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Main Topics

Public Health

  • Behaviour models in health communication
  • Health promotion
  • Primary, secondary and tertiary disease prevention
  • Social determinants of health
  • Risk factors and epidemiology of diseases
  • COVID-19

Health Systems Research

  • Governance and financing of health systems
  • Person-centered health services
  • Measuring and improving quality
  • Digital health

Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health

  • Human biomonitoring as re-evaluation and sentinel tool for health risks
  • Pandemic of occupational psychoemotional risks
  • Inclusive approach to ergonomic risks
  • Indoor air quality – re-evaluated

Psychological Care

  • Innovative approaches to health and clinical psychology
  • Supporting technology in psychological therapies and interventions

Social Welfare

  • An eco-social perspective and community social work
  • Change management, innovations and leadership in social work
  • Culturally competent social work with refugees and asylum seekers
  • Digitalisation in social work education and practice

Nursing and Midwifery

  • Leadership and management
  • Working environment, including technology solutions
  • Effective coverage of services
  • Multisectoral collaboration in health system


29 March

Venue: Rīga Stradiņš University, 16 Dzirciema iela, Hippocrates lecture-theatre

Session I: Public Health
Chair: Prof. Ģirts Briģis, Prof. Robert West
Aiga Balode (Ministry of Health), Anda Ķīvīte-Urtāne (Chair of the Scientific Committee)
9:30–10:00KEYNOTE: Using Models of Behaviour Change
Susan Michie
10:00–10:10Health Changes Among Older Individuals in Europe Before and During Covid-19 Pandemic
Madara Miķelsone
10:10–10:20Community Pharmacy Policy Reform in Nova Scotia, Canada During COVID-19
Dr Chiranjeev Sanyal
10:20–10:30Association Between Access to Healthcare and Health During COVID-19 Among Elderly in Latvia
Aija Bukova-Žideļūna
Session II: Public Health
Chair: Prof. Mindaugas Štelemėkas, Assoc. Prof. Inese Gobiņa
11:00–11:10Characterization of the Frequency of Norovirus Infection Among Hospitalized Patients of Children's Clinical University Hospital in 2021
Dita Poševa
11:10–11:20National Trends in the Use of State-Reimbursed Fixed Dose Combinations with Statins in Latvia (2012–2021)
Artūrs Praškilēvics
11:20–11:30Links Between Self-Rated Health and Civic Participation the Baltic Population Aged 50+
Dr Sarmitė Mikulionienė
11:30–11:40Subjective Health Status, Health Behaviours and High-Risk Behaviours as Risk Factors for Adolescent Psychopathology
Dr Ņikita Bezborodovs
11:40–11:50HIV/HCV Associated Risk Behaviour Among Persons Who Inject Drugs by Their Infection Status
Laura Isajeva
11:50–12:00Implementation of  the "Best Buys" Alcohol Control Policies in Latvia from 1990 to 2020
Assoc. Prof. Inese Gobiņa
Panel Discussion
Moderator: Asst. Prof. Mārtiņš Daugulis


12:00–12:30Establishing Evidence-Based Public Health Policy and the Role of Health Communication for Behaviour Change in It (Examples of Alcohol and Tobacco Policy)
Robert West, Mindaugas Štelemėkas, Jana Feldmane
Session III: Occupational and Environmental Health
Chair: Prof. Ivars Vanadziņš, Lāsma Akūlova
13:30–14:00KEYNOTE: Human Biomonitoring – European Experience, Main Findings and Future Perspectives
Marike Kolossa-Gehring
14:00–14:10Pesticide Exposure of Rural and Suburban Area Inhabitants in Latvia
Lāsma Akūlova
14:10–14:20Alzheimer‘s Disease and Essential Metals and Metalloids: A Hospital-Based Case-Control Study
Dr Loreta Strumylaitė
14:20–14:30Expression of Stathmin in Asbestos-Like Fibers-Induced Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma: A Preliminary Report
Prof. Claudia Lombardo
14:30–14:40Modelling of 3D Printer Emissions Deposition in the Human Respiratory Tract and Potential Inflammatory Processes
Anna Borisova
14:40–14:50Overwork Association with Sickness Absence and Sickness Presenteeism – Results from Pooled Data Survey on Working Conditions in Latvia
Svetlana Lakiša
14:50–15:00Incidence of Depression and Associated Occupational Factors Among Healthcare Workers During Covid-19 Pandemics in Latvia
Dr Laura Valaine
Session IV: Occupational and Environmental Health
Chair: Assoc. Prof. Jeļena Reste, Dr. med. Inese Mārtiņsone
15:30–15:40Burn-out Syndrome in ICU Medical Staff During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Mihaela Cospormac
15:40–15:50Internal and External Motivating Factors and Barriers Influencing Physical Activity Involvement in Office Workers
Viola Daniela Kiseļova
15:50–16:00Teleworker Choices of Information Sources on Home Office Ergonomics During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Latvia
Linda Paegle
Panel Discussion: Roadmap for Human Biomonitoring from First Steps to Implementation at the National Level
Moderator: Prof. Ivars Vanadziņš
16:00–17:00Marike Kolossa (German Environment Agency) with Normunds Kadiķis (Health Inspectorate), Anita Segliņa (Ministry of Health) and Dzintars Mozgis (Centre for Disease Prevention and Control)
30 March

Venue: Rīga Stradiņš University, 16 Dzirciema iela, Hippocrates lecture-theatre

Session I: Social Welfare
Chair: Asst. Prof. Lolita Vilka, Mārtiņš Moors
9:10–9:40KEYNOTE: Ecosocial Innovations and Transdisciplinary Research Promoting Community Social Work
Aila-Leena Matthies (Finland)
9:40–10:00KEYNOTE: Young People Growing up in Social Care in Latvia
Zoë Kessler (USA)
10:00–10:15Changes in the Approach of Social Work with Young People in Out-of-Family Care in Rīga
Mārtiņš Moors (RSU / Rīga City Council Welfare Department), Juris Osis (Rīga City Council Welfare Department)
10:15–10:30Financial and Non-Financial Intra-Family Support for Old-Age Pensioners in the Baltic States
Dr Olga Rajevska (RSU), Madara Miķelsone (RSU)
Session II: Social Welfare – round table discussion
11:00–11:20I. Children and Young People
Moderators: Ilze Trapenciere, Prof. Zoë Kessler
 Visualization of the Lived Experiences of Social Orphans (Latvian experience)
Prof. Zoë Kessler (Salem State University)
Transnational Families in Latvia
Ilze Trapenciere (RSU), Sigita Sniķere (Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, University of Latvia), Prof. Zoë Kessler
On Independent Life Skills of Youth After Institutional Care (comparative study)
Ilze Trapenciere, Prof. Zoë Kessler
11:20–12:00II. Children Safety, Family
Moderators: Ilze Trapenciere, Prof. Zoë Kessler
 The Realisation of the Children‘s Right of Participation in the Community Children‘s Care Home: The Analysis of the Children‘s Experiences
Prof. Rita Raudeliūnaitė, Prof. Vida Gudžinskienė (Mykolas Romeris University)
 Prevalence of Sexting in Children and Adolescents in Slovakia in the Pandemic and Post-Pandemic Period (in the Context of Demographic Characteristics)
Dr Katarína Kohútová, Dr Angela Almašiová, Juraj Holdoš, Dr Pavel Izrael (Catholic University in Ružomberok)
 Domestic Violence and Social Services in Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Nigeria: Comparative Study
Oluwaseun Ayotunde Jegede (University Institute of Lisbon / RSU / Catholic University Ružomberok / Mykolas Romeris University), Dr Lolita Vilka (RSU), Ilze Trapenciere (RSU), Dr Daniel Markovič (Catholic University in Ružomberok), Prof. Irena Žemaitaityte (Mykolas Romeris University)
 Children's Participation in Case Management Process
Prof. Jolanta Pivorienė, Rūta Sungailienė (Mykolas Romeris University)
 Representative Research on Sources of Safety in Slovak Children
Prof. Markéta Rusnáková (Catholic University in Ružomberok), Prof. Mária Dědová (Trnava University in Trnava), Martin Fero (Trnava University in Trnava)
12:00–12:30III. Innovations in Social Welfare
Moderators: Marika Lotko, Daniel Markovič
 Social Work Perspectives in Long-Term Integrated Care for Elderly Persons with Chronic Diseases
Alina Petrauskienė (Mykolas Romeris University)
 Current Limits of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence in Social Work
Dr Daniel Markovič (Catholic University in Ružomberok)
 Digitalisation in the Provision of Social Services: Rural Counties' Perspective
Edvarts Pāvulēns, Dr Lolita Vilka (RSU)
Session III: Psychology
Chair: Jana Duhovska, Kristīne Šneidere
13:30–14:30KEYNOTE: The Value of Health-Related Quality of Life in Caring for Cancer Patients: The Psycho-Oncological Perspective
Angelos Kassianos
Session IV: Psychology
Chair: Asst. Prof. Jeļena Koļesņikova, Elīna Zelčāne
15:30–15:40Differences Between Vaccinated and Unvaccinated People in Fear of Covid-19, Fear of Covid-19 Vaccine and Fear of Covid-19 Vaccine Side Effects
Gatis Upesleja
15:40–15:50Psychometric Properties of the Montreal Cognitive Assessment v8.2. Test: Pilot Study
Irina Pelše
15:50–16:00Relationships Between Unusual Perceptions, Unusual Beliefs and Spiritual Experience
Daiga Katrīna Bitēna
16:00–16:10Resilience in People with Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain: Preliminary Results of the Thematic Analysis
Elīna Zelčāne
16:10–16:20A Study of Teacher Wellbeing in Post-Primary Schools in Ireland (2022)
Dr Teresa Crawford
16:20–16:30The Convergent Validity of the Latvian Clinical Personality Inventory (LCPI) Compulsivity Factor and Perfectionism Personality Traits
Inese Jokste
16:30–16:40Adapting to Change: A Study of Psychologists' Professional Identity in the Face of Covid-19 Pandemic and Digitalisation
Kristīne Stafecka
16:40–16:50Development of Music- and Web-Based Intervention Content Targeting Self-Care Behaviour Changes
Aija Ozola
16:50–17:00EMORI Mobile App for Emotion Regulation: Prototype Approbation
Maruta Linuža
31 March

Venue: Rīga Stradiņš University, 16 Dzirciema iela, Hippocrates lecture-theatre

Session I: Health Systems Research
Chair: Asst. Prof. Daiga Behmane, Prof. Olav Goetz
9:00–9:30KEYNOTE: Digital Health as Innovation
Steffen Flessa
9:30–9:40Challenges and Solutions for Artificial Intelligence Adoption in Healthcare – A Literature Review
Dr Uldis Doniņš
9:40–9:50Outflow of Medical Practitioners from Latvia as a Consequence of Free Movement of Labour Within the European Union
Ģirts Jirgensons
9:50–10:00Assessment of Antimicrobial Stewardship and Infection Control Indicators in Regional Acute-Care Hospitals in Latvia: Interdisciplinary Mixed Methods Research
Ieva Rutkovska
10:00–10:10Analysing and Modelling the Standard Haemodialysis Process in Dialysis Clinics in Latvia
Prof. Olav Goetz
10:10–10:20Using the Workload Indicator of Staffing Need (WISN) – Method to Assess HR Requirements and to Optimize Processes in Healthcare.  The Example of a Neurology Team of Therapists
Prof. Olav Goetz
10:20–10:30Process Flows of an Emergency Department – How Process Modeling and Simulation Can Help Improve the Efficiency and Quality of Patient Care
Yannik Angler
Session II: Health Systems Research
Chair: Asst. Prof. Daiga Behmane, Prof. Olav Goetz
11:00–11:10Health Technology Assessment for Fast-Track Elective Knee and Hip Arthroplasty in a High-Volume Orthopaedic Hospital in Italy
Prof. Giuseppe Banfi
11:10–11:20Analysis of Association Between Acute Myocardial Infarction Treatment Costs and Outcomes
Alina Dūdele
11:20–11:30Non-Attendance at Pauls Stradiņš Clinical Uuniversity Hospital and Associated Losses
Marks Ronis
11:30–11:40Arterial Blood Pressure Pharmacological Treatment in Latvia: From Patients' Perspective Applying the EQ-5D-5L Questionnaire
Emma Sokolova
11:40–11:50Assessment of Readiness of Latvian Healthcare System for the Implementation of Value Based Health Care Approach
Alina Dūdele
11:50–12:00Development of the Value-Based Health Care Model for Bariatric Surgery in Latvia
Edgars Labsvīrs
Panel Discussion
Moderator: Asst. Prof. Daiga Behmane
12:00–12:30What is the Role of Health Systems Research in Promoting the Sustainability of the Health Sector?
Prof. Steffen Flessa, Prof. Giuseppe Banfi, Prof. Olav Goetz
Session III: Nursing and Midwifery
Chair: Prof. Inga Millere, Asst. Prof. Agita Melbārde-Kelmere
13:30–13:55KEYNOTE: Looking Ahead: Why Nursing Clinical and Policy Leadership Matters
Margrieta Langins, Nursing and Midwifery Policy Adviser at WHO Regional Office for Europe
13:55–14:20KEYNOTE: Data is Power: Exploring Nursing Data and Science
Alba Llop-Gironés, Nursing Scientist at WHO Regional Office for Europe
Panel Discussion
Moderator: Elīna Pinto
14:20–14:30Nurse and Midwife-Led Patient-Centred Innovations in Healthcare
Dace Dimza-Jones
Baiba Ziemele, Ilze Ansule, Agita Melbārde-Kelmere
Side event (28 March)

Seminar "The Use of Evidence-Based Interventions for Health Behaviour Change"

Venue: RSU Anatomy Museum at 9 Kronvalda bulvāris, Rīga

During RSU Research week 2023, RSU in cooperation with the leading world-renowned Centre for Behaviour Change (CBC) located at London’s Global University (UCL) invites you to become acquainted with the newest approaches in planning and executing interventions for health behaviour change and communication of health behaviour.


14:00Tour of the RSU Anatomy museum (for those interested)
15:00–15:05The development of interventions for health behaviour change – one of the directions of development for RSU Institute of Public Health
Anda Ķīvīte-Urtāne, Director of RSU Institute of Public Health
15:05–15:15RSU experience with the development of a strategy for communication of health behaviour change
Vita Savicka, Head of the Health Communication Master’s Study Programme, RSU
15:15–16:15The integration of scientific achievements in health behaviour change within the development of interventions for health behaviour change. Stereotypes about aspects influencing health behaviour. Case analysis
Prof. Robert West, London’s Global University, Centre for Bahaviour Change
16:15–17:00Questions and answers. Exchanging experiences
R. West, V. Savicka and A. Ķīvīte-Urtāne
  • Working language: Latvian (interpreter will be provided)
  • Admission is free of charge (limited number of participants)
  • Registration to the event is now CLOSED

Additional information

  • Prof. Robert West – Emeritus Professor at London’s Global University (UCL), researcher of behaviour change, specialized in addiction mitigation questions. Editor-in-Chief of the journal “Addiction”, consultant of British governmental institutions, participated in the development of addiction mitigation strategy. Author of the book “The SmokeFree Formula (Orion)”, that provides recommendations for interventions to limit smoking and has been translated in Spanish, Russian, Dutch, Norwegian, Rumanian, Turkish, French, Italian and German languages. One of the developers of COM – B model for behaviour Change and Behaviour Change Wheel (BCW)
  • Assoc. Prof. Anda Ķīvīte-Urtāne – director of RSU Institute of Public Health, participated in research dedicated to health behaviour changes
  • Asst. Prof. Vita Savicka – Head of the Health Communication master’s programme at RSU, studied the COM-B and BWC methods at the Centre for Behaviour Change, London’s Global University, participates in research about factors influencing behaviour change and develops strategy for behaviour change
Registration to the side event on 28 March is now closed.

International Scientific Committee

Committee chair: Assoc. Prof. Anda Ķīvīte-Urtāne, Director, Institute of Public Health, RSU / Department of Public Health and Epidemiology, RSU, Latvia

  • Prof. Ģirts Briģis – Head of the Department of Public Health and Epidemiology, RSU, Latvia
  • Prof. Anita Villeruša – Chair, Scientific Council, Institute of Public Health, RSU / Department of Public Health and Epidemiology, RSU / Director of Public Health Study Programme, RSU, Latvia
  • Assoc. Prof. Ivars Vanadziņš – Director, Institute for Occupational Safety and Environmental Health, RSU / Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, RSU, Latvia
  • Asst. Prof. Daiga Behmane – Director of Health Management Study Programme, RSU / Lead researcher, Institute of Publice Health, RSU, Latvia
  • Assoc. Prof. Lolita Vilka – Head of the Department of Welfare and Social Work, RSU / Director of Social Work Study Programme, RSU, Latvia
  • Prof. Kristīne Mārtinsone – Head of the Department of Health Psychology and Paedagogy, RSU, Latvia
  • Prof. Inga Millere – Dean, Faculty of Public Health and Social Welfare, RSU / Department of Nursing and Midwifery, RSU / Chair of Board, Clinic of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, RSU, Latvia
  • Assoc. Prof. Inese Gobiņa – Member of Scientific Council, Institute of Public Health, RSU / Faculty of Public Health and Social Welfare, RSU, Latvia
  • Vita Savicka – Faculty of Communication, RSU / Director of Health Communication Study Programme, RSU / Health Management Lecturer Group, RSU, Latvia
  • Asst. Prof. Jeļena Reste – Lead researcher, Institute of Occupational Safety and Environmental Health, RSU / Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, RSU, Latvia
  • Inese Mārtiņsone – Lead researcher and Head of the Laboratory of Hygiene and Occupational Diseases, RSU, Latvia
  • Asst. Prof. Toms Pulmanis – Vice-Dean, Faculty of Public Health and Social Welfare, RSU / Department of Public Health and Epidemiology, Latvia
  • Prof. Mindaugas Štelemėkas, Ph.D.; Head and Senior Scientist, Health Research Institute, WHO Collaborating Centre for the Prevention & Control of NCDs; Prof., Department of Preventive Medicine; Faculty of Public Health, Medical Academy, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (Lithuania)
  • Doc. Dr. psych. Jeļena Koļesņikova, Director of Health Psychology Study Programme, RSU/ Manager, Psychology Laboratory, RSU, Latvia
  • Prof. Olav Götz, PhD. Professor of General Business Administration and Health Care Consulting, Health Care Consultant, The APOLLON University of Applied Sciences (Germany)
  • Assoc. prof. Marketa Rusnakova, Vice-Rector for Foreign Relations and Mobility, Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work (PhD.); Catholic University in Ružomberok (Slovakia)
  • Angelos Kassianos BSc, MSc, PGCert, PhD, MBPSs, HCPC Reg., FHEA; Department of Nursing, Cyprus University of Technology; Departments of Psychology and Computer Science, University of Cyprus, Department of Applied Health Research University College London (United Kingdom)
  • Asst. Prof. Daniel Markovič, Catholic University in Ruzomberok, Head of the Department of Social Work (Slovakia)
  • Assoc. prof. Nina Koliadenko, Doctor of Medical Sciences, Associate Professor, Head of the Department of Medical Psychology, PJSC “PHEI “Interregional Academy of Personnel Management” (Ukraine)
  • PhD, RN Baiba Zarins, Program Manager, Nipissing University BScN Scholar Practitioner Program, The Michener Institute of Education at UHN (Canada)
  • Prof. Irena Žemaitaityte, Institue of Educational Science and Social Work, Mykolas Romeris University (Lithuania)
  • Assoc. Prof. Manuel Ferreira, University Institute of Lisbon (Portugal)
  • PhD, PHN Arja Liinamo, Principal Lecturer, Department of Health Promotion, Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences (Finland)
  • Dr. Sandra Dudareva, MSSc, MSAE, Co-Lead of viral hepatitis team, Head of WHO Collaborating Centre for viral hepatitis and HIV, Unit for HIV/AIDS, STI and Blood-borne Infections, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Robert Koch Institute (Germany)
  • Dr. Antons Mozaļevskis, Technical Officer, Key Populations, Global HIV, Hepatitis and STI Programmes, World Health Organization (Switzerland)

Keynote Speakers

German Environment Agency (UBA)
University of Greifswald, Germany
Cyprus University of Technology
Salem State University, Massachusetts, USA
WHO Regional Office for Europe
WHO Regional Office for Europe
University of Jyväskylä, Finland
University College London, United Kingdom
University College London, United Kingdom