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Work experience

2018 - Present

Researcher

Institute of Public Health, RSU

2017 - Present

Acting Lecturer

Faculty of Public Health and Social Welfare, Department of Public Health and Epidemiology, RSU

2013 - Present

Acting Lecturer

Faculty of Medicine, Statistical Unit, RSU

2008 - 2013

Scientific assistant

Riga East university hospital

2010 - 2013

Researcher

Faculty of Medicine, University of Latvia

2008 - 2008

Senior official

Screening department, State Health Insurance Agency

1998 - 2008

Epidemiologist

Latvian Cancer registry, Latvian Oncology center

Education and training

2010 - 2015

Doctoral studies, program "Medicine"

Rīga Stradiņš University

2006 - 2009

Master’s degree of Public Health

Rīga Stradiņš University

1995 - 1998

Master's degree of Biology

The University of Latvia

Achievements

Continuing education a.o. qualification upgrade

 

  • 2018, August 20-24; RSU International Summer School 2018 Riga (ISSR 2018) "Economic Modelling in Health Care"; Riga (Latvia)

 

  • 2018, June-July; Johns Hopkins University "Statistical Reasoning for Public Health 2:Regression Method" (coursera.org/verify/QGKWY5JQW3ZM)

 

  • 2017, June 1-6; Estonian Genome Center, Institute of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Tartu; "Statistical Practice in Epidemiology using R"; Tartu (Estonia)

 

  • 2014, May. International Epidemiology Association "6th International course on epidemiological principles and methods"; Vilnius (Lithuania)

 

  • 2013, June. London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine „Cancer Survival: Principles Methods & Applications"; London (UK)

 

  • 2000, Marc. International Agency for Research on Cancer "International Course on Cancer Epidemiology"; Budapest (Hungary)

 

Field of research

 

  • Epidemiology;
  • Cancer epidemiology;
  • Cancer screening;
  • Survival analysis

 

Supervised study course

Statistical Methods

Lectured study course

 

Basics of biostatistics

 

Biostatistics

Epidemiology

Mathematical Statistics I

Mathematical Statistics II

Pharmacoeconomics, Epidemiology and Organisation of Health Care

Public Health and Epidemiology

Memberships

 

  • Member of Public Health Association of Latvia

 

  • Member of Latvian Statistician Association

 

  • Member of International Biometric Society, Nordic-Baltic Region

 

  • Member of the International Epidemiological Association (IEA)

 

Publications

 

Research articles​​

 

No relationship between generalised anxiety symptoms and cardiovascular autonomic dysfunction / E.Kupats, I.Noviks, J.Vrublevska, V.Kenina, U.Kojalo, I.Logina // Neurology Psychiatry and Brain Research. - Vol.30 (2018, Dec.), p.86-90. - Starptautiski citējamā izdevumā.

Pre-existing diabetes mellitus and all-cause mortality in cancer patients : a register-based study in Latvia / I.Strele, U.Kojalo, J.Vilmanis, G.Brigis ...[et al.] // Acta Oncologica. - Vol.57, No.7 (2018, July), p.973-982. - Starptautiski citējamā izdevumā.

Kojalo, Una. Dzemdes kakla vēža saslimstības rādītāju izmaiņas Latvijā no 1983. līdz 2013.gadam / U.Kojalo, Ģ.Briģis // Zinātniskie raksti : 2014.g. medicīnas nozares pētnieciskā darba publikācijas / Rīgas Stradiņa universitāte. - Rīga, 2015. - 297.-305.lpp.

Professionals' role in implementing a cervical cancer screening program / I.Viberga, L.Engele, U.Kojalo, D.Santare // Acta dermatovenerologica Alpina, Pannonica, et Adriatica. - Vol.23, No.4 (2014), p.69-73. - Starptautiski citējamā izdevumā.

Dzemdes kakla vēzis – vēl aizvien aktuāla problēma Latvijā : pētījums par organizētajā dzemdes kakla vēža skrīningā iesaistīto ārstniecības personu iespējamo ietekmi uz skrīninga programmas īstenošanu Latvijā / U.Kojalo, I.Vīberga, I.Jermakova ...[u.c.] // Latvijas Ārsts. - Nr.7/8 (2013, jūl./aug.), 12.-16., 18.-20.lpp.

Interobserver variation in assessment of gastric premalignant lesions : higher agreement for intestinal metaplasia than for atrophy / M.Leja, U.Kojalo, I.Tolmanis ...[et al.] // European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology. - Vol.25, No.6 (2013, June), p.694-699. - Starptautiski citējamā izdevumā.

 

Abstracts​​

 

Association between diabetes mellitus and overall survival of cancer patients in Latvia : register-based study / I.Strēle, S.Pildava, I.Repša, U.Kojalo, J.Vilmanis, Ģ.Briģis // 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.478.

Quality assurance aspects of colposcopy service in Latvia / D.Rezeberga, J.Žodžika, M.Pilmane, O.Plisko, U.Kojalo ...[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.88.

Time trends in cervical cancer survival in Latvia / U.Kojalo, J.Žodžika, Ģ.Briģis, G.Lazdāne ...[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.679.

Time trends in cervical cancer survival in Latvia / U.Kojalo, J.Žodžika, Ģ.Briģis, G.Lazdāne ...[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.679.

Analysis of practices to visit a gynaecologist of women who have not performed a cytological analysis of the cervical cancer screening programme in Riga and two other regions of Latvia / J.Žodžika, D.Rezeberga, U.Kojalo ...[et al.] // 8. Latvijas Dzemdību speciālistu un ginekologu kongress (Rīga, Latvija, 2018.g. 20.-21.apr.) : kongresa tēzes. - Rīga, 2018. - [1 lpp.]

Cervical cancer incidence and mortality trends in Latvia in 1993-2016 [Elektroniskais resurss] / U.Kojalo, I.Jermakova, J.Zodzika, G.Brigis, G.Lazdane // EUROGIN 2018 (Lisbon, Portugal, Dec.2-5, 2018) [Elektroniskais resurss] : Abstracts. - Part II-Posters. Poster No.00404, p.127-128. - Resurss aprakstīts 2019.g. 13.febr. - Pieejas veids: Tīmeklis WWW.URL: https://www.eurogin.com/2018/419-abstracts-2018.html

Dzemdes kakla vēža saslimstības tendences Latvijā. 1993.-2016. gadu analīze / I.Jermakova, U.Kojalo, D.Rezeberga, M.Pilmane, J.Kroiča, J.Žodžika, O.Plisko // 8. Latvijas Dzemdību speciālistu un ginekologu kongress (Rīga, Latvija, 2018.g. 20.-21.apr.) : kongresa tēzes. - Rīga, 2018. - 23.lpp.

Kojalo, Una. The impact of administrative reforms on quality of cancer registration : an example of Latvian Cancer Registry [Elektroniskais resurss] : [abstract] / U.Kojalo, S.Pildava, I.Strele // ENCR (European Network of Cancer Registries) Scientific Meeting (Copenhagen, Denmark, Sept.26-28, 2018) [Elektroniskais resurss] : Poster Presentations. - Copenhagen, 2018. - 1 p. - Resurss aprakstīts 2018.g. 17.dec. - Pieejas veids: Tīmeklis WWW.URL: https://encr.eu/sites/default/files/2018-ENCR-Conference/Ko…

The role of HPV E6/E7 oncoproteins in early diagnostic of cervical precancerous lesions [Elektroniskais resurss] / I.Jermakova, D.Rezeberga, J.Žodžika, I.Liepniece-Karele, U.Kojalo, M.Pilmane // EUROGIN 2018 (Lisbon, Portugal, Dec.2-5, 2018) [Elektroniskais resurss] : Abstracts. - Part III-Posters. Poster No.00497, p.249-250. - Resurss aprakstīts 2019.g. 5.febr. - Pieejas veids: Tīmeklis WWW.URL: https://www.eurogin.com/2018/419-abstracts-2018.html

Breast cancer incidence, mortality and relative survival trends in Latvia in 1993–2014 / U.Kojalo, G.Brigis, S.Pildava, K.Innos // 2017.gada Zinātniskās konferences tēzes (Rīga, 2017.g. 6.-7.aprīlī) / Rīgas Stradiņa universitāte. - Rīga, 2017. - 140.lpp.

Colorectal cancer screening programme evaluation - early indicators in the cancer registry / U.Kojalo, I.Kojalo, S.Pildava, D.Šantare // International Medical Section : 75th Conference of the University of Latvia : Book of Abstracts = Medicīnas sekcija : Latvijas Universitātes 75.zinātniskā konference (Rīga, Latvija, 2017.g. 24.febr.) : tēžu krājums / Latvijas Universitāte. - Rīga, 2017. - 68.lpp.

Pre-existing diabetes and all-cause mortality of cancer patients : a register-based study in Latvia / I.Strele, U.Kojalo, J.Vilmanis, G.Brigis ...[et al.] // Diabetologia. - Vol.60, Suppl.1 (2017, Sept.), p.S563. - Starptautiski citējamā izdevumā.

Renal cell carcinoma trends in Latvia during 2000-2015 : incidence and survival rates [Elektroniskais resurss] / M.Jakubovskis, U.Kojalo, V.Lietuvietis ...[et al.] // European Urology Supplements [Elektroniskais resurss]. - Vol.16, No.5 (2017, May), p.e2163-e2164. - 4th Baltic Meeting in conjunction with the EAU (European Association of Urology) (Vilnius, Lithuania, May 26-27, 2017) : [Abstracts]. - Starptautiski citējamā izdevumā. - Pieejas veids: Tīmeklis WWW.URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S15699056…

Vai nieru šūnu vēža datortomogrāfijas izmēru var izmantot lokālās stadijas noteikšanai un ārstēšanas taktikas izvēlei? / U.Kojalo, I.Vaivode, V.Lietuvietis ...[u.c.] // 2017.gada Zinātniskās konferences tēzes (Rīga, 2017.g. 6.-7.aprīlī) / Rīgas Stradiņa universitāte. - Rīga, 2017. - 141.lpp.

Characteristics of the groups of non-compliance of colorectal cancer screening pilot study in Latvia / U.Kojalo, D.Šantare, I.Kojalo ...[et al.] // Latvijas Universitātes 74. Zinātniskās konferences Medicīnas sekcijas tēžu apkopojums (Rīga, 2016.g. 19.febr.) / Latvijas Universitāte. - Rīga, 2016. - 43.lpp.

Data quality of Latvian cancer registry – screened cancer examples / U.Kojalo, G.Brigis, S.Pildava, K.Innos // 6th International Interdisciplinary Scientific Conference "Society. Health. Welfare: Living in the World of Diversity: Social Transformations. Innovations. Solutions" (Riga, Nov.23-25, 2016) : Abstracts / Rīga Stradiņš University ...[et al.]. - Riga, 2016. - P.53-54.

Low prevalence of celiac disease in functional dyspepsia and irritable bowel syndrome / S.Pavlovics, U.Kojalo, I.Tolmanis ...[et al.] // Latvijas Universitātes 74. Zinātniskās konferences Medicīnas sekcijas tēžu apkopojums (Rīga, 2016.g. 19.febr.) / Latvijas Universitāte. - Rīga, 2016. - 40.lpp.

Controversies in CGRP and other cytochemical parameters in migraine / A.Plinta, I.Logina, P.Tretjakovs, U.Kojalo, G.Bahs // Proceedings of the Latvian Academy of Sciences. Sect.B. - Vol.69, No.5 (2015), p.A13. - Starptautiski citējamā izdevumā.

Kojalo, Una. Dzemdes kakla vēža saslimstības rādītāju izmaiņas Layvijā 1983.-2013. gados / U.Kojalo, G.Brigis, I.Vīberga // 7. Latvijas Dzemdību speciālistu un ginekologu kongress / 1. Baltijas Kolposkopijas konference sadarbībā ar Eiropas Kolposkopijas federāciju : programma & tēzes = 7th Congress of Latvian Obstetricians and Gynaecologists / 1st Baltic Colposcopy Conference in collaboration with European Federation for Colposcopy : programme & abstracts (Rīga, 2014.g. 16.-18.okt.). - Rīga, 2014. - 67.lpp.

Kojalo, Una. Dzemdes kakla vēža savlaicīgas atklāšanas programma un saslimstības rādītāju izmaiņas / U.Kojalo, S.Pildava, Ģ.Briģis // 2014.gada Zinātniskās konferences tēzes (Rīga, 2014.g. 10.-11.aprīlī) / Rīgas Stradiņa universitāte. - Rīga, 2014. - 263.lpp.

Atteikumu iemesli piedalīties kolorektālā vēža skrīningā : Latvijas pilotpētījuma rezultāti / U.Kojalo, M.Leja, Ģ.Briģis ...[u.c.] // 2013.gada Zinātniskās konferences tēzes (Rīga, 2013.g. 21.-22.martā) / Rīgas Stradiņa universitāte. - Rīga, 2013. - 252.lpp.

Body mass index, waist circumference and hand grip force of older women in Rīga nursing homes / A.Balode, J.Vētra, A.Villeruša, U.Kojalo // Baltic Morphology VII Scientific Conference "Morphological sciences in the experimental and clinical medicine" (Rīga, Latvia, Nov.7-9, 2013) : Abstract Book / Riga Stradiņš University. - Riga, 2013. - P.26.

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