25 June 2018

Ing. Milos Musil, who is a part of Protein Engineering Research Team of FNUSA-ICRC led by Jiri Damborsky, recently received two prestigious awards. At the end of June, he was awarded a Joseph Fourier Prize for his research in computer sciences, primarily for a tool called FireProt, which is used to automate the design of stable multipoint mutants.

Joseph Fourier Prize is awarded annually by the French Embassy in cooperation with Atos enterprise. Milos Musil was also awarded for a poster focused on FireProt. He received Young Scientist Award during ProtStab conference that was held in Vilnius, Lithuania. This award is intended for outstanding young researchers of wider Danube Region.

Miloš Musil FNUSA-ICRC

25 June 2018

Pratiksha Bhat

Pratiksha Bhat

“FNUSA-ICRC is a very good place to learn and improve my knowledge professionally as there is a lot of opportunity to learn and grow in this institute.”

You come from India. What have you studied there?
I have studied Biotechnology and I am in the process of completing my PhD.

Why did you become a scientist?
Science has always fascinated me and I chose this field so I can try and bring some positive change with my work.

Why did you choose to work in Brno- in FNUSA-ICRC?
I found Brno to be a very pleasant city and I found FNUSA-ICRC to be a very good place to learn and improve my knowledge professionally as there is a lot of opportunity to learn and grow in this institute.

What´s your first impression of Brno?
It is a very quaint city with rich culture and inclination towards development of science (with Brno being Mendel’s work place and home).

What’s your research about?
My area of research in PhD is neurotoxicology and phytomedicine studies, I have worked on a fungal toxin which contaminates wide range of food and feed products and I have tried to find a phytomedicine (herbal extract) against its neurodegeneration. Briefly, what excites you about your work? For me it is the learning process and trying to find answers to all these puzzling questions is what makes working in this field so interesting.

What do you want to achieve with your research in the future?
Hopefully with my research I can find a least some answers that will help people in some small way. What would you do on the first day of the job? I would like to learn, observe and imbibe.

Tell me what you like to do when you aren't working on research. What do you like to do in your free time?
I like to travel, I want to explore a place not as a tourist but as traveller. Meet new people, learn their ways of living, try the local food and wander around just enjoying being in that place.

Thank you very much for your time.

Hometown: Mysore
Age: 29 years
College, Major/Minor: Natural Sciences
Favorite Czech word or phrase: Smát se and Daleko (Ed.: it means to laugh and far away)
Favorite Quote:
"The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams."

What have you learnt about Czech republic/Czech people? Ans: They are very friendly, helpful and welcoming.

Pratiksha Bhat

Allison Hansen

“FNUSA-ICRC people are extremely nice and friendly. They also are all really interesting people with unique backgrounds working on some really exciting projects. I certainly learned a lot from all of them.”

You come from USA. What have you studied there?
In the US my undergraduate degree was in Biomedical Engineering. I graduated from the George Washington University in May 2017. In July I'll be starting medical school at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix.

So what do you want to achieve with your work in the future?
My goal is to be a physician someday and research is extremely important to the medical field so I wanted to learn about it to better understand the entire process that goes into making these new discoveries regarding different diseases.

Why did you choose to spend a few weeks in Brno- Czech Republic?
I wanted to come to Brno in the Czech Republic specifically because I've done some clinical research on Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer's disease which is related to the research Dr. Stokin's lab is doing. Also I thought it would be a great opportunity to learn about different cultures and experience life in another country. So I was mostly here to learn about the research Dr. Stokin's lab was doing and what wet lab research entails since I've mostly done clinical research before. I spent my time in Brno learning how to manipulate DNA and take care of cell cultures.

What´s your first impression of Brno?
I really enjoyed my time in Brno. It seemed to be a very exciting place with a lot going on in terms of science and academics. I really liked everyone I met in the lab. They were all extremely nice and friendly. They also were all really interesting people with unique backgrounds working on some really exciting projects. I certainly learned a lot from all of them.

What do you want to achieve with your research in the future?
As I said I was mostly there to learn different techniques and protocols to get a better sense of what research really is and where all of the advances in the medical field come from. I think what's particularly exciting is to hear about the projects people are working on and what the different possible outcomes could mean clinically and how they could be used to help patients with Alzheimer's disease or traumatic brain injuries in the future. I enjoyed the lab meetings where everyone was brainstorming about possible explanations for certain phenomena they were seeing and how those might cause some of the clinical symptoms. In the future I'd like to continue to be involved in clinical research as a physician.

Tell me what you like to do when you aren't working on research. What do you like to do in your free time?
In my free time I like to do pretty much anything outdoors. I like hiking, running, and playing tennis. I played tennis for my university for four years.

Thank you very much for your time.

Hometown: Champaign, IL
Age: 22
College Major: Biomedical Engineering
Favorite Czech I like ahoj because it makes me feel like a pirate :)
Favorite Quote: "The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it." - J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

20 June 2018

In the middle of June FNUSA-ICRC hosted the 8th FNUSA-ICRC Partnership Forum aimed at deepening cooperation with the private sector. The event was attended by forty representatives of companies and institutions involved in the development, production, clinical trials and registration of biological drugs. As part of this year's presentations, experts focused on selected aspects of genetically modified food products for the production of biological drugs, their clinical testing and its legislative context.

8th FNUSA-ICRC Partnership Forum - Photo 1
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8th FNUSA-ICRC Partnership Forum - Photo 3

16. 6. 2018

Our project entitled A Molecular, Cell and Clinical Approach to Healthy Aging (abbreviated ENOCH) was approved for a grant from the EU Structural Funds, specifically from the Operational Program Research, Development and Education, administered by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic. The main research objective of the project is to formulate a joint research program that is focused on research into aging and age-related diseases, namely cancer, chronic inflammation and degenerative diseases.

The project will be implemented between 2018 and 2023 and will involve approximately 220 researchers from FNUSA-ICRC, which is the main beneficiary of the project. The project partners are the Institute of Molecular and Translation Medicine at Palackého University in Olomouc (IMTM), the Regional Center of Applied Molecular Oncology of the Masaryk Oncological Institute (RECAMO), the Department of Neurology at the Faculty of Medicine, Olomouc University Hospital, and the Blood Cancer Research Group at Ostrava University (BCRG). Researchers will be divided into four main research programs according to their specialization. Thanks to the project, a unique platform for top scientists in Moravia will be created, within which researchers will communicate and link their knowledge and experience on aging issues and associated disorders. The head of the project will be FNUSA-ICRC Chair Gorazd B. Stokin, who has long been focusing on research into the causes of Alzheimer's, one of the major problems of the older generation.


15 June 2018

FNUSA-ICRC hosted a scientific conference Academic Clinical Research in the Czech Republic (Akademický klinický výzkum v ČR) in the middle of June. This first scientific meeting is organized by the CZECRIN infrastructure in the premises of the FNUSA-ICRC. The opening speech was held by the project's principal investigator for FNUSA-ICRC Dr. Lenka Součková. The CZECRIN infrastructure focused on the implementation of academic clinical trials, is a joint project of Masaryk University and FNUSA-ICRC, celebrates 5 years of existence.

30 May 2018

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Doc. MUDr. Robert Mikulík, Ph.D., Head of Cerebrovascular Research Team of FNUSA-ICRC and Head of the Complex Cerebrovascular Center at St. Anne’s University Hospital, participated in a major worldwide study on the pharmacological treatment of recurrent stroke.

Robert Mikulík participated in this study not only as a co-author but also as a member of the management board that developed the procedure for the study and managed its proper progress. The study was published at the end of May in one of the world’s most prestigious scientific journals – The New England Journal of Medicine and, at the same time, the study was presented at the European Stroke Organisation Conference in Gothenburg, Sweden. In the history of FNUSA-ICRC, this is a publication with the highest impact factor to date – IF 72.406. The scientific articles that had been previously published by FNUSA-ICRC authors with the highest impact factors were published in the Chemical Reviews (IF 45.661), JAMA (IF 30.026) and Cell (IF 28.710) journals.

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