Reducing networking gaps between Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU) and internationally - leading counterparts in viral infection-induced autoimmunity research

Project Details


Systemic autoimmune diseases (SAD) are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide, creating a challenge for researchers and clinicians to find evidence-based solutions for SAD diagnostics, treatment and prevention. Due to the complexity of autoimmune disease research, which requires multidisciplinary approaches, a problem is insufficient research capacity at low-performing EU Member State research institutions. Research capacity, able to deliver precise and early diagnostic is of high importance to move towards the development of methods for personalized medicine and better understanding of triggers and mechanisms in autoimmunity, leading to better understanding of chronic diseases and comorbidities and searching for therapy options. VirA project will optimally address the challenges and strengthen the ERA (European Research Area) in autoimmunity.

Layman's description

The main objective of this project is intended to coordinate and support actions but not create new data or materials. The main goal is to create a research environment to stimulate researchers for generation of new research at high level and achievements in the study of autoimmune diseases. Therefore, the main deliverable of VirA is qualified human resources that will act as an "engine" in RSU autoimmune disease research community for accumulation of excellence and production of new data or materials in the field of autoimmune diseases. Such aspect will have very positive impact not only on other researchers by sharing experience through research meetings, in person, in personal written communications and through Linkedin, Research Gate and other similar resources but also on clinicians.
Effective start/end date1/12/2030/11/23


  • European Commission: €899,992.50

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • autoimmune thyroiditis
  • ME/CFS
  • persistent viral infections
  • autoinfectome,
  • multiplex technologies
  • diagnostic algorithm

Field of Science

  • 3.3 Health sciences
  • 3.1 Basic medicine

Smart Specialization Area

  • Biomedicine, medical technologies and biotechnology


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