MU Rector's Award was awarded to doc. Paruch
17. 5. 2019
Doc. Mgr. Kamil Paruch, Ph.D., who has been leading the FNUSA-ICRC Medicinal Chemistry research team since 2011, has been awarded the MU Rector's Award for significant creative achievement. Masaryk University is his alma mater, graduated from the Faculty of Science at MU. He then spent 13 years in the United States where he earned a doctorate in organic chemistry at Columbia University. He has also worked on research and development of new drugs in the pharmaceutical company Schering-Plow (Merck since 2009). He returned to Brno in 2009 and since then he has continued to research new organic compounds with targeted biological activity, especially in oncology. This research within FNUSA-ICRC and MU has already brought publications and patents for new drug substances with potential use as drugs for serious diseases. For example, he co-authored the first patent granted to FNUSA-ICRC in 2015: Substituted furo [3,2-b] pyridines for use as a medicament.
The prize was awarded for the development of biologically active compounds with high potential for use in practice.
FNUSA-ICRC visited by delegation from Taiwan
15. 5. 2019
The 6th Czech-Taiwan Technology Days took place in Prague on 7 May, this time focusing on smart solutions in industry, autonomous transport and medical technology. A delegation from the HSC (Healthcare Systems Consortium) in Taiwan has shown interest in visiting St. Anne's University Hospital and our center two days later.
During the visit, the FNUSA-ICRC activities were presented to them. There was also a presentation of the Taiwanese party to the FNUSA Department of Clinical Studies and IT department on new possibilities in the field of digitalisation (SelfieSign).
The visit of the American Chamber of Commerce
3. 5. 2019
At the end of April, a visit of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic (AmCham) was organized. Its representative Katarína Bendíková and also Sales Manager of 3M Czech Republic, MSc. Mariana Ludányiová visited us.
We prepared a lab tour and showed the work of our research teams. They were most impressed by the laboratories of the Center for Translational Medicine, Department of Clinical Studies and Kardiovize 2030. The aim was to present our activities to potential business partners, which is confirmed by Mrs. Ludányiová: “Thanks to the visit, I could get acquainted with a part of the ICRC team who, with their professionalism and enthusiasm literally breathed. I would be very happy if we managed to set up a 3M R&D team with such a high-quality research center."
This meeting will be followed by another similar workshop in June, again organized by AmCham. It is a logical step - “More and more of our member companies have been recognizing the value of this research hub in the heart of Central Europe. FNUSA-ICRC is a player to be considered in R&D strategies,” adds Katarína Bendíková.
How to protect patient personal data? The commissioners met at FNUSA-ICRC
29. 4. 2019
The second meeting of Commissioners in healthcare took place last week. They talked about a new law on personal data processing, which has just come into force these days, about clinical trials on human medicines, about the digitization of hospitals and cybersecurity or the role of commissioners, all in terms of protection of personal data. The meeting was organized by the Society for Personal Data Protection together with St. Anne's University Hospital in Brno, under the auspices of the Ministry of Health, with the participation of the Office for Personal Data Protection and the National Cyber Security Center. The event was sponsored by the Association of Innovative and Pharmaceutical Industry.
The Italian ambassador visited Brno
18. 4. 2019
Yesterday, our International Clinical Research Center was visited by Italian Ambassador to the Czech Republic Francesco Nisio. On his visit to the South Moravian Region, he was interested in science and research and discussed the development of cooperation between South Moravia and Italian regions. The ambassador plans to send a business mission to the Czech Republic that would focus on innovation and space technologies.
The delegation visited laboratories and also learned about current research projects as well as future plans. During the tour, its members were accompanied by our Italian researchers - we have 18 Italian researchers working for our center, that is the most among all research institutions in the Czech Republic. Furthermore, Italians like it in Brno, an Italian couple has recently welcomed their first child.
Scientists Researching Healthy Aging Met in Olomouc
29. 3. 2019
The second meeting of researchers participating in the unique project entitled A Molecular, Cell and Clinical Approach to Healthy Aging (ENOCH) took place on March 20–21, 2019 in Olomouc. In addition to the representatives of our center, it was also attended by representatives of project partners from Palacký University, Ostrava University, Masaryk Oncological Institute and Olomouc University Hospital.
The meeting started with a tour of Institute of Molecular and Translation Medicine (IMTM), the attendants had the opportunity to see laboratories and research environment of the institute. This was followed by presentations by principal investigator Dr. Gorazd B. Stokin and project manager Alena Tresová focusing on current project activities in both administrative and research sections. The first day of the meeting was concluded with a lecture by Prof. Miso Sabovic from Ljubljana University Medical Center on the topic The Vascular Risk Factors of Dementia with Emphasis on Arterial Wall Rigidity.
The second day, each of the four projects’ research programs (Ageing and Cancer, Ageing and Chronic Inflammation, Degenerative Process in Ageing and Modulation of Ageing) had its own separate section, in which the research activities of the teams were presented, and outputs, milestones, and planned results were discussed. A very fruitful meeting was concluded with presentations by the leaders of separate teams and with a final word by the head of our center, Dr. Gorazd B. Stokin, and the director of IMTM, Assoc. Prof. Marián Hajdúch. The next meeting will take place at Ostrava University at the turn of the year.
The CZK 700 million ENOCH project focuses on research and treatment into aging and age-related diseases, namely dementia, cancer or heart diseases.ENOCH website