PMNET Forum - an international precision medicine networking forum - will take place in Riga. On October 12 and 13 of this year at the National Library of Latvia in Riga. More than 50 experts - including from Harvard University and countries and regions of the world such as the USA, Western Europe, Scandinavia, Israel and the Baltics - will meet to create cooperation in Precision Medicine with the medical ecosystem. The purpose of the forum is to improve patient care and outcomes by promoting the development and implementation of precision medicine in clinical practice. Health experts and those interested in precision medicine are invited to register at https://pmnetforum.com/.
Over the course of two days, in-depth discussions will take place with the aim of developing international cooperation. Latvia positions itself as a country with a mission and a place to develop solutions to global problems. Precision medicine is a new approach to disease treatment and prevention that takes into account each person's genetic diversity, environment and lifestyle. During the forum, leading experts together with Latvian experts and representatives of patient organizations will discuss topics such as:
- Cancer genetics and precision oncology
- Functional precision medicine
- Pediatric oncology
- Newborn screening
- Artificial intelligence / Big data in precision medicine
- Patient involvement
- Biomedical strategy inclusion of precision medicine and advanced diagnostics
- Physical activity for cancer patients
- National genomics infrastructure in Scandinavia and the Baltics
- Provision of specialists in medicine in Latvia
- Use of health data for advancement of precision medicine and clinical treatment.
Representatives of the medical technology industry are also invited to participate to demonstrate the latest innovations in the field of medicine and big data. All companies in the health field are invited to register for complimentary expo space in the exhibition hall: https://pmnetforum.com/pmnet-expo/.
Director of the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia Kaspars Rožkalns: "I invite start-ups working in the field of medicine to use this opportunity and present their products to the audience of professionals who will gather at the forum. In the field of precision medicine, we are among the world's leading countries and it is an area in which we can compete internationally. In this area, state support is also available in science commercialization and other programs, which are already providing tangible support."
The forum promotes providing children and adults with more effective, scientifically based treatment methods. To ensure the availability of health services and using the latest medical technologies, the cooperation of doctors, scientists, hospital administrations, patient organizations, health care institutions, public administration workers, health industry companies, global corporations and the world's leading hospitals are required.
The forum is organized by Riga Stradins University, Children's Hospital Foundation, Children's Clinical University Hospital, Latvian Children’s Oncology Fund, Ministry of Economics, Ministry of Health, Latvian Investment and Development Agency and patient organizations - Rare Disease Alliance, Onco Alliance, Alliance for Men's Health, etc. in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, Latvian Biomedical Research and Study Center, American Chamber of Commerce in Latvia, University of Latvia, Riga Stradiņš University, Riga Technical University, Riga Eastern Clinical University Hospital, Paula Stradiņš Clinical University Hospital. The forum is supported by Novartis, EUSA Pharma, Illumina and Roche.
Doctors, geneticists, molecular biologists, bioinformaticians, scientists, family doctors, health care support and administrative staff, data scientists, residents, students, patients, as well as representatives of state institutions, diplomats and NGOs are invited to attend the forum free of charge. Representatives of patient organizations are also specially invited.
The event is implemented in cooperation with the European Regional Development Fund project 22.214.171.124. "Support for the improvement of the technology transfer system" (project identification number 126.96.36.199/16/I/001), implementing ERDF 1.2.1. of the specific support objective "Increase private sector investments in R&D".