2 January 2019

Appointment letters to sixty new professors were awarded by the Minister of Education, Youth and Sports on 18 December. The appointees received the highest academic degree in the Karolinum Large Assembly Hall, Prague. One of them was doc. MUDr. Robert Mikulík, Ph.D.

For over twenty years, he has been addressing stroke treatment. Although medicine was not his dream career, he became captivated by technological advancements and the hope they give patients. One of the founders of the FNUSA-ICRC research centre and a renowned expert in stroke treatment, he helped promote thrombolysis in the Czech Republic and is currently leading a comprehensive project to improve stroke care. Also, he is the creator of the international REgistry of Stroke Care Quality (RES-Q). A publication which he co-authored has now been published in one of the most prestigious scientific journals – The New England Journal of Medicine. Brno-based neurologist Robert Mikulík participated in a major global study on the pharmacological treatment of recurrent stroke involving more than 7 000 patients.

Along with the generation of his colleagues, he pioneered the use of a newly-proven treatment of stroke called thrombolysis in the Czech Republic.
• He works towards continuous improvement of the quality of care; he leads a comprehensive project to improve stroke care in 23 countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia (http://eso-stroke.org/eso-east/); under its leadership, the REgistry of Stroke Care Quality – RES-Q (www.qualityregistry.eu) is being created under the umbrella of the European Stroke Organisation and with the support of the World Stroke Organisation, which is already being used in nearly 500 hospitals in 45 countries.

• He focuses on managing the treatment of acute stroke in order to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival in hospital and administration of treatment. • He has published several papers on this topic and is developing new tools and methods to improve logistics. One method is to train doctors and nurses to adopt new logistics through simulation training. Doc. Mikulík and his team have developed simulation scenarios and, in simulation courses (www.stroke-simulation.eu), he has trained about 600 doctors and nurses from the Czech and Slovak Republics, Ukraine, Poland, Russia, South Africa, the Middle East, the Philippines and Malaysia since 2016.

• In the long term, he is devoted to systematically educating the public about the symptoms of and proper response to stroke.

• In recognition of his long-term engagement in public awareness raising and education, he has been appointed to the World Stroke Organisation’s Board for the World Stroke Campaign.

• Last year, he received the Spirit of Excellence award for his long-term and successful engagement in the field of organising stroke care and treatment at the national and international levels.

Prof. Robert MIKULÍK, MD, Ph.D. FESO
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