December 12 ∎ Press conference devoted to the study of gastric cancer in Cesis
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Study on Timely Cancer Detection in Cesis. On December 12, 2013, a press conference took a place in Cesis, at Berzaines street 16. University of Latvia and Cesis Regional Council had founded Cesis Centre for Prevention and Timely Diagnostics (henceforth – the Centre). The aim of the press conference was to present results for the first two months, as well as opportunities, that the study offers to the public.

The Centre launched on 9th October 2013, so Cesis is the first Latvian town, in which broad activities for gastric and intestinal cancer timely detection is taking place within the scope of the pilot study. Persons from 40 to 64 years of age can be enrolled in the study. General practitioners were helping to select suitable participants. Thanks to this cooperation and active and professional involvement of the Centre team, there already have been more than 150 participants. All participants have received professional consulting. The number of tests depends on whether the participant is enrolled to standard or control group. If it is required, further investigation is recommended and, if helicobacter is discovered, treatment is offered in order to reduce gastric cancer risk. Currently, the plan is to continue work in Cesis at least until the end of March, enrolling at least 500 people.
We inviteded journalists, general practitioners, municipality deputies and other interested persons to attend the press conference that took place on December 12, 2013, from 11 until 12 AM in Cesis, at Berzaines street 16.
Cesis Major J. Rozenbergs, associate Professor M. Leja (University of Latvia) and Centre activity coordinator B. Trinska – Roze hosted the press conference. There was an opportunity for participants to visit the Centre rooms and talk to employees.


Agenda:

1. Cesis municipality involvement in the pilot study and support for public health – Mayor Janis Rozenbergs.

2.  The significance of GISTAR study and municipality support for cancer prevention and treatment – Marcis Leja.

3. Review of the first two months work in the Centre for Prevention and Timely Diagnostics: study organisation in cooperation with general practitioners; public responsiveness, feedback – Baiba Trinska – Roze.

4. Questions and answers, visit of the Centre for Prevention and Timely Diagnostics.


December 7 ∎ The 6th Congress of Latvian Gastroenterologists
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December 4-6 ∎ International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) a working group meeting in Lyon, France
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In Lyon, France from 4th to 6th of December, 2013. International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) hosted a working group meeting „Helicobacter pylori eradication as a strategy for preventing gastric cancer”. The experts agreed that gastric cancer will be remaining a major healthcare problem in foreseeable future, and strategies to decrease the burden of gastric cancer should be implemented by means of rigorous clinical trials.

December 3 ∎ The progress of GISTAR Project as well as the further plans discussed with IARC, in Lyon, France
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November 15 ∎ The European Bridging meeting in gastroenterology
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November 6 ∎ Training employees
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October 23 ∎ The working-group of 9th Belorussian-Latvian governmental Commission annual meeting
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October 14 ∎ United European Gastroenterology week
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October 13 ∎ The Healthy Stomach Initiative meeting, Berlin, Germany
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October 9 ∎ A pilot study was launched in Cesis
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October 3 ∎ Information on GISTAR study and explanation of the need for cooperation
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October 3 ∎ Ethical Committee of Medical and Biomedical Studies at Riga Eastern Clinical University Hospital gave its decision
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October 3 ∎ Cesis District Council made a decision to participate in study
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March, 2012-September, 2013 ∎ GISTAR study preparation tasks
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September 28 ∎ IARC and University of Latvia signed an agreement on investigational collaboration and academic exchange within the scope of study
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September 26 ∎ The meeting with Cesis city Council members and Hospital manager
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September 24 ∎ University of Latvia and Cesis Regional Council signed a collaboration agreement regarding study
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September 16-18 and 25-27, 2013 ∎ 6 day training for potential employees
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September 12-14 ∎ European helicobacter study group meeting was held in Madrid, Spain
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July 19-22 ∎ Participation in International Gastric Cancer Congress in Verona, Italy
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On 26 March ∎ IARC’s Ethics Committee decision
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