns to clinical care

Mental disorders are very prevalent not only in Europe, but also in Latvia. Recent studies showed that more than 110 000 inhabitants every year are suffering from depression and 70 000 annually are visiting Family physicians. Unfortunately many of them are not recognised and not receiving appropriate help.

Current session will highlight recent studies focused on prevalence of internalizing and externalizing behaviours in Latvian adolescent population and different suicidal behaviours and associated factors in the general population of Latvia. Researchers will present results on how personal pathology could be assessed using recently developed Latvian Clinical Personality Inventory and emotion-regulation skills evaluated in depression. Study of Latvian family physicians’ experience and attitude in diagnosing and managing depression will be complimented by results of changes in diagnostics of depression among Family physicians in Latvia following education course of National Research Programme BIOMEDICINE 2014-2017. Preliminary results of the first Early psychosis intervention programme in Latvia will highlight importance of specialised patient oriented programmes. Patient perspectives on psychiatric health care will be emphasized by another study results.

The Force of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics in Medicine

The session of Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy will start with the presentation of our visiting professor from the Netherlands Prof. Dr. med. Rutger Jan van der Gaag. The topic of the vital importance – mental and physical health of children. It starts in the family and is closely connected with the different expression styles in families, which will be analyzed.

The next presentation’s topic is connected with the concept “the doctor the best medicine”. The doctor-patient relationship will be analyzed from the point of view of psychotherapy. The mental health of doctor’s and their ability to recognize and understand the emotional state of the patient is crucial. Prof. Dr. med. Gunta Ancāne will present the material from Balint groups work. Some therapeutical factors in connection with the mental health will be analyzed.

More and more research is coming about the critical thinking. Assist.Prof. Dr.med.Artūrs Utināns in his presentation will speak about the cognitive reflexive test and its results in the determining the predominance of analytical or intuitive thinking. The results gotten from RSU students responses will be presented.

The topic about the quality of physicians work has great meaning for medical practice and for educational specialists as well. Particularly the quality of physicians work in psychotherapy is not much discussed. Assist.Dr.Artūrs Ancāns will give the data about the quality of the residents and certified physicians work at the RSU Clinic for Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy.

Mental Health and Neuroscience Section Agenda

Pain Section Agenda

Dentistry, Orthodontics and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Facing the future: Translational research in oral and maxillofacial biology I, II, III

Our collaborating partners in ongoing scientific researches and our expected colleagues in further researches from Riga Technical University, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, The Arctic University of Norway, as well as Universities of Helsinki, Oslo, Bristol, Cardiff, and Amsterdam are involved within two-days stomatology section. Scientific reports will reveal the latest opinions how to sustain oral health, as well as about diagnostics and treatment of oral pathologies and dental and maxillofacial defects.

The section is targeted to show scientific based coincidences between biomorphological researches and problems of oral health, and how the newest studies on biomorphology, biomaterials, new technologies, and genetics are implemented in the clinic. An issue about connection between human`s general and oral health will be discussed during the section. The reports on production development of bone tissue biomaterials in Latvia and their usage for dental implantation, endodontics, and prosthetics will be presented. As well as reports on application of 3D technologies in maxillofacial biomorphological studies and their usage in clinic. The issue how to integrate science in the study process will be raised.

Basic reports will be presented by nine international lecturers and ten lecturers from Latvia.

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RSU Research Week offers lecture – masterclass «Occlusion & Case Planning»

On Friday, April 5th for conference participants Dr Michael Melkers (USA) will present two lecture “Treatment Planning & Application for Every Day Practice” and “Function, Parafunction & What the Function-Forces that Threaten our Success”. More information

International conferences provide an opportunity to recharge: researcher Gundega Jākobsone

Pharmacy and Pharmacology

The reports presented at the Pharmacy and Pharmacology section will cover pharmaceutical dosage forms, drug delivery systems, phytopharmacy, clinical and social pharmacy.

The section will be introduced by two Czech professors from Charles University Faculty of Pharmacy in Hradec Králové. First report by the Head of the Department of Pharmaceutical Technology Assoc. Prof. Zdenka Šklubalová will focus on solid dosage forms with emphasis on flowability of powder particles. Next, Assist. Prof. Barbora Vraníková will present her study titled “Preformulation studies of liquisolid systems: optimization of carrier/coating material ratio”. The section will be concluded by Chairman of the Board of JSC Grindeks (Latvian pharmaceutical company) Juris Bundulis, who will report on the challenges in the development of pharmaceutical industry.

In the Phytopharmacy section of the conference program, Assoc. Prof. Nijole Savickiene from Lithuanian University of Health Sciences will give a speech on the interdisciplinary approach in phytopharmaceutical research.

In the afternoon section of Clinical Pharmacy, Canadian Professor Ingrid Sketris from Dalhousie University will share her experience in rational drug use by introducing new initiatives in one of Canadian provinces to address the problem of antimicrobial drug resistance.
Promising doctoral (PhD) studies are also included in the conference program.

Pharmacist Elita Poplavska: Research Week serves as a platform to stimulate interdisciplinary cooperation

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 Thematic Conferences

Complementarity Principle in Metabolic Disease Research

Metabolism is complex process carried out by each cell in a living organism to sustain its homeostasis. In case of metabolic disorders abnormal reactions occur in multiple steps and body systems. For targeted treatment, the intriguing question to be solved is to find the most important point for regulation and optimization of metabolic processes. The Session will cover hot topics of noncommunicable diseases, novel biomarkers, signalling pathways, drug and microbiome interactions, and endocrine disruptors.

Recent studies have suggested that the intestinal microbiome plays an important role in health and disease. Prof. M. Dambrova and Prof. J. Kloviņš will report internationally recognized findings of Latvian researchers in microbiota-related metabolite research, obtained in collaborative projects involving research groups from RSU, Latvian Biomedical Research and Study Centre and Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis.

Metabolic diseases are closely related to incorrect gene expression; therefore molecular diagnostics has become a frontier of disease management. Successful collaboration of RSU research groups and major Latvian clinics will be exampled in presentations by Dr. Med. L. Gailīte and Assoc. Prof. Ilze Konrāde.

Program lists presentations of advanced researchers and enthusiastic doctoral students. It aims to showcase the most exciting scientific findings and promote new national and international collaborations.

Inese Čakstiņa, molecular biologist, leading researcher at the Laboratory of Molecular Genetics, RSU Institute of Oncology and RSU lecturer on Why attend the conference?

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Traumatology and Orthopaedics

Rīga Stradiņš University Department of Orthopaedics is gratified to present the scientific programme in two sessions.

The Session I  will be opened by Professor Alexander Lerner M.D., Ph.D., Head of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery of Ziv Medical Center, Head of the Department of Azrieli Faculty of Medicine, Bar-Ilan University (Zefat, Israel) with the lecture “Damage Control Orthopaedics Principles in Polytrauma Patients”. Professor A.Lerner has extensive experience  in the field of the treatment of combat trauma  to the extremities and complex orthopaedic reconstructions in Ilizarov external fixation frame,  from  2013 providing Israeli trauma care for Syrian war victims. He is a member of AO Trauma Association, author of many international publications, including four books.

The programme of two sessions includes the main scientific directions of traumatology and orthopaedics – extraarticular and articular fractures of bones, novelties in the treatment and rehabilitation, challenges during treatment of complex orthopaedic injuries in the regional hospitals.
Presentations about pelvic fractures, rehabilitation of patients with amputations, new surgical approaches, mini-invasive and arthroscopic surgery are included in the programme. Significant part of the programme is devoted to bone tumors surgical treatment, rheumatology, spine surgery, bone infections and challenges in the rehabilitation of these patients, as well as innovations in the joint replacement and revisions of the arthroplasty. Medical education in orthopaedics will be discussed.

A young orthopaedic traumatologist, co-author of many international scientific publications Toms Arcimovičs answers the question: Why attend the conference?

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University Teaching and Learning Thematic Conference "Students as Researchers"

The thematic conference will mainly focus on scientific discussions about students as researchers. The speakers will reveal this theme through three focuses:

The conference will mainly include reports on the implementation of research-based approach to the study process, including reflections on both involvement of students in research and scientific research on its own. Significant factor for improving the quality of studies is integration of educational innovations, therefore, this, as the second keynote of the conference, will be revealed by reports on educational technologies, simulation based educational approach and other content and process innovations. The third and concluding focus is related to challenges in academic career, including various aspects, such as professional growth, ethics and integrity, autonomy, mobility, needs of junior lecturers and assessment of academic staff.

Insight into content:
Andis Klegeris, Professor at the Department of Biology, University of British Columbia (UBC), Okanagan Campus, Canada: Mixed-mode instruction using flipped classroom and active learning techniques leads to improved generic problem-solving skills of undergraduate students
Jochen Gläser and Grit Lauder,  Senior researchers at the Center for Technology and Society of the Technical University Berlin, Germany: Researchers‘ Careers and Inclusion in Scientific Communities

Thematic conference is organised for both exchange of researchers’ scientific interests and experience and promotion of new collaboration opportunities in research and pedagogic practice.

Inese Stars, lecturer in the Department of Public Health and Epidemiology answers the question: Why attend the conference?

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Morphology – Anatomy, Histology, Embryology, Anthropology

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Rare Clinical Cases, Rare Diseases

Researcher Kristaps Šablinskis: the conference teaches us to present ourselves to the world. Read full interview

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History of Medicine

Ieva Lībiete: during Research Week, medical history themes will enthrall both museum specialists and doctors

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3rd Baltic Sea Symposium on Simulation and Virtual Reality for Health Care Education and Patient Safety

The Organizing Committee members are pleased to welcome you to the most advanced medical skills training centre in the Baltics, the Rīga Stradiņš University Medical Education Technology Centre (METC).

Following tradition, started up in 2016, with the 1st symposium, which was held in the RSU METC, we expect to bring together experts in the area of simulation-based medical education. We have organised a rich mixture of plenary talks, interactive hands-on workshops and panel discussions on many different topics. The scientific programme focuses on the current state and development of simulation-based medical education in EU and particularly in the Baltic states. The hands-on workshops address different modalities of medical simulation (acute care, paediatrics, obstetrics, trauma, US etc).

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 Humanities and Medicine

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Public Health and Management of Health Systems
  • Health promotion and disease prevention
  • Environmental and occupational health
  • Health economics
  • Health management and organisation
  • Health policy
  • Health law
  • Health communication
  • Epidemiology
  • Digital Pathology

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Digital Pathology

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Research Week scientist Džeina Mežale: "Research cannot be put in a small, closed box and kept for yourself, what you know must be shared with others". Read full interview