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September 23, 2022

ICCCS project screening group experts have visited Latvia

From September 19 to 21, screening group experts of the project "Improving Cancer Care Coordination and Screening in Latvia and Slovakia” (ICCCS) visited Latvia to meet the involved parties – the Latvian Ministry of Health, hospitals’, institutes’ and other institutions’ representatives.

During the meetings, the project experts got to know the work of Latvian health specialists and the current practices in the field of cancer screening. In course of the project, the experts will prepare recommendations for improving the cancer screening processes. The project is by the European Commission's (EC) Technical Assistance Instrument (DG REFORM) and is in line with the European Commission’s Cancer Mission. It aims to contribute to the reduction of cancer mortality, improve cancer registration in the population, establish and achieve the accreditation of a comprehensive cancer care and research infrastructure / networks, as well as improve breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening programs. The implementation of the project in Latvia takes place by the initiative of UL ICPM.

Photos: form personal archive. The ICCCS experts Nadya Dimitrova (International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)) and Iris Lansdorp – Vogelaar (Erasmus MC Rotterdam Department of Public Health) are meeting the representatives of the Latvian parties.

Meeting with the director of the Research and Health Statistics Department of The Centre for Disease Prevention and Control of Latvia Jana Lepiksone

Meeting with the Family Doctor Javgēnijs Bondins at the Family Practice Center „Alma”

Meeting with the representatives of the „Centrālā Laboratorija” („Central Laboratory”), member of the board Edvīns Kāzušs, head of the Department of Molecular Biology Marta Priedīte, and laboratory specialist Beatrise Orlova

Meeting with Pauls Stradiņš Clinical University Hospital’s Gastroenterologist Eduards Krustiņš

Meeting with Pauls Stradiņš Clinical University Hospital’s Breast Surgeon Arvīds Irmejs

Meeting with „Datamed” Member of the Board Normunds Ančupāns

Meeting with the Member of Board and the Chief physician of the Gastroenterology Clinic „Gastro” Ivars Tolmanis

Meeting with the Radiologist of the Riga East Clinical University Hospital Evija Asare

Meeting with the Head of the Riga East Clinical University Hospital Pathology Centre Aija Balode

September 22, 2022

The first face-to-face meeting of the project Pragma-TIC partners has been held in Riga

From September 19 to 20, the first meeting of the project Pragma-TIC partners has been held in University of Latvia, Riga. The project is implemented with the financial support of the Europan Union program Erasmus +, and its goal is to promote digital support for European hospital patients and their primary caregivers.

The project tasks envisage increasing the digital skills of health specialists and their patients, resulting in creation of a practically applicable e-learning platform prototype. In future, it would facilitate the work of medical workers as well as promote patients' independence and the ability to manage their healthcare remotely, if necessary. The said digital training prototype will be created through mutual cooperation between medical staff and patients.

The project is implemented by the University of Latvia Institute of Clinical and Preventive Medicine, the Central Hospital of Liège (the leading partner of the project) and the information and communication technology company "Inforef" in Belgium, the University Medical Center Maribor in Slovenia, as well as Centre for Digital Psychiatry
Mental Health Services in the Region of Southern Denmark.

During the meeting in Riga, the working group discussed the progress of the project implementation, the time schedule, research questions, mechanisms for attracting participants, the development of the communication plan, and the structure and usage of the project’s platform www.pragma-tic.eu

Further on, Pragma-TIC working group meetings will take place once a month online, and the next meeting in person is planned to be held next year in Slovenia.

Photos: from personal archive. Meeting of the Pragma-TIC working group in Riga.

The project Pragma-TIC "Digital Health Literacy for the Hospital of the Future” (grant No. 21PCA0019 / 2021-1-BE01-KA220-ADU-000033677) is funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.

September 15, 2022

A poster presentation on the results of the HYCOR project, implemented by UL ICPM, is to be given at the UEGWEEK 2022

The poster presentation "Application of modular multi-sensor VOC analyzer for non-invasive detection of colorectal cancer", prepared by the resident doctor Linda Anarkulova - the senior laboratory technician of the HYCOR project -, has been approved for presentation at the congress at the United European Gastroenterology Week 2022, taking place from 2022 from October 8 to October 11, 2022 in Austria, Vienna. It can be visited both in person and remotely online. Please find out more information on the event’s website

L. Anarkulova's report is on the screening of colorectal cancer - one of the most common and deadliest tumors. In order to reduce the mortality caused by colorectal cancer, it is necessary to implement an effective screening method. Such a method could be breath analysis, which is based on the detection of volatile organic compounds in the breath using a sensor breath analyzer. The aim of the study was to differentiate between colorectal cancer patients and individuals without cancer, and included two study groups: colorectal cancer patients and a control group. Participants in these two groups performed a breath test in a sensor breath analyzer. The obtained results showed that the sensor breath analyzer is able to distinguish between colorectal cancer patients and control group study participants. 

The project is funded by the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) 1.1.1.1. project "Practical Studies", 4th phase, project ID Nr. 1.1.1.1/20/A/035 "Hybrid-sensor breath analysis for colorectal cancer screening" 

September 9, 2022

UL ICPM is widely represented at the XXXV EHMSG Workshop

On September 8 - 10, the XXXVth Workshop of the European Helicobacter and Microbiota Study Group - EHMSG 2022 is taking place in Glasgow, Scotland.

Several representatives of the Institute of Clinical and Preventive Medicine are present to represent reports on their researches, and the abstaracts are published on the official journal of the EHMSG, "Micribiota in Health and Disease" (https://www.microbiotajournal.com/):

  • D. Razuka – Ebela, I. Polaka, I. Ebela, I. Daugule, R. Herrero, M. Leja:

„Reflux Espohagitis associated with false negative cases in pepsinogen testing for precancerous gastric lesions”

 

  • D. Slefarska-Wolak, R. Vangravs, M. Leja, L. Mezmale, G. Shani, C. Mayhew, H. Haick, P. Mochalski:

„The volatomic signature of Helicobacter pylori”

 

  • J.M. Huguet, L. Ferrer-Barcelo, P. Suarez, B. Tepes, D. Bordin, M. Leja, G. Babayeva, F. Lerang, A. Tonkic, H. Simsek, L. Kunovsky, A. Gasbarrini, G. M. Buzas, P. Phull, M. Venerito, I. Puig, O.P. Nyssen, F. Megraud, C. O’Morain, J.P. Gisbert, on behalf of the HP-Eureg investigators:

„Role of complience in Helicobacter Pylori treatments: results from the European registry on H.pylori management (HP-Eureg)”

 

  • L. Bujanda, O. Perez-Nyssen, J. Ramos, D.S. Bordyn, B. Tepes, A. Perez-Aisa, D. Vaira, M. Caldas, M. Castro-Fernandez, F. Leran, M. Leja, L. Rodrigo, T. Rokkas, L. Kupcinskas, J. Perez-Lasala, I. Puig, F. Megraud, C. O’Morain, J. Perez-Gisbert, on behalf of the HP-Eureg investigators:

„Effectiveness of treatments against Helicobacter Pylori according to clarithromycin: Data from the European registry on helicobacter pylori management (HP-Ereg)"

 

  • L. Fernandez-Salazar, A. Perez-Aisa, D. Vaira, L. Jonaitis, B. Tepes, D. Bordin, A. Keco-Huerga, A. Lucendo, L. Vologzhanina, L. Bujanda, N. Brglez Jurecic, A. Lanas, M. Leja, G. Babayeva, T. Rokkas, I. Puig, O.P. Nyssen, F. Megraud, C. O’Morain, J.P. Gisbert, on behalf of the HP-Eureg investigators:

„Effectiveness and safety of high-dose dual therapy: Results of the European registry on the management of Helicobacter Pylori infection (HP-Eureg)”

 

  • M. Zaharova, E. Zelca, D. Gudra, D. Fridmanis, I. Daugule:

„Changes in gut microbiota after antibacterial therapy among childre: Prelimenary data”

 

  • O. Sjomina, R. Vangravs, A. Rudule, I. Polaka, S. Parsutins, D. Pupola, I. Stonans, M. Leja:

„The comparison of standard triple therapy effectiveness after addition of Saccharomyces boulardii”

 

  • O.P. Nyssen, A. Perez-Aisa, D. Vaira, L. Jonaitis, B. Tepes, D. Bordin, A. Keco-Huerga, A. Lucendo, L. Vologzhanina, L. Bujanda, N. Brglez Jurecic, A. Lanas, M. Leja, G. Babayeva, F. Larang, L. Moreira, I. Puig, F. Megraud, C. O’Morain, J.P. Gisbert, on behalf of the HP-Eureg investigators:

„Epmirical first-line treatment use and effectiveness trends in Europe in the period 2013 – 2021: Results from the European registry on H.pylori management (HP-Eureg)”

 

  • P. Jonaitis, J. Kupcinskas, A. Perez-Aisa, D, Vaira, B. Tepes, D. Bordin, L. Bujanda, M. Denkovski, A. Lanas, M. Leja, G. Babayeva, F. Lerang, A. Tonkic, O.P. Nyssen, L. Moreira, I. Puig, F. Megraud, C. O’Morain, J.P. Gisbert, L. Jonaitis, on behalf of the HP-Eureg investigators:

„Differences of Helicobacter Pylori diagnostics and treatment in the elderly and non-elderly populations: data from European registry on H.pylori management (HP-Eureg)”

 

  • P. Jonaitis, J. Kupcinskas, A. Perez-Aisa, D. Vaira, B. Tepes, D. Bordin, L. Bujanda, M. Denkovski, A. Lanas, M. Leja, G. Babayeva, F. Lerang, A. Tonkic, O.P. Nyssen, L. Moreira, I. Puig, F. Megraud, C. O’Morain, J.P. Gisbert, L. Jonaitis, on behalf of the HP-Eureg investigators:

„Comparison of the effectiveness of Helicobacter Pylori eradication regiments between the eldrely and non-eldrely populations: data from the European registy of H.Pylori management (HP-Eureg)”

 

  • S. Martinez – Domingues, E. Alfaro, P. Sarrera – Lasfuentes, A. Lanas, A. Perez – Ainsa, D. Vaira, L. Jonaitis, B. Tepes, D. Bordin, M. Castro – Fernandez, A. Lucendo, M. Leja, G. Babayeva, F. Lerang, L. Moreira, I. Puig, O.P. Nyssen, F. Megraud, C. O’Morain, J.P. Gisbert, on behalf of the HP-Eureg inverstigator:

„Mistakes in empirical eradication therapies for helicobacter pylori in 45,778 patients: Data from the European registry on H.Pylori management (HP-Eureg)”

 

Read more about the event on https://www.ehmsg.org/

© Photos: From personal archive. The president of the EHMSG 2022 is opening the event

August 29, 2022

With a meeting in Israel, the VOGAS project has entered the finalization stage

From 21st to 24th August, a face-to-face meeting of partners of the VOGAS ("Screening of Gastric Cancer via Breath volatile organic compounds by Hybrid Sensing Approach") project took place in Israel, Haifa.

While the meeting, the administrative manager of the project Liat Zuri and the leading expert of the University of Latvia Institute of Clinical and Preventive Medicine (UL ICPM) Iveta Eniņa discussed the preparation for the final stage of the project, including the final report preparation and audit, as well as discussed other administrative issues.

While the meeting with the scientific manager of the project Gidi Shani, the organization of the final meeting of the VOGAS project partners was discussed, as well as the potential cooperation in other projects, including the recently approved LUCIA project ("Understanding Lung Cancer related risk factors and their impact") – that is planned to be kick-started on 1st January, 2023, and is supported by the European Union program "Horizon Europe" sub-programme "Research and Innovation actions supporting the implementation of the Mission on Cancer".

The meeting took place at the headquarters of the VOGAS project leading administrative partner, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, where the representative of the UL ICPM also got to know the work of the Technion’s technical laboratories.

© Photo: From personal archive. The meeting of the project administrtaive managers of the UL ICPM and Technion (Israel) in Haifa (Israel)

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No  824986

July 29, 2022

The project A-PATCH has been finished

In June 2022, the A-PATCH project (Autonomous Patch for Real-Time Detection of Infectious Disease), supported by the European Union program "Horizon 2020" and implemented by the UL ICPM, ended.

The project was aimed to research, develop, and validate a novel non-invasive wearable sensing patch for detection of infectious disease at point-of-care, such as Tuberculosis (TB), from the skin, with an ability to serve as a monitoring and epidemic control tool.
 

For more insight, listen to the science podcast #CORDIScovery with project coordinator Hossam Haick explaining how such a patch could help in the fight against tuberculosis https://anchor.fm/cordiscovery/episodes/Fighting-the-spread-of-Tuberculosis-e1jub2h?fbclid=IwAR0CJcugBtvaQ6jfCbsqnlK8Z6hcxi4bqPX0JUhq7oqAYIGlXHjhZF6lEQI

Get to know the results achieved in the project on the A-PATCH website.

 

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 824270

July 26, 2022

As part of the GISTAR project, several patiens have started a H.pylori eradication therapy

Continuing the UL Institute of Clinical and Preventive Medicine project “Hybrid-sensor breath analysis for colorectal cancer screening - HYCOR”, in cooperation with Liepaja Regional Hospital, several patiens have started a H.pylori eradication therapy.

As part of the project, the H.pylori eradication therapy to the patiets is provided free of charge.

H.pylori is a helix-shaped bacteria accommodated to live in the acidic environment of the human stomach. It is responsible for the development of various gastric diseases including gastric cancer. Therefore, this is important to identify timely the individuals at increased risk.

The project is funded by the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) 1.1.1.1. project ‘Practical Studies’, 4th phase, project ID Nr. 1.1.1.1/20/A/035 ‘Hybrid-sensor breath analysis for colorectal cancer screening’.

July 22, 2022

Prof. M. Leja gives a lecture on the use of breath volatile organic markers in symposium in Guatemala

"IX International Symposium on Helicobacter pylori Infection and Gastric Cancer" is taking place from July 20 to 22 at the Hotel Museo Casa Santo Domingo, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala.

The conference is traditionally organized by the National Cancer Institute (USA) experts in collaboration to the representatives from Centralamerican and South American countries.

The meeting is bringing together specialists in the field from American countries as well as from Europe and other countries.

This year the establishment of Latin American H.pylori study group is discussed; collaboration to the European group is anticipated.

The Director of the Institute of Clinical and Preventive Medicine, Prof. Marcis Leja is presenting an overview on the use of breath volatile organic markers for gastric cancer detection.

© Photo: From personal archive. UL ICPM cooperation partner, prof. Alejandro Corvalan from Chile is opening the second day of the conference

© Photos: From personal archive

July 21, 2022

A paper originating from the GISTAR study on biomerkers for detecting gastric precancerous  lesions is published online

A paper on the relevance of blood biomarkers (including pepsinogen) for non-invasive diagnosis of gastric precancerous lesions has been published in DIAGNOSTICS

Assessment of Serum Pepsinogens with and without Co-Testing with Gastrin-17 in Gastric Cancer Risk Assessment—Results from the GISTAR Pilot Study

The study was carried out using the GISTAR material gained in the study GISTAR, run by UL ICPM in the regions of Latvia.  

The research was performed in close cooperation within an international consortium. The first author of the paper is Claudia Robles from Spain, other authorship include researchers from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (France) among the team from the UL ICPM.

The study was performed in cooperation with the Center for Digestive Diseases GASTRO and Academic Histology Laboratory. 

July 12, 2022

An insight into the coverage of the founding of AHMSG in the Nigerian mass media

On June 27 – 29, 2022, in Lagos, Nigeria, a formal founding conference of the African Helicobacter and Microbiota Study Group (AHMSG, as well as an expert meeting on the development of guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of Helicobacter pylori in the continent of Africa was held.

At the founding conference of AHMSG, representing the European Helicobacter and Microbiota Study Group (EHMSG, the director of UL ICPM, prof. Marcis Leja took part and gave a lecture on the experience of gastric cancer screening in Europe, emphasizing specific features on the African continent.

We offer an insight into publications in the Nigerian mass media!

NIMR to Host African Helicobacter and Microbiota Study Initiative, New Telegraph NG, 16.06.2022.

African scientists advance research on bacteria pathogen, Sun News Online, 04.07.2022.

Study group to improve Helicobacter diagnosis, treatment outcomes, New Telegraph NG, 07.07.2022.

July 7, 2022

Latvian policymakers and specialists have been introduced to a globally recognized methodology for cost-effectiveness modeling of cancer screening

By the initiative of UL ICPM, prof. Iris Lansdorp-Vogelaar (ERASMUS University Medical Center) presentation on cost-effectiveness modeling of cancer screening has been introduced.

Outlining that a well set and properly organized cancer screening can be and is cost-effective, specialists in the relevant field of the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Finance and their subordinate institutions, as well as specialists of cancer screening working groups, were addressed.

The lecturer is one of the world's leading experts in this field, and her methodology (MISCAN model (MIcrosimulation SCreening Analysis)) is being used in many countries all over Europe and the USA.

The MISCAN method is also used in the European project EU-TOPIA. The aim of the project is to provide national, regional and local policy makers with expertise and tools to evaluate and quantify their cancer screening programmes for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer.

During the presentation, prof. Iris Lansdorp-Vogelaar outlined the most important economic benefits of effective cancer screening, the prerequisites for ensuring effective cancer screening, and also presented the EU-TOPIA operating principles.

We invite everyone interested to watch the meeting with prof. Iris Lansdorp-Vogelaar and her presentation in video format:

Presentation on modelling for cancer screening by Iris Lansdorp-Vogelaar from LU KPMI on Vimeo.

The meeting took place within the framework of the project "Improving cancer care coordination and screening in Latvia and Slovakia, ICCCS" funded by the European Commission's (EC) Technical Assistance Instrument (DG REFORM), which was initiated by the University of Latvia Institute of Clinical and Preventive Medicine (UL ICPM).

July 6, 2022

UL ICPM representatives have taken part at the PERSIST partners meeting in Switzerland

From June 29 to June 30 in Sierre, Switzerland, representatives of UL ICPM, researcher Dina Bēma and assistant scientific manager of the project Linda Tupiņa, participated in the project PERSIST (Patients-centered SurvivorShip care plan after Cancer treatments based on Big Data and Artificial Intelligence technologies) face-to-face meeting and working group activities held at the Swiss Digital Center Techno-Pole.

During the meeting, the progress of the project so far was reviewed and the current activities planned for the next period were discussed, including the changes to be made in the tasks of the work packages. Also, during the exchange of experience and knowledge of the project partners, the functionality of the project's data input platform was discussed and evaluated, with the aim of improving the obtained results. New information was received about the implementation process of the technical solutions expected in the project.

The goal of the PERSIST project is to find ways to provide patients with individualized post-cancer care. After completing a course of cancer treatment, participants in the study received a smartwatch and a smartphone with a specially designed mHealth app that helps doctors keep track of their health.

The study is international and its clinical part with the inclusion of patients is not only taking place in Latvia, but also in Belgium, Slovenia and Spain. In Latvia, the UL ICPM is responsible for the conduct of the PERSIST clinical trial.

© Photos: From personal archive

Persist website

This project has received funding from the European Union’s “Horizon 2020” research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 875406

July 6, 2022

With UL ICPM director, Prof. M. Leja, present, African Helicobacter and Microbiota Study Group has been founded

With European Helicobacter and Microbiota Study Group (EHMSG) experts present, from June 27 until June 29, 2022, a formal conference on the founding of the African Helicobacter and Microbiota Study Group (initiative) (AHMSG) as well as the expert meeting on the development of guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of Helicobacter pylori in Africa were held.

The EHMSG whos experience was used as the basis for estabilshing the AHMSG, was invited to be represented by two experts, including the UL ICPM director, Prof. Mārcis Leja.

Representatives of many African countries took part in the meeting, presenting their experience so far, and the differences between the involved countries. During the conference, M. Leja gave a lecture on gastric cancer screening, emphasizing topicalities in Europe, as well as paying attention to the specific features applicable in the African continent. The event attracted widespread media attention, including television, and was positioned as a historic event in African cooperation.

Similarly to the EHMSG, the African Helicobacter and Microbiota Study Group (initiative)is composed of experts from several countries on the African continent. Its mission is to develop guidelines for the treatment of Helicobacter pylori infections and to promote related research on the continent.

 

© Photos: From personal archive

June 28, 2022

The annual EHMSG conference is being planned

On June 24 and 25, in Bordeaux, France, a meeting of the management board of the European Helicobacter and Microbiota Study Group (EHMSG), including the UL ICPM director Mārcis Leja, was held. During the meeting, the annual EHMSG conference in Glasgow, Scotland, which is expected to take place in September this year, was planned. The report on microbial changes in children in connection with H.pylori eradication therapy by Prof. Ilva Daugule was chosen as one of the best presentations to be included in the conference. Congratulations!

© Photo: Publicity photo; Meeting of the management board of the European Helicobacter and Microbiota Study Group (EHMSG)

June 22, 2022

We wish you a merry Summer Solstice celebration!

The UL ICPM will be back in the office on June 27.

June 19, 2022

For the first time, Latvia has been at the OECI 2022 Oncology Days

On 15 – 17 June in Valencia, Spain, the OECI 2022 Oncology Days, organized by the Organization of European Cancer Institutes (OECI), took place. In the framework of the event, a plenary meeting of all 110 participating organizations and accompanying scientific conferences were held under the slogan "Drive the future in comprehensive cancer care”.

Representing Latvia for the first time, the director of the LU ICPM, the head of the Science Department of the Riga Eastern Clinical University Hospital, member of the European Commission's Cancer Mission, Prof. Mārcis Leja took part in the events. In a roundtable discussion, Mārcis Leja together with OECI board member Mef Nilbert and OECI Vice President and member of the Scientific Council Giovanni Apolone outlined the perspectives of the European Commission's Cancer Mission Board and Sub-group on Cancer, looking at opportunities and challenges, striving for excellence in comprehensive cancer care, research and education.

OECI is a non-governmental, non-profit organization that promotes cooperation between European cancer centers and institutes.

The unifying goal of its member organizations is to reduce the fragmentation of mutual cooperation, thus giving every European citizen the opportunity to receive the best possible cancer treatment and care.

June 9, 2022

The participants of the study PERSIST meet with the technical partners of the project for the second time and participate in a seminar

On June 8, a remote meeting with technical partners of PERSIST took place in the premises of the Faculty of Business Management and Economics of the University of Latvia. The study participants have received a smartwatch and a smartphone with a specially designed app mHealth - to enable the doctors to keep track of patients’ health, including recording their physical activity, after completing cancer treatment. The meeting was opened by a seminar on the importance of physical activity in everyday life and the impact on patients' health, lead by a physiologist of physical activity and a certified occupational therapist, Dr. med. Rūdolfs Cešeiko.

During the meeting with the technical partners of the project, the participants of the study discussed and evaluated the operation of the health application and devices. The feedback and suggestions from the participants help technical partners to improve the PERSIST system.

The goal of PERSIST is to find ways to provide individualized aftercare for cancer treatment. The project is international, and its clinical part with the involvement of patients is taking place not only in Latvia, but also in Belgium, Slovenia and Spain. In Latvia, the PERSIST clinical trial is implemented by the Institute of Clinical and Preventive Medicine of the University of Latvia.

 

© Photo: from personal archive

© Photo: from personal archive; PERSIST UL clinical study manager Dina Bēma and  physiologist of physical activity and a certified occupational therapist, Dr. med. Rūdolfs Cešeiko

Persist website

*This project has received funding from the European Union’s “Horizon 2020” research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 875406

June 7, 2022

A dissertation on antibodies for gastric cancer patients has been defended with excellent results

On May 24, 2022, the 6th year student at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Latvia, Meret Appel, defended her diploma thesis “Anti – parietal cell and anti – intrinsic factor antibodies in gastric cancer” with excellent results. Support in the development of the dissertation was also provided by the doctoral candidate Petra Kriķe. The work was developed in close collaboration with UL ICPM partners in the USA - Innova Laboratories in San Diego and the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

Congratulations to Meret on the excellent result!

© Photo: from personal archive

May 20, 2022

OECI and IARC experts and the Working Group on the improvement of a comprehensive cancer infrastructure / network in Latvia has been concluded

On May 17 and 18, expert visits of the Organization of European Cancer Institutes (OECI) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and a Comprehensive Cancer Infrastructure / Network Working Group took place in Latvia, to continue work on the development of a comprehensive cancer care infrastructure in Latvia within the framework of the project “Improvement of Cancer Care Coordination and Screening in Latvia and Slovakia” - proposed by the UL ICPM.

During the visit, the experts and the project team got acquainted with the activities of the involved Latvian hospitals, institutes and institutions.

On the second day of visit to Latvia the delegation got acquainted with the work of Children’s University Hospital, Latvian Biobank, Genome database of Latvian population and UL ICPM clinical and research laboratories. The visit was closed with a conversation with the Minister of Health Daniel Pavļuts and a meeting with the Vice-Rector for Science Agrita Kiopa.

The project is funded by the European Commission (EC) Technical Assistance Instrument (DG REFORM).

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May 19, 2022

Within the framework of the VOGAS project, the team of LU KPMI was visiting partners in Brazil

From May 7 to 16 our team representing the VOGAS project - Director of the Institute of Clinical and Preventive Medicine of the University of Latvia, head of the VOGAS clinical group of the project Prof. Mārcis Leja, research assistant of the project Linda Mežmale and leading researcher of the institute Inese Poļaka - met with cooperation partners in South America, Brazil.

In Manaus and the São Paulo Clinical Center, the team conducted a detailed analysis planning, discused clinical activities at each center, provided an up-to-date insight into project outcomes, and continued the development of the breath test screening / early detection equipment, started in the VOGAS project.

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The project „Screening of Gastric Cancer via Breath volatile organic compunds by Hybrid Sensing Approach” has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No  824986

May 17, 2022

An international group of experts will work on the improvement of a comprehensive cancer infrastructure / network in Latvia

On May 17 and 18, the experts from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (OECI) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer IARC) are visiting Latvia as part of project “Improvement of Cancer Care Coordination and Screening in Latvia and Slovakia”. One of the main goals is meeting of the Comprehensive Cancer Infrastructure / Network Working Group.

The aim of the visit of the experts and the meeting of the working group is to get acquainted with the current situation in Latvia and to find out the preconditions for the development of an improved cancer care infrastructure in line with OECI European standards. As a result, the experts are to propose a strategic plan adapted to the situation in Latvia, marking also the time plan for the implementation of the proposals.

This is a project funded by the European Commission's (EC) Technical Assistance Instrument (DG REFORM). The project will lead to a reduction in cancer mortality, improved cancer registration, accreditation of comprehensive cancer care and research infrastructures / networks, and improved breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening programs.

The working group is to discuss the progress and current issues of the project implementation, as well as get acquainted with the activities of the Latvian institutions:

Hospitals:

  • Riga East University Hospital
  • Children’s University Hospital
  • P. Stradins Clinical University Hospital

Universities and Research Institutes:

  • Riga Stradins University
  • University of Latvia
  • Latvia Biomedical Research and Study Centre
  • Institute of Organic Synthesis

Government Ministries

  • Ministry of Education and Science
  • Ministry of Environment Protection and Regional Development
  • Latvia Academy of Science

On the second day of the visit, experts are to get acquainted with the work of Children’s University Hospital, as well as visit the Biobank, the State Genome Database of the State and the LU KPMI clinical and research laboratories.

The visit will be concluded by a conversation with the Minister of Health Daniels Pavļuts and a meeting with the Rector of RSU, Prof. Aigars Petersons, as well as university researchers.

April 28, 2022

A scientific article on Digestive cancer screening across Europe has been published

Among the authors of the paper "Digestive cancer screening across Europe" - LU professor, gastroenterologist, LU KPMI director Mārcis Leja, along with Patrizia Burra, Michael Bretthauer, Maria Buti Ferret, Ana Dugic, Pierluigi Fracasso, Tamara Matysiak Budnik, Patrick Michl, Luigi Ricciardiello, Thomas Seufferlein, Monique van Leerdam, and Andreea Botos.

This position paper presents available evidence and the main issues that need to be addressed to ensure the successful implementation of screening for the four cancers - gastric, colorectal, liver and pancreatic cancer -, providing recommendations to aid informed decision-making in reducing the burden of digestive cancers across Europe.

The paper is available online at the "United European Gastroenterology Journal": http://doi.org/10.1ueg2.12230

© Photo: Book publishing photo created by Racool_studio - www.freepik.com

April 25, 2022

LU KPMI’s specialists have participated in a seminar on Development of Biobanks for the Needs and Discoveries of the Next Generation of Science

On 22nd April, the seminar “Development of Biobanks for the Needs and Discoveries of the Next Generation of Science” took place at the Academic Center of the University of Latvia.

Biobanking in the world is moving into a direction of personalized medicine enhancement and clinical and omics data driven AI projects potentially enabling next-generation medical discoveries. The aim of this seminar was to show-case these tendencies and forward the situation in Latvian biobanking network to develop resources and competences for the contemporary research needs. This seminar ensured knowledge transfer within Latvian Biobanking network to increase biobanking resource sustainability in Latvia and collaboration with major international players.

The event hosted presentations from:

The Head of the scientific council of the Latvian Biomedical Research and Study Center Prof. Jānis Kloviņš,

Chairman of the Board of the Children's Clinical University Hospital Valts Ābols,

The Head of Genome Database of Latvian population Dr.biol. Vita Rovīte,

As well as Director Prof. Mārcis Leja, and Assoc. Prof., Leading researcher, Bioethics Specialist Signe Mežinska of LU KPMI.

© Photo: Lecture hall photo created by jannoon028 - www.freepik.com

April 14, 2022

We wish you a Happy Easter!

Please note we will be out of office enjoying the celebration from Friday, 15th April until Tuesday, 19th April.

April 11, 2022

The scientific research center work in Liepāja has been presented to the media

In presence of media representatives, a press conference - informative presentation on the launch of the Liepāja Research Center was held. Its aim was to tell of the practical processes and importance of the research emphasizing the benefits of a timely diagnosis of a disease.

For successful results of the study, gentlemen aged 40 to 64 are especially invited to apply for participation in the study. The center in Liepāja is open at Jūrmalas Street 23 every working day from 7:00 to 13:00. To apply and receive a free gastrointestinal examination (screening) please call 25679868

© Photo: from personal archive: the team of the Liepāja research center

The project is funded by the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) 1.1.1.1. project ‘Practical Studies’, 4th phase, project ID Nr. 1.1.1.1/20/A/035 ‘Hybrid-sensor breath analysis for colorectal cancer screening’

April 10, 2022

Finnish partners have been hosted in Latvia

At the end of March, LU KPMI hosted the partner of the projects VOGAS and A-Patch, the senior research scientist of the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Veikko Ikonen. During his stay, he visited the clinical partner of the LU KPMI - Riga East University Hospital  Latvian Oncology Centre and Tuberculosis and Lung Disease Center (TLDC) as well as met with the medical staff of the LU KPMI. Employees who work with patients on a daily basis presented the clinical activities of the A-Patch and VOGAS projects, patient recruitment processes, the conduct of breath tests, and VOC detection from the surface of skin. V. Ikonen was also introduced with the LU KPMI Biobank and the processes of collection and storage of biological samples of patients. The main ethical aspects of the study, ensuring a safe conduct of the study for patients, were also discussed during the meeting.

© Photo: from personal archive: from left: Veikko Ikonen, the senior research scientist of the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland; Aija Kārkliņa, LU KPMI’s medical nurse; Viktors Veliks, the senior research scientist of LU KMPI

© Photo: from personal archive: A-Patch clinical process by Ruta Deklava, TLDC / LU KPMI nurse

The project „Screening of Gastric Cancer via Breath volatile organic compunds by Hybrid Sensing Approach” has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No  824986

The project „Autonomous Patch for Real-Time Detection of Infectious Disease” has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 824270

April 6, 2022

Press conference - informative presentation on the launch of the Liepaja Research Center

On Monday, April 11 at 14:00 in Liepāja, 23 Jūrmalas Street media representatives are invited to a press conference - informative presentation on the launch of the Liepāja Research Center - a joint research project of the Institute of Clinical and Preventive Medicine of the University of Latvia (LU KPMI) and Liepāja Regional Hospital.

Attendees will be able to find out the most significant benefits of the opening of the research center in Liepāja, what is the GISTAR study and HYCOR project, what are their goals and tasks, as well as to get acquainted with the research process in Liepāja.

Please apply for participation by sending an e-mail to amanda.boka@lu.lv

Participating:

Aiga Rūdule, LU KPMI senior expert, administrative manager of GISTAR research

Andris Vistiņš, HYCOR project partner - Liepāja Regional Hospital Board Member

Dr. Mārcis Leja, LU professor, gastroenterologist, LU KPMI director, scientific manager of GISTAR research and HYCOR project

Context:

Each year, 3.88 million new cases of digestive system cancers are detected worldwide. About 2.83 million people die of them annually. Latvia belongs to a high-risk area with 600 people diagnosed with gastric cancer every year. About 500 patients die due to gastric cancer every year. Colorectal cancer (cancer of the large intestine) and cancer of the stomach are among the most common digestive cancers. Most of the cancers are preventable; if diagnosed early, most of the cancers, including colorectal and gastric cancers are treatable successfully.

GISTAR is a scientific study aiming to reduce mortality from gastric cancer. It aims to search for new intervention strategies to prove the efficacy of gastric cancer screening and optimize colorectal cancer screening in high-risk areas.

Free gastrointestinal examinations (screenings) of the population aged 40-64 are performed in regional research centers, with an aim of developing screening methods for the earliest possible diagnosis of the disease. The obtained data help improving the efficiency of systematic research of gastrointestinal tumors.

HYCOR is a scientific project based on the GISTAR study, which aims to promote the concept of an exhaled volatile marker in colorectal cancer screening by promoting the development of a new hybrid analyzer for this purpose.

More about LU KPMI, scientific project HYCOR and research GISTAR: www.kpmi.lu.lv; www.gistar.eu

The project is funded by the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) 1.1.1.1. project ‘Practical Studies’, 4th phase, project ID Nr. 1.1.1.1/20/A/035 ‘Hybrid-sensor breath analysis for colorectal canec screening.

March 31, 2022

Closing the project dedicated to prevention of gastric cancer, its results have been presented at an international conference

With a participation in the International Scientific Conference on Medicine 2022, the LU KPMI ERDF project No. 1.1.1.1/18/A/184 “Optimization of H. pylori eradication scheme for mass gastric cancer prevention measures” has been closed. At the conference, the results of the project were presented by research assistants Olga Sjomina and Reinis Vangravs:

During the project, the team has succeeded in achieving the intended and have obtained the necessary data that have been analysed to prepare a total of five scientific articles. Three of them have been already published and two have been submitted and awaiting for publication:

  1. "Early detection of gastric cancer beyond endoscopy - new methods"  Best Practice & Research Clinical Gastroenterology,Volumes 50–51, March–April 2021, 101731, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bpg.2021.101731
  2. Sjomina et al., "Randomised clinical trial: comparison of efficacy and adverse effects of a standard triple clarithromycin-containing regimen with high-dose amoxicillin and bismuth therapy in Helicobacter pylori eradication", 'European Journal of Cancer Prevention', https://journals.lww.com/eurjcancerprev/toc/publishahead
  3. Sabine Skrebinska et.al., “Who Could Be Blamed in the Case of Discrepant Histology and Serology Results for Helicobacter pylori Detection?”, https://www.mdpi.com/2075-4418/12/1/133/htm
  4. Razuka-Ebela Danute et.al., “Factors associated with false negative results in serum pepsinogen testing for precancerous gastric lesions in a European population in the GISTAR study”, submitted to journal „Diagnostincs” on 31.03.2022.
  5. Vangravs Reinis et.al., “Clarithromycin-containing triple therapy for H. pylori eradication is inducing increased long-term gut resistome”, submitted to journal “Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics” on 31.03.2022.

© Photo: Vintage microphone photo created by jannoon028 - www.freepik.com

The Project is implemented by ERDF (European Regional Development Fund ) within the framework of 2nd part of measure 1.1.1.1. "Practical Studies", project ID Nr. 1.1.1.1/18/A/184 "Optimisation of H.pylori eradication therapy for population-based gastric cancer prevention"

March 28, 2022

The International Scientific Conference on Medicine is over

From March 25 to 26, 2022, the International Scientific Conference on Medicine took place within the framework of the 80th Scientific Conference of the University of Latvia. The conference covered various disciplines of clinical and research medicine, pharmacy, public health. For epidemiological security reasons, all sessions took place online on the Zoom platform.

Researchers of the Institute of Clinical and Preventive Medicine of the University of Latvia and students involved in the research work participated in the conference with several reports and e-stand reports:

The theses prepared by the participants are summarized and published in Appendix 1 of the 58th issue of the internationally cited journal “Medicina”.

March 25, 2022

Researchers and students of LMI KPMI participate in the international scientific conference of medicine

This year, the International Scientific Conference of the University of Latvia celebrates its 80th anniversary and its meetings in medicine and pharmacy will take place on 25-26. in March. This year's event takes place remotely on the Zoom platform. Researchers of the Institute of Clinical and Preventive Medicine and students involved in research work have been participating in the conference for several years already, and this year is no exception.

Those interested can follow the conference work virtually. The program of the event and Zoom access links, as well as e-stand reports are published on the conference website. The theses prepared by the participants are compiled in a revised thesis stock and issued in Annex 1 to number 58 of the internationally quoted journal “Medicina”.

© Photo: Toms Grīnbergs, LU Communication Department.

March 18, 2022

Visits of foreign experts and participation in the Congress "On Equality in Overcoming Cancer" continue

On the third day of the visit, the leaders of the project “Improving the Coordination and Screening of Cancer Care in Latvia and Slovakia” funded by the European Commission's Technical Assistance Facility (DG REFORM) visited the private practice of general practitioner Dr. Andris Baumanis and visited the Central Laboratory.

© Photo from personal archive
 
Photos of foreign experts visit the private practice of general practitioner Andris Baumanis

After the visits of international experts, the guests participated in the congress "On Equality in Overcoming Cancer", where one of the speakers was the director of the University of Latvia KPMI Mārcis Leja with a lecture "Tools on how to implement EU Cancer Mission's recommendations at national levels".

 

© Photo from personal archive
 
In the picture Mārcis Leja

March 17, 2022

Foreign experts continue visits within the framework of the project “Improvement of Cancer Care Coordination and Screening in Latvia and Slovakia”

Specialists from the International Agency for Research on Cancer and the ERASMUS Medical Center have visited the Children's Clinical University Hospital, the polyclinic of the Association of Health Centers PULSS-5, the Laboratory of Academic Histology.

The first monitoring group meeting and press conference took place after the on-site visits, during which the participants were informed about the project “Improving cancer care coordination and screening in Latvia and Slovakia” funded by the European Commission's Technical Assistance Instrument (DG REFORM) funded project “Improvement of Cancer Care Coordination and Screening in Latvia and Slovakia” (ICCCS), initiated by the Institute of Clinical and Preventive Medicine of the University of Latvia (LU KPMI).

"More than 12 thousand people are diagnosed with cancer in Latvia every year, but about 6 thousand die from cancer. Colorectal cancer is the most common type of cancer in Latvia, but breast cancer is in third place. The burden of cancer from both cancers can be reduced through a population-based, high-quality cancer screening program, ”said Dr. Andre Carvalho adds that effective cancer screening programs save lives by detecting tumors at an early stage and increasing their chances of survival. These measures prevent unnecessary suffering and death. In turn, data collection through high-quality cancer data recording is essential for effective cancer control policies and epidemiological research. These data form the basis for planning public health programs to prevent cancer and improve patient care, explains Dr. Andre Carvale.

Read more here.

© Photographer: Evija Trifanova
In the photo, foreign experts and members of the monitoring committee (from left: Dr. Partha Basu, Daniels Pavļuts, Aris Zakatistovs, Dr. Andre Carvalho)

March 16, 2022

Project “Improvement of Cancer Care Coordination and Screening in Latvia and Slovakia” is Launched

The Institute of Clinical and Preventive Medicine of the University of Latvia (LU KPMI) informs Europe's first comprehensive cancer care improvement project "Improving Cancer Care Coordination and Screening in Latvia and Slovakia" in Latvia is launched. In the project foreign experts will provide recommendations for the development of a strategic plan and a roadmap that will reduce cancer-related mortality in cooperation with national partners.

Within the framework of the project, foreign experts from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the ERASMUS Medical Center (Rotterdam, the Netherlands), as well as the Organization of European Cancer Institutes (OECI) have visited Latvia for several days. During the visit experts will provide their expertise to improve processes and implement the necessary services.

On March 16, foreign experts visited the current services in the field of cancer in Latvia. The guests visited the Riga East Clinical University Hospital, the Diagestive Diseases Center "Gastro", the Latvian Center for Disease and Prevention and the National Health Service (see photo).

  

© Photo from personal archive
 
The photographs include visits by foreign experts to the Riga East Clinical University Hospital, the Digestive Diseases Center "Gastro" and the National Health Service.

March 16, 2022

Data from the LU KPMI project have been presented at the International Gastric Cancer Congress IGCC 2022

The International Gastric Cancer Congress (IGCC 2022) of the International Gastric Cancer Association (IGCA) took place from 6 to 9 March in Houston, Texas (USA), in a hybrid format (remotely in an epidemiologically safe environment).

Manohar Prasad Bhandari, a leading researcher at the Institute of Clinical and Preventive Medicine of the University of Latvia, gave a remote stand presentation at the postdoctoral research project ‘Study of the relation between gastric microbiota and VOCs for the early detection of gastric cancer’ no. 1.1.1.2/VIAA/3/19/495. In his study, Bhandari analyzed volatile organic compounds derived from gastric cancer tissue and healthy gastric tissue identifying compounds that differ from cancerous and healthy tissue. It is planned to further analyze these compounds and use them in human exhalation analysis to determine the risk of gastric cancer, as well as in the development of non-invasive gastric cancer detection devices.

Manohar Prasad Bhandari’s postdoctoral project goal is to investigate the effects of volatile compounds, microbial changes, and exhaled markers on gastric microbiome for an early diagnosis of gastric cancer.

Program "Growth and Jobs" 1.1.1. Specific support objective “Increase the research and innovation capacity of Latvian scientific institutions and the ability to attract external funding by investing in human resources and infrastructure” 1.1.1.2. ERDF project No. of the measure “Support for postdoctoral research” 1.1.1.2/VIAA/3/19/495 "Study of the relation between gastric microbiota and VOCs for the early detection of gastric cancer"

March 15, 2022

Mārcis Leja: The voice of cancer patients must be heard

On the portal Delfi.lv you can read a conversation with the director of the Institute of Clinical and Preventive Medicine of the University of Latvia, a member of the steering committee of the Congress of European Oncology Patient Organizations “On Equality in Overcoming Cancer” prof. Mārci Leju, on the importance of cancer patients' views in improving the quality of cancer care, current issues in cancer care, the European Congress of Oncology Patients' Congress on Equality in Cancer and the European Oncology Patients' common position in the congress's open letter.

You can read the article here.

Cancer Equality

Find out more about the European Congress of Oncology Patients' Congress on Equality in Cancer here

You will also be able to follow the congress online all day long on the Facebook account of the Onaliance with a translation into Latvian.

March 14, 2022

In the congress in Riga, European oncology patients will request to end the humiliating cancer treatment inequality

On 18 and 19 March a unique event in the field of oncology in the Baltics will take place in Riga, Latvia – the European Congress of Oncology Patient Organizations “On Equality in Beating Cancer”. It aims to prevent inequalities in cancer diagnosis, treatment, access to innovative medicines, and other areas.

The event is organized by the Latvian Association of Oncology Patient Organizations "Oncoaliance" in cooperation with the Special Committee on Beating Cancer (BECA) of the European Parliament. The event is co-organized by influential patient organizations of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) countries – Romania, Greece, Estonia, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Poland, etc.

Congress participants together with more than 30 internationally recognized experts – patient advocacy leaders, teachers, doctors, politicians, representatives of national governments and the European Parliament (EP) – will identify the causes of inequality in cancer care and request the CEE region health policy officials and decision-makers to address them so that cancer patients who are living in this part of the European Union (EU) would receive the same modern, innovative cancer care as in the EU's welfare states. Mārcis Leja Professor at the University of Latvia, Director of the Institute of Clinical and Preventive Medicine of the University of Latvia, former member of the Board of the EU Cancer Mission will speak in Congress as one of the speakers.

Read more about the event - HERE

Cancer Equality

March 9, 2022

Free testing for gastro-intestinal diseases

As part of ERDF project No 1.1.1.1/20/A/035 “Hybrid-sensor breath analysis for colorectal cancer screening - HYCOR”, the University of Latvia's Institute of Clinical and Preventive Medicine, in cooperation with Liepaja Regional Hospital, has started to carry out free gastro-intestinal disease tests for 40-64-year-olds.

Gastro-intestinal disease tests are performed in the Liepaja study centre: Jurmala Street 23, Liepaja. Study Centre working time 7:00 - 13:00. To sign in for free exams, please call 25 679 868.

More about the project – HERE

The project is funded by the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) 1.1.1.1. project "Practical Studies", 4th phase, project ID Nr. 1.1.1.1/20/A/035."

March 3, 2022

Training is being provided for the staff of the Liepaja Research Center

From 1.-11. training for future employees of the GISTAR Research Center is taking place at the Liepaja Research Center. Training is organized both on-site and remotely, according to epidemiological requirements. On March 2 a lecture for participants was given by ERDF project no. 1.1.1.1/20/A/035 “Hybrid-sensor breath analysis for colorectal cancer screening - HYCOR” Leading Researcher Marcis Leja. In the Microsoft Teams environment, Mārcis Leja introduced the research staff to the GISTAR research, the current issues of gastric and intestinal cancer in Latvia and in the world. The youngest scientists of the project Arnis Kiršners, Daiga Šantare and Sergejs Paršutins also took part in the training as teachers. During the training, the new team is introduced to the research website, data usage and security rules, GISTAR data management system, research protocol and inclusion of research participants, as well as collaboration with GPs and specialists at the local level.

© Photo from personal archive - photo with employees of Liepaja Research Center (from left side: Zanda Atmata, Agneta Freimane, Laura Rišmite)

The project is funded by the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) 1.1.1.1. project "Practical Studies", 4th phase, project ID Nr. 1.1.1.1/20/A/035."

March 3, 2022

The online Meeting Of Minds 4 from 23. till 24. february gathered over 100 patients, researchers, clinicians and caregivers around the question ,,How can new technologies better support patients?“

The event aimed at engaging patients and gathering important feedback from end-users. They were given the opportunity to share their insight and contribute to design better tools based on their needs as cancer patients and survivors. The Cluster members presented their projects with an overview of their work, the scope of their research and how they apply new technology in their solution designs.

Ten EU funded projects were presented during the event: MENHIR, LIFECHAMPS, ONCORELIEF, FAITH, PERSIST, QUALITOP, CLARIFY, ASCAPE, REBECCA, CAPABLE.

Project PERSIST was presented by its coordinator Victoria Cal. Gazihan Alankus from Gradiant and one of the app developers Gazihan Alankus from EMODA. They made a demonstration of the patients’ mHealth app of PERSIST.

One of the most exciting parts of the event was the roundtable discussion with cancer patients, who were invited to provide their insights on series of questions, related to trust in new technologies, patients’ participation in studies, data sharing and patients’ motivation to participate in the design of research of innovative digital health solutions.

Learn more: Meeting of Minds 4.

Persist on Twitter  Persist website

© Photos from PERSIST Blog - http://bit.ly/3C0nKvH

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 875406

February 17, 2022

Chance to apply for free conference - Transforming Healthcare with AI

Deloitte Baltics, in partnership with digital marketing agency Adore, is inviting data practitioners, pharmaceutical companies, and public and private health organizations to join a free artificial intelligence(AI) and machine learning technology healthcare conference to discuss the various operational challenges faced by AI in the Baltics.

Transforming Healthcare with AI conference will take place online on 22 of February 2022, 9:30 – 15:00 EET.

Inese Polaka, leading researcher at the Institute of Clinical and Preventive Medicine, will also participate in the conference with a presentation “Experience and potential in clinical research: application of ML in process improvement and gaining new insights”. Un which she will speak about institute previous experience with AI and machine learning in medical data analysis, process improvement and introduction of new technologies, as well as planned applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Find out more about the conference.

Registration application form for the conference.

February 9, 2022

PERSIST is organizing a mini-symposia session on "Digital Health Interventions and Big Data for Personalized Cancer Survivorship" within ICCMSE 2022. The event will take place on October 26-29, 2022 in Crete, Greece. The session is dedicated to discussing the use of real-world data, big data, information technologies, and artificial intelligence to support cancer survivors and patients. Although primarily focused on solutions for cancer survivors and patients, any contribution towards improving (HR)QoL, using real-world data is welcome.

Deadline for submission: Extended Abstracts (3-4 pages) should be submitted by 06 August 2022. (Requirements can be seen here).

Information about the fees, registration and logistics can be found at the ICCMSE 2022 official website: www.iccmse.org.

  Persist website

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 875406

February 8, 2022

Researchers should think about professional ethics

Photo: LU Photo archive

Photo: LU Photo archive

In October 2021, the first ethics committee for sectoral groups was set up at the University of Latvia (LU). After that On 2022 of January Maris Zander had a conversation with the chairman of the LU Committee on Ethics for Life and Medicine Studies, associate professors of the University of Latvia and lead researcher of the Institute of Clinical and Preventive Medicine, Signe Mezinska about, why researchers should think about professional ethics. Article is published in Latvian. Read more about the conversation they had in the winter number of the edition “Alma Mater”, 2022.

February 4, 2022

#PERSIST joins people and organizations worldwide in commemorating World Cancer Day on February 4. This day is dedicated to the courage and achievements of people living with cancer and calls for everyone to join in helping to save lives.

Learn more here.

See a Twitter post  Persist website

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 875406

January 26, 2022

How can new technologies better support patients?

Find the answer on February 23-24 where the #CS_AIW Cluster will hold its 4th Meeting of Minds - the first to be open to the public, as patients and survivors will be part of the audience.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/3FXqsCn

Learn more  Persist website

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 875406

January 25, 2022

Dr. Apinis and the audience get acquainted with the HYCOR project

Yesterday, January 24, ERDF project no. 1.1.1.1/20/A/035 Professor Marcis Leja, Head and Leading Researcher of “Hybrid-sensor breath analysis for colorectal cancer screening - HYCOR” was on channel TV24 broadcast “Dr.Apinis - What's New in Gastroenterology”.
During the show, Marcis Leja told about the latest scientific research in the field of gastroenterology, as well as introduced the listeners to the HYCOR study.
The recording of the show can be watched here: part one and  part two. *The recording of the show is available in Latvian.

Screenshot from the “Dr.Apinis - What's New in Gastroenterology” on the 24.01.2022. 

© Screenshot from the “Dr.Apinis - What's New in Gastroenterology” on the 24.01.2022. (From left: LU Professor, Director of the Institute of Clinical and Preventive Medicine of the UL and Leading Researcher Mārcis Leja, Assistant Professor of the Department of Internal Medicine, RSU Vita Skuja, Head of the Clinic of RAKUS Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Aleksejs Derovs Peter Apinis.)

The project is funded by the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) 1.1.1.1. project "Practical Studies", 4th phase, project ID Nr. 1.1.1.1/20/A/035."

January 21, 2022

Project participants have submitted theses to the International Conference on Scientific Medicine

The International Scientific Medicine Conference of the University of Latvia will take place on March 25-26, 2022. Five participants of the project “Optimisation of H.pylori eradication therapy for population-based gastric cancer prevention” on the following topics have submitted theses to the conference, section of medicine and health science:

- “The Use of Shotgun Metagenomic Sequencing for Detection of H. Pylori Pre- and Post-Eradication: Bioinformatics Feasibility Assessment”, autori Vangravs Reinis, Čivkulis Kristaps, Ļeonova Elīna, Dauss Edgars, Poļaka Inese, Sjomina Olga, Leja Mārcis;

- “Evaluation of Dietary Habits of Jekabpils Inhabitants: Adherence to Nordic Diet and Association With Helicobacter Pylori Infection”, autori Jurkevica Ineta, Daugule Ilva, Kojalo Ilona, Poļaka Inese, Paršutins Sergejs, Leja Mārcis, Šantare Daiga;

- “Addition of Saccharomyces Boulardii to Standard Triple Therapy in Eradication of H. pylori: Comparison of Adverse Events and Effectiveness”, autori Sjomina Olga, Suhorukova Jekaterina, Rūdule Aiga, Vangravs Reinis, Paršutins Sergejs, Poļaka Inese, Daugule Ilva, Stonāns Ilmārs, Park Jin Young, Leja Mārcis.

We invite you to follow the conference and find out what was found in the study!

80th International Scientific Conference of the UL 

The study is financed by the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) 1.1.1.1. project "Practical Studies", 2nd phase, project ID Nr. 1.1.1.1/18/A/184 "Optimisation of H.pylori eradication therapy for population-based gastric cancer prevention"

January 17, 2022

The first HYCOR project particiapnts are included

Institute of Clinical and Preventive Medicine of the University of Latvia in cooperation with the Latvian Oncology Center has started the clinical activities of the HYCOR project, ensuring the recruitment of colorectal cancer patients for the project.

Patients with a confirmed diagnosis of colorectal cancer are invited to participate in the study. Patients are provided with information about the study, its goals, and the opportunity to donate breath samples and tissue material obtained during the operation for the study. Currently, the project includes 21 study participants with colorectal cancer.

The project is funded by the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) 1.1.1.1. project "Practical Studies", 4th phase, project ID Nr. 1.1.1.1/20/A/035."

January 14, 2022

Abstract submission deadline for the 80th International Scientific Conference of the UL extended

The International Scientific Conference on Medicine is traditionally held at the Faculty of Medicine as part of the annual international scientific conference staged by the University of Latvia (UL), bringing in industry experts both from Latvia and from abroad. The UL Conference celebrates its 80th anniversary this year. The event begins every time with an academic plenary session. Afterwards, the conference work is organised in section meetings, including the field of medicine and health sciences.

The International Scientific Conference on Medicine activities will be held online on March 25-26, 2022. In efforts to foster the spirit of international collaboration, participation is free of charge. Certificates of attendance with credit points for further education will be awarded to participants of the event.

The abstracts should be submitted via the UL Conference platform, the deadline has been extended to Sunday, January 23. Every UL employee has their own profile on the website. Please find below the illustrative images of how to access the platform. For additional enquiries, please contact the organiser or send your question to the Department of Science.

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