The beginnings of higher medical education in Latvia can be traced back to the foundation of the Faculty of Medicine in the Latvia Higher School in 1919.
In 1923 the Latvia Higher School was renamed to the University of Latvia. In 1950 the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Latvia was transformed into the Riga Medical Institute. In 1990 the Riga Medical Institute was renamed to the Academy of Medicine of Latvia. Since 1990 the Academy of Medicine of Latvia implemented crucial changes in study programmes to provide an excellent education, allowing its graduates to work in different countries all over the world. In 2002 the Academy of Medicine of Latvia was transformed into the Riga Stradins University (RSU).
The University has the following faculties:
- Faculty of Medicine
- Faculty of Stomatology
- Faculty of Pharmacy
- Faculty of Rehabilitation
- Faculty of Nursing
- Faculty of Public Health
- Faculty of Post Graduate Studies
- Faculty of European Studies
- Faculty of Communication
The Riga Stradins University is the leading higher education and research institution in medicine, pharmacy, stomatology, rehabilitation and nursery in Latvia. The University performs research not only in pure medical fields, but also in law, social, humanitarian and technical sciences - in areas which are related to medicine.
In 2007 the research in the Riga Stradins University was performed under leadership of 56 professors. The academic staff constitutes of 480 persons including 260 with the research degree. The research work of students and residents is favoured as well. The research results are published in national and international journals as well as presented in conferences. In 2007 RSU published 1160 publications including 25 monographs and 430 research papers. Following are some examples of the research areas of the Riga Stradins University.
The laboratories of the Institute undertake research in various fields of microbiology, virology, immunology and biotechnology.
Main Research Areas:
- Immunology of virus infections;
- Studies of immunomodulators;
- Cellular biotechnology and indication of viruses;
- Development of biologically active substances and food supple- ments;
- Development of products for molecular biology;
- Experimental animals (breeding and research);
- Testing of antimicrobial and antiviral activities.