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The Military Medicine Research and Study Centre (MMRSC) conducts research and implements study courses and courses of continuing education in the field of military medicine. The centre was established in 2017 with an aim to coordinate activities in the sphere of humanities and medicine and contribute to ensuring national safety and defence capabilities.

MMRSC objectives

  • To carry out research work on the efficiency of new diagnostic and treatment methods and approaches in the field of military medicine
  • To organise and conduct training with an aim to provide theoretical knowledge and analytical skills with regard to the organisation, management and principles of action of military medical care organisations
  • To participate in local and international, as well as interdisciplinary research projects in the field of military medicine and cross-sectional studies in disciplines which correspond to the profile of the MMRSC
  • To coordinate cooperation with national and international research organisations in the field of military medicine and represent RSU in their activities
  • To provide support to RSU doctoral students and residents, students and other researchers in implementing their research projects and training 
  • To disseminate the outcomes of studies carried out by the MMRSC that could be used for improving the diagnosis and treatment of patients, contribute to the drafting of guidelines and pilot projects in health technologies in the field of military medicine 
Recognition

On October 7, 2020, the Federation of Security and Defence Industries of Latvia presented the Defense Industries annual Award in Education and Research. Pictured (from left): RSU MMRSC researcher, doctoral student Darja Nesteroviča (), RSU MMPSC Head Ainārs Stepens and first place winner RSU MMRSC leading researcher, doctor psychiatrist prof. Māris Taube ('Leadership Tools for Suicide Prevention').

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Researcher Kārlis Rācenis won the first prize and received the Federation of Security and Defence Industries of Latvia annual Award in Education and Research for his study 'Use of phage therapy in military medicine'.

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Prof. Māris Taube with the 2017 Scientific Achievement Award received from the NATO Science and Technology Organization for the project HFM-RTG-218 'Suicide in the military environment'.

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MMRSC news archive

Projects

ProgrammeProject titleAimImplementation periodProject participants
Continuation of RSU State Research Grant ProgrammeThe Effect of Lifetime Physical Activity on the Burden Caused by Cognitive
Disfunction and Depression in Elderly
Studying the association of long-term aerobic exercise with ageing-induced cognitive processes, changes and symptoms of depression.2019–2020Scientific supervisor: A. Stepens
Leading researchers: V. Arnis,
A. Platkājis,
I. Griškēviča Researchers: K. Šneidere,
Z. Ulmane
Support staff:
E. Ozoliņa,
A. Šneidere-Šustiņa,
G. Upesleja,
A. Vanaga
Contract study with Exonicus Inc.Virtual reality trauma simulation (Phase 2)To develop five additional scenarios for virtual reality simulators for training needs on medical assistance in case of military trauma, in accordance with ATLS standards.2019A. Stepens
Contract research with Exonicus Inc. Anatomy NextVirtual reality trauma simulation (Phase 1)To develop the initial scenarios for virtual reality simulators for training needs on medical assistance in case of military trauma in accordance with ATLS standards.2018–2019A. Stepens
NATO Research and Technology Organisation, Human Factors and Medicine Research Group  HFM-ET-174, HFM-RTG-313Re-introduction of phage therapy in military medicineTo draft therapy and clinical research protocols to assess the efficiency of phage therapy in treatment of bacterial infections2018–2022National representative:
K. Rācenis
NATO Research and Technology Organisation, Human Factors and Medicine Research Group  HFM-RTG-283Reduction of the burden of musculoskeletal disorders (MSD)To identify the causes of MSD and risk factors related thereto in various NATO member states. To identify prevention activities to reduce disabilities caused by MSD to military persons2017–2020National representative: A. Stepens
Researcher: D. Ņesteroviča
Rīga Stradiņš University, Riga Technical University,
Ministry of Defence
Development of computer-based personality assessment systemTo develop a computer-based personality assessment system based on the Latvian clinical personality test with an aim to assess personality traits and symptoms of psychological disorders for high-risk professions (military persons, police officers, emergency services employees etc.)2017–2020RSU researcher group
(Scientific supervisor:
A. Stepens
Leading researchers:
M. Taube
K. Martinsone
V. Perepjolkina
J. Koļesņikova
J. Ļubenko
E. Rancāns
Scientific assistant
K. Šneidere)
NATO Research and Technology Organisation, Human Factors and Medicine Research Group HFM-RTG-277Strengthening the role of leaders in suicide prevention in military structures of NATO member statesTo draft guidelines for commanding officers representing various ranks outlining the recognition of suicide risks in the military environment and providing practical advice for their prevention2016–2019National representative,
Assistant to the group leader:
M. Taube
HFM panel mentor:
A. Stepens
Contract research with the Ministry of DefencePilot evaluation of ergonomic parameters of uniformsTo evaluate various ergonomic parameters of uniforms2017J. Reste, E. Šmagris, I. Vanadziņš, A. Stepens
NATO Research and Technology Organisation, Human Factors and Medicine Research Group  HFM-RTG-218 & RSY 275Suicide in the military environmentTo recognise suicide risks and provide practical guidelines for their prevention2015–2017National representative,
Assistant to the group leader: M. Taube

Publications

2019

Articles

Šneidere, K., Alruwais, N., Dowell, N., Arnis, V., Harlamova, J., Kupčs, Mintale, I., Ulmane, Z., Vanaga, A., Young, J.C., Rusted, J.,  Stepens, A. "Differences in long and short-term memory performance and brain matter integrity in seniors with different physical activity experience." Proceedings of the Latvian Academy of Sciences. Section B. Natural, Exact, and Applied Sciences (Volume 73; Issue 2,  pp.158-163) DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/prolas-2019-0025

Prepjolkina, V., Lubenko, J., Kolesnikova K., Stepens A. "Incremental role of pathological personality traits in the prediction of suicidal ideation in general and psychiatric inpatient sample." Proceedings of the Latvian Academy of Sciences. Section B. Natural, Exact, and Applied Sciences (Volume 73; Issue 4,  pp. 356-363) DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/prolas-2019-0055

Ulmane Z., Šneidere K., Stepens, A., "Development of retrospective life-long physical activity questionnaire: first stage." Proceedings of the International Scientific conference. Society. Integration. Education. (Volume VII, pp.153-162) DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17770/sie2019vol7.3701

Šneidere, K., Alruwais, N., Dowell, N. G., Arnis, V., Harlamova, J., Kupčs, K., ... & Rusted, J. (2019, May). "Differences in long-and short-term memory performance and brain matter integrity in seniors with different physical activity experience." Proceedings of the Latvian Academy of Sciences. Section B. Natural, Exact, and Applied Sciences, 73(2), 158-163. DOI: 10.2478/prolas-2019-0025

Harro, J., Aadamsoo, K., Rootslane, L., Laius, O., O'Leary, A., Adomaitiene, V., Kupca, B., Lehtmets, A., Navickas, A., Rancans, E., Taube, M., Terauds, E., Pops, K. "Comparison of psychotropic medication use in the Baltic countries." Nord J Psychiatry. 2019 Dec 31:1-6. DOI: 10.1080/08039488.2019.1707283. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/08039488.2019.1…

Theses

"Physical activity predicts brain integrity in frontal and temporal white matter in seniors, but not cognitive functioning" / K. Šneidere, V. Arnis, J. Harlamova, K. Kupčs, Z. Ulmane, A. Stepens ...[et al.] // Rīga Stradiņš University International Conference on Medical and Health Care Sciences "Knowledge for Use in Practice" (Riga, Latvia, Apr.1-3, 2019) : Abstracts / Rīga Stradiņš University. - Rīga, 2019. - P.288.

"Theoretical justification of empirically derived dimensional model of personality pathology operationalised Latvian Clinical Personality Inventory (LCPI)" / V. Perepjolkina, J. Koļesņikova, K. Mārtinsone, A. Stepens // Rīga Stradiņš University International Conference on Medical and Health Care Sciences "Knowledge for Use in Practice" (Riga, Latvia, Apr.1-3, 2019) : Abstracts / Rīga Stradiņš University. - Rīga, 2019. - P.287.

Šneidere, K., Ulmane, Z., & Stepens, A. (03.10.2019). "Investigating the relationship between long-term physical activity and visual attention in healthy older adults. Physical activity against early aging and noncommunicable diseases", pp 30.

Ulmane, Z., Upesleja, G., Šneidere, K., & Stepens, A. (2019). "Improving the self-reported assessment of life-span physical activities: a case of Latvia. Physical activity against early aging and noncommunicable diseases", pp 31.

Šneidere, K., Koķe, T., & Mārtinsone, K. (2019). "Reflection on research integration in study process: case of psychology branch in Rīga Stradiņš University." Conference Knowledge for Use in Practice: Abstract Book, pp. 541.

Bērzina-Novikova. N., Taube, M., "Do patients with psychiatric disorders want to get involved in the evaluation of the psychiatric care?" Abstracts of the 26yh European Congress of Psychiatry. European Psychiatry (E-PP0639, Volume 56; pp. S151 APR 2019) DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eurpsy.2019.01.003

2018

Articles

"A nationwide epidemiological study of myasthenia gravis in Latvia" / I. Glazere, N. Kurjane, V. Kenina ...[et al.] // European Journal of Neurology. - Vol.25, No.3 (2018, March), p.519-526. - Internationally cited edition.

"Cognitive reserve and cognitive performance in healthy Latvian seniors" / K. Šneidere, J. Harlamova, A. Stepens ...[et al.] // Sabiedrība, integrācija, izglītība : starptautiskās zinātniskās konferences materiāli = Society, integration, education : proceedings of the international scientific conference (Rēzekne, 2018.g. 25.-26.maijs) / Rēzeknes Tehnoloģiju akadēmija. Izglītības, valodu un dizaina fakultāte. - Rēzekne, 2018. - 7.daļa : Psiholoģija, 261.-269.lpp. - Internationally cited edition.

"Domu par pašnāvību saistība ar depresijas simptomu izteiktības pakāpi un personības iezīmēm senioriem : pilotpētījuma rezultāti = The relationship between suicide ideation, depressive symptoms and personality traits in elderly : pilot study results" / J. Ļubenko, V. Perepjolkina, K. Mārtinsone, E. Rancāns, A. Stepens // Sabiedrība, integrācija, izglītība : starptautiskās zinātniskās konferences materiāli = Society, integration, education : proceedings of the international scientific conference (Rēzekne, 2018.g. 25.-26.maijs) / Rēzeknes Tehnoloģiju akadēmija. Izglītības, valodu un dizaina fakultāte. - Rēzekne, 2018. - 7.daļa : Psiholoģija, 129.-139.lpp. - Starptautiski citējamā izdevumā. - Summary in English.

"Impact of different physical activities on executive functioning" [Digital resource] / K. Sneidere, J. Harlamova, V. Arnis, K. Kupcs, A. Stepens ...[et al.] // SHS Web of Conferences [Digital resource] : Proceedings. - EDP Sciences, 2018. - Vol.40 (2018), article No.03003, [8 p.]. - 6th International Interdisciplinary Scientific Conference "Society. Health. Welfare" (Riga, Latvia, Nov.23-25, 2016). - Internationally cited edition. - Access: https://www.shs-conferences.org/articles/shsconf/abs/2018/0…

Taube, M., Berzina-Novikova, N.(2018). "Improving quality of psychiatric care in Latvia by measuring patient experiences." Health Policy, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthpol.2018.03.011

Taube, M., Vaskis, E., Nesterenko, O. (2018), "Can people afford to pay for health care? New evidence on financial protection in Latvia", WHO Regional Office for Europe, Copenhagen http://www.euro.who.int/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/373580/…

Theses

Šneidere, K., Harlamova, J., Ulmane, Z., & Stepens, A. (2018). "First stage of adaptation of Cognitive Reserve Index questionnaire." 7th International Interdisciplinary scientific conference. Society. Health. Welfare. Contemporary Social Dynamics and Welfare: Urban and Rural Development Perspectives. Abstracts, pp 137.

Ulmane, Z., Šneidere, K., Bundzena-Ervika, A., & Stepens, A. (2018). "Kumulatīvā aerobā slodze dzīves garumā: aptaujas izstrādes pirmais posms. Rīgas Stradiņa universitāte." 2018. gada zinātniskā konference (Rīgā, 2018. gada 22.– 23. martā). Tēzes., 209. lpp.

Koļesņikova, J., Perepjolkina, V., Mārtinsone. K., Sudraba, V., Stepens, A. (2018) "Latvijas Klīniskā personības testa kriteriālā validitāte pacientiem ar psihiskiem un uzvedības traucējumiem psihoaktīvo vielu lietošanas dēļ." Rīgas Stradiņa universitāte. 2018. gada zinātniskā konference (Rīgā, 2018. gada 22.– 23. martā). Tēzes., 287. lpp.

"Pathological personality traits among patients with Alcohol Use Disorder: Assessment of comorbidity of personality pathology and alcohol dependence" [Digital resource] / V. Perepjolkina, J. Kolesnikova, J. Lubenko, A. Stepens // "Heroin Addiction and Related Clinical Problems" [Digital resource]. - Vol.20, No.s2 (2018, Oct.), abstract No.40, p.65. - Internationally cited edition. - Access: https://www.europad.org/wadd/MaterialePDF/HARCP-2018-V20-Ns…

"Performance of patients with manganese-methcathinone encephalopathy in Link's Cube test" [Digital resource] / M.Ennok, J.Juurmaa, A.Stepens, P.Taba // Journal of International Neuropsychological Society [Digital resource]. - Vol. 24, Suppl.2 (2018, Dec.), [p.22]. - International Neuropsychological Society (INS) Mid-Year Congress (Prague, Czech Republic, July 18-20, 2018) : Abstracts. - Access: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/journal-of-the-inte…. - Internationally cited edition.

Bundzena-Ervika, A., Perepjolkina, V., Šneidere, K., Ulmane, Z., Harlamova, J., & Stepens, A. (2018). "Relationship between Cognitive Processes, Physical Activity and Cognitive Reserve in Seniors." 7th International Interdisciplinary scientific conference. Society. Health. Welfare. Contemporary Social Dynamics and Welfare: Urban and Rural Development Perspectives. Abstracts, pp 35.

Ulmane, Z., Šneidere, K., Harlamova, J., Arnis, V., & Stepens A. (2018). "Relationship between personality traits and cognitive performance in healthy seniors." 7th International Interdisciplinary scientific conference. Society. Health. Welfare. Contemporary Social Dynamics and Welfare: Urban and Rural Development Perspectives. Abstracts, pp 150.

Ulmane, Z., Šneidere, K., Harlamova, J., Arnis, V., & Stepens, A. (2018). "The relationship between personality traits in seniors with different aerobic physical activity experience." Abstracts of the 60th International Scientific Conference of Daugavpils University, pp. 142 – 143.

Šneidere, K., Mārtinsone, K., & Levina, J. (2018). "Rīgas Stradiņa universitātes psiholoģijas virzienā studējošo aizstāvēto noslēguma darbu analīze par laikposmu no 2007. līdz 2017. gadam." Rīgas Stradiņa universitāte. 2018. gada zinātniskā konference (Rīgā, 2018. gada 22.–23. martā). Tēzes., 274. lpp.

Racenis, K., Petersons, A., Kroica, J. (2018). "Bacterial biofilm as a major factor for treatment of urinary tract infection" // XIV Baltic Nephrology Conference. Tallinn, Estonia.

Racenis, K., Olive, A.S., Avotins, L., Petersons, A., Balode, A.O., Kroica, J.(2018). "Biofilm formation screening among uropathogenic E.coli" // 28th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. Madrid, Spain.

Rācenis, K., Kroiča, J., Rācene, L., Pētersons, A. (2018). "Bakteriofāgi kā iespējams nākotnes līdzeklis bakteriālu infekciju ārstēšanā" // 8. Latvijas // 8. Latvijas Dzemdību speciālistu in ginekologu congress. Rīga, Latvija.

Rācenis, K., Kroiča J., Avotiņš, L., Vītola L., Saulkane, L., Puide I., Mihailova I., Pētersons, A. (2018). "S. aureus dekontaminācija nefroloģiskiem pacientiem, izmantojot dažādus bakteriofāgus" // Rīgas Stradiņa Universitātes Zinātniskā konference – Rīga, Latvija.

Cooperation

The Science and Technology Organization (STO) is a NATO subsidiary body established with a view to meeting to the best advantage the collective needs of NATO, NATO Nations and partner Nations in the fields of Science and Technology.

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The Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia
is the leading public administration institution in the defense sector that develops and implements national defense policy, plans resources for national defense and provides management and military education for personnel involved in national defense.

https://www.mod.gov.lv/lv

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The Federation of Security and Defence Industries of Latvia (DAIF Latvija) unites a wide range of companies, as well as the country's leading universities and research institutes and the educational and research institutions established within them. It is the only organisation on the national level that represents companies and universities working in the security and defense sector, which has been recognised as a cooperation partner by the Ministries of Defence, the Interior and Foreign Affairs.

http://federacija.lv/lv

 

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