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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.

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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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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'.

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 

Projects

ProgrammeProject titleAimImplementation periodProject participants
Contract research with Exonicus Inc. Anatomy NextVirtual reality trauma simulation To develop a virtual reality simulator for first aid training in military trauma situations2018–2019A. 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