13 proposals were submitted to the internal grant competition
20. 6. 2019
During April, an internal grant competition was launched to support emerging scientific projects: "Translating Research to Impact the Quality of Life". The deadline for submission of proposals was at the end of May and is currently being evaluated by independent experts from ISAB Board FNUSA-ICRC.
In total, thirteen proposals were submitted, which were divided into four evaluation panels. The first panel evaluates the proposals submitted by researchers from St. Anne´s University Hospital Brno, others are focused on proposals of researchers from FNUSA-ICRC in the section Clinical Research, Molecular Genetics and Disease Modelling. "The aim of this competition was to motivate researchers not to be afraid to submit grant applications," said Eliška Skalická, FNUSA-ICRC grant specialist, adding: "We will see in the future whether this plan was successful, but it is a very good start."
The results of the internal grant competition will be announced during July.
FNUSA-ICRC and CEITEC represented Czech Republic at the Alliance4Life Meeting in Latvia
19. 6. 2019
Almost 100 representatives from ten research centres and universities from nine Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries met for the fourth time at the Alliance4Life meeting in early June. These partners form a unique community of institutions in the life sciences and medical fields that is unparalleled in the region. The initiator and coordinator of the alliance is CEITEC Masaryk University (MU) from the Czech Republic. The focus of the meeting was to share best practices and receive training from internal and external experts, as well as discuss the future of the alliance.
The Latvian seaside resort of Jūrmala was the centre of lively discussions held over several days, aimed at sharing ideas for achieving qualitative changes in the management of institutions, thus creating more favourable conditions for high quality research in life sciences. One of the Alliance4life members, the Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis (LIOS), was the host of the event.
Both experts from the member institutions and invited lecturers from outside of the alliance were involved in sharing best practices through lectures and training sessions in the plenary sessions. The agenda of the Steering Committee meetings and the Strategy Board focused on planning the alliance's future strategy and activities, particularly from 2020. Several decisions were made, such as achieving greater involvement of researchers in project-based collaboration, building greater capacity for shaping European research policy, and strengthening collaborations with other EU networks. A draft of a White Paper with specific recommendations for policymakers at the national and European levels was also discussed.
The alliance was created as a joint project that received support from the Horizon 2020 European Framework Program for Research and Innovation. "It is certainly positive that the alliance, thanks to its intensive joint work, has turned into a real association over the last two years. This is evidenced by the draft Memorandum of Understanding that is foreseen to be signed at the next meeting in Vilnius in October, thus establishing the Alliance4Life as a permanent structure,” explained Zlatuše Novotná, Head of Strategic Partnerships and International Relations at CEITEC MU and Alliance4Life Coordinator.
"We have succeeded in creating a platform based on the discussion of focus groups working on the most pressing topics relevant to every CEE research institution - scientific strategy and research evaluation, grants, institutional management, technology transfer, human resources and training, and PR and communication,” said Giancarlo Forte, Vice Chair of FNUSA-ICRC.
Alliance4Life research centres and universities have been working together since 2018 to improve their functions as a whole, including the internal cultures of their scientific worksites, management quality, and personnel policy rules. In the Alliance4Life,Czech Republic is represented by CEITEC and FNUSA-ICRC.
For more information please visit www.alliance4life.eu.
We are proud to have a cutting-edge research center in Brno, says Brno’s mayor, Markéta Vaňková
18. 6. 2019
Markéta Vaňová has a law degree and has been active in politics with the Civic Democratic Party since 2002. In November 2018, she became the new mayor of Brno. How does she see the level of research in Brno, how does she support science and research and where, in her opinion, lies the potential for retaining young talents? Read her answers in our interview.
What did you like most when you walked around the laboratories of our International Clinical Research Center at FNUSA? What are your impressions?
My impressions are really good. I am very happy that Brno has a cutting-edge research center – we have something to be really proud of. I was also positively surprised that the citizens of Brno can join in some of your research projects, which means it brings tangible benefits for them.
Is there anything else that caught your attention?
I am also very happy that the International Clinical Research Center has attracted foreign researchers to Brno, both for short- and long-term stays, and that it has been promoting our city abroad, which I also see as very important.
In your opinion, what is the level of research in Brno? Does it compare well with other cities in the Czech Republic and abroad?
From what I know about this topic, and from looking at the contacts and visitors that I have seen as the mayor of this city, I would say that the level of research in Brno is excellent. Brno is proud to have been the city of science, research and innovation for a long time. And rightfully so, I would say. Among Czech cities, we are certainly at the top; at the European and international levels, we have kept up with others without any problems.
Is the city of Brno planning to continue supporting science and research in the future?
For clarification, let us not forget that the city of Brno has been developing the potential of our universities, research and development centers for a long time and since 2009, it has been directly investing into projects under the Regional Innovation Strategy. At the moment, the regular annual budget for science popularization is CZK 31 million and the city is spending another CZK 45 million to support research centers, talented students, innovative small- and medium-sized enterprises and the South Moravian Innovation Centre.
Do you see young talents leaving for abroad as being a risk?
Generally speaking, it is important that Brno will be a pleasant place to live. This does not mean just providing good work opportunities to people, but also a comfortable standard of living. In other words, we have to try our best so that people want to stay here. So that they believe, just like I do, that Brno is the best place to live.
The FNUSA-ICRC representative participated in the EEICT competition
17. 6. 2019
In April, the twenty-fifth year of the EEICT student conference, organized by the Faculty of Electronics and Communication, VÚT Brno, took place. More than one hundred and seventy students made it to the finals, including Bohdan Tyshchenko, junior statistics in the Biostatistics research group. His contribution, DETECTION OF PATHOLOGICAL VERTEBRAE IN SPINAL CT UTILISED BY MACHINE LEARNING METHODS, was represented in the Master's section and dealt with the use of AI using a forward neural network.
At the same time, we want to congratulate on the important personal success, successfully mastered the degree examinations. And what's his plans for the future? "I am fascinated by the issue of Artificial Intelligence, and I would like to focus on Machine Learning Data Science, which includes neural networks," said fresh “Diploma Engineer“ Tyshchenko.
Next week? A cannabis week
14. 6. 2019
New member of FNUSA-ICRC team, MVDr. Ing. Václav Trojan, Ph.D., is the Head of the Clinical-Pharmacological Unit (CPU), a certified facility that is authorized to conduct clinical trials of drugs. Under his leadership, the CPU will focus on research into cannabis, which is currently a hot topic not only among the medical community, but also among political representatives.
Next week, Dr. Trojan will participate in the Therapeutic Cannabis Symposium - Good Practice from abroad, which is held under the auspices of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš. It will be an international meeting to share the experience of experts and doctors from Israel in the field of prescribing cannabis. MUDr. Radovan Hřib, Head of the Center for Pain Management Anesthesiology and Resuscitation Clinic of FNUSA will also present his experience with this issue.
In addition to the professional symposium, our experts are also waiting for a visit to the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic, where they will be on the agenda of negotiations on legislation on the use of medicinal cannabis and also negotiations with specific companies in the area of cooperation and technology transfer.
Annual Report in NPU II approved
13. 6. 2019
In June 2019, the 2018 report was approved in LQ1605 Translational Medicine (NPU II). We have met all the goals we have set and made considerable progress in our activities. Last year, we reported, among other things, one patent in cooperation with the MAYO Clinic, one utility model, more than 200 publications or seventeen collaborative projects with the application sphere. Foreign experts spent a total of thirty-five man-months on long-term stays here.
Also on the basis of these figures, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports stated that the International Clinical Research Center of St. Anne's University Hospital in Brno (FNUSA-ICRC) achieves excellent results of international importance.
The next report will be submitted in January 2020.