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Reducing networking gaps between Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU) and internationally leading counterparts in viral infection-induced autoimmunity research (VirA)

Project/agreement No.
952376
Project funding
899 992.50 EUR, , RSU budget 470 380 EUR
Project realization
01.12.2020. - 30.11.2023.

Aim

To promote autoimmune disease research capacity and fill networking gaps in the institution (RSU) of the low-performing Member State – Latvia, by establishing a consortium with leading research institutions from Italy - University of Ferrara, Germany - Ulm University, and Israel - Tel-Aviv University. The partner universities are the excellence centres (world leaders) that are forerunners in immunology, virology, morphology and clinical data management and modelling, and are capable of inspiring positive change in the research field and significantly influence future developments at RSU via joint activities.

Description

Systemic autoimmune diseases (SAD) are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide, creating a challenge for researchers and clinicians to find evidence-based solutions for SAD diagnostics, treatment and prevention. Due to the complexity of autoimmune disease research, which requires multidisciplinary approaches, a problem is insufficient research capacity at low-performing EU Member State research institutions. Research capacity, able to deliver precise and early diagnostic is of high importance to move towards the development of methods for personalized medicine and better understanding of triggers and mechanisms in autoimmunity, leading to better understanding of chronic diseases and comorbidities and searching for therapy options. VirA project will optimally address the challenges and strengthen the ERA (European Research Area) in autoimmunity.

Project activities

The research strategy will be upgraded and aligned with leading research institutions from Italy, Germany and Israel through the following activities:

  • Raising experience of the staff with short term exchanges;
  • Bringing new knowledge to the institute from expert visits and short-term on-site or virtual training;
  • Organization of training workshops and joint summer schools to increase the networking ability of staff and foster knowledge transfer, including technical approaches and molecular methods; 
  • Conference participation and attendance to help with project dissemination and gathering of new information and global knowledge exchange.

Project partners

  • Rīga Stradiņš University, Latvia (coordinator) 
  • University of Ferrara, Italy
  • Ulm University, Germany
  • Medical Research Infrastructure Development and Health Services Fund by the Sheba Medical Center,  Israel

News and events 

Press Release

Prepared press release here.

Information posted on 10.12.2020

VirA kick-off meeting

On 17 December 2020, the Horizon 2020-funded project VirA held its kick-off meeting in online. Representatives from 4 countries – Latvia, Italy, Germany and Israel- gathered to inaugurate the project’s start. 

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The main goal is to create a research environment to stimulate researchers for generation of new research at high level and achievements in the study of autoimmune diseases. During the kick-off meeting, all project packages  were presented and the first key milestones were discussed. 

More about the project - https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/952376

Information posted on  18.12.2020

1st LATVIA - ISRAEL On-line Symposium of Autoimmunity

The 1st LATVIA - ISRAEL On-line Symposium of Autoimmunity will take place in Zoom platform on 16 March 2021, at 09:50.

The Symposium will be opened by Associate Professor Modra Murovska (RSU) and Professor Yehuda Shoenfeld (Sheba Medical Center). 

During the Symposium researchers from Latvia and Israel will present their findings on topics related to autoimmunity, COVID-19, etc. and there also will be LIVE discussion in the discussion panel between the sessions.

Researchers and anyone interested in Autoimmunity are welcome to participate in the Symposium. All wishing to join can get connected through Zoom. 
Please, send your letter of interest to Yuri Ostrinski  Yuri[pnkts]Ostrinskiatgmail[pnkts]com at your earliest convenience.

Agenda

Information posted on 01.03.2021

Symposium Recording Available!

Following the big success of the 1ST Latvia-Israel symposium of Autoimmunity, please find enclosed the link to this recorded Symposium: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1I771fLYhSGwYiEVzsvSO2ENDXp… . Feel free to watch and learn from it.

Information posted on 06.04.2021

12th International Congress on Autoimmunity

The 12th International Congress on Autoimmunity will take place between 28 May – 1 June 2021 with live online interaction

To learn more about the congress, you can head over to the https://autoimmunity.kenes.com/. webpage.

Information posted on 06.04.2021

 

Workshop IMPORTANCE OF DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSTIC IN RHEUMATIC AND OTHER AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES

An international workshop Importance of differential diagnostic in rheumatic and other autoimmune diseases will take place in Zoom platform on 29-30 September 2021, organised under the EU-H2020 project VirA, in cooperation with partners from Germany and Israel.

The presentations will be provided by world and European researchers recognized in the research of autoimmune diseases - Prof. Yehuda Shoenfeld and Prof. Howard Amital from Tel Aviv Sheba Medical Center in Israel, Prof. Marion Schneider from Ulma University in Germany, etc.

Researchers and all interested people are welcome to join the Zoom meeting:
https://rsu.zoom.us/j/95651658498?pwd=bERCS3NIUG1ueGZUajNOO…

Working language: English

Agenda

Please be informed that the workshop will be recorded and can be used to create publicity materials!

Information posted on 20.09.2021

 Workshop Recording Available!

Please find enclosed the link to this recorded workshop Importance of differential diagnostic in rheumatic and other autoimmune diseases:

29.09.2021 - https://panopto.rsu.lv/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=fdf2883…

30.09.2021 - https://panopto.rsu.lv/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=079fe86…

Feel free to watch and learn from it.

Information posted on 04.10.2021

Workshop NEW TRENDS IN AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES IMMUNOLOGICAL PROFILING

An international workshop New trends in autoimmune diseases immunological profiling will take place in Zoom platform on 27-28 October 2021 at 10:00-17:00, organised under the EU-H2020 project VirA, in cooperation with partners from Germany, Italy and Israel.

The presentations will be provided by world and European researchers recognized in the research of autoimmune diseases - Prof. Yehuda Shoenfeld, Prof. Howard Amital and Dr. Gilad Halpert from Tel Aviv Sheba Medical Center in Israel, Prof. Marion Schneider from Ulma University in Germany, Prof. Roberta Rizzo from University of Ferrara in Italy etc.

Researchers and all interested people are welcome to join the Zoom meeting:
https://rsu.zoom.us/j/87081333795?pwd=QjVCa24vVm0yRHVOOGdiN…

Working language: English

Agenda

Please be informed that the workshop will be recorded and can be used to create publicity materials!

Information posted on 19.10.2021

 

 Workshop Recording Available!

Please find enclosed the link to this recorded workshop New trends in autoimmune diseases immunological profiling:

27.10.2021 - https://panopto.rsu.lv/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=c0f9da2…

28.10.2021 - https://panopto.rsu.lv/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=8f6f71b…

Feel free to watch and learn from it.

Information posted on 29.10.2021

Workshop VIRAL INFECTIONS AS AETIOLOGICAL OR TRIGGER FACTORS OF AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES

An international workshop Viral infections as aetiological or trigger factors of autoimmune diseases will take place in Zoom platform on 9-10 November 2021 at 10:00-16:00, organised under the EU-H2020 project VirA, in cooperation with partners from Germany, Italy and Israel.

The presentations will be provided by world and European researchers recognized in the research of autoimmune diseases - Prof. Yehuda Shoenfeld, from Tel Aviv Sheba Medical Center in Israel, Prof. Marion Schneider from Ulma University in Germany, Prof. Dario Di Luca, Prof. Valentina Gentili and Prof. Roberta Rizzo from University of Ferrara in Italy etc.

Researchers and all interested people are welcome to join the Zoom meeting:
https://rsu.zoom.us/j/81968833238?pwd=Y0lZQ2NLVDd4T3pZS1NLb…

Working language: English

Agenda

Please be informed that the workshop will be recorded and can be used to create publicity materials!
 

Information posted on 02.11.2021

 Workshop Recording Available!

Please find enclosed the link to this recorded workshop Viral infections as aetiological or trigger factors of autoimmune diseases:

09.11.2021 - https://panopto.rsu.lv/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=2a4e30e…

10.11.2021 - https://panopto.rsu.lv/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=1fe32d4…

Feel free to watch and learn from it.

Information posted on 11.11.2021

Press Release

Press Release: https://www.rsu.lv/en/news/rsu-implements-international-res…

Information posted on 20.12.2021

13th International Congress on Autoimmunity 

The 13th International Congress on Autoimmunity will take place in Athens, Greece on 10 – 13 June, 2022.

To learn more about the congress, you can head over to the https://autoimmunity.kenes.com/ webpage.

Information posted on 03.01.2022

 

Seminar ENHANCEMENT OF SCIENTIFIC MANUSCRIPTS PREPARATION QUALITY

RSU is organising a seminar Enhancement of scientific manuscripts preparation quality within the framework of the project Reducing networking gaps between Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU) and internationally leading counterparts in viral infection-induced autoimmunity research (VirA) that is supported by the EC Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. The seminar will take place on 28 March 2022, from 8:30 to 16:00 in the Hippocrates Lecture Theatre and will be led by Professor Yehuda Shoenfeld (Sheba Medical Centre, Israel).

The programme of the seminar covers various stages of preparation of a scientific article, from choosing the most suitable title, writing a summary and introduction to the preparation of a list of references. An analysis of specific scientific publications will be carried out, as well as time for questions and discussions will be provided. 

Agenda.

All the interested parties are welcome to participate. 

Due to the limited number of places on site, participation is organised in two ways:
–    in person, in the Hippocrates Lecture Theatre, for the first 50 registered participants; 
–    remotely via Zoom. 

Registration form is available here. Please indicate the desired form of participation. Registration deadline: 24 March. The link for remote participation will be sent on 25 March. 
According to the epidemiological safety measures set by the Republic of Latvia, on-site participation is possible only for persons with a valid COVID-19 certificate. During the event, a medical face mask or respirator without a valve with a safety level FFP2 – FFP3 or KN95 must be used. 

Information posted on 15.03.2022.

Seminar Recording Available!

All interested parties are kindly invited to watch the recording of the seminar Enhancement of scientific manuscripts preparation quality held on 28 March 2022:

Information posted on 01.04.2022.

Summer School NEW TRENDS IN MOLECULAR AND IMMUNOLOGICAL DETECTION METHODOLOGY OF PERSISTENT VIRAL INFECTIONS

Within the framework of the EU Research and Innovation Programme Horizon 2020 project Reducing networking gaps between Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU) and internationally leading counterparts in viral infection-induced autoimmunity research (VirA), Rīga Stradiņš University is organising a Summer School New trends in molecular and immunological detection methodology of persistent viral infections from 11 to 15 July 2022. 

During the five days of the event, lectures by renowned international scientists and practical sessions in the laboratories will take place. 

Anyone will be able to join remotely the lectures held on 11, 12 and 15 July, but only the researchers involved in the project will be able to participate in the practical sessions. 

The working language of the Summer School will be English. 

The lectures will be given by representatives of the project co-operation partners, world-renowned and distinguished scientists: Professor Yehuda Shoenfeld from Sheba Medical Centre in Israel, Professor Marion Schneider from Ulm University in Germany, Professor Dario Di Luca and Professor Roberta Rizzo from the University of Ferrara in Italy and others.  

Agenda.

To register for remote participation in lectures, please complete the registration form by 7 July, available here. The lectures will be held on the Zoom platform. The access link will be sent to the email address by registered participants provided in the form.   

Information posted on 09.06.2022.

Workshop NEW TRENDS IN AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES IMMUNOLOGICAL PROFILING: PART II

Within the framework of the EU Research and Innovation Programme Horizon 2020 project Reducing networking gaps between Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU) and internationally leading counterparts in viral infection-induced autoimmunity research (VirA), Rīga Stradiņš University is organising the workshop New trends in autoimmune diseases immunological profiling: Part II on 16 & 17 July 2022.

On Saturday, 16 July, there will be lectures in the RSU Institute of Microbiology and Virology led by scientists recognized in the research of autoimmune diseases – Professors Daria Bortolotti and Valentina Gentili from the University of Ferrara in Italy, Professor Marion Schneider from Ulm University in Germany, Professor Miri Blank and Doctor of Medicine Boris Gilburd from Sheba Medical Centre in Israel.

On the second day of the workshop, 17 July, practical sessions in the laboratories will be held. Only researchers involved in the project will be able to participate.

Agenda.

Remote participation in the lectures scheduled for 16 July is open to anyone interested.                          
Registration form is available  here. Registration deadline: 7 July

The working language of the workshop will be English.
The lectures will be held on the Zoom platform. 

The first part of the workshop took place remotely on 27–28 October 2021.
The recording is available on the VirA project website.

Information posted on 13.06.2022.