Title of Presentation
“Use of EU structural funds for establishment of biobanks: latvian experience”
Date and Place
After graduation from University of Latvia and following PhD studies Janis Klovins was invited to defend his thesis at the Leiden University in 1999. Since 2000 he focused towards investigation of human genetics and functions of G protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) and performed studies as a postdoc at the Department of Neuroscience, BMC, Uppsala University from 2001 to 2004. During that time Dr. Klovins received number of prestigious fellowships including Marie Curie Individual Fellowship, EMBO short term fellowship and Wenner-Gren fellowship. After return to Latvian Biomedical Research and study Centre (BMC) in 2005 he founded the research group in LBMC and established the Genome Centre becoming the head of this unit. Since 2006 he led the establishment of Genome Database of Latvian Population, the national biobank. Since November 2010 Janis Klovins is elected director of BMC. Dr. Klovins track record includes 66 publications in peer reviewed journals, his H-index is 23 with more than 2000 citations in total. Apart from his scientific activities Janis Klovins is Associated Professor at the University of Latvia and takes active part in science management activities in Latvia. Since 2013 Dr. Klovins is vice-chairman of Latvian Science Council. He is also full member of Latvian Academy of Sciences and member of numerous professional and advisory comities.
Development of biobanks in Latvia coincided with joining the European Union and availability of EU structural funds. Establishment of Latvian Genome Database of Latvian Population was in particular funded from European Regional Development Fund throughout the all programming periods, starting from 2003.Presentation includes various aspects, success stories and future developments of the biobank activities in Latvia emphasizing the need for coordination of these processes at different levels.