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May 7th, 2021

May - World Digestive Health Month! May 29 - World Digestive Health Day!

With World Digestive Health Day on May 29, Digestive Health Month will be celebrated throughout the entirety of May! A public awareness campaign is now launched and it is focused on the prevalence and impact of digestive health conditions.

This year’s theme for World Digestive Health Day is, "Obesity: An Ongoing Pandemic’’. To mark this momentous occasion and to increase the impact of the 2021 Digestive Health Month campaign, UEG has launched a virtual exhibition where a wealth of information, statistics and resources can be found. 

Everyone is invited to participate in the Digestive Health Month campaign by both utilising and sharing the available information! 

Month-long campaign will touch upon the theme of obesity from four different angles:
1.    Uniting the continent: Obesity and chronic digestive diseases across Europe 
2.    Protecting our future: Obesity and paediatric digestive diseases 
3.    Taking action now: Diet and chronic digestive diseases 
4.    Reversing the trend: Obesity and digestive cancers

Keep up with related content and discussions by following event on social media.
( Make sure to look for #DigestiveHealthMonth!)

May 6th, 2021

Training is being provided for future employees of the GISTAR research Kuldiga Regional Center

Today in Kuldiga, trainings are taking place for future employees of the GISTAR research Kuldiga Regional Center. Training is organized according to epidemiological requirements both on-site and remotely. During the training, the new team is introduced to the research website, data usage and security rules, as well as the GISTAR data management system. Our staff introduces future employees to the design of the GISTAR study, its goals and objectives, tells about cooperation with family doctors and specialists at the local level.

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* GISTAR study is funded by FLPP (Fundamental and Applied Research Projects) within the framework of the Latvian Program, project no. lzp-2018 / 1-0135 "Study on the implementation of a set of measures to prevent gastric cancer mortality by eradicating H.pylori infection and timely detection of gastric pre-cancer conditions"

April 30th, 2021

A webinar on the possibilities of European funds under the Horizon Europe program will take place soon

The United European Gastroenterology Organization (UEG) is planning a virtual webinar to present the possibilities of European funds under the Horizon Europe program.

The research webinar will take place on May 6,  6:30 to 7:30 PM.

Register for the webinar HERE

The following topics will be presented at the webinar:
* The current opportunities in the pillar on collaborative grants, and explain how to respond to the calls.
* How to put together the best applications, what evaluators look for, what makes an application score highest by all evaluators.

April 27th, 2021

Welcome to the seminar of the Doctoral School of Translational Research in Medicine, which will be dedicated to the topic of colorectal cancer

The seminar will feature dr. Ilona Vilkoite - gastroenterologist, endoscopy specialist, Riga Stradiņš University, Faculty of Medicine, 1st year doctoral student, with the topic "Prevalence of high-risk colorectal neoplasms in young patients with functional indigestion".
 
Also, dr. Andrejs Pčolkins - surgeon, 1st year doctoral student of the University of Latvia, Faculty of Medicine, with the topic "Prevention of surgical complications in colorectal cancer surgery by performing mechanical bowel preparation together with non-absorbable antibiotics".
 
The seminar will be held online - Meet on google.

Links to the seminar: https://meet.google.com/yvq-ctea-xto

The seminar will take place: April 30, 2021, at 4.30 pm.

April 23rd, 2021

Researchers and students of LU KPMI participates in the International scientific conference of medicine

The International Scientific Conference on Medicine as part of the 79th Scientific Conference of the University of Latvia is takeing place on April 23-24, 2021. The conference covers various disciplines of clinical and research medicine, pharmacy and public health.

Researchers of the Institute of Clinical and Preventive Medicine of the University of Latvia and students involved in research work also participate in the conference.

Participation in the conference in the spirit of promoting international cooperation is free of charge.
Conference events take place online using the Zoom platform.

More information about the conference is available HERE.

 

April 20th, 2021

The Institute of Clinical and Preventive Medicine of the University of Latvia starts participating in the new Horizon 2020 project on ethical aspects of open science

On April 15, the Institute of Clinical and Preventive Medicine of the University of Latvia participated as a project partner in the opening event of the Horizon 2020 project "Responsible Open Science in Europe" (ROSiE). The aim of the project is to analyze the ethical aspects of open science and to develop practical tools to implement the principles of research ethics in open science and amateur science.

Open science, as an approach in which research planning, processes, data and results are freely available to all stakeholders, is the future of science. This approach has the potential to make research more efficient and relevant to society, as well as to enable citizens to take an active part in research as amateur researchers. At the same time, open science raises new questions about research ethics and the prevention of unfair practices, so it is important to analyze potential ethical issues in different open science areas and disciplines. Based on such an analysis, the European science system will be able to ensure that research ethics and integrity become a structural component of open science.

The ROSiE project will be implemented by a strong international and interdisciplinary team of leading European experts in the field. The project consortium is led by the University of Oslo. Signe Mežinska, the leading researcher of the Institute of Clinical and Preventive Medicine of the University of Latvia, together with the research group of the institute, will lead and implement the project section, the task of which is to develop ethics teaching materials for students, scientists and amateur scientists.

You can follow the news of the ROSiE project on the social network Twitter: @rosie_open

 

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The project "Responsible Open Science in Europe - ROSiE" has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement no. 101006430

April 16th, 2021

Topical interview with the director of our institute Marcis Leja!

We invite to read the interview published on the portal "Delfi":

https://www.delfi.lv/news/versijas/marcis-leja-onkologijai-vajadzetu-klut-par-valsts-meroga-prioritati.d?id=53111823

Photo: LETA

April 12th, 2021

Oncology should become a national priority

We invite to read the interview with the director of our institute Marcis Leja in the April 12 issue of the magazine "IR".

https://ir.lv/2021/04/12/onkologijai-vajadzetu-klut-par-valsts-meroga-prioritati/

Illustrative image from pixabay.com

April 9th, 2021

A new release of the H2020 database is available

A new release of the H2020 database is now available on the eCORDA portal.  It contains data frozen on the 5 March 2021.
The main features of this new release are:
•    additional flags such as for the signed projects, 
•    additional fields for the EIC scheme,
•    same additions included in the version 4 of the eCORDA API,
•    cleaning of the researchers identifiers, that led to the extension of the tables with new fields for ORCID ID, researcher ID, Google scholar ID or Scopus author ID.
New fields to determine the Seals of Excellence were also added, but the correct data will be updated with the next refresh of eCORDA.

Other useful information:
•    you need your EU Login credentials to access eCORDA platform
•    a user manual to help you discover the platform content and reports can be accessed here
•    Confidentiality rules for framework programme data stored in eCORDA are available
•  eCORDA users having access to all themes (members of the strategic configuration of the H2020 Programme Committee and "Nationally Nominated eCORDA users") will have access to more applications tools by clicking on the "Log in" button and entering their eCORDA EU Login credentials
•    If you encounter ‘log in’ problems or have questions on the platform and its content please contact us: RTD-CORDA-SUPPORT@ec.europa.eu.

April 7th, 2021

Invites to the seminar of the Doctoral School in Translational Research in Medicine: Merging Medicine and Law - Institute of Entrepreneurship

Laura Kadile - lawyer, 2nd year doctoral student of the Faculty of Law of the University of Latvia and researcher of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Latvia will speak at the seminar.

The introduction of the seminar will be dedicated to the sub-sector of medical law - patients 'rights, emphasizing the importance of protection of patients' rights, regulation in national and international legislation. The seminar will continue to focus on the institute of legal capacity in civil law, looking in more detail at one of the components of the institute of legal capacity - business capacity, explaining the content and evaluation procedure of the clause "human ability to understand or manage one's activities". In parallel with the Institute of Entrepreneurship in Civil Law, the seminar will make a comparison with the Institute of Decision-Making or Decision-Making Abilities in Medical Treatment.

The seminar will be held in online - Meet on google.

Links to the seminar: https://meet.google.com/hik-wven-wht

The course of the seminar: 09.04.2021, at 4.30 PM.

April 6th, 2021

Highlights of the project "Information and Communication Technology Competence Center" in the first quarter of 2021

IT competence center in accordance with the agreement No.1.2.1.1/18/A/003 concluded with the Central Finance and Contracts Agency on May 9, 2019. implements the project “Information and Communication Technology Competence Center”.

The project will start implementing five new studies in the first quarter of 2021 and will continue to implement all previously approved studies. The seventh request for payment has been prepared and submitted, and meetings of both the heads of scientific directions and the council are held regularly, where the progress of the implemented research and the achieved results are reviewed. All meetings took place entirely remotely.

On February 25, the online conference “FF 314: Centers of Competence. Innovations for Growth and Exports ”, in which the representatives of the IT competence center research implementers SIA“ Tilde ”and SIA“ We Are Dots ”also shared their experience in short and concise 314-second speeches.

In March, it is planned to complete the research of SIA “Datorzinību centrs” and the University of Latvia No. 1.5 “Development of a research support model to improve the medical research data collection process”, launched in May 2019. In the first quarter of 2021, the implementation of the second industrial research activity “Development of the technological implementation concept of the research support model” has been completed and the implementation of the experimental development activity “Development and validation of the research support tool prototype” continues.

 

The project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund Operational Program "Growth and Jobs" 1.2.1. Specific objective 1.2.1.1 of the Specific objective "Increase private sector investment in R&D". the measure "Support for the development of new products and technologies within centers of competence"

March 29th, 2021

The staff of the KPMI of the University of Latvia warmly congratulates Professor Marcis Leja, who has been elected as the director of the institute for the second term. We also wish you inexhaustible energy and success in your work in the new term!

prof. Mārcis Leja

March 26th, 2021

European Commission welcomes entry into force of EU4Health programme

The Commission welcomes the entry into force of the EU4Health programme today. This follows the Council adoption on 17 March and the vote on the programme by the European Parliament on 9 March. It marks the final step towards making €5.1 billion available to strengthen the resilience of health systems and promote innovation in the health sector. EU4Health will make a significant contribution to the post-COVID-19 recovery by making the EU population healthier, supporting the fight against cross-border health threats and boosting the EU's preparedness and capability to respond effectively to future health crisis, as part of a future strong European Health Union. 

More information read HERE

March 25th, 2021

CANCER has published a manuscript proving the effectiveness of a smartphone-connected device that can detect gastric cancer after exhalation

The results obtained in the international project SNIFFPHONE *, in which an exhaled air analysis device to be connected to a smartphone has been developed, confirm the usefulness of the technology in the diagnosis of gastric cancer. In March, these results were published in the internationally acclaimed magazine CANCER.

In the SNIFFPHONE project, scientists developed a special device that can be connected to a mobile phone. The portable "electronic nose" will allow artificial intelligence to analyze the exhaled air and determine with good accuracy whether a person has stomach cancer or a precancerous condition. Scientists from Latvia, Israel, Germany, Ireland, Austria and Finland are involved in the project. The clinical part of the study was performed in Latvia and in our country the group was led by Mārcis Leja, Director of the Institute of Clinical and Preventive Medicine (LU KPMI), University of Latvia. The research work of the institute was carried out in close cooperation with the specialists of the Riga East University Hospital and the Academic Histology Laboratory, as well as the Digestive Diseases Center GASTRO.

Within the framework of the project, LU KPMI implemented patient involvement and device testing in clinical conditions. A recent scientific article featured a clinical study of 274 patients using an "electronic nose" to test their breath. 94 of them had a confirmed diagnosis of stomach cancer and surgery, while the rest were healthy and had an endoscopy. Analysis of sensor data revealed significant differences in exhaled air between patients with gastric cancer and 113 control participants with normal endoscopy results. The device also helped to detect, for example, pre-cancerous conditions of the stomach in 67 high-risk patients with relatively acceptable accuracy, which were then confirmed by additional analyzes.

The researchers emphasize that this device plays a particularly important role in the early diagnosis of gastric cancer, which would avoid late-onset cases and reduce patient mortality accordingly. In addition, the technology is relatively inexpensive, works quickly and accurately, and is non-invasive. For comparison, endoscopy, magnetic resonance imaging or computed tomography are usually used to diagnose stomach cancer. In addition, the Sniffphone is portable, which allows it to be used outside the laboratory. The potential use of the new device is very wide and could be used in the future to detect and monitor other diseases.

Work on the development of an exhaled air analyzer is currently continuing in the framework of another international project - VOGAS *, which plans to make this device even more accurate.

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*The SNIFFPHONE project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement no. 644031
*VOGAS project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 824986 

March 22nd, 2021

Topicalities of the project  "Volatile Marker Breath Analyzer for Gastric Cancer Screening" in the 1st quarter of 2021

The project developed a mathematical model based on data from clinical trials and evaluated the specificity and sensitivity of 16 different volatile organic compound sensors, identifying exhaled air from cancer patients as opposed to exhaled air from healthy people. The specificity of this mathematical model, the parameter induction of which is performed from the measurement data when tested on a new data set, significantly exceeds the performance of any individual sensor parameter. The obtained results are summarized and a patent application is prepared for the developed mathematical model.

 

The project is funded by the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) within the framework of the measure 1.2.1.2. "Support for the Development of Technology Transfer System", Project ID Nr. KC-PI-2017/75 "Volatile Marker Breath Analyzer for Gastric Cancer Screening"

March 11th, 2021

A collaborative work between the National Cancer Institute (US) and KPMI on EBV-associates gastric carcinoma has been published by GASTRIC CANCER

In "Gastric Cancer", a joint official journal of the "International Gastric Cancer Association" and the "Japanese Gastric Cancer Association", an article entitled "Identification of anti-epstein-barr virus (EBV) antibody signature in EBV-associated gastric carcinoma" has been published. 

The article was written in collaboration with Riga East University Hospital and the US National Cancer Institute. Among the co-authors of the article is the director of LU KPMI and leading researcher, Professor M.Leja.

Congratulations on this publication!

Read an article HERE

March 9th, 2021

Invitation to attend the upcoming event of the Doctorial school in translation research in medicine: "The use of data mining and machine learning approaches in the analysis of research data"

During the seminar, approaches to the analysis of research data will be discussed, which use not only statistical approaches, but also the development of models for revealing regularities in data. Supervised learning, which helps to develop classification (yes / no disease) models, and unsupervised learning to detect group data, as well as the combination and use of these approaches to describe data and regularities, will be demonstrated.

During the seminar, the lecturer will demonstrate some methods of analysis, and those who want to participate and click (this will probably make questions) can download the programs and data set that will be demonstrated.

Statistical methods will be demonstrated with the open access tool JASP:
https://jasp-stats.org/download/

Data mining methods will be demonstrated with the open access tool Orange:
https://orangedatamining.com/

Data set with which the analysis options will be displayed:
https://archive.ics.uci.edu/ml/datasets/HC+Survival

The seminar will be held online - at Meet google.

Link to the seminar: meet.google.com/zdr-vgvv-ikw

The seminar will take place: March,12 2021, 4.00 - 5.30 PM.    

March 8th, 2021

M.P.Bhandari, a leading researcher of the KPMI of the University of Latvia, will deliver a report at the International Scientific Conference of the University of Latvia

All interested parties are invited to listen to the report of Manohar Prasad Bhandari, the leading researcher of LU KPMI "Potential use of breath VOCs sensors in artificial ventilation machine for COVID-19 patients", which he will give in the section "Latvian researchers' contribution to COVID-19 mitigation", on March 10, 1:40 - 2:00 pm. 

The section will take place remotely, on the Zoom platform.
The live broadcast will be available on the University of Latvia Facebook page.
The section program can be viewed HERE.

The annual International scientific conference of the University of Latvia from January to April 2021 is taking place for the 79th time.
This year, the conference is taking place remotely using Zoom and MS Teams platforms.

Conference participants are introduced to current scientific achievements and news, including Covid-19 research.

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The study is performed on the clinical, biochemical, immunogenetic paradigms of the Covid-19 infection project of the National Research Program “Covid-19 Mitigation” and their correlation with socio-demographic, etiological, pathogenetic, diagnostic, therapeutic and prognostic factors to be included in the guidelines ”, Project no. VPP-COVID-2020 / 1-0023

 

February 23rd, 2021

"Science Signs" record on research ethics has been published, in which Signe Mežinska - LU KPMI leading researcher and bioethics specialist

The post provides information on these and other issues:
* To which aspects of research life should we extend ethics?
* In the context of ethical thinking, should we think about responsibility towards other researchers, responsibility towards society?

You can listen to the recording: ŠEIT.

"Science Signs" is a voluntary podcast of the members of the Latvian Science Council's expert commissions, which unites researchers from various fields with the aim of posting road signs to scientists, jointly seeking answers to the practical challenges of modern science.

At the end of 2020, a new international platform for scientific collaboration, The Embassy of Good Science, was launched in the field of research ethics and integrity. In June 2019, consortia of two Horizon 2020 projects undertook to set up such a central website for responsible and honest research, which has now been recognized as a promising initiative by the international scientific journal Nature.

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The Embassy of Good Science has been developed within the framework of EnTIRE and VIRT2UE projects in cooperation with 13 universities and 2 companies. The EnTIRE and VIRT2UE projects have received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research program (contracts N 741782 and N 787580)

February 19th, 2021

How do biobanks benefit the individual and society?

On Thursday, February 18, at the scientific event “Science Cafe” of the University of Latvia (UL), the experts explained and provided answers to the questions: What is stored in the biobank? What are research biobanks and who needs them? How do biobanks benefit the individual and society?

The event took place remotely and was live.

The event recording can be viewed HERE.

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The project is supported by FLPP (Fundamental and Applied Research Projects) Programm in Latvia, project nr. lzp-2018/2-0171 "Ethically and socially responsible governance of research biobanks in Latvia: analysis of opinions of public, donors and researchers"

February 10th, 2021

At the Science Café of the University of Latvia will talk about biobanks and how they benefit society

Thursday, February 18, at 16.00 at the University of Latvia science event “Science Cafe”, experts will explain and provide answers to the questions: What is stored in the biobank? What are research biobanks and who needs them? How do biobanks benefit the individual and society? The event will take place remotely and will be broadcast live.

Biobanks can store a variety of biological materials of human origin, such as blood, tumor tissue, genetic information or DNA, including faeces, urine or saliva. In research biobanks, these biological samples are stored for scientific research.

Research biobanks can only exist and generate new knowledge if people volunteer and agree to donate biological samples to the biobank. For this to happen, the public needs to know about and trust the existence of biobanks. Is the public in Latvia aware of biobanks? Are people in Latvia ready to get involved in biobanks? What are the expected societal benefits? What are the rights of biobank donors? What questions can a potential biobank donor have? Experts will answer these questions at the Science Café.

The Institute of Clinical and Preventive Medicine of the University of Latvia (LU KPMI) together with the Latvian Biomedical Research Center implements the project “Ethically and Socially Responsible Management of Research Biobanks in Latvia: Analysis of Public, Donor and Scientific Opinions”. The results of the research help to understand the public's understanding and attitude towards biobanks, allow to analyze the public's readiness to donate biological samples and the expectations and concerns of biobank donors, as well as the needs of scientists in cooperation with biobanks. Based on the results of the research, recommendations are developed for the development of ethically and socially responsible management of biobanks in accordance with the public interest.

Science cafe participants:

Vita Rovīte (leading researcher of the Latvian Biomedical Research and Study Center, head of the State Genome Database) with the topic “What is a research biobank?”.

Signe Mežinska (LU KPMI leading researcher) with the topic “Society and biobanks - co-creation of knowledge, benefits and concerns of society”.

Aija Plinta (nurse, working in a laboratory, volunteering for a study) will share her experience of participating in a specific study in which she donated her biological sample to a biobank.

The event will be hosted by Ilze Dimanta, LU researcher and research project manager at L'Oreal.

It will be possible to watch the "Science Cafe" live on the LU portal, LU facebook account and LU youtube account. During the event it will be possible to ask questions to our experts!

The aim of the "Science Café" is to provoke a free discussion in an informal environment on scientific issues of public interest. It is an opportunity to meet with experts in the field and ask them any questions of interest and find out what is not yet understood about a particular field of science.

 

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The project is supported by FLPP (Fundamental and Applied Research Projects) Programm in Latvia, project nr. lzp-2018/2-0171 "Ethically and socially responsible governance of research biobanks in Latvia: analysis of opinions of public, donors and researchers"

February 9rth2021

New article within the VOGAS projects

Within the VOGAS project an article “The The Volatile Mic Footprints of Human HCG-27 and CLS-145 Stomach Cancer Cell Lines ” has been written!

Congratulations to the authors!

You can read the full manuscript in “Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences”.

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February 4rd, 2021

The World Cancer Day is celebrated today!

Every year, on February 4, World Cancer Day is celebrated, the aim of which is to raise awareness and increase knowledge about malignant tumors, their prevention, as well as early detection and treatment.
 
Marcis Leja, director of the Institute of Clinical and Preventive Medicine of the University of Latvia, professor and representative of the Council of the European Cancer Mission, today informed about current events in this field in the program "Rīta Panorāma".
"Although the priority now is the Covid-19 pandemic, for many people this time is also a quiet fight against cancer," M.Leja said in the "Rīta Panorāma". He pointed out that more and more cancers were being diagnosed late in the world."

The interview can be viewed HERE.
 

World Cancer Day was born on the 4 February 2000 at the World Summit Against Cancer for the New Millennium in Paris. The Paris Charter aims to promote research, prevent cancer, improve patient services, raise awareness and mobilise the global community to make progress against cancer, and includes the adoption of World Cancer Day.

World Cancer Day is an initiative of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), the largest and oldest international cancer organisation dedicated to taking the lead in convening, capacity building and advocacy initiatives that unite the cancer community to reduce the global cancer burden, promote greater equity, and integrate cancer control into the world health and development agenda.

Access to life-saving cancer diagnosis, treatment and care should be the same for everyone, no matter where you live, whatever your income, ethnicity or gender.
Governments must be held accountable, and the key to accelerating progress is national leadership in policy, legislation, investment and innovation.
 
World Cancer Day is a campaign designed to respond, drive change and mobilize action long after the day has ended.
 
More information on World Cancer Day can be found HERE.

Yesterday, on February 3, the European Commission published the  Europe's Beating Cancer Plan, which covers all stages of the disease's management.

Read more about it HERE

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February 3rd, 2021

Europe's Beating Cancer Plan. A new EU approach to prevention, treatment and care

Today, on the eve of World Cancer Day, the European Commission unveils a Europe's Beating Cancer Plan. The Europe's Beating Cancer Plan sets out a new EU approach to cancer prevention, treatment and care, with new technologies, research and innovation as a starting point. It will address all stages of disease management, from prevention to quality of life for those affected, focusing on actions where the EU can bring the greatest added value. The Europe's Beating Cancer Plan will be supported by actions ranging from employment, education, social policy and equality to marketing, agriculture, energy, environment and climate, transport, cohesion policy and taxation.

The Europe's Beating Cancer Plan is structured around four main areas of action and includes 10 flagship initiatives and a number of support actions. The plan will be implemented through all Commission funding instruments, of which € 4 billion is earmarked for action to combat cancer, including the EU for Health, Horizon Europe and Digital Europe programs.

Marcis Leja, European Commission Cancer Mission Council Expert, Director of the Institute of Clinical and Preventive Medicine of the University of Latvia and Head of the Science Department of Riga East Clinical University Hospital: “The Europe's Beating Cancer Plan and the European Commission Cancer Mission Council Recommendations are closely coordinated. research in oncology and in Europe and in each European Member State are inextricably linked and a priority. Both documents place a strong emphasis on equality, in the broadest sense: reducing inequalities between European Member States, within each Member State, and, in all areas, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and equal opportunities for doctors and researchers in Europe.

One of the important steps to be taken by 2025 is the establishment of a functional network of comprehensive cancer centers across Europe, which also calls for the establishment of such a center in each EU Member State. At least 90% of the country's population must have access to the services provided by such a center. The Europe's Beating Cancer Plan also sets high standards for quality cancer screening and the digitization of oncology.”

More information is available HERE.

Europe's Beating Cancer Plan 

Annex to the Communication on a Europe's Beating Cancer Plan

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February 1st, 2021

Leading researcher of LU KPMI S.Mežinska is honoured for the results of the original research

On January 29, at the annual general meeting of employees and the annual award ceremony, which was held for the first time remotely, the employees of the University of Latvia were congratulated on their achievements in science and growth at the University of Latvia.

Signe Mežinska, Associate Professor of the Faculty of Medicine and Leading Researcher of our Institute, was also honored for the results of the original research.

This year, the nominees of the University of Latvia Annual Award will be presented with a special award made with the University's symbols. The award symbolizes the Academic Center of the University of Latvia and is made of two materials - concrete, which is one of the modern infrastructure materials of the Academic Center, and oak tree, which symbolizes oak, which has been the basis of the University's identity since the beginning of the University of Latvia.

January 27th, 2021

On the course of the competition of fundamental and applied research projects in 2021

The Ministry of Education and Science and the Latvian Council of Science (LZP) inform that the competition for fundamental and applied research projects (FLPP) is planned to be announced on May 3, 2021 and projects can be submitted to the competition by August 31. The total funding available for the competition for the priority directions of science in all groups of science branches will be 14,808,202 euros.

Projects will be open to scientific institutions registered in Latvia that meet the definition of a research organization. The evaluation of project applications in accordance with the principles of Horizon 2020 will take place from September to November, but on November 30, LZP will announce the results of the competition.

More information  HERE

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January 20th, 2021

Postponed seminar on the impact of the Nordic diet on disease risk factors

The seminar "Influence of the Nordic Diet on Disease Risk Factors" in the Doctoral School of Translational Research in Medicine is postponed to 05.02.2021. for personal reasons of the lecturer.

The seminar will be led by Liene Sondore, a 1st year doctoral student at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Latvia.
During the seminar, the basic principles and recommendations of the Nordic diet for disease prevention will be discussed, as well as useful recommendations on the intake of products and their combination in the diet will be provided.
The seminar will be held online - on Meet Google.

Link to the seminar: meet.google.com/nrf-eygi-djt 

The seminar will take place: February 5, 2021, from 4.30 pm to 6.00 pm.  

January 19th, 2021

Project competitions in 2021

The National Education Development Agency calls attention to the project competitions opened in 2021 within the framework of ERA-NET Cofund, Eurostars 2 and other international programs, in which the submission of project applications closes in the middle of May 2021.

The list of project application competitions can be found on the website of the State Education Development Agency, at the link

https://viaa.gov.lv/lat/zinatnes_inovacijas_progr/atbalsts_proj/atvertie_konkursi/ 

More information HERE.

January 18th, 2021

In the project  "Volatile Marker Breath Analyzer for Gastric Cancer Screening" there was an active involvement of the study subjects

During the autumn-winter period, the clinical activities of the project took place actively. A total of 198 patients were recruited, of whom 81 were gastric cancer patients and 117 were from the control group and from the high-risk gastric mucosa group.
In parallel, a validation study was performed in the general population. The study was conducted in the regional GISTAR center in Jekabpils. Based on the fact that the project envisages the development of a statistical model that will distinguish the studied changes from the control measurements, it was important to verify the efficiency of all three analyzers in the validation study in the general population, so the equipment was changed every month. In total, breath samples from 392 participants of the regional GISTAR center were obtained on all three analyzers!
It is envisaged that research and analysis of the data will now be launched to determine their quality and the need for normalization, standardization and smoothing.

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The project is funded by the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) within the framework of the measure 1.2.1.2. "Support for the Development of Technology Transfer System", Project ID Nr. KC-PI-2017/75 "Volatile Marker Breath Analyzer for Gastric Cancer Screening"

January 11th, 2021

The term for submission of theses has been extended until January 24, 2021

As a number of authors have requested an extension, theses for the International Scientific Conference on Medicine are welcome until January 24.
The conference will take place this year, April 23 - 24, Zoom platform.

Thesis submission form and design requirements are available on the LU MF website.

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January 7th, 2021

The PERSIST project has been going on for more than a year

In January 2020, the PERSIST project was launched under the leadership of the Spanish ICT Technology Center Gradiant in cooperation with the Institute of Clinical and Preventive Medicine of the University of Latvia and eleven other partners.
The expertise of the PERSIST project partners is being combined to develop an innovative platform that will support physicians in making decisions aimed at improving care for patients after cancer treatment.
In late 2020 and early 2021, the technical partners of the PERSIST project are developing the first version of the mHealth patient application. It will monitor important indicators of patients' health, such as sleep, heart rate, physical activity, while offering to fill in various surveys and obtain information about a person's emotional state. At the same time, intensive work is being done on the preparation of various informative materials. They will help the people included in the study to better understand the nature of the project, as well as the possibilities of using the app, smartphone and smartwatch. A short informative brochure, a smart process user manual and a short video with instructions on how to use the smart watch have already been prepared and translated into several languages, including Latvian. It is planned to start enrolling patients in the PERSIST pilot study in the spring. Participants will receive a smartwatch and a smartphone with the new mHealth application installed, which will provide a variety of data acquisition and then customize patient care.

The study, based on the use of artificial intelligence and big data to improve the health sector, involves 13 partners from 10 different countries: Spain, Italy, Austria, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Latvia, Switzerland, Portugal, Belgium and Turkey. The project is funded by the European Union under Horizon 2020 and has a total budget of more than 5 million euros.
Within the framework of the PERSIST project, the Institute of Clinical and Preventive Medicine of the University of Latvia ensures the management of the clinical trial. It will take place in four hospitals in Belgium, Latvia, Spain and Slovenia.

 

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

January 4th, 2021

In Memoriam

On the evening of December 31, 2020, Pauls Aldiņš, a doctor of infectious disease at Pauls Stradiņš Clinical University Hospital, passed away after a long battle with the disease.

We express our deepest condolences and we are together with Pauls Aldiņš's family, relatives, friends and colleagues, accompanying him forever.

Picture: LETA, Zane Bitere

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