On 3 - 4 April  2014 seminar "New trends in immunology: from the basic science to the clinical research” will take place at RSU. The seminar is organized within the framework of the project “Unlocking Infectious diseases research potential at Rīga Stradiņš university” supported by the EC.

The seminar will be held at 16 Dzirciema street, Riga, Block K, Senate Hall, at 9.30 – 17.00. 

Agenda

Thursday, 3 April 2014

09.30

Welcome of participants
Modra Murovska, MD, PhD, “Baltinfect” coordinator

Session 1. Infection and Immunity I
Session Chairs:  Maciej Cedzynski, PhD; Hazel Dockrell, MD, PhD

09.45 - 10.25 Infections and autoimmunity
Aaro Miettinen, MD, PhD, Department of Bacteriology and Immunology, University of Helsinki, Finland
10.25 - 11.05 Infection induced autoimmunity in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. A case for multiplex serology
Jonas Blomberg, MD, PhD, Uppsala University, Sweden
11.05 - 11.25 Postvaccional immunity and new trends in vaccinology
Angelika Krumina, MD, PhD, Department of Infectology and Dermatology, Rīga Stradiņš University, Latvia
11.25 - 11.45 Coffee break
11.50 - 12.30 Autoimmunogenicity of DNA-binding domains
Maria Issagouliantis, PhD, A.Kirchenstein  Institute of  Microbiology and Virology, Rīga Stradiņš University, Latvia
12.30 - 13.10 Cancer-associated autoantibodies as biomarkers for early detection and prognosis in cancer
Aija Line, PhD, Latvian Biomedical Research and Study Centre
13.10 - 14.00 Lunch break
  Session 2. Infection and Immunity II
Session Chairs: Elena Kashuba, PhD; Aaro Miettinen, MD, PhD
14.00 - 14.40 Epstein-Barr virus and immunity
Elena Kashuba, PhD, Microbiology and Tumor Biology Centre, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
14.40 - 15.00 Persistent viruses and immune dysfunction in patients with different infectious and somatic pathology
Sviatlana Arlova, PhD, Centre of Epidemiology and Microbiology, Minsk, Belarus
15.20 - 15.40 The immunogenetics of human infectious diseases
Jelena Eglite, MD, PhD, Laboratory of Clinical Immunology and Immunogenetics, Rīga Stradiņš University, Latvia
15.40 - 16.00 Coffee break
16.00 - 16.40 Factors of the lectin pathway of complement activation and their clinical associations in neonates
Maciej Cedzynski, PhD, Institute for Medical Biology, Polish Academy
of Sciences, Poland
16.40 - 17.00 Chemokine receptors CCR1 and CCR2 in B cells
Irina Holodnuka, PhD, A.Kirchenstein Institute of Microbiology and Virology, Rīga Stradiņš University, Latvia

Friday, 4 April 2014

  Session 3. Visualization Methods and Translational Immunology
Session Chairs: Jonas Blomberg, MD, PhD;  Ludmila Viksna, MD, PhD
09.30 - 10.10 Immunological visualization: current research tools
Martins Kalis, PhD, A.Kirchenstein Institute of Microbiology and Virology, Rīga Stradiņš University, Latvia
10.10 - 10.40 Bioluminescence imaging of antitumor lymphocytes
Dainius Characiejus, MD, PhD, Faculty of Medicine, Vilnius University, Lithuania
10.40 - 11.20 Shotgun epitope detection with synthetic peptides  
Jonas Blomberg, MD, PhD,Uppsala University, Sweden
11.20 - 11.40 Coffee break
11.40 - 12.20 Interaction between pancreatic beta cells and the immune system in physiology and in diabetes pathogenesis
Corrado M.Cilio, MD, PhD, University of Lund, Sweden
12.20 - 13.00 Autoimmune epithelitis in rheumatology: pathogenesis, epidemiology and clinical findings
Diana Mieliauskaite, MD, PhD, State Research Institute Centre for Innovative Medicine, Vilnius, Lithuania
13.00 - 13.50 Lunch break
  Session 4. Tumorimmunology, Virotherapy and Vaccines        
Session Chairs: Dainius Characiejus, MD, PhD;  Simona Donina, MD, PhD
13.50 - 14.30 Perspectives in Immunooncology
Aleksei Novik, MD, PhD, N.N.Petrov Research Institute of Oncology, Saint Petersburg, Russia
14.30 - 14.50 Concept of oncolytic virotherapy – clinical implementation
Simona Donina, MD, PhD, A.Kirchenstein Institute of Microbiology and Virology, Rīga Stradiņš University, Latvia
14.50 - 15.10 Oncolytic activity of Echo-7 virus in vitro
Dace Pjanova, PhD, Latvian Biomedical Research and Study Centre, Rīga, Latvia
15.10 - 15.30 Coffee break
15.30 - 16.05 Biomarkers of protection for use in TB vaccine trials
Hazel Dockrell, MD, PhD, The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK
16.05 - 16.25 SME contribution in research
Vaira Saulite, MD, PhD, Latima Ltd., Rīga, Latvia
16.25 - 16.45 Concluding remarks
Common strategy protocol

Mihails Barishevs, PhD, “Baltinfect” work package leader
Simona Donina, MD, PhD, President of Latvian Association of Immunologists
Uldis Berkis, PhD, Director of the Research Department, Rīga Stradiņš University, Latvia

 


The International Conference „Virus Infections: a New Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment” organised by the Center for Innovative Medicine of Vilnius Univeristy  took place in Vilnius from 12-13 December 2013.

The Project coordinator, Modra Murovska presented the Baltinfect Project at the conference.

 

From 28 October to 1 November 2013 a five-day seminar on „Intellectual Property Rights Management” took place at RSU. The seminar was conducted by Monika Kavaliauske, Expert of Steinbeis Transfer Centre Technology Management Northeast, Germany, Head of the Science and Inovation Department, University of Vilnius.

Expert: Monika Kavaliauske, Steinbeis Team Northeast, Vilnius University

 

 

Agenda

28th October, 2013

Steinbeis Team Northeast visit in RSU, knowledge exchange about intellectual property rights (IPR) management and commercialization processes
Rehearsal Room of Great Hall (Aulas mēģinājuma zāle), Block K

10.30-11.00 Arrival, morning coffee
11.00-13.00
  • RSU model and experience in IPR management and technology transfer (presentation RSU TTO, L.Gabrusenoka)
  • Steinbeis model and best practices in Europe/World (Monika Kavaliauske)
  • discussion
13.00-14.00 Lunch break
14.00-16.00 Discussion about internal systems of IPR management, processes, responsibilities

Potential participants: Representatives of TTO, Research department, Development and project department, directors of institutes.

 

28th October, 2013

Training workshop “Introduction to IP and patenting”
Rehearsal Room of Great Hall (Aulas mēģinājuma zāle), Block K

Lecturer: Monika Kavaliauske, Steinbeis Team Northeast, Vilnius University

8.45-9.00 Registration, Welcome
9.00 -10.30 Lecture 1: Types and examples of IPR
10.30-11.00 Coffee break
11.00-12.30 Lecture 2: Patenting versus publishing – how to choose the best option
12.30-13.30 Lunch break
13.30-15.00 Lecture 3: Patenting models, searches and infringements
15.00-15.15 Coffee break
15.15-16.30 Lecture 4: IPR in medicine and biotech – specifics of the sector
16.30-17.00 Q&A

Potential participants: Researchers and PhD students of RSU and other.

 

30th October, 2013

Training workshop “Technology transfer and commercialization strategy”
Rehearsal Room of Great Hall (Aulas mēģinājuma zāle), Block K

Lecturer: Monika Kavaliauske, Steinbeis Team Northeast, Vilnius University

8.45-9.00 Registration, Welcome
9.00 -10.30 Lecture 1: Evaluation of research results: how to find the potential case
10.30-11.00 Coffee break
11.00-12.30 Lecture 2: Types of technology transfer
12.30-13.30 Lunch break
13.30-15.00 Lecture 3: Licensing
15.00-15.15 Coffee break
15.15-16.30 Lecture 4: Contractual agreements
16.30-17.00 Q&A

Potential participants: Researchers and PhD students of RSU and other.

 

31st October, 2013

Training workshop “Entrepreneurship in research”
Rehearsal Room of Great Hall (Aulas mēģinājuma zāle), Block K

Lecturer: Monika Kavaliauske, Steinbeis Team Northeast, Vilnius University

8.45-9.00 Registration, Welcome
9.00-10.30 Lecture 1: Entrepreneurship of researchers and their role in technology transfer
10.30-11.00 Coffee break
11.00-12.30 Lecture 2: Technology transfer offices: roles and responsibilities
12.30-13.30 Lunch break
13.30-15.00 Lecture 3: Establishment of new company: Start-ups and spin-offs - what to choose
15.00-15.15 Coffee break
15.15-16.30 Lecture 4: Establishment of new company: administrative, strategic and financial issues
16.30-17.00 Q&A

Potential participants: Researchers and PhD students of RSU and other.

 

1st November, 2013

Practical workshop/discussion about Open Access model usage in universities
Room will be announced later

Expert: Monika Kavaliauske, Steinbeis Team Northeast, Vilnius University

8.45-9.00 Morning coffee, Welcome
9.00 -10.30
  • Open Access to research results
  • Open Access to infrastructure
  • How to establish strategic partnership with business
10.30-10.45 Coffee break
10.45-12.00 Discussion about practical open Access model adaptation issues, best practices

Potential participants: TTO and Research department representatives, directors of institutes.

Unlocking infectious diseases research potential at Rīga Stradiņš University

Grant agreement No. 316275

 

On 1 September 2013 RSU launches the implementation of EU 7 Framework programme Project „Unlocking Infectious diseases research potential at Rīga Stradiņš University” (BALTINFECT).

Project aims at strengthening the multidisciplinary research in the field of infectious diseases as a crucially important part of the field of health science in Baltic, European and global dimension by unlocking the research potential at Rīga Stradiņš University.

Project activities include:

  • establishment of two  laboratories –  digital immunological visualisation laboratory and infectious diseases modelling laboratory,
  • purchase of modern research hardware un software,
  • organisation of  international scientific conference and three seminars in Latvia,
  • attraction of experienced incoming researchers contributing to the increase of the capacity of the institution,
  • experience exchange and cooperation with European universities un leading scientific centres,
  • qualification raising in the field of the protection of intellectual property rights.

The total costs of project are 2.28 million EUR, 2.049 million EUR of which are funded by the European Commission. The duration of the project is till 28 February 2017. It is the first project of the programme EU FP7 REGPOT in the field of medicine implemented in Latvia. The support from the European Commission will foster the development of the infectious disease research in Latvia and in the region. The implementation of Baltinfect project will contribute to the integration of the A. Kirhenšteins Institute of Microbiology and Virology in the single field of the research in Europe.

Project coordinator : Assoc. Professor Modra Murovska, director of A.Kirhenšteins Institute of Microbiology and Virology.

The kick-off meeting of Project will take place on 26 September 2013, at 11:00, in the Senate hall of Rīga Stradiņš University, Dzirciema Street 16, Riga.

Heads of RSU structural units, researchers, university staff and anyone interested in research projects of the European level are welcome to participate in the meeting.

The meeting will be opened by RSU rector, Professor Jānis Gardovskis. Afterwards, Professor Ojārs Spārītis, president of the Latvian Academy of Sciences will deliver a speech. Further, Arnolds Ūbelis, National Coordinator of Latvian Contact Point group, will conduct a presentation on countries’ efforts to participate in the contests within the framework of programme EU FP7 REGPOT 2007-2012. Professor Juris Salaks, director of Pauls Stradiņš Museum of the History of Medicine, will give an overview on the history of the research in the field of infectious diseases in Latvia.

Next, Associate Professor Modra Murovska, coordinator of the project, will give an insight into accomplishments of A. Kirhenšteins Institute of Microbiology and Virology in the field of science – a cornerstone of success of the project proposal. Associate Professor Uldis Berķis, financial and legal representative of Baltinfect project, will present project goals and activities.
International experts – members of Project Advisory Board and Steering Committee – will also be present in the meeting.

Structural units involved in project implementation: A.Kirhenšteins Institute of Microbiology and Virology, Laboratory of Clinical Immunology and Immunogenetics, Department of Infectology and Dermatology.

Partnering organisations of the project: Uppsala University (Sweden), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK), Stenbeis Reseach Center (Germany), Lithuanian State Institute of Innovative Medicine (Lithuania), Pomeranian Medical University (Poland), Karolinska Institutet (Sweden), The Katholieke University Leuven (Belgium), Buckinghamshire New University (UK), Centre of Epidemiology and Microbiology, Belarus Ministry of Health, University College Dublin, St Vincent’s University Hospital (Ireland), Institute of Experimental Morphology, Pathology and Anthropology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (Bulgaria).

 

 

Agenda

ADVISORY BOARD MEETING September 26, 2013
10.00 Welcome address
Modra Murovska, Baltinfect  Coordinator
Uldis Berķis, Baltinfect  financial and legal representative
10.15 – 11.00 Advisory Board discussion
11.00 – 11.15 Coffee break