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The aim of the Department of Paediatrics is to be a modern student and staff-friendly education and science centre in the field of paediatrics whose activities should be recognizable not only in Latvia but also beyond its borders.

Key Action Areas

  • Undergraduate education in paediatrics in accordance with Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU) accredited programmes
  • Continuing education in paediatrics and its sub-specialties (implementation of the medical residency programmes and continuing education programmes for medical doctors)
  • Implementation of doctoral programmes
  • Scientific research in paediatrics and its sub-specialties (international research, national programmes, grants, student and resident and other research)
  • Cooperation with Children’s Clinical University Hospital in diagnosis, treatment and prevention of paediatric diseases
  • Cooperation with other RSU structural units, national and international institutions and non-governmental organisations in implementation of RSU and the Department of Paediatrics strategy
  • Cooperation with the community in promoting children’s health and preventing diseases

Research directions 

  • Paediatric diseases, their epidemiology, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, treatment and prevention

Research topics 

  • HORIZON 2020 project “Personalised Risk Assessment in Febrile Illness to Optimise Real-life Management across the European Union” 
  • National Research Programme NRP Project No 5.6.2. “Study of Life-threatening and Socially Important Infectious Diseases in Children with the Development of New Scientifically Based Action Algorithms for Reducing Child Mortality in Latvia” (2014-2017) 
  • RSU project "Clinical Features of Rotavirus Infection, Molecular Epidemiology in Hospitalised Children and Related Quality of Life of Child and Family" (D.Gardovska) 
  • "Epidemiology, Pathogenicity of Human Bocavirus (HBoV) Types and their Possible Connection to Lower Respiratory Tract Diseases and Acute Gastroenteritis in Children" 
  • Anti-Biopharmaceutical Immunization: Prediction and Analysis of Clinical Relevance to Minimize the Risk of Immunization in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis Patients (2015-2018) 
  • Pharmacovigilance in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis Patients (Pharmachild) Treated with Biologic Agents and/or Methotrexate (2014-2019) 
  • An Observational Registry of Abatacept in Patients with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (2014-2018) - the project lead partner PRINTO, EULAR Centre of Excellence in Rheumatology;
  • The PRES European Network of Registries for Autoinflammatory Diseases in Childhood (2015- 2020) 
  • JIA-PREVENT (2013-2017)
  • A 2-Part Open-Label Study to Assess the Clinical Benefit and Long-term Safety of Etanercept in Children and Adolescents with Extended Oligoarticular Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, Enthesitis-related Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis (2011- 2018)

International and local cooperation in study or research work

  • The Clinic for General Paediatrics, Paediatric Surgery Clinic, Neonatology Clinic and others within Children’s Clinical University Hospital
  • Pauls Stradiņš Clinical University Hospital
  • Riga East Clinical University Hospital
  • RSU Department of Human Physiology and Biochemistry, Department of Family Medicine, Department of Surgery, Department of Paediatric Surgery, Department of Infectology and Dermatology and Joint Laboratory of Clinical Immunology and Immunogenetics, etc.
  • RSU A. Kirhenšteins Institute of Microbiology and Virology
  • University of Oviedo (Spain)
  • University of Washington (USA)
  • Department of Virology, University of Helsinki (Finland)
  • Latvian Medical Association
  • Latvian Paediatric Association
  • Latvian Association of Paediatric Gastroenterology
  • Latvian Association of Paediatric Endocrinology
  • Latvian Association of Paediatric Oncology and Haematology
  • Latvian Society for Paediatric Rheumatology
  • Latvian Association for Paediatric Rheumatology
  • Latvian Society of Paediatric Pulmonology and Allergy
  • Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases of Latvia
  • Latvian Association of Paediatric Cardiology
  • Latvian Association of Paediatric Surgeons
  • Rural Family Doctors Association of Latvia
  • Latvian Neonatal Society
  • Latvian Association of General Practitioners
  • Latvian Centre of Infectious Diseases
  • Society for Specialized Paediatrics of Latvia
  • HUSLAB (Helsinki University Hospital Laboratory Services)
  • PRINTO (The Paediatric Rheumatology International Trials Organisation)

Contact person

Alise Ķierpe
Study Process Organiser, Department of Paediatrics
Children's Clinical University Hospital
Rīga, 45 Vienības gatve
Doctor's house, 3th Floor, Room 301
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