Registration at the place of venue starts one hour before the first event and continues during the day.

Live stream available: https://is.arstubiedriba.lv/kongress


Ecumenical service in Riga Cathedral (Rīgas Doms)
Herdera square 6, Riga
Placing flowers at the Freedom Monument
Press Conference
Science & practice session “Mental Health in Times of Social Crisis” more..× close
Hall A1

Chaired by: Prof. Māris Taube, Dr. Karīna Beinerte

2:00 p.m. – 2:05 p.m.
Opening address

2:05 p.m. – 2:50 p.m./Dr. Karīna Beinerte
(Latvia/Great Brittain)
"Mental Health of Children and Adolescents During Covid"

2:50 p.m. – 3:40 p.m./Dr. Elmārs Tērauds
"Mental Health in Times of Crisis"

3:40 p.m. – 4:20 p.m./Sabīne Davidsone, psychiatric nurse(Sweden)
“The Role of Nurses in a Multidisciplinary Mental Health Team”

4:20 p.m. – 6:00 p.m./Dr. Liene Sīle
"Psychosocial Support to Colleagues and Patients During Pandemics and Disasters"

5:15 p.m. – 5:55 p.m./Prof. Māris Taube
"Consequences of Covid-19 for Mental Health"

5:55 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Final remarks

Science & practice session “Sports Medicine/Physical Activity as a Prerequisite of Good Health” more..× close
Hall A2

The session has been organized with the support of the Latvian Association of Sports Medicine
Chaired by: Dr. med. Sandra Rozenštoka

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m/Dr. med. Sandra Rozenštoka
"Sports Medicine in Latvia: Health Care of Athletes and Citizens"

2:30 p.m. – 3:05 p.m./Dr. Liene Kozlovska, Anti-Doping Convention Program Manager of the Council of Europe
"Responsibility of the Physician for the Health Care of Athletes: Medical, Legal and Preventive Aspects"

3:05 p.m. – 3:35 p.m./Dr. Laila Ušacka
"The “Hard Nut” of Metabolism: Can Lactate be Used for Predicting Energy Substrate?"

3:35 p.m. – 3:55 p.m./Prof. Anca Ionescu (Romania)
"Nutritional Strategies in an Athlete's Recovery"

3:55 p.m. – 4:30 p.m./Assoc. Prof. Alma Kajeniene (Lithuania)
"Musculoskeletal injury prevention in military personnel: the role of physician in sports medicine"

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m./Dr. Simona Upīte
"Returning to Sport After COVID-19"

5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Discussion: Physical Load as Medical Treatment: Courage, Professionalism and Risk on the part of the Physician
Chaired by: Dr. med. Sandra Rozenštoka

5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Discussion: Medical Monitoring of Athletes in Latvia: is it a Benefit or a Nuisance for the Athlete
Chaired by: Dr. med. Sandra Rozenštoka

Science & practice session “How to Act in the Case of a Precancerous Condition in Gastroenterology” more..× close
Hall A5

The session has been organized with the support of the Latvian Association of Gastroenterologists
Chaired by: Prof. Aldis Puķītis 

2:00 p.m. – 2:05 p.m.
Opening address

2:05 p.m. – 2:40 p.m./Dr. Ronald Pruitt (USA)
“Barrett Esophagus” (in English)

2:40 p.m. – 3:10 p.m./Dr. Danute Ražuka-Ebela
"The latest in the context of H.pylori and the prevention of gastric cancer: an insight into the Maastricht VI guidelines"

3:10 p.m. – 3:50 p.m./Prof. Mārcis Leja. Inga Bogdanova
Gastric precancerous conditions: European guidelines and international initiatives. Definitions, diagnostic control

3:50 p.m. – 4:05 p.m.
Short break

4:05 p.m. – 4:30 p.m./Dr. Eduards Krustiņš

“Colonoscopy: the Role of Quality”

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m./ Dr. Med. Ivars Tolmanis
“Colon Polyps. Polypectomy. Recommendations Regarding the Surveillance Interval”

5:00 p.m. – 5:25 p.m./Dr. med. Kristaps Atstupens
“Pancreatic Volume Processes: Control Tactics”

5:25 p.m. – 5:55 p.m./Assoc. Prof. Ieva Tolmane
“Liver Mass: Control”

5:55 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Final remarks

Science & practice session “Management of Chronic Pain” more..× close
Hall C

Chaired by: Prof. Ināra Logina and Dr. Mihails Ārons

2:00 p.m. – 2:20 p.m./Dr. Mihails Ārons, Chairman of the Latvian Association for the Study of Pain
“Pain Medicine in Latvia: Current Situation and Prospects”

2:20 p.m. – 2:45 p.m./Dr. Med. Alfredas Vaitkus (Lithuania)
“Chronic Back Pain: Interventional Pain Management at the Pain Clinic” (Lecture in English)

2:45 p.m. – 3:05 p.m./Assoc. Prof. Aleksejs Miščuks
“Analgesia Nociception Index for Objective Measurement of Pain”

3:05 p.m. – 3:30 p.m./Prof. Igor Romanenko (Ukraine)
“Musculoskeletal Pain and How to Relieve it”/“Скелетно-мышечная боль, возможности ее уменьшения” (Lecture in Russian)

3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m./Dr. Jānis Barloti
“Indications for Regional Blocks and their Effectiveness in the Management of Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain”

3:45 p.m. – 4:05 p.m./Dr. Zaiga Kalnbērza-Ribule
“Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Aspects”

4:05 p.m. – 4:45 p.m./Dr. Jānis Mednieks
“Neuromodulation in the Treatment of Chronic Pain”

4:45 p.m. – 5:05 p.m./Dr. Jānis Kolbergs
“Approaches to Pain Management in Infants and Children”

5:05 p.m. – 5:25 p.m./Dr. Linda Zvaune
“Quality Indicators in the Diagnosis and Management of Headaches”

5:25 p.m. – 5:45 p.m./Dr. Elīna Millere
“Primary Headaches in Children”

5:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m./Dr. Iļja Noviks
“Biomarkers of Nociplastic Pain and Central Pain Sensitization”

Science & practice session “Allergology as an example of individualized and precise medicine in 2022” more..× close
Hall A3/A4

Chaired by: Assoc. Prof. Māris Bukovskis, Dr. Signe Puriņa, Dr. Ieva Cīrule

2:00 p.m. – 2:25 p.m./Dr. Signe Puriņa
“How to Treat and Cure Respiratory Allergies?”

2:25 p.m. – 2:50 p.m./Dr. Lāsma Lapiņa
Medication allergy - radiocontrast hypersensitivity

2:50 p.m. – 3:15 p.m./Dr. Elīna Aleksejeva
“Atopic Dermatitis”

3:15 p.m. – 3:40 p.m./Dr. Kristina Amosova
Differential diagnosis of rashes in children” 

3:40 p.m. – 4:05 p.m./Dr. Ieva Cīrule
“Chronic Urticaria and Angioedema in Children”

4:05 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.
Short Break

4:20 p.m. – 4:45 p.m./Dr. Adīne Kaņepa
“Hereditary Angioedema. Insight into Differential Diagnosis”

4:45 p.m. – 5:10 p.m./Dr. Laine Bormane
“Caution, Nuts! A Most Dangerous Food Allergen that Can Cause Fatal Anaphylaxis”

5:10 p.m. – 5:35 p.m./Dr. Ineta Grantiņa
Chronic rhinitis in children, and what is behind it?

5:35 p.m. – 6:00 p.m./Assoc. Prof. Māris Bukovskis
“Success of Biological Therapy in Patients with Severe Asthma. The Way to a Universal Treatment”

Science & practice session “Experience and New Horizons of Infectology” more..× close
Hall B

Chaired by: Prof. Ludmila Vīksna, prof. Aivars Bērziņš, prof. Angelika Krūmiņa

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m./Prof. Ludmila Vīksna
“The Dialectics of Infectology”

2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m./Prof. Aivars Bērziņš, Dr. Med. Vet., Ph.D., Director of the Institute for Food Safety, Animal Health and Environment (BIOR)
“One Health concept in Infectious Disease Control”

3:15 p.m. – 3:50 p.m./Dr. Peter Meacher
(ASV), Chief Medical Officer at Callen-Lorde in New York City
"HIV testing protocols and reducing stigma" (Lecture in English)

3:50 p.m. – 4:05 p.m.
Short break

4:05 p.m. – 4:30 p.m./Assoc. Prof. Agnese Ozoliņa
“The Effect of the Artificial Pulmonary Ventilation Method on the Outcomes of COVID-19 Patients in Intensive Care”

4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m./
Prof. Jānis Tupesis (USA), University of Wisconsin, Emergency Department. Associate Director of the Global Health Institute, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
“COVID in America. Two Years of Frontline Experience”

5:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m./Prof. Andis Graudiņš (Australia), Emergency and Clinical Toxicology Research, Monash University School of Clinical Sciences; Toxicologist and Emergency Doctor
“Surviving the Covid-19 Pandemic in Australia - Public Health Responses and Outcomes 2020 to 2022”

Congress Opening Social Event
Latvian Medical Foundation Scholarship Awards’ Ceremony
Hall B
Documentary movie about prof. Kristaps Keggi. Directors: Krista Vāvere and Kaspars Goba
Hall B


Plenary session “200 Years of Latvian Medicine: Science, Growth and Discovery” more..× close
Hall B

Chaired by: Prof. Juris Salaks, Director of the RSU Institute of the History of Medicine

09:00 a.m. – 09:20 a.m.
Opening address: 
Minister of Health Daniels Pavļuts, President of the Congress prof. Mārcis Leja and the President of the Latvian Medical Association Ilze Aizsilniece

09:20 a.m. – 09:40 a.m./Dr. Māris Pļaviņš, Vice President of LMA
“200 Years of the Riga Medical Practitioners’ Association”

09:40 a.m. – 10:00 a.m./Prof. Bertrams Zariņš, 
Co-founder and head of the Latvian Medical Foundation
“The First World Congress of Latvian Physicians”

10:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m./ Ivars Kalviņš, President of the Latvian Academy of Sciences
“Latvian Pharmacy at the Turn of the Centuries”

10:20 a.m. – 10:40 a.m./Prof. Jānis Vētra
“100 Years of Academic Medical Education in Latvia”

10:40 a.m. – 11:00 a.m./Dr. Med. Maija Pozemkovska
“Development of Latvian Medicine: 1918–1940”

Coffee Break
Plenary session “Ethical and Legal Aspects of the Doctor-Patient Relationship in the Context of Safe Medicine. Professionalism and Medical Errors: Cause and Effect” more..× close
Hall B

Chaired by: Prof. Viesturs Boka, President of the Latvian Medical Association Dr. Ilze Aizsilniece

11:30 a.m. – 11:35 a.m.
Opening address

11:35 a.m. – 11:55 a.m./Kaspars Simanovičs, co-founder of the noetic health community “Elysium”, theologian
“The Role of the Doctor in the Community and in the World: Power and Mission”

11:55 a.m. – 12:20 p.m./Arnis Kaktiņš, Director of the Market and Opinion Research Centre SKDS
“The Doctor’s Profession in Latvia Today. Results of a Survey of Doctors and Citizens in Latvia”

12:20 p.m. – 12:45 p.m./Dr. Evija AndžāneDeputy Medical Director in Medical Quality at Riga East Clinical University hospital, Quality Management System Specialist at Children's Clinical University Hospital, Lecturer of Healthcare Quality Management Course at "Turība" University
discharge from the hospital - a real measure to reduce patient safety risks

12:45 p.m. – 1:10 p.m./Dr. Anita Slokenberga, Head of the Health Inspectorate of Latvia
“The Role of State Government Surveillance Authorities in Patient Protection and Developing Safe Medicine”

1:10 p.m. – 1:30 p.m./Ilze Vilka, Sworn Advocate
“Industry Self-Regulation Mechanisms in Quality Treatment and Patient Safety Policies”

Satellite Symposium “The patient story in Rheumatology: Family history and the Importance of Comorbidities”” more..× close
Hall G
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m./Dr.med. Jūlija Zepa, Dr. Inita Buliņa, Dr. med. Anda Kadiša
Discussion “The patient story in Rheumatology: Family history and the Importance of Comorbidities”
Satellite Symposium “Multidisciplinary view of Asthenia syndrome” more..× close
Hall A5
Moderated by: Solveiga Muceniece "Grindeks" Public Relations Specialist

12:30-12:45/Prof. Oskars Kalējs

12:45-12:55/Dr. Gunta Tīcmane

Dr. Jūlija Zamotkina


Q & A session
Satellite Symposium “Oncology Patients Management Challenges and Updates of Care in General Practitioner's Practice” more..× close
Hall A1
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m./Dr. med. Aija Geriņa-Bērziņa, Dr. Ainis Dzalbs, Dr. Līga Gaigala
Discussion "Oncology Patients Management Challenges and Updates of Care in General Practitioner's Practice"
Discussion “Digitization of Health Care and Personal Data Protection” more..× close
Hall A5

Moderated by: Prof. Mārcis Leja

Participants of the discussion: 
- Santa Slokenberg. Fragmentation of the health data space at European and Latvian level. European priorities
- Rolands Lappuke. 
The meaning and direction of secondary data use legislation
- Emils Syundyukov. DigiHealth 101
- Vita Rovite. Ethical dimension. Research data

The discussion will focus on the problems of fragmentation of health care data and data exchange both within Latvia and across Europe, as well as on the national best practices for decreasing such fragmentation. Consideration will be given to the development of the draft law on secondary data use, as well as the problems potentially related to personal data security. Plans for the training of medical staff in digitization will be outlined.

Discussion “Medical Aspects of Public Health” more..× close
Hall H

Moderated by: prof. Ģirts Briģis, prof. Anita Villeruša

Participants of the discussion: Prof. Dace Rezeberga, Dr. Artūrs Kaļva, asoc. prof. Inese Gobiņa, Dr., Mag.PH Valts Ābols

Although public health problems and practices generally concern health professionals with specialist education, medical practitioners must not stand apart. The aim of the discussion is to emphasize the role of doctors in public health and consider potential conflicts between public health and the individual goals of medical practice, the competences required by doctors and their involvement in public health issues. Best practice examples and challenges will be investigated.

Discussion “How Easy is it to be Young (a Young Doctor)?” more..× close
Hall A3/A4

Moderated by: Dr. Jānis Vētra, neurologist, PhD student

Diskusijas dalībnieki: 
- Dr. Māra Vilka, radiologist-therapist
- Dr. Ieva Znotiņa, urology resident
- Dr. Pauls Sīlis, pediatric cardiologist
- Dr. Anna Klēšmite, resident of anesthesiology and resuscitation

In the discussion "How Easy is it to be Young (a Young Doctor)?" we will take a look at the daily life of a young Latvian doctor, the professional challenges, the available support and the difficulties caused by the system. In response to the discussion question, the participants will defend two opposing positions, justifying the opinion that being a young doctor is or is not easy. At the end of the discussion, we will agree on a joint panel to highlight the most important insights together with the audience. The purpose of the discussion is to raise awareness of the challenges of young doctors, show good examples and currently available opportunities, as well as point out problems and their potential solutions.

Discussion “The Inevitable Damage to Health Caused by Scarcity of Resources: Medical and Ethical Dimensions” more..× close
Hall B

Moderated by: prof. Uģis Gruntmanis (USA), Board Chairman of LMDA. Dartmouth University, Director of the Osteoporosis and Bone Disease Clinic at Geisel School of Medicine

Participants of the discussion: Nurse Madara Freiberga, Neurosurgical Doctor’s Assistant at Hayward Heath Hospital, UK; Juris Bārzdiņš, Associate Professor at the University of Latvia

With medical knowledge and public awareness of diseases and their treatments growing at a faster pace than the totality of financial resources available for medical care, reasonable use of the allocated funds is always on the agenda. Decisions in this field are defined not only by a range of standards, guidelines and national best practices, but also by legal, moral, ethical and emotional considerations. Choices based on experience and research will be discussed.

Science & practice session “Achievements in Dentistry and Facial Surgery at the Baltic Biomaterials’ Centre for Excellence” more..× close
Hall A2

Chaired by: Dr. Med. Ilze Šalma, Dr. Andis Paeglītis

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m./Assoc. Prof. Laura Neimane, Dr. Med. Ilze Šalma
“Baltic Biomaterials’ Centre of Excellence: Who We Are”

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m./ Dr. Med. Ieva Bāgante
“3D Planning of Orbital Floor Fracture Surgery”

3:00 p.m. – 3.15 p.m./ Dr. Med. Jānis Zariņš
“Personalized Planning of 3D Reconstructive Surgery in Maxillofacial Oncology”

3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m./Dr. Miks Lejnieks
“Unformed Third-Molar Autografts with Three Dimensional Printed Dental Replicas”

3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m./Dr. med. Ilze Šalma, Dr. Lana Mičko
“Evaluation of the Effectiveness of PRF in Orthognathic Surgery”

3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m./Dr. Mārtiņš Lauskis
“3D Printed Implants in Buccal Bone Reconstructive Surgery”

Satellite Symposium “NT-proBNP diagnosis of heart failure, in primary and secondary care” more..× close
Hall A1
3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m./Dr. Ginta Kamzola
"NT-proBNP diagnosis of heart failure, in primary and secondary care. Clinical examples"
Coffee Break
Science & practice session “Oncology Highlights” more..× close
Hall A1

Chaired by: Dr. Med. Aija Geriņa-Bērziņa and Prof. Alinta Hegmane

4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m./ Dr. Med. Aija Geriņa-Bērziņa
"Access to the Oncology Service in Latvia: Problems and Solutions"

4:15 p.m. – 4:40 p.m./Prof. Edvīns Miklašēvičs
"The Role of Molecular Genetic Research in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Oncological Diseases"

4:40 p.m. – 5:05 p.m./Assoc. Prof. Arvīds Irmejs
"Hereditary Breast Cancer"

5:05 p.m. – 5:25 p.m./Dr. med. Ilvars Siliņš (Sweden)
"Ovarian and Gynaecological Tumor Surgery"

5:25 p.m. – 5:50 p.m./Dr. Uldis Kopeika (Germany)
"Surgical Aspects of Lung Cancer"

5:50 p.m. – 6:15 p.m./Dr. Dace Bogorada-Saukuma
"Innovations in Radiotherapy for Cancer Patient Treatment"

5:15 p.m. – 6:40 p.m./Prof. Alinta Hegmane
"Innovations in Systemic Therapy"

Science & practice session “Change of Paradigm in Cardiology” more..× close
Hall B

Chaired by: Prof. Andrejs Ērglis and Dr. Med. Vilnis Dzērve-Tāluts

4:00 p.m. – 4:05 p.m.
Opening address

4:05 p.m. – 4:35 p.m./Prof. Andrejs Ērglis
“Cardiology in Latvia and in the World, and More”

4:35 p.m. – 5:00 p.m./Dr. Kaspars Kupics
“Awareness of the Arrhythmia Mechanisms for Personalized Treatment”

5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m./Dr. Med. Sanda Jēgere
“Acute Coronary Syndromes: What's New”

5:30 p.m. – 5:55 p.m./Assoc. Prof. Kārlis Trušinskis
“New Horizons in the Pharmacotherapy of Cardiovascular Diseases”

5:55 p.m. – 6:20 p.m./Prof. Pēteris Stradiņš
“When the Heart Valve Disease Does Not Stand Alone”

6:20 p.m. – 6:45 p.m./Prof. Gustavs Latkovskis
“The Optimal Risk Factor Pharmacotherapy for High-Risk Patients: What's New?”

Science & practice session “The Routine and the Exceptional in Pediatric Practice: Sharing Experience” more..× close
Hall A3/A4

Part 1 of the session
Chaired by: Prof., Dr. Habil. Med., Elected Member of the Latvian Academy of Sciences Dace Gardovska and Prof. Dr. Med. Ilze Grope

4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m./Dr. Ieva Roģe; Assistant Professor, Dr. Med. Gunta Laizāne; Prof., Dr. Med. Jana Pavāre
“What Else Shall Come to your Mind when You See a Child with COVID-19”

4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m./Assoc. Prof., Dr. Med. Daina Dreimane
“Curiosity May have Killed the Cat, or what Relates a Teenager to Premature Menopause or a Newborn to Hypoglycemia”

4.30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m./Dr. Ineta Grantiņa, Assoc. Prof., Dr. Med. Zane Ābola
Unusual Pneumonia”

4.45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m./Dr. Ieva Puķīte, Dr. Jevgēnija Petruhina, Dr. Ilze Briuka, Assoc. Prof., Dr. Med. Zane Ābola, Dr. Ivars Melderis
“Cow's Milk Allergy in an Infant: is it Necessarily Allergy?”

5:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m./Dr. Marika Grūtupa
“The Different Faces of Pediatric Oncology”

5:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Part 2 of the session
Chaired by: Prof., Dr. Habil. Med., Elected Member of the Latvian Academy of Sciences Ingrīda Rumba-Rozenfelde and Dr. Margarita Krauča

5:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m./Dr. Mikus Dīriks
“Clinical Case Review: Presymptomatic Patient with Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Treatment Results in Latvia”

5:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m./Dr. Dace Sniedze
“A Premature Child: Challenges for Care and Treatment”

6:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m./Dr. Ņikita Bezborodovs
“Introduction of Universal Development Screening for Young Children in Latvia: Opportunities and Challenges”

6:15 p.m – 6:30 p.m./ Dr. Med. Sandra Valeiņa
“Warning Signs in a Child's Eyes and the Red Reflex Test: Detection and Treatment of Hereditary Eye Disease”

Science & practice session “Boundaries Cleared. No Wasted Crises” more..× close
Hall H

Chaired by: Assoc. Prof. Eva Strīķe, Dr. Med. Iveta Golubovska

4:00 p.m. – 04:20 p.m./Liene Cipule (Director of the Emergency Medical Service)
“Crisis Solutions Under Constrained Resources (Legal Considerations in the Context of Latvian and EU Legislation)”

4:20 p.m. – 4:40 p.m./Dr. Ivars Krastiņš
Crises should not be wasted - what could ICU do differently?

4:40 p.m. – 5:00 p.m./Assoc. Prof. Eva Strīķe
“Life Quality after Surgical Intervention and Intensive Care”

5:00 p.m. – 5:20 p.m./Dr. Eva Šteina
“Difficult Decisions in IC: A Dignified End of Life (Philosophical, Religious and Cultural Differences in the Concept and Definitions of Death)”

5:20 p.m. – 5:40 p.m./Assist. Prof. Irina Evansa
“Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology and Surgery”

5:40 p.m. – 6:00 p.m./Assoc. Prof. Agnese Ozoliņa
“Integration of Science into the Daily Practice of Anaesthesiology”

6:00 p.m. – 6:20 p.m./ Dr. Med. Iveta Golubovska
“The Practice and Quality of Acute Pain Therapy in Latvia”

6:20 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Science & practice session “Innovations in Pneumonology and Thoracic Surgery” more..× close
Hall A5

Chaired by: Prof. Alvils Krams and Dr. Ints Siliņš

4:00 p.m. – 4:25 p.m./Dr. Elīna Aleksejeva
“Innovations in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Cystic Fibrosis”

4:25 p.m. – 5:00 p.m./Dr. Līga Kukša
“The Way to Personalized Diagnosis and Treatment of Tuberculosis”

5:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m./Dr. Anda Vīksna
“A Clinical Case of Tuberculosis”

5:15 p.m. – 5:40 p.m./Dr. Rihards Mikilps-Mikgelbs
“Innovations in Invasive Diagnostics”

5:40 p.m. – 6:10 p.m./Dr. Ints Siliņš
“Modern Thoracic Surgery and its Highlights”

6:10 p.m. – 6:40 p.m./Prof. Alvils Krams
“Molecular Diagnostics in Pneumonology”
Satellite Symposium “Oral and Dental Health in Relation to the Overall Health of the Body” more..× close
Hall A2

Moderated by: Anda Mironova un Liene Gundare

16:30-17:00/Dr. Ieva Gavare, pediatric dentist
"The importance of a healthy oral cavity in a child's development"

17:00-17:30/Dr. Una Stāmere, periodontist
"Relationship of periodontitis to general health"

17:30-18:00/Anda Mironova, dental hygienist, Bc.sc.sal, Mg. paed.
"Tooth cleaners, technique and changing habits"


Plenary session - 75 years of the Latvian Medical and Dental Association “Our Track Record in Medicine: Knowledge, Work and Humanism. Overseas Experience and Achievement of Latvian Medical Professionals" more..× close
Hall B

Chaired by: prof. Uģis Gruntmanis, assoc. prof. Daina Dreimane, prof. Kaspars Tūters

Opening address

9:00-9:15/Former President of the Republic of Latvia, prof. Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga
Address to the participants of the congress

Movie "75 Years of LMDA" (premiere in Latvia)

9:35-9:45/Prof. Uģis Gruntmanis (USA), Board Chairman of LMDA. Dartmouth University, Director of the Osteoporosis and Bone Disease Clinic at Geisel School of Medicine
“LMDA: an Organization that Inspires”

9:45-10:00/Dr. Ēriks Niedrītis
Latvian Medical Foundation Professor Ilmārs Lazovskis Scholarship Awards’ Ceremony

10:00-10:30/Zane Jaunmuktāne
 (UK), MD, FRCPath, UCL QS Institute of Neurology 
“In Search of the Land of Fortune: Thoughts and Reflections”

10:30-11:00/Prof. Jānis Tupesis (USA), University of Wisconsin, Emergency Department. Associate Director of the Institute of Global Health, University of Wisconsin-Madison
“The Subject of Emergency Medicine and Latvia's Progress Towards the Best Global Standards”

Satellite Symposium “Multidisciplinary assistance to patients with infertility. State-of-the-art” more..× close
Hall A3/A4
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m./Dr. Violeta Fodina
Multidisciplinary assistance to patients with infertility. State-of-the-art
Coffee Break
Plenary session “Political Instrumentalization of Medicine and the Development Potential of Medicine in Times of Economic Crisis” more..× close
Hall B

Chaired by: Prof. Ludmila Vīksna, Assoc. Prof. Aleksejs Derovs

Opening address

11:35 a.m. – 12:00 p.m./Pēteris Strautiņš, Chief Economist of Luminor Bank in Latvia
“The Development Potential of Medicine in the Context of Economic Crisis”

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m./Dr. Valts Ābols, Chairman of the Board at the Children`s Clinical University Hospital, Member of the Riga Eastern Clinical University Hospital Council
“A Contemporary Vision of the Interaction Between Medicine, Politics and Economy; About Latvia in Particular”

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m./Prof. Ilga Kreituse, Riga Stradiņš University; Mārtiņš Daugulis, Acting Head of the Department of Political Science at Riga Stradiņš University,
Mens Sana in Corpore Sano: the Dangers Facing the Doctor and the Patient in a Weak Democracy”

Practice class Workshop of the Latvian Association of Oriental Gymnastics: “Exercising Tsigun for Promoting Vital Force and Maintaining Emotional Balance”
Hall G
Discussion “Organization of Health Care in Latvia” more..× close
Hall A2

Moderated by: Dr. habil. med. Jānis Vētra

Participants of the discussion: 
Dr. med. Dzintars Mozgis, PhD Daiga Behmane, Dr. med. Dins Šmits, Dr. med. Ilze Kreicberga

Value-based health care is a model of providing and organizing health care services with the aim of improving the health outcomes of each patient, respecting the patient's personal goals, replacing payment for quantity with payment for result and quality, thus ensuring cost control and fair distribution of limited resources for all groups of patients. During the discussion, presentations and interactive exchange of ideas, it will be explained what the implementation of such a model means for medical institutions and what for the patient, and how ready we are to implement such a model in Latvia.

Discussion “Options for Improving Medical Education for Doctors in Latvia” more..× close
Hall A5
Moderated by: prof. Andrejs Ērglis, Dr. Jānis Vētra

Participants of the discussion: prof. Ilze Grope, prof. Gustavs Latkovskis, prof. Aivars Vētra, assoc. prof. Oļegs Sabeļņikovs, Ilze Vilka

The education of doctors is a multifaceted, long and dynamic process. In the discussion, we will talk in depth about three topics related to further education of doctors, lifelong education, residentship. Representatives from universities, large hospitals, the Latvian Medical Association, the Association of Young Doctors of Latvia will take part in the discussion. The insights expressed in the discussion will serve as a basis for the further process of improving the education of doctors.
Discussion “Obstetric Assistance in Latvia Today: Patient-Centered Care” more..× close
Hall C

Moderated by: Prof. Dace Rezeberga

Participants of the discussion:
- Minister for Health: Daniels Pavļuts
- Representatives of the Midwives’s Association: Dace Grabovska Board member of the Association, and Signe Irša, Senior Midwife at P.Stradiņš CUH Maternity Unit
- Representatives of the Gynaecologists’ Association: Dr. Vija Veisa, President of the Association; Jolanta Bārbale-Mālniece, Head of the Obstetrics Department at Jurmala Hospital
Clinical and health psychologist, work and organizational psychologist, patient safety consultant at the Children's Clinical University Hospital: Reinis Upenieks

The discussion will focus on patient expectations in the context of the WHO patient-centered criteria for obstetric care and the ability of the health-care professionals/health-care system to meet these expectations. The discussion aims to identify further actions for improving patient-centered maternity care in Latvia.

Discussion “How Easy is it to be Old?” The Challenges and Potential for a Dignified Generational Succession in the Medical Profession” more..× close
Hall A1

Moderated by: Dr. Kamena Kaidaka

Participants of the discussion: Prof. Alvils Krams, Assoc. Professor Daina Dreimane (USA), Dr. Valdis Ģībietis, Dr. Paed. Prof. Zanda Rubene

As life expectancy increases, so do the years of productive life. The 21st century has brought about a significant change in the concepts of youth and age. There are various reasons why doctors continue to work after they are legally entitled to retirement. How do we see the age of our colleagues, how do we see our own age? Is it possible to maintain one’s qualifications to match modern standards? There is an age limit for many professions, but it is not applied to doctors. Should it apply? Are young doctors aware of what they would lose if the older generation would no longer be around?

Discussion “Disasters and Mental Health” more..× close
Hall B

Moderated by: Prof. Māris Taube

Participants of the discussion: Dr. Karīna Beinerte (UK), Dr. Elmārs Tērauds (Latvia), Dr. Liene Sile (Latvia)

Format of the discussion: a 10 minutes’ long summary of the science meeting (Prof. Māris Taube) followed by a discussion.

The Covid crisis and the war in Ukraine have posed new challenges for the mental health of citizens and health-care workers; it also requires new skills and abilities from the medical profession. Will life in crises be the new normal of the future? Can we be prepared?

Satellite Symposium “Emotional Intelligence and Emphaty” more..× close
Hall H
Moderated by: Egija Ozola 

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m./Dr. Gunta Andžāne
doctor-psychotherapist, president of the Association of Latvian Doctors and Psychotherapists
"Emotional Intelligence and Empathy"
Satellite Symposium “A leap to the future: symbiosis of outpatient diagnostics, practice and pharmaceutical care” more..× close
Hall A3/A4
Moderated by: Karlīna Elksne 

14:30-14:35/Dr. Karlīna Elksne, Head of Gynecology at the Association of Health Centres (VCA)
Opening address

14:35-14:50/Stella Lapiņa, Chair of the Board of VCA, Chair of the Board of CL
"Professional variety in outpatient practice, modern technological solutions, cooperation and accessibility are the pillars of VCA"
"The latest technology, professional expertise and mobility of the services provided by Central Laboratory (CL)"

14:52-15:05/Inga Urtāne, Head of the Pharmaceutical Competence Centre of Mēness Pharmacy, Associate Professor at Riga Stradiņš University
"The latest modern pharmaceutical care solutions in Latvia; Accessibility of service and medicines as a guarantee of health care stability"

Coffee Break
Section meeting “Centenary of the Nursing Profession: Patient Care and Teamwork as Important Prerequisites for Successful Treatment” more..× close
Hall A5

Chaired by: Prof. Angelika Krumina, President of the Latvian Nurses Association Dita Raiska

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m./Olga Fokina, Asst. Prof. at the at the Riga Stradiņš University
“A Nurses' Knowledge and Skills’ Base in the Historical Context”

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m./Inese Budzila, 
Board member of the Latvian Nurses Association
“The Rebirth of the Phoenix or Keeping the Fire Live”

5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m./Dita Raiska, President of the Latvian Nurses Association
“The Future Prospects of the Medical Nurse's Profession in Latvia”

5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m./Sarah Watkin, PhD, Registered Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Acute Medicine
“The Role of the Nurse in Science and Research” (Lecture in English)

6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Plenary discussion

Science & practice session “Cancer Screening and Early Diagnosis: Challenges and Solutions” more..× close
Hall A3/A4

Chaired by: Prof. Mārcis Leja, Dr. Valdis Miķelsons

4:00 p.m. – 4:20 p.m./Prof. Mārcis Leja
“Development of Cancer Screening in Europe – Quo Vadis? How do We See Screening in Latvia Against the European Background?”

4:20 p.m. – 4:40 p.m./Dr. Ilze Enģele
“Developments in the Field of Mammography”

4:40 p.m. – 5:00 p.m./Dr. Kristīne Pčolkina
“Cervical Cancer Screening in Latvia”

5:00 p.m. – 5:20 p.m./Prof. Mārcis Leja
“Colorectal Cancer Screening”

5:20 p.m. – 5:40 p.m./Dr. Andrejs Pčolkins
“Moving Towards Accreditation of the Cancer Centre in Latvia: Does it Mean Faster and Better Diagnosis and Treatment?”

5:40 p.m. – 6:00 p.m./Prof. Maija Radziņš
“Radiological Investigations in the Diagnosis of Oncological Disease”

6:00 p.m. – 6:20 p.m./Dr. Linda Mežmale
“Detection of Volatile Organic Markers in Exhalation: is it a New Possibility in Cancer Screening?”

6:20 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Science & practice session “Rehabilitation as the Applicable Health-Care Strategy. From Acute Rehabilitation to Physical Activity” more..× close
Hall A1

Chaired by: Dr. Anda Nulle, Dr. Inese Svikliņa, Dr. Zaiga Kalnbērza-Ribule

4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m./Dr. Anda Nulle, National Rehabilitation Center "Vaivari", President of the Association of Latvian Rehabilitation physicians
Opening address. Introductory lecture "From yesterday to tomorrow"

 4:15 p.m. – 4:50 p.m./Iuly Treger (Israel), Sorok University Rehabilitation Medicine Center; President of the Israel Association of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
"Multistage Rehabilitation Management Plan. How does it work in Israel?" (Lecture in English)

4:50 p.m. – 5:25 p.m./Dr. Ineta Zobiņa (Great Britain), Llandough University Hospital, Center for Spinal Cord Injuries and Neurorehabilitation
"Sexual Dysfunction in Neurorehabilitation. Organizational Aspects of British Rehabilitation Medicine"

 5:25 p.m. – 6:00 p.m./Dr. Pavel Mustafin (Norway)
"Measurements of Efficiency in Rehabilitation. Organizational Aspects of Norwegian Rehabilitation Medicine"

 6:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m./Dr. Uģis Beķeris
"Gynecological viscerosomatic pain in physical and rehabilitation physician practice"

 6:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m./Mg. sc. sal. Filips Bernadskis
Visual attention and response during physical activity"

Science & practice session “Integrative Treatment: Global Development and Opportunities in Latvia” more..× close
Hall A2

Chaired by: Prof. Valdis Pīrāgs, Dr. Ilze Aizsilniece,

4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m./Prof. Valdis Pīrāgs, Medical Faculty of the University of Latvia, Head of the Internal Medicine Clinic at Pauls Stradiņš Clinical University Hospital
“Definition of Integrative Treatment from the Point of View of Modern Biomedicine”

4:15 p.m. – 4:35 p.m./Prof. Shantala Priyadarshini (India), Visiting Professor, Institute of International Indian Studies, University of Latvia
“Integrative Management: Can Ayurveda and Yoga be Advantageous?” (Lecture in English)

4.35 p.m. – 5:05 p.m./Dr. Geetha Krishnan Gopalakrishna Pillai, Traditional, Complementary and Integrative Medicine (TCI) Unit, World Health Organization (Geneva, Switzerland)
“The Development of Integrative Treatment in the World” (Lecture in English)

5.05 p.m. – 5:35 p.m./Prof. Indriķis Krams, Faculty of Biology, University of Latvia; Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences, Tartu University,
“Integrative Treatment from a Psychoneuroimmunological Point of View”

5:35 p.m. – 6:05 p.m./Assist. Prof. Velga Sudraba, Department of Health Psychology and Pedagogy, Riga Stradiņš University
“Interaction between the Psyche and the Human Body for Maintaining Health”

6:05 p.m. – 6:30 p.m./Dr. Ilze Aizsilniece, President of LMA, Faculty of Medicine, University of Latvia
“Medicinal Plants for Maintaining Health: Contribution and Research Work of WHO”

Science & practice session “Prospects for the Development of Innovation and Surgery in the Next Decade” more..× close
Hall H

Chaired by: Assoc. Prof. Artūrs Ozoliņš, Assoc. Prof. Zane Ābola, Prof. Haralds Plaudis

4:00 p.m. – 4:05 p.m.
Opening of the session

4:05 p.m. – 4:35 p.m./Dr. Andrejs Pčolkins
“Options for Surgical Treatment of Metastatic Cancer”

4:35 p.m. – 5:05 p.m./Assoc. Prof. Zane Ābola
“Minimally Invasive Surgery: Options for Newborns in Latvia”

5:05 p.m. – 5:35 p.m./Prof. Haralds Plaudis
“Image-Guided Surgery as the Quality and Safety Standard in Modern Surgery”

5:35 p.m. – 6:05 p.m./Assoc. Prof. Artūrs Ozoliņš
“The Challenges and Prospects of Surgical Training”

6:05 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Q & A session. Final remarks

Science & practice session “Big Data in Medicine” more..× close
Hall B

Chaired by: Prof. Alvils Krams, Advisor to the President on Smart Technologies Rolands Lappuķe

4:00 p.m. – 4:25 p.m./Assoc. prof. Inese Poļaka, Leading researcher of the Institute of Clinical Preventive Medicine of the University of Latvia
“Big Data: Do they Help or Do they Distract the Doctor?”

4:25 p.m. – 4:45 p.m./Iveta Bajāre, 
Research assistant of the Institute of Cardiology and Regenerative Medicine of the University of Latvia
“Cardiology: Precision Medicine and Big Data”

4:45 p.m. – 5:05 p.m./Assoc. Prof. Eva Strīķe
“Possibilities for Applying Big Data in the Daily Practice of Intensive Care”

5:05 p.m. – 5:25 p.m./John Tully
“Data Sharing to Save the Lives” (in English)

5:25 p.m. – 5:45 p.m./Dmitrijs Rots, Molecular Geneticist at the 
Children's Clinical University Hospital 
“The Experience of the Children's Clinical University Hospital Genetics Laboratory”

5:45 p.m. – 6:05 p.m./Prof. Alvils Krams
“Lung Cancer and Liquid Biopsy (Terabytes and the Molecular Cancer Concilium)”

6:05 p.m. – 6:25 p.m/Maksims Ivanovs, 
Researcher of the Institute of Electronics and Computer Science
“Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing for Medical Use”

6:25 p.m. – 6:30 p.m
Final remarks


Plenary session “A Glimpse into the Future: Latvian Medicine Over the Next Hundred Years” more..× close
Hall B

Chaired by: Prof. Aivars Lejnieks, Assoc. Prof. Aleksejs Derovs

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Approval of Congressional Resolution

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m./Prof. Uga Dumpis
“Antimicrobial Resistance: Prospects for the Future”

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m./Dr. Ainis Dzalbs
“A View on Family Medicine Development in Latvia: Manager-Type or Multidisciplinary Approach?”

Coffee Break
Plenary session and conclusion of the Congress “A glimpse into the future: Latvian Medicine Over the Next Hundred Years” more..× close
Hall B
Chaired by: Prof. Aivars Lejnieks, Assoc. Prof. Aleksejs Derovs

12:00 p.m. – 12:50 p.m. "Autoimmunity"
Assoc. Prof. Aleksejs Derovs
"Autoimmunity and the Digestive Tract"
Prof. Juta Kroiča Importance of bacteriophage therapy in the 21st century

12:50 p.m. – 13:30 p.m. "Genome, Metagenome: Potential Clinical Use"
Prof. Jānis Kloviņš
The role of molecular biomarkers in today's and future medicine"
Prof. Edvīns Miklaševičs
The Future of Genetics Between Elon Musk and Dr. Watson"

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m./Prof. Pēteris Stradiņš
Transplantation - life after life

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