Keynote speakers

Dr. Andrejs Braun

Dr. Braun (former Ivanovs) is alumni of Rīga Stradiņš University. After graduating Medicine at RSU, he pursued his professional career at the University of Manchester, where he received his Ph.D. degree in Medicine. Now, Dr. Braun is senior lecturer in Haemato-oncology at Barts Cancer Institute, Queen Mary University of  London, which is one of the leading multi-faculty research institutions in the UK.

Dr Braun has huge experience in the field of haemato-oncology. He has publications in influential scientific journals such as “Nature”, “Leukemia”, “Blood”, “Journal of Cell Biology” etc. At the same time, Dr Braun combines outstanding scientific achievements with good teaching skills as he also takes part in training of future scientists. His educational activities were awarded with the Higher Education Academy Fellowship.

Dr Braun’s area of scientific interest includes antibody therapies for lymphoma and the epigenetics of somatic hypermutations of normal and malignant B cells. His research group seeks a better understanding of what changes can be seen in lymphoma and leukaemia cells when using targeted therapy of monoclonal antibodies and what impact it has on tumour growth and clearance. Hopefully in the future they will be able to adjust the best cancer therapy for every patient combining various forms of targeted therapy and conventional radio- and chemotherapy.

 

Ieva Siliņa

Ieva Siliņa received her Ph.D. degree in Management and is working on a dissertation for the National Research Programme. Her area of scientific interest includes regional economics and management. Now, she is chairman of the Board in Association of Latvian Young Scientists (ALYS), which is one of the biggest active organizations bringing together doctoral students and other young Latvian scientists by organizing scientific and social events that promote contacts and cooperation among scientists. She has been the NCP for Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action, European Research Council and Science with and for Society since 2017.

Ieva Siliņa has put a lot effort into working in the sector of science communication. She came up with idea about creating a new page Jauno ZINĀTne in Facebook, which already has more than 600 followers. She has implemented a number of projects in education policy and promotion of science. Organized Future scientist forum with more than 700 participants both in person and online, developed criteria for scientific institutions research program assessment.