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On 4 September, Professor Maija Dambrova from the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU) and an academician of the Latvian Academy of Sciences was awarded the Walter Zapp Prize. The award ceremony was held at the Latvian Academy of Sciences (LAS) in the presence of representatives from the LAS, the Patent Office of the Republic of Latvia, officials from the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Education and Science, and representatives from the Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis and the Embassy of Germany to Latvia.


The academician received the award in recognition of her remarkable inventions that have received recognition on a global level, and her outstanding contribution to the development of new medicines and determining their activity.

Dr. pharm. Maija Dambrova is among the most renowned inventors of her generation in the Baltic States. She has encouraged many young researchers to invent helping them improve their specific skill set. Dambrova’s team is currently developing new therapeutic goals and conceptual approaches to treating metabolic disorders. In addition, Dambrova has developed new pharmacological in vitro and in vivo methods to determine the active mechanisms of potential medical preparations. The Professor has also invented new perspective substances that help the human body deal with cardiovascular diseases and act on the receptors in the central nervous system. The World International Property Organization database contains 118 registered inventions with Dambrova as an author or a co-author.


Professor Maija Dambrova (centre) during the award ceremony together with the Dean of the RSU Faculty of Pharmacy Assoc. Prof. Dace Bandere (left) and Vice-Rector for Science Agrita Kiopa.

The Walter Zapp Prize was established in September 2004. The prize has been awarded once every two years since 2005 by the Latvian Academy of Sciences together with the Patent Office of the Republic of Latvia and the company Minox GmbH. A Riga-born Baltic German, Walter Zapp (1905–2003) was an outstanding inventor and constructor, whose world-famous photo camera VEF-Minox brought Latvia international recognition. The Walter Zapp Prize is awarded to inventors whose inventions have gained recognition outside Latvia.