International Clinical Research Center of St. Anne’s University Hospital Brno participated in the 3rd year of the Veletrh Věda Výzkum Inovace fair in Pavilion P at the Brno Exhibition Center in the middle of May. The aim of the fair was to provide universities, research organizations, innovative companies, scientists and students with a platform for interconnecting scientific and research sphere with business practice while helping to develop communication and project collaboration between the academic and business spheres. This year, FNUSA-ICRC presented the results of its work and news to both industry representatives as well as to investors and partners. A component of the exhibition was a presentation of the preventive program HOBIT of Cerebrovascular Research Team of FNUSA-ICRC, which mainly informed secondary school students about stroke, its symptoms and how to respond to it. Representatives of ICRC also took part in an accompanying program of the fair that included expert conferences in collaboration with universities and research organizations, thematic conferences in cooperation with innovative companies, unions, associations and clusters, forums in cooperation with exhibitors, and B2B events made for getting new contacts.

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Silvie Bělašková, PhD., leader of Biostatistics research team FNUSA-ICRC, participated at a conference focused on neurology, 70th Annual AAN Meeting in Los Angeles (USA). There Silvie managed to enter into partnership with the manager of UW Medicine Headache Center in Seattle – Natalia Murinova MD, MHA. Medical center in Seattle has a wide database of patients treated for migraines, headaches and chronic headaches. The latter is just what will be analyzed within the scope of new cooperation at the department of biostatistics. Natalia Murinova also accepted an invitation to the International Clinical Research Center, where she will present the latest results of her work and news from neurological research.

Silvie Bělašková, PhD., leader of Biostatistics research team FNUSA-ICRC

Cardiology research intensively discussed today at Medical University Vienna, the founding member of the Alma Mater Rudolphina, whose history dates back to 1365. The representatives of FNUSA-ICRC research teams involved in cardiology research considered opportunities for collaboration with Clinical Department for Cardiology and Department for Heart Surgery (both Medical University Vienna). The potential for cooperation was identified in Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology, Acute Coronary Syndromes, Biomedical Engineering and Nuclear Cardiology.

The Embassy of the Republic of Italy in the Czech Republic, following the National Science and Research Day, which is celebrated in Italy on 15 April, decided to hold the First Italian Scientific Conference in the Czech Republic to highlight the fact that Italian researchers make a significant contribution to the development of science and research in the Czech Republic.

This unique gathering organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Italy with the opening speech by H.E. Mr. Aldo Amati, the Italian Cultural Centre in Prague and the Center for Translation Medicine (led by dr. Giancarlo Forte) attracted four dozen visitors. FNUSA-ICRC currently has 18 employees from Italy.

FNUSA and FNUSA-ICRC received funding for eleven research projects from the Public Health Agency (AZV).

FNUSA-ICRC hosted distinguished guests from the Faculty of MedicineUniversity of Ljubljana, the oldest university in Slovenia and one of the largest universities in Europe. The program for the Slovenian delegation covered lab tours in the Bioengineering Lab, Acute Coronary Syndromes Lab, Cardiovascular System-Mechanobiology Lab and Mass Spectrometry Lab. Presentation of FNUSA-ICRC research portfolio was followed by a discussion on clinical trials and grant opportunities.

The kick-off meeting of Alliance4Life, the strategic project of ten leading life science institutions from nine Central and Eastern European countries, took place from 15th – 17th January in CEITEC, Brno. Alliance4Life aims at addressing the existing gap in health research and innovation performance between EU15 and EU13. This new initiative has been supported by the European Commission in the frame of Horizon 2020 Health Working Programme as it is expected that outcomes and recommendations of the Alliance4Life could bring useful suggestions for science policy at both European and Member States level. Member institutions of the Alliance for Life intend to work together towards improvement in key areas of science policy and management, and will address these issues at institutional, national, and European levels.

Alliance4Life members are CEITEC Masaryk University, The International Clinical Research Center of St. Anne’s University Hospital Brno (FNUSA-ICRC), Biomedical Research Center SAS; Medical University of Lodz; School of Medicine, University of Zagreb; University of Tartu; Vilnius University; Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis; University of Ljubljana and Semmelweis University.

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The kick-off meeting of Alliance4Life

International research clinical center of St. Anne’s University Hospital Brno establishes cooperation in neurological research with prestigious American Yale University via newly built postgraduate education programme. This programme, which is funded by FNUSA-ICRC and academically led by Yale University, will be launched in new academic year, i.e. from 1. 7. 2018. Chosen fellowship holder from the Czech Republic will participate directly in neuroimmunology research of the Department of Neurology at Yale University, which is currently worldwide considered the best department in this field. Candidates will be selected by an expert committee based on their background of academic experience with regard to their present and future research potential. Deadline for applications, which are available here, is at the end of February.