Marcis LEJA

LejaM.jpg (4243 bytes) Associate Professor Marcis LEJA

Riga East University Hospital
6 Linezera iela,
Riga, LV 1006

University of Latvia
Faculty of Medicine

Phone: +371 29497500

Born: August 29, 1964, Riga, Latvia


Languages : Latvian,  English, Russian



   Clinical Work:

   Educational Work:

Currently M. Leja is the chairman of the Board, Doctorial School in Translational Medicine, University of Latvia . One PhD thesis has been defended under his supervision (A. Sivins, 2012), currently 6 PhD works, number of resident and student research works are being conducted under his supervision. M. Leja is involved in regular postgraduate education either in Latvia or internationally, e.g. in postgraduate courses of European Association of Gastroenterology, Endoscopy and Nutrition (EAGEN). 

   Research and Administrative Work:

Honours and Awards :

Professional Activities and Memberships :

Research Project Management Experience

International or national co-ordinator and/or leading researcher in many local or international projects funded from different sources ( national funding, international funding, funding from the internal resources of the University/group}. Steering Committee member for several international projects or EU funded projects in Latvia.

The most important are listed below:

International Collaboration in Research

M.Leja is involved in multiple international research groups relates to cancer prevention and gastroenterology. Within international teams he has been involved in elaboration of WEuropean and international guidlines, including European Guidelines for quality assurance in colorectal cancer screening and diagnosis, Maastricht/Florence IV guidelines (on H.pylori related disease), MAPS (Management of Precancerous Lesions in the Stomach) guidelines as well as quality indicators for colorectal screening under the International  Digestive Cancer Screening network. Regular international activities  include active participation in the screening team (groups on new tests, improvement of FOBT testing) of World Endoscopy Organization, as well as International Digestive Cancer Alliance (IDCA), European Society for Digestive Endoscopy, European Association of Gastroenterology, Endoscopy and Nutrition (EAGEN), European Helicobacter Study Group, Healthy Stomach Initiative and European Celiac Disease Study group, Eurasian Oncology program.

The group lead by M.Leja has regular international collaboration eith tht leading research groups in the field in many countries, including Lithuania, Germany, Swede, Finland, Norway, Portugal, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland, Belarus, Russia, Taiwan, Japan, Israel.

Publications, Presentations

Author of more than 120 research publications (out of these 22 PubMed cited), $ book chapters, more than 120 presentations in international conferences and symposia, 3 patent aplications have been submitted (2 approved so far).

    Selected  Publications 


Last update 25.04.2013