April 9, 2019. In the GISTAR study involved employees of the Institute of Clinical and Preventive Medicine of the University of Latvia (LU KPMI) and Academic Histology Laboratory (AHL) - Sergey Isaev, Inga Bogdanova, Anda Averate, Indra Klišča and Inga Locāne on April 1- 3 visited the leading pathology laboratory in Europe, the Department of Pathology of the Porto Clinical University Hospital in Porto, Portugal.
The Latvian delegation was hosted by a member of the GISTAR study Data Safety and Monitoring Board (DSMB), Head of the Department of Pathology at the Clinical University of Porto, the leading expert in gastrointestinal pathology in the world, professor Fatima Carneiro.
Together with prof. Karneiro was discussed the most complicated histotopatological cases of projects implemented by LU KPMI - GISTAR and SNIFFPHONE, current and future co-operation in scientific research.
During the visit, the Latvian delegation become acquainted with the work of the laboratory organization and the methods used in clinical work and scientific research, including laboratory quality system and supervision, laboratory workflow, modern equipment, new molecular pathology methods, and more complex cases of clinical pathology, participated in meetings and daily work of the department.
The experience gained during the visit will significantly increase the competence of Latvian pathologists and biomedical laborants in local and international projects implemented by LU KPMI in the future.
March 29, 2019. Today, the regional GISTAR research center of Rezekne has completed its activities. In total, 2 409 respondents were included in this center between 3 April 2017 and 29 March 2019 (women - 1 480, men - 929, respectively). The research leader Marcis Leja thanked the employees of Rezekne Research Center for their work, as well as the chairman of Rezekne City Council Aleksandrs Bartaševičs and Gunārs Arbidāns, head of the “Social Service” of the City Council, for their support in the implementation of the research.
In Latvia, the GISTAR study was launched in October 2013 in Cesis, and so far it has also taken place in Latvian cities such as Aluksne, Ludza, Saldus, Tukums, Dobele and Madona. There is a positive trend: the number of respondents in each of the next research centers is increasing. For comparison 761 respondents were included in the Cēsis Regional Center, Ludza - 1018, Saldus - 1077.
We are also proud to note that since the launch of the study in 2013, by the end of March this year, all together 8 316 respondents have been included in the GISTAR study.
The GISTAR team is planning to expand the research to other municipalities in Latvia and is already actively communicating with Jēkabpils local government representatives about the launch of the study this autumn.
March 25, 2019. The XXXIInd International Workshop on Helicobacter and Microbiota in Inflammation and Cancer be will be held in Innsbruck, Austria on September 5 - 7, 2019.
It is expected that, as every year, this year, Group of the researchers of the GISTAR study will also attend the Congress. Let us remind you that at the XXXI International EHMSG Workshop (Lithuania, 2018) Latvia was the third country with the highest number of participants.
Deadline for abstract submission: May 12, 2019
Deadline for registration at reduced fee: July 12, 2019
Deadline for pre-registration: August 25, 2019
For further information on the program, registration, venue and social program - www.helicobacter.org.
March 18th, 2019. For several years now, in Latvia, together with researchers from the University of Latvia Clinical and Preventive Medicine Institute and the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the GISTAR study - only such study in Europe has been conducted. The results of the study are expected by many specialists in Europe and beyond.
European experts (gastroenterologists, pathologists, epidemiologists, basic science representatives) who have agreed to participate in the GISTAR study Data Safety and Monitoring Board (DSMB) this year will gather in Riga for the 3rd DSMB meeting - on Thursday, 03 October 2019, with the aim to critically look at the results of the study and their compliance with the requirements of a wide range of world-class epidemiological studies.
March 11th, 2019. On March 8-9, 2019 the 27th Annual Meeting of the Corean College of Helicobacter and Upper Gastrointestinal research & the 16th Japan-Korea Joint Symposium on Helicobacter Research was taking place in Busan, Korea. Altogether 380 participants from 21 countries were present, mainly from the Asian region. Leader of the GISTAr study Mārcis Leja was invited to report on the course and primary results of the GISTAR study during the International symposium “Primary prevention strategy for gastric cancer in high-risk regions” that was held during this meeting. The symposium was chaired by the other principal investigator of GISTAR Rolando Herrero (IARC).
February 28th, 2019. In Moscow at the European Association for Gastroenterology, Endoscopy and Nutrition (EAGEN) postgraduate training course "Clinical decisions in gastroenterology - tailored from guidelines to the individual need" takes place.
At the course the patient's experience of treatment at the Oncology Centre of Latvia of Riga East University Hospital is demonstrated, where the patient's life has been significantly prolonged as a result of successful treatment by the team (the patient continues to receive treatment now).
The case study for presentation in the course has been prepared by a hospital chemotherapist and PhD student of the University of Latvia involoved in GISTAR study - Dr.Evita Gashenko.
The scientific director of the GISTAR study Marcis Leja takes part at the course.
February 24th, 2019. In the frame of 77th International Scientific Conference of the University of Latvia on February 22nd was held International Scientific Medical Conference.
We are proud to announce that GISTAR Kazakhstan pilot study data were also presented at the conference. Study data in the form of stand report "Accuracy of the serum biomarkers in the detection of atrophic gastritis in Kazakhstan population" were presented by Linda Mezmale, a student of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Latvia involved in the GISTAR study.
January 20th, 2019. The Board meeting of European Helicobacter and Microbiota Study Group (EHMSG) was taking place in France. The Board members were updated on the progress of the GISTAR study as well as microbiome studies conducted by the Institute of Clinical and Preventive Medicine, University of Latvia. The Board members decided to launch a new international research journal “Microbiome in Health and Disease” and supported the candidates proposed for participation in the course supported by BIOCODEX on research paper manuscript preparation - in GISTAR study involved young researchers - Olga Sjomina, Zane Dzērve and Anna Krīgere.
January 19th, 2019. From 16 till 18 of January Workshop on Implementation of Cancer Screening Programmes organized by The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) / The World Health Organization (WHO)- EURO took place in Lyon (France).
At the Workshop a lecture on a GISTAR study going on in Latvia as well as on the possibilities of stomach cancer prevention was delivered by the GISTAR study leader M.Leja.
On January 18th the progress and results of the GISTAR study was discussed at The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in Lyon (France), as well as planned out analysis and publication of the obtained data, the Data Safety and Monitoring Board(DSMB) meeting in 2019, and further study progress.
January 2nd, 2019. We are proud to announce that by the end of 2018, 8 150 respondents have already been included in the GISTAR study. The study was launched in October 2013 in Cesis, and so far it has taken place in such cities of Latvia as Aluksne, Ludza, Saldus, Tukums, Dobele and Madona. Currently the research center in Rezekne continues its activity. There is a positive trend: the number of respondents in each of the next research centers is increasing. For comparison, 761 respondents were included in the Cēsis Regional Center, Ludzas - 1018, and 1077 in Saldus. There are already 2200 respondents included in the research center of Rezekne.