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The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Oral Medicine aims to be a modern education and research centre in oral and maxillofacial surgery and oral medicine and contribute to the sustainable development the field.

Main activities

  • Undergraduate education in oral and maxillofacial surgery and oral medicine in accordance with accredited study programmes at RSU;
  • Post-graduate education in oral and maxillofacial surgery and oral medicine in accordance with residency and continuing medical education programmes;
  • The implementation of doctoral study programmes;
  • Organising student and medical resident research;
  • Scientific research in oral and maxillofacial surgery and oral medicine through participation in internationally funded research, publicly funded research, and research supported by various grants;
  • Cooperation with other structural units at RSU, domestic and international institutions, and non-governmental organisations
    • Collaborating with structural units specialising in oral medicine and oral and maxillofacial surgery;
  • Raising public awareness on disease prevention and treatment.

Areas of Research

  • Biomaterials
  • Implantology
  • Congenital facial clefts and deformities
  • Orthognathic surgery
  • Oncostomatology:
    • Early pre-cancer diagnosis in the oral cavity
    • Diagnosis and treatment of melanoma
  • Salivary gland pathology:
    • Study of biochemical parameters in saliva
  • Obstructive sleep apnoea
  • Application of natural products to treat and improve oral mucosal integrity
  • Prevention of pain syndrome in the maxillofacial area

Current Doctoral Research

  • Effect of autologous mesenchymal cells on the integration of biphasic calcium phosphate bioceramic material in the jaws of rabbits with experimental osteoporosis (Aleksandrs Grišuļonoks)
  • Results of implantation of biphasic calcium phosphate bioceramic materials for maxillary alveolar bone reinforcement (Vadims Kļimecs)
  • Evaluation of the efficacy of platelet-rich fibrin in contour defect modelling in orthognathic surgery (Lana Mičko)
  • Role of HHV-7 and EBV in the pathogenesis of aphthous stomatitis and oral lichen ruber (Džagriti Kakare)
  • Gene and gene-protein studies in tissues affected by various clefts (Mārtiņš Vaivads)
  • Evaluation of 3D printed hydroxyapatite implants for the treatment of maxillary hypoplasia in patients with Angle III dysgnathia (Mārtiņš Lauskis)
  • Success rates of autotransplantations of third molars with unformed roots for the replacement of tooth row defects (Miks Lejnieks)
  • Morphological changes in facial cleft-affected supporting tissues and in the course of tissue regeneration (Dace Buile)
  • Early diagnosis of signs of malignancy in saliva and oral cancer tissues (Madara Dzudzilo)
  • Efficacy of clonazepam and capsaicin in the treatment of burning mouth syndrome (Viktors Jankovskis)

Study and Research Collaborations

  • Vilnius University (Lithuania)
  • Kaunas University (Lithuania)
  • University of Tartu (Estonia)
  • University of Oslo (Norway)
  • University of Turku (Finland)
  • Malmö University (Sweden)
  • University of Rostock (Germany)
  • University of Gothenburg (Germany)
  • University of Clermont (France)
  • Paris Cité University (France)
  • Cardiff University (Great Britain)
  • Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (Great Britain)
  • University of Sheffield (Great Britain)
  • European University of Madrid (Spain)
  • University of Barcelona (Spain)
  • Semmelweis University (Hungary)
  • Brescia University (Italy)

Implementation of BBCE Project

The Baltic Biomaterials Centre of Excellence (BBCE) is a project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme for research and innovation with the aim of implementing a full biomaterials development cycle, from material development in the laboratory to clinical application.

This scientific capacity building project brings together internationally renowned research institutions and industry representatives:

  • Riga Technical University (RTU),
  • the Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis (LIOS),
  • Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU),
  • the RSU Institute of Stomatology,
  • the AO Research Institute Davos, Switzerland,
  • the Institute of Biomaterials of the Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany.

The project's main research focus is producing individual implants for bone tissue regeneration, their acquisition, and evaluation.

Study directions that are implemented at the RSU Institute of Stomatology: new 3D technologies – individual planning, 3D printing.

Research currently being carried out by the department’s lecturers and doctoral students within the BBCE project at the Institute of Stomatology

  • Tooth autotransplantation using 3D printed replicas (Miks Lejnieks);
  • Antimicrobial properties of PRF, evaluation of PRF efficacy in orthognathic surgery (Lana Mičko);
  • 3D planning of orbital floor or multiple facial fracture surgery (Ieva Bāgante);
  • 3D printed ceramic implants for reconstructive surgery of the cheekbones (Mārtiņš Lauskis).

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