Appointment to Professor
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.
Robert MIKULÍK, MD, Ph.D. FESO
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.
FNUSA-ICRC Participated in an Annual EATRIS Meeting
12. 12. 2018
Our representatives participated in the annual meeting of EATRIS, the European Infrastructure for Translational Medicine, in Ljubljana. Assoc. Prof. Irena Koutná and Dr. Pavel Šimara from our Cell & Tissue Engineering Facility presented a poster on their new cGMP facility built in our center. Only few institutions in the Czech Republic have the capacity to produce cell-based medicinal products or tissue engineered products under cGMP conditions and FNUSA-ICRC now belongs among them. Representatives of FNUSA-ICRC also met potential research partners from France, Italy, Norway and Spain and started discussion on potential collaborations. EATRIS is an EU research infrastructure consortium that comprises more than 90 research institutions from 12 European countries. It focuses on accelerating medical discoveries to clinical development through international collaboration of top-level European academic research centers. FNUSA-ICRC is a member since early 2017.
A New Collaboration with University of Oxford Established
7. 12. 2018
The Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology Research Group, namely Tomasz Jadczyk with the support of Technology Transfer Office, has established a scientific collaboration with University of Oxford. The ICE research team led by Zdeněk Stárek, MD, PhD, will cooperate with the Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford, led by Prof. Blanca Rodriguez, PhD. The aim of a joint project is to apply machine learning methods for automatic ECG analysis. Results of the study may help to classify ECG phenotypes and support innovative treatment strategies.
The new Czech-Israeli Research Consortium will focus on regenerative medicine
26. 11. 2018
FNUSA-ICRC and a Czech company PrimeCell established a research consortium on innovative regenerative medicine with several Israeli partners, Alpha Net, Pres-By Vision and Chelotech. A memorandum on research cooperation was signed by all partners at the end of November in Jerusalem during an opening ceremony of a state visit of the President of the Czech Republic to Israel. The Czech-Israeli research consortium will deal with the use of human cellular products to treat various types of diseases.
FNUSA-ICRC hosted the visit of Nick Archer, the new Ambassador of the Embassy of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
21. 11. 2018
FNUSA-ICRC cooperates extensively with British scientists and research institutions, despite the British exit from the European Union. FNUSA-ICRC researchers are currently involved in the implementation of several international research projects funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research program, such as the CresPace project led by University of Bath in southwestern England, which aims to develop a new bio-electronic pacemaker, or ES-Cat project led by the University of Cambridge, which focuses on searching new proteins and their use in medicine or biotechnology. In cooperation with a Liverpool company, FNUSA-ICRC is trying to develop antibodies against the onset of Alzheimer's disease – this project has been financially supported by the South Moravian Region. Bilateral co-operation in science and innovation is very much supported by the new Ambassador who has identified this area as one of the major priorities.
FNUSA-ICRC Presented at MEDICA Trade Fair for Medical Technologies in Düsseldorf
15. 11. 2018
Between November 12 and 15, FNUSA-ICRC took part in MEDICA trade fair for medical technologies in Düsseldorf. The trade fair has a long tradition and is one of the largest and most prestigious events of its kind in the world. The Czech Republic was represented by more than twenty companies and the organization of the stands was sponsored by the CzechTrade agency and the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic. Our center has participated in a project of this scale for the first time and presented its activities and possibilities of cooperation to a wide range of visitors and exhibitors, including both manufacturing, research and distribution companies operating around the world. Representatives of the FNUSA-ICRC Technology Transfer were offering for example the possibility of testing new medical technologies or laboratory services to potential customers. In addition to getting new contacts, we also met with our past and present partners, such as VUT or BioVendor.