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Work experience

Present

Acting Assistant, PhD

Faculty of Rehabilitation, Department of Rehabilitation

2016 - Present

Head of Department of Educationa and Science

National Rehabilitation Centre “Vaivari”

2016 - Present

Doctor in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine

Riga Health Centre, Branch Office Bolderaja

2011 - Present

Doctor in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine

Psychoneurological hospital for children “Ainaži"

2012 - 2013

Doctor in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine

National Rehabilitation Centre “Vaivari”

2008 - 2012

Uncertified doctor in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine

National Rehabilitation Centre “Vaivari”

2006 - 2007

Nurse Assistant in Spinal Rehabilitation Program

National Rehabilitation Centre “Vaivari”

2005 - 2009

Volunteer

Organization of People With Disabilities and Their Friends “Apeirons”

Education and training

2012 - 2015

Doctoral studies, acquired degree of Doctor of Medicine in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine on December, 2016

Rīga Stradiņš University

The title of thesis - Comparison of Rehabilitation Outcomes for Persons After Stroke in Latvia and Sweden

2014 - 2015

Visiting PhD student in Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Section for Clinical Neuroscience and Rehabilitation, in the framework of Swedish Institute Visby Programme.

University of Gothenburg

2008 - 2012

Studies in Residency in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, acquired a qualification of M.D. in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine

Riga Stradiņš University

2002 - 2008

Studies in Faculty of Medicine, acquired degree of Medical Doctor

Riga Stradiņš University

Achievements

Continuing education a.o. qualification upgrade

April 22-24, 2013

Course „Introduction to Rasch – analysis with Rumm 2030"

Faculty of Educational Sciences at the University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway

December 4 – 7, 2012

PhD School in Rehabilitation Research at The Faculty of Health Sciences

University of Southern Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark

February 1,2012 – May 31, 2012

ERASMUS Exchange programme in Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Section for Clinical Neuroscience and Rehabilitation

The Sahlgrenska Academy University of Gothenburg, Per dubbsgatan 14, Göteborg, Sweden

Field of research

  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health
  • Measurements in rehabilitation

Supervised study course

Measurements in Rehabilitation

Basics in Rehabilitation

Medical Rehabilitation and Team Work

Lectured study course

Assessment and classification of Functional capacity limit

Basics of Rehabilitation

Measurements in Rehabilitation

Medical rehabilitation and team work

Work Capacity Evaluation and Disability Prevention

Supervised and reviewed student research papers

Supervised:

Master's theses: 2

qualification papers: 4

Reviewed:

qualification papers: 5

Projects

ERASMUS Intensive Programme „BNF Riga Summer School for Rehabilitation Medicine". Project qualitative coordinator. August 4-17, 2014

Secretary of organizing and scientific committee of 4th Baltic and North Sea Congress of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, September 16-18, 2015, Riga, Latvia

Memberships

  • Board member of Association of Latvian Rehabilitation Doctors' (2014-2016);
  • Secretary of the Baltic and North Sea Forum on Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine since 2015.

Awards and recognitions

Best poster award. 3d Baltic and North Sea Conference on Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, September 25-27, 2013, Hannover, Germany. "Exploration of some personal factors with ICF core sets for stroke".


Conferences

  • 20th European Congress of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, Estoril – Lisbon, Portugal, April 23 – 28, 2016. Presentation "The influence of functional, social and personal factors on the level of self-perceived disability for persons living in Latvia"
  • Invited speaker to the 8th Baltic Congress of Neurology in Riga, Latvia, September 24-26. Presentation: "Comparing the results of in-patient rehabilitation for persons after stroke in Latvia and Sweden"
  • 4th Baltic and North Sea Conference on Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, Riga, Latvia, September 16-18. Poster presentation: "The importance of being aware of differences when comparing results of stroke rehabilitation in different countries"
  • Invited speaker to the 18th Nordic Stroke Congress in Malmö, Sweden, August 26-28, 2015. Presentation: "A comparison of stroke rehabilitation in Latvia and Sweden"
  • 9th World Congress of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, June 19-23, 2015, Berlin, Germany. Oral presentations: „Content analysis of the modified Rankin Scale using concepts of the ICF" and „Timing and intensity as determinants for functional gains in persons after ischaemic stroke"
  • The European Stroke Organisation Conference, April 17-19, 2015, Glasgow, United Kingdom. Poster presentations: „Be aware of differences when comparing results of rehabilitation in different countries" and „Comparison of rehabilitation outcomes for persons after stroke in Latvia and Sweden; a PhD project".
  • Rīgas Stradiņa universitātes 13. Scientific Conference in Riga Stradins University, April 10-11, 2014. Poster presentation: "Rasch analysis of the Functional Independence Measure Latvian version".
  • 8th Congress of Baltic Association for Rehabilitation, September 19, 2013. Riga, Latvij. Oral presentation: "Exploration of some personal factors with the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health core sets for stroke";
  • 2nd Baltic and North Sea Conference on PRM, September 28-30, 2011., Vilnius, Lithuania. Oral presentation: "Pilot study of International SCI Data Sets and SCIM-III for assessment and documentation";
  • 10th Congress of European Federation for Research in Rehabilitation,September 9-12, 2009. Riga, Latvia. Poster presentation "A Poststroke Urinary Incontinence. Effectiveness of Management."

Publications

Research articles​​

Analyzing the modified rankin scale using concepts of the international classification of functioning, disability and health / G.Berzina, U.Sveen, M.Paanalahti, K.S.Sunnerhagen // European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. - Vol.52, No.2 (2016, Apr.), p.203-213. - Starptautiski citējamā izdevumā.

Bērziņa, Guna. A comparison of stroke rehabilitation; data from two national cohorts / G.Bērziņa, A.Vētra, K.S.Sunnerhagen // Acta Neurologica Scandinavica. - Vol.134, No.4 (2016, Oct.), p.284-291. - Starptautiski citējamā izdevumā.

Berzina G, Smilskalne B, Vetra A, Sunnerhagen KS. Living in Latvia after stroke. The association between functional, social and personal factors on the level of self-perceived disability – a cross-sectional study, BMJ Open, 2016 Jun 24;6(6)​

Bērziņa, Guna. Rehabilitācijas ideja un komandas loma / G.Bērziņa, A.Vētra // Mākslu terapija dažādām klientu/pacientu grupām : rakstu krājums / sast. K.Mārtinsone, E.Krevica. - Rīga : RSU, 2014. - 13.-22.lpp.

Bērziņa, Guna. Rehabilitācijas medicīnas Vasaras skola : ANO Konvencijas par personu ar invaliditāti tiesībām īstenošanas pamatnostādnes 2014.-2020. gadam plānu studijas / G.Bērziņa // Rehabilitācija: RSU Rehabilitācijas fakultātes 20 gadi : 1994-2014 : [rakstu krājums] / Rīgas Stradiņa universitāte. - Rīga, 2014. - 105.-107.lpp.

Exploration of some personal factors with the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health Core sets for stroke / G.Berzina, M.Paanalahti, A.Lundgren-Nilsson, K.S.Sunnerhagen // Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine. - Vol.45, No.7 (2013, July), p.609-615. - Starptautiski citējamā izdevumā.

Abstracts​​

Bērziņa, Guna. Be aware of differences when comparing results of rehabilitation in different countries : [abstract] / G.Berzina, A.Vetra, K.S.Sunnerhagen // International Journal of Stroke. - Vol.10, Suppl.2 (2015, Apr.), p.160-161. - The European Stroke Organisation Conference (ESOC) (Glasgow, UK, Apr.17-19, 2015). - Starptautiski citējamā izdevumā.

Bērziņa, Guna. Comparison of rehabilitation outcomes for persons after stroke in Latvia and Sweden : A PhD Project : [abstract] / G.Berzina, A.Vetra, K.S.Sunnerhagen // International Journal of Stroke. - Vol.10, Suppl.2 (2015, Apr.), p.412-412. - The European Stroke Organisation Conference (ESOC) (Glasgow, UK, Apr.17-19, 2015). - Starptautiski citējamā izdevumā.

Bērziņa, Guna. The importance of being aware of differences when comparing results of stroke rehabilitation in different countries / G.Berzina, A.Vetra, K.S.Sunnerhagen // Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine. - Vol.47, No.8 (2015, Sept.), p.787. - Starptautiski citējamā izdevumā.

Bērziņa, Guna. Rasch analysis of Functional Independence Measure, Latvian version / G.Berzina, A.Vetra // 2014.gada Zinātniskās konferences tēzes (Rīga, 2014.g. 10.-11.aprīlī) / Rīgas Stradiņa universitāte. - Rīga, 2014. - 364.lpp.

Exploration of some personal factors of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health core sets for stroke [Elektroniskais resurss] / G.Bērziņa, M.Paanalahti, A.Lundgren-Nilsson, K.S.Sunnerhagen // 8th Congress of Baltic Association for Rehabilitation "Rehabilitation in Baltic States 2020: policy and practice" (Riga, Latvia, Sept.18-19, 2013) : Abstract book [Elektroniskais resurss]. - Rīga, 2013. - P.20-21, on CD-ROM.

Bērziņa, Guna. Pilot study of international spinal cord injury data sets and SCIM-III for assessment and documentation / G.Berzina, A.Nulle, A.Vetra // Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine. - Vol.43, N 9 (2011, Sept.), p.847. - Starptautiski citējamā izdevumā.

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