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
Our Researcher Was Invited to Aspen Young Leaders Program
25. 3. 2019
Our postdoctoral researcher in the Translational Neuroscience and Aging Program Valentina Lacovich has been selected to participate to this year’s Aspen Young Leaders Program (AYLP), organized by the Aspen Institute Central Europe.
AYLP is designed for emerging leaders (aged 25–40) from Central Europe, active in various professional fields. The Program’s main goal is to encourage its participants to reflect on the fundamental qualities that make a successful leader in today’s world. On March 21–24, 2019 at resort in the remote reaches of the Tatra Mountains in Slovakia, the participants attended various workshops, moderated discussions and keynotes which give the participants the opportunity to explore the challenges and conflicts that leaders have to face when deciding policies and strategies for their organizations, communities and themselves. Lacovich was encouraged to apply by the Slovenian ambassador in the Czech Republic Leon Marc. She has also been awarded a partial scholarship for the participation and is the first Slovenian to be selected. The Aspen Institute is an international nonprofit think tank founded in 1949.
SMED Workshop on Pressure Ventilation for OSA Patients
22. 3. 2019
On Wednesday, March 20, a workshop on Pressure Ventilation for OSA patients was held. The event was organized by the Sleep Medicine research team in collaboration with the ResMed company, one of the three cooperating companies. A total of 15 participants from various Moravian centers - lung, neurological, or sleep - have listened to new algorithms in the adjustment of pressure ventilation in patients with sleep apnea diagnosis, but also with other associated diseases that may make ventilation adjustment more or less complicated. MUDr. Jaroslav Lněnička from Motol University Hospital gave the lecture. After that, there was a room for discussion, sharing of experience and problems related to individual workplaces. The event was successful and provided participants with expected information.
Up to 150 People Came to Listen about the Brain
15. 3. 2019
In the past few days, people visited International Clinical Research Center of St. Anne's University Hospital in Brno to widen their knowledge about the most important human organ – the brain. Lectures for the public were part of the Brain Week festival, which has been organized by the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague as part of Brain Awareness Week, a global campaign to raise awareness of the achievements and benefits of brain research. This year, for the first time, a satellite event was held in Brno.
In two days, about 150 people visited Brno lectures. Candidates fully occupied the lecture halls and listened with interest to the experts and their talk. On Tuesday, they learned about stroke, the second most common cause of death, on Wednesday, about epilepsy or Alzheimer's disease, the most common cause of memory disorders that lead to dementia. The first year of Brno lectures was successful and we will participate in the festival next year.
FNUSA-ICRC Teams Are Involved in the Development of a New Technology by the Honeywell's Aerospace Division
13. 3. 2019
The aim of the project is to develop a technology for monitoring and evaluating the state of alertness of the pilot with use in aviation. For several years, a research team at the Honeywell's branch in Brno has been working on this topic, addressing it as part of its contribution to the European Clean Sky II initiative. Technology should increase flight safety in the future and also allow new ways of organizing air transport. The Sleep Medicine research team and engineers from the Biomedical Engineering research team contribute their knowledge and equipment. The first part of the unique project, which will gather data from volunteers primarily from professional and interested pilots, took place at the beginning of February.
Sleep Medicine research group monitors various physiological functions on volunteers using the Grael device and stores the acquired data into the database. This is typically polysomnography equipment, which is a multiparametric examination performed in a sleeping lab to diagnose sleep disorders. The uniqueness of the research lies in the fact that this measurement is carried out under special conditions in the A320 special test cockpit, located at Honeywell's premises. This device serves to develop and validate new technologies that could monitor the level of alertness of pilots during the flight in the future. Research nurses and biomedical engineer of FNUSA-ICRC provide preparation of pilots before examination, correct setting and placement of all relevant sensors and after the placement of a volunteer to test the cockpit, together with a physician they evaluate all the parameters to provide Honeywell employees information about when the volunteer fell asleep and what changes of physiological sleeping functions had preceded so that the new cockpit alertness and sleep recognition system can be reliably verified.