Military Medicine Research and Study Centre
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.
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'.
Researcher Kārlis Rācenis won the first prize and received the DAIF Latvija annual education award in the Military Industry for his study 'Use of phage therapy in military medicine'.
- 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
|Programme||Project title||Aim||Implementation period||Project participants|
|Contract research with Exonicus Inc. Anatomy Next||Virtual reality trauma simulation||To develop a virtual reality simulator for first aid training in military trauma situations||2018–2019||A. Stepens|
|NATO Research and Technology Organisation, Human Factors and Medicine Research Group HFM-ET-174, HFM-RTG-313||Re-introduction of phage therapy in military medicine||To draft therapy and clinical research protocols to assess the efficiency of phage therapy in treatment of bacterial infections||2018–2022||National representative:|
|NATO Research and Technology Organisation, Human Factors and Medicine Research Group HFM-RTG-283||Reduction 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 persons||2017–2020||National representative: A. Stepens|
Researcher: D. Ņesteroviča
|Rīga Stradiņš University, Riga Technical University,|
Ministry of Defence
|Development of computer-based personality assessment system||To 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.)||2017–2020||RSU researcher group|
|NATO Research and Technology Organisation, Human Factors and Medicine Research Group HFM-RTG-277||Strengthening the role of leaders in suicide prevention in military structures of NATO member states||To draft guidelines for commanding officers representing various ranks outlining the recognition of suicide risks in the military environment and providing practical advice for their prevention||2016–2019||National representative,|
Assistant to the group leader:
HFM panel mentor:
|Contract research with the Ministry of Defence||Pilot evaluation of ergonomic parameters of uniforms||To evaluate various ergonomic parameters of uniforms||2017||J. Reste, E. Šmagris, I. Vanadziņš, A. Stepens|
|NATO Research and Technology Organisation, Human Factors and Medicine Research Group HFM-RTG-218 & RSY 275||Suicide in the military environment||To recognise suicide risks and provide practical guidelines for their prevention||2015–2017||National representative,|
Assistant to the group leader: M. Taube