We get Brno to a scientific map of the world
11. 9. 2019
With a little exaggeration, it could be written like that. Information that the scientists from the International Clinical Research Center of St. Anne's University Hospital Brno (FNUSA-ICRC) contributed significantly to research that has shown that dog owners are healthier than the rest of the population, most Czech media have taken over.
Now the report has been published by Mayo Clinic scientists in their Mayo Clinic Proceedings magazine, and US news sites have also shown great interest in this information. Brno was thus mentioned in such influential and well-known American media as CNN television, the New York Times, or the Newsweek weekly. See the list of media channels below:
New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/26/well/family/dogs-cats-pets-heart-health.html
New York Post https://nypost.com/2019/08/23/want-a-healthy-heart-get-a-dog-study-suggests/
Thanks to Kardiovize Brno 2030 group for spreading awareness about our city!
International Congress in Seoul with our participation
9. 9. 2019 |
Cardiovascular experts met in the capital of the Republic of Korea for three days. For the eighth time, the International Congress of Lipids and Atherosclerosis (ICoLA 2019) was attended by nearly a thousand delegates and fifty exhibiting companies. It was a unique opportunity to exchange scientific knowledge on cardiometabolic risk, to share knowledge and research results through active discussions, and to network with one another.
The International Clinical Research Center of St. Anne's University Hospital Brno (FNUSA-ICRC) was actively represented by Manlio Vinciguerra, head of the research team Epigenetics, Metabolism and Aging. "I spoke at a blood pressure symposium with a presentation on Anti-hypertensive Effects of FMD (Fasting Mimicking Diet) and Cardiovascular Disease on Friday," added Manlio Vinciguerra. "On Saturday I chaired an interesting session on Air Pollution and Cardiovascular Disease.”
Let's just add that the Fast Mimicking Diet is called an imitation of a five-day fast. It is a low-calorie five-day diet program designed to promote weight loss and provide the same benefits as traditional fasting methods. Several clinical studies have shown that in addition to weight loss, it also lowers blood sugar, cholesterol, and helps with inflammatory problems.
Peroxidase experts met in Brno
6. 9. 2019 |
The International Human Peroxidase Meeting is now taking place in Brno. It is the world's most important event for mammalian peroxidase researchers and its role in human health or disease identification. The meeting is organized by the The International Clinical Research Center of St. Anne's University Hospital Brno (FNUSA-ICRC) together with the Institute of Biophysics of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and the Universität für Bodenkultur Wien (BOKU).
Peroxidases are a large group of enzymes that play a role in various biological processes. "This conference focuses mainly on myeloperoxidase, eosinophil peroxidase, lactoperoxidase, thyroid peroxidase, peroxidazines 1 & 2, therefore heme peroxidase in mammals," confirmed Lukáš Kubala, head of the FNUSA-ICRC research team Inflammation. "The topics will cover both the molecular enzymology, physiology and pathophysiology of peroxidases, the chemistry and biochemistry of oxidation products, and the function of peroxidases in host defense and tissue biology."
Participators were welcomed also by Christine Winterbourn, a world-renowned legend in the field. She came to Brno from the University of Otago (New Zealand), where she is a professor of pathology. She was one of the first scientists to prove that human cells produce free radicals as part of their normal function and have documented some of the free radical chemical reactions that occur in diseases such as cancer, stroke, ischemic heart disease or arthritis. As the first woman in history she has received the Rutherford Medal, the most prestigious scientific award in New Zealand.
Apply for Martina Roeselová Endowment Fund - until September 30, 2019
2. 9. 2019
Until 30 September 2019, it is possible to apply for a grant from Martina Roeselová Endowment Fund, which is awarded for one calendar year, in the total amount of CZK 120,000. Applications are open to Ph.D. students and postdoctoral researchers caring for a preschool child or children while actively pursuing a career in natural sciences at a university or at a non-university research organization in the Czech Republic.
Last year, MD Petra Šedová received this grant.More info
New software developed by our scientists
29. 8. 2019 |
Loschmidt Laboratories announced a new version of CAVER PyMOL plugin. Bioinformatics from the FNUSA-ICRC Protein Engineering Research Team contributed to this result.
CAVER is a software tool for analysis and visualization of tunnels and channels in protein structures. Tunnels are void pathways leading from a cavity buried in a protein core to the surrounding solvent. Unlike tunnels, channels lead through the protein structure and their both endings are opened to the surrounding solvent. Studying of these pathways is highly important for drug design and molecular enzymology. It is a popular software with more than one hundred and eleven thousand downloads.
"The new version of the plugin is now compatible with the latest version of PyMOL 3.0," confirmed Jiří Damborský. “It has several enhancements for easier installation and a more user-friendly experience. The ease-of-use and user-friendliness of the new software is key to us. We develop and provide software tools to the professional community within the ELIXIR project.”
Giancarlo Forte lectured at the University of Trieste
27. 8. 2019
Giancarlo Forte, Head of the Cardiovascular System - Mechanobiology Team of FNUSA-ICRC was invited as one of the speakers at the University of Trieste, where he lectured to the students of the Summer School entitled “Nonlinear Life”.
This is the third year of this event, which was founded by the Technical University of Riga. This year's co-organizer is the University of Trieste. "Nonlinear Life is an event for twenty-five master, postgraduate or doctoral students from around the world," explained Giancarlo Forte, adding: "My lecture´s topic was Mechanically activated intracellular pathways in cell function and disease."
Students will learn about the latest trends in the fields of biomedical engineering, medical technologies or life sciences through lectures by professors from Italy, Latvia and other countries within ten days. In addition to the theoretical part, participants can learn about state-of-the-art instruments and procedures in research institutions such as Elettra Sincotrone Trieste.