29. 11. 2019 |

Dr. Aleš Hejčl, who works as a senior researcher at the Stroke Research Team of FNUSA-ICRC, successfully defended his habilitation thesis "Hemodynamics modeling and its potential contribution to surgical treatment of intracranial aneurysms" at the First Faculty of Medicine of Charles University and was the Rector of the University Prof. Tomáš Zima. appointed as associate professor of neurosurgery on 1 December 2019.

MUDr. Aleš Hejčl Ph.D. is one of the first generation of researchers in the newly established The International Clinical Research Center of St. Anne's University Hospital Brno (2011), where he participated in the formation of neuroscience programs. He is currently the principal investigator and co-investigator of two scientific projects supported by the Czech Health Research Council, thanks to which he managed to build an interdisciplinary team in the Czech Republic focusing on hemodynamics of cerebral aneurysms.

Doc. Hejčl works as a neurosurgeon at Masaryk University in Ústí n. Labem. He has been systematically involved in the problematics of spinal cord injury and central nervous system injury. He combines his clinical work as a neurosurgeon with research at FNUSA-ICRC and at the Institute of Experimental Medicine CAS.

We would like to congratulate Doc. Hejčl and we are wishing him further success in his clinical and research work.

Behalf of the FNUSA-ICRC team 

Ing. MgA. Veronika Svobodová


25. 11. 2019 |

We would like to thank PIS PECHAL s.r.o. for their financial donation to support the research activities of the Dementia Research Team of the International Clinical Research Center of St. Anne's University Hospital Brno (FNUSA-ICRC). Fifty thousand CZK will be used to support the treatment and research of Alzheimer's disease under the Czech Brain Aging Study (CBAS) program.
Czech Brain Aging Study is a long-term observational study of aging and dementia, combining clinical care and clinical research with the participation of the Cognitive Center at Department of Neurology of the Motol University Hospital in Prague and our research center. The pilot project was launched in 2005 and a significant shift occurred in 2011 thanks to the support of the European Regional Development Fund and the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic.
The aim of CBAS is to search for new biomarkers of Alzheimer's disease that will allow patients to be found in the early stages of the disease before the clinical signs of the disease develop. This early diagnosis will make it possible to apply preventive and therapeutic measures at a time when they can still be effective. Recently, the team has focused on expanding the number of measurable biomarkers by including proteins related to neuronal activity and synaptic functions or enzymes regulating protein expression. Possible non-pharmacological interventions related to the promotion of healthy aging are an important part of the research.
As the only long-term study in Central Europe, CBAS is well known and recognized abroad. This is evidenced by a number of established cooperation with international institutions - for example, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University, Mayo Clinic and the University of South Florida (USA) or Karolinska Institutet (Sweden).


22. 11. 2019 |

Annual 10th Partner Forum of the International Clinical Research Centre of ST. Anne's University Hospital Brno (FNUSA-ICRC) was called GDPR in Biomedical Research. Although the General Data Protection Regulation has been a one-and-a-half year „old“ legislation, it is a very delicate and debated topic, especially in medicine.
The number of listeners corresponded to this - more than fifty. In addition to colleagues from our hospital and FNUSA-ICRC, there were also employees of university hospitals from Brno, Olomouc or Hradec Králové and from the Regional Hospital in Liberec. The academic sphere was represented, for example, by participants from Charles University, Faculty of Medicine in Pilsen, several institutes of the Academy of Sciences or Technical University of Košice. The commercial sector was also represented.
The program itself included the practical experience of speakers with GDPR from different perspectives. The scientific representative was Doc. RNDr. Petr Holub from the Institute of Computer Science of Masaryk University, a more detailed view in terms of biostatistics was presented by Mgr. Bc. Silvie Bělašková, PhD. from FNUSA-ICRC. From the legal and academic point of view presented his experience with GDPR the Vice-Rector of Masaryk University and the head of its Institute of Law and Technology, Doc. JUDr. Radim Polcak, Ph.D.
Specific issues concerning the functioning of GDPR in the research institution were presented by Mgr. Leoš Ševčík of FNUSA-ICRC and FNUSA Personal Data Protection Officer Mgr. et Mgr. Zuzana Ondrůjová. "I am glad that such meetings are taking place and I was very pleased to attend," she added. “It reflects my own experience that people tend to approach this issue more rationally, with specific questions and are more open to dealing with problematic situations when personal data protection concerns them in their professional activities. And of course scientists and healthcare professionals are very concerned about this… ”
After the event, the candidates had the opportunity to see selected FNUSA-ICRC workplaces. “I appreciate very well-informed and professional contributions, and the lecturers were able to give these purely professional contributions in a very clear way. The individual contributions provided a synthesis of the approach of the research team member and his / her perspective on the processing of personal data and the issue in question with a legal perspective, while citing current case law. The presented conclusions can then be applied to other areas and are therefore applicable to the field of advocacy, where I operate - here I would highlight the issue of the DPO, who is dealt with in law practice many times,” added Mgr. Jan Habanec from law office Vašíček and partners. "I also thank you for the opportunity to get acquainted with other parts of the FNUSA-ICRC, both in laboratories and in the coronary clinic."

Supported by the European Regional Development Fund - project Development of technology transfer services in FNUSA-ICRC (reg. No .: CZ.02.2.69 / 0.0 / 0.0 / 16_014 / 0000653).


13. 11. 2019 |

Alzheimer's Endowment Fund, three enthusiastic young ladies and a team of authors have created a unique book that describes Alzheimer's disease literally from A to Z. We are proud that Mgr. Hana Marková, Ph.D. et Mgr. Kateřina Čechová and Mgr. Adéla Fendrych Mazancová are members of a joint project of the The International Clinical Research Center of St. Anne's University Hospital Brno (FNUSA-ICRC) and the Cognitive Center of the Department of Neurology in Motol University Hospital called Czech Brain Aging Study (CBAS).
Head of the Cognitive Disorders and Dementia Research Team FNUSA-ICRC, prof. Assoc. MUDr. Jakub Hort, Ph.D., contributed the introductory word and MUDr. Kateřina Sheardová, head of the FNUSA-ICRC Memory Disorders Research Center, wrote a chapter on the latest findings in the field of disease prevention and non-pharmacological interventions. Other members of the CBAS project, such as MUDr. Ondrej Lerch, MUDr. Jiří Cerman and MUDr. Rastislav Šumec participated ond book too.
“We were inspired to write the book by our daily work with Alzheimer's patients and their loved ones who try to understand the origin of the disease as much as possible. The most common questions we hear in the outpatient clinic also relate to how to fight the disease itself, and how to prevent it. Active approach to treatment is perceived very positively by both patients and family. Plenty of information about the course of the disease helps carers to respond best to the patient's needs and to maintain their mental health in this difficult situation. In addition to answering all these questions, this book also provides practical advice that can help in day-to-day care of a patient with dementia, ”summarized Kateřina Sheardová.
The book aims to guide readers in the maze of questions related to Alzheimer's disease. Its style and language is available to everyone. It is also useful for those who have not yet encountered this disease. The book can also be an inspiration for professionals or students interested in this issue. There is no need to read it from beginning to end, everyone can find exactly what he is interested in and need to return to the omitted chapters later.

Publication „In a maze called Alzheimer“, it can be bought in all good bookstores, and is also available as an e-book.

Photo: Michaela Eiseltova


30.10.2019 |

On the occasion of the World Day of Stroke, the Educational Day attracted to the St. Anne's University Hospital Brno nearly three hundred visitors. Stands were prepared for them to measure blood pressure, blood sugar, learn how to properly care for their teeth and especially learn about the risk of stroke.
The event was organized for the sixth time by the Stroke Research Team of the International Clinical Research Center of St. Anne's University Hospital Brno (FNUSA-ICRC) led by her research and educational program HOBIT (Hour of Biology for Life). "The aim of the event was to raise awareness of stroke, interested people learned about prevention how to correctly recognize symptoms of stroke and especially how to respond to them in a timely and fast way," said Hana Maršálková, event organizer and manager of the HOBIT program. "There was a constant crowd at individual sites, I am glad that there was also a lot of participants on public lecture on stroke."
The awareness raising event is part of the HOBIT program. Its aim is to provide people with multimedia and simulation education with information that will enable them to save their lives to a person with a heart or brain attack.

Smlouva FNUSA-ICRC a Tor Vergata

29. 10. 2019 |

On Thursday, October 24, 2019, a cooperation agreement between the University of Rome Tor Vergata and The International Clinical Research Center of St. Anne's University Hospital Brno (FNUSA-ICRC) was ceremonially signed with the participation of the President of the South Moravian Region Bohumil Šimek and the Deputy of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Italy.

Tor Vergata University of Rome was founded in 1982. It is a public research institution focusing on new technologies, trends and knowledge. It has more than thirty-four thousand students and is divided into six faculties. Its partners include the European Space Agency, the University of Cambridge and the Pasteur Institute in Paris. The cooperation agreement concerns in particular the School of Mathematics, Physical and Natural Sciences, specifically the Department of Chemical Sciences.

"We have a lot in common and it is about deepening existing cooperation," said FNUSA-ICRC Chair, Gorazd B. Stokin. “Joint research will take place, for example, in the development of nanomaterials for medical applications.” Both institutions cooperate, for example, in the framework of NANO-SUPREMI and PEPSA MATE grants, and in addition to intensive publishing activities, an exchange program for students is planned.

In addition to the aforementioned persons, the ceremony was also attended by FNUSA Director Vlastimil Vajdák, University Vice-Rector Tor Vergata Silvia Licoccia and other representatives of the Faculty of Science. “I also invited the management of Tor Vergata University to visit St. Anne's University Hospital Brno and FNUSA-ICRC,” added Vlastimil Vajdák.

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