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).




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
11.15 – 11.30 Welcome and introduction of participants
11.30 – 11.45 Welcome address by Iveta Ozolanta, Professor, the Vice-Rector for Science of Riga Stradiņš University
11.45 – 12.00 Up-to-date aspects of trans/international cooperation in science
Ojārs Spārītis, Professor , President of the Academy of Sciences
12.00 – 12.15 Summary of intensity of countries’ efforts to participate in FP7
REGPOT CALLS, 2007-2012
Arnolds Ūbelis, National coordinator of the National Contact Point
12.15 – 12.30 History of infectious diseases research in Latvia
Juris Salaks, Professor, Director of Pauls Stradiņš Museum of
History of Medicine
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch break
13.30 – 13.45 Here you meet the science, innovation and health
Modra Murovska, Associate Professor, Director of
A. Kirchenstein  Institute of Microbiology and Virology
13.45 – 14.00 Baltinfect project
Uldis Berķis, Associate Professor, Baltinfect financial and legal
14.00 – 14.30 Advisory Board opinion
Maria Söderlund-Venermo, Associate Professor, Department of Virology, Haartman Institute, University of Helsinki, Finland Dario Di Luca, Professor of Microbiology and Clinical Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ferrara, Italy
14.30 – 15.30 Roundtable discussion