Animal Center and Preclinical Phenotyping Facility Workshop in Brno
11. 3. 2019
Between March 7th–9th, Animal Center of FNUSA-ICRC and Preclinical Phenotyping Facility of VBCF hosted a workshop in Brno on cognitive and behavioral screening of rodents and how to apply the 3Rs policy. Twenty-one speakers were invited, and around 30 regular participants registered. The event was divided into four sessions: 3Rs policy and animal welfare in behavioral research, Neuroscience, Mice metabolism, Equipment/technology for rodent phenotyping. Participants had a chance not only to learn more about newest findings from rodent in-vivo research and attend constructive discussions with experts from the field, but also to share each other´s experiences, establish new collaborations and familiarize themselves with the newest equipment measuring rodent behavior available on market. The workshop was a part of the activities within the RIAT-CZ project (no. ATCZ40) supported by Interreg V-A Austria - Czech Republic programme.
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Visit of top managers from GE Healthcare at FNUSA-ICRC
28. 2. 2019
We hosted an honorable visit to the corporate sector yesterday at FNUSA-ICRC, high-ranking research executives from GE Healthcare, one of the 5 largest medical technology company in the world. We have discussed the possibilities of mutual cooperation in research and education. We have also presented a new type of high-frequency ECG, to which we have an American patent together with the Institute of Scientific Instruments of the Czech Academy of Sciences and a small Prague company M & I s.r.o., and its potential in cardiology. We also showed our guests some of our laboratories and discussed other areas of potential collaboration, such as nuclear medicine or magnetic resonance. Visitors enjoyed not only our research, equipment, and environment, but the city of Brno as well and stayed 2 hours longer than planned. They had a lot of questions and suggested that in the coming months, a workshop will be held with GE Healthcare's leading researchers of selected medical technologies. In particular, we were visited by Vice President and General Manager for Global Research of GE Healthcare, Director for Strategic Research in Europe, Director of Magnetic Resonance Research, Research Manager in Eastern Europe and Czech & Slovak Country Manager. The representatives of the U.S. Embassy in the Czech Republic and American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic were also present.
A Cooperation on an Article with Leading Chemical Biology Scientists
20. 2. 2019
The head of our Medicinal Chemistry research team, Assoc. Prof. Kamil Paruch and other scientists from a broader group of biomolecular and cellular engineering contributed to an article published by Angewandte Chemie with an impact factor of 12.102.
The article titled Furo[3,2-b]pyridine: A Privileged Scaffold for Highly Selective Kinase Inhibitors and Effective Modulators of the Hedgehog Pathway is a result of an equal collaboration with two leading scientists of chemical biology field, Stefan Knapp from University of Oxford and Herbert Waldmann from Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology.
A Joint Publication with a Nobelist Arieh Warshel
15. 2. 2019
Bioinformatics and experimental biologists from Loschmidt Laboratories and the FNUSA-ICRC Protein Engineering research team, led by Prof. Jiří Damborský and Prof. Zbyněk Prokop, worked together with a Nobel Prize laureate in Chemistry Arieh Warshel, who received the award in 2013 for the development of computer models of complex chemical systems.
Scientists have engaged in enzymatic reactions to improve their properties for practical use. Nobelist Warshel and his team dealt with theoretical calculations of enzyme variants, our scientists in Brno then experimentally created and tested the variants. Laboratory experiments were carried out by a student of molecular biology Kateřina Slánská, who was interested in the research project within the ICRC Academy. Research has shown that the chosen computational methods have great potential for the formation of new enzyme variants, which could then be used, for example, in the manufacture of drugs or the disposal of toxic substances. In January, the results of a joint scientific study published the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) journal.
FNUSA-ICRC Profile at brnoregion.com
4. 2. 2019
Information about our center is now available at www.brnoregion.com. The website introduces the city of Brno and the life in it to foreigners. It attracts them to study in Brno or to work in one of its companies or institutions.
Besides the brief introduction of the center, you can also read a short commentary from one of our researchers.
Ana Rubina Perestrelo is a Portuguese native from Madeira island and she moved to Brno 2014 and has stayed in the city thanks to its friendly atmosphere ever since.
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Did you know?
Our center already employs foreigner workers from 20 countries - from India, Italy, Canada, Portugal, Spain, the United Kingdom and other parts of the world. For example, there are 18 Italians who work in the center and a year ago, even a baby was born to one of our Italian couples in Brno. Foreigners make up more than 20% of the center's employees and we are open to other talented colleagues from abroad.
Dr. Ernst z Imperial College London navštívila FNUSA-ICRC
21. 1. 2019
FNUSA-ICRC was privileged to host Dr. Sabine Ernst from Faculty of Medicine and National Heart & Lung Institute of Imperial College London. Visit of Dr. Ernst was a part of the proces of setting-up collaboration between both institutions in the field of cardiology. Prior to the visit of Dr. Ernst there were several meetings in Munich and London and there was a workshop organized by FNUSA-ICRC with Prof. Dr. John Cleland and two other colleagues from Imperial College London. Both institutions also attended the Czech Heart Day in London. During her visit, Dr. Ernst had the opportunity to see the FNUSA-ICRC Cardio teams, to discuss future collaboration with FNUSA-ICRC Chair and our Grant Support Center. Dr. Ernst also gave a public lecture "Review of remote magnetic navigation: from first in man to advanced complex ablation procedures" for members of ICRC and Cardiology Department of FNUSA.