9. 4. 2020 |

Mgr. Martin Toul, student of Masaryk University and research technician in the Protein engineering team of The International Clinical Research Center of St. Anne's University Hospital Brno (FNUSA-ICRC), in Loschmidt Laboratories, has achieved a significant accomplishment. He has received the Fulbright postgraduate scholarship for doctoral students, thanks to which he will be able to study during the autumn semester at the University of Texas in Austin in the study group of professor Kenneth A. Johnson.

The Fulbright Commission is a Czech-American governmental organization founded with the mission to enhance educational, scientific and cultural exchanges through scholarship programs and advising and information services. Fulbright commission awards prestigious scholarships for the stays of Czech students, teachers and scientists in the United States and for hosting american scholarship holders in the institutions of Czech Republic.

“I am very glad and I believe that the situation will calm down during the summer enough for me to undergo the research stay without any obstacle,” said Martin Toul. “During the stay I would like to concentrate especially on the development of skills in methods of transitive kinetics.”

The only thing to add here is that transitive kinetics is used mainly for detailed study of the mechanisms of enzyme catalyst and inhibitor bonds. It is the important part of enzyme engineering (the search for new enzymes for modern industrial biotechnology). Martin Toul also stressed that “The knowledge of the mechanisms of enzyme reactions is also important for the development of new pharmaceuticals and medical procedures for illnesses, which are connected to the altered function of vitally important enzymes.”


2. 4. 2020 |

The International Clinical Research Center of St. Anne's University Hospital Brno has been on Facebook since April 1st. It is not joke, after Twitter and Linkedin it is another social network where news from science, research and of course from the hospital will be presented
The corporate slogan of FNUSA-ICRC is “Creating the future of medicine.” - in czech "Tvoříme budoucnost medicíny." So the inspiration for the title of the new site is quite clear - you can find it at We will be happy if you become fans and let us know if you like it. Like, share... but we also welcome ideas and tips for improvement.
Facebook has become the third social network where FNUSA-ICRC works, on Twitter has a separate channel in Czech and English. On Linkedin you can find information here.

In this difficult time of the fight against the disease COVID-19 then we must not forget the special project designed for volunteers from the ranks of employees and the general public and companies who are willing to help -


12. 12. 2019 |

The EuroEcho 2019 Congress, the most important meeting of experts specializing in non-invasive cardiological imaging methods, was held at the Vienna Exhibition Center from December 4 to 7. It was the twenty-third year of the event, organized by the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI). This year's main topic was: Cardiomyopathy and imaging in acute cardiac care.

Thanks to the team of doc. MUDr. Roman Panovský Ph.D. the International Clinical Research Center of St. Anne's University Hospital Brno (FNUSA-ICRC) was also seen at the congress. Their abstract, entitled “T1 Mapping in Asymptomatic Patients with Extracardiac Sarcoidosis”, has succeeded in competition of more than one and a half thousand posters and was awarded in its section as one of the best abstracts.

“Our work deals with the examination of asymptomatic patients with extracardial sarcoidosis, an autoimmune inflammatory disease of unclear origin, which in some cases also affects the heart. The aim of this work was to evaluate the functionality of the T1 mapping magnetoresonance technique in the early detection of heart disease in patients suffering from this disease, ”explained Roman Panovský.




3. 12. 2019 |

Within our institution Technology Transfer Department focuses primarily on the protection of research results and on the transfer of these results to the application sphere. Therefore, it is extremely important that the researchers themselves are aware of the possibilities this department provides.

With this aim, ie to raise awareness of areas where the technology transfer department can help researchers, Bc. Roman Polák created series of e-learning trainings. “We know that due to the workload it is very difficult to bring all researchers to one place at the same time,” explained Polák. “That is why we decided to train them in this form, e-learning.”

The first training sessions took place in November and December on the topic of Applied and Publication Results and Patent Process at FNUSA-ICRC. “For each month, we are trying to pick a topic that could be of most interest to researchers. For example, in January we are planning training on publishing and patents or utility models, ”added Polák. "However, we do not abide suggestions directly from researchers. If they have any special request, we are happy to meet with them and discuss its processing."

Let's just add that in 2020 it is also planned to insert training directly into the internal ICRC information system, precisely in the sense of the important IT instruction “user friendly”.


2. 12. 2019 |

BRNO STROKE MEETING 2019: the combination of expertise, capacities and technologies of Brno research institutes forms a unique platform for stroke research

For the sixth time, the annual BRNO STROKE MEETING was held. The International Clinical Research Center of St. Anne's University Hospital Brno (FNUSA-ICRC) and representatives of partner organizations and companies involved in joint research projects in the field of stroke.

In a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, fifty participants were acquainted with the results of the FNUSA-ICRC Stroke Research Program led by Professor Robert Mikulík. It is worth mentioning that the Stroke team received roughly 15 million CZK from grants and contracted research this year, or the success of the launch of the international project IRENE COST Action (Implementation Research Network in Stroke Quality). This project brings together over sixty experts from 30 European countries and Professor Robert Mikulík was elected as its chairman. .

Teams from other Brno institutions, namely the Veterinary Research Institute, Institute of Biophysics of the CAS, the Institute of Scientific Instruments of the CAS, the Loschmidt Laboratories of the Masaryk University and the St. Anne's University Hospital Brno, Faculty of Pharmacy at University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences Brno and BioVendor and out of Brno institutions, colleagues from the Institute of Biotechnology CAS - BIOCEV Center from Vestec near Prague, contribute significantly to the joint results. Representatives of all mentioned institutions at the meeting discussed not only the results for 2019, but mainly the vision of further cooperation.

Future of stroke research in Brno

In Brno over the last few years, one of the most powerful research facilities for stroke research in the world has been created by bringing together experts from various fields of science such as clinical research, biophysics, veterinary experiments, biomedical engineering or protein engineering, academic, clinical and industrial.

"Our team and our scientific colleagues from partner institutions and companies count on even closer cooperation in stroke research in the coming years, and we would like to strengthen the joint promotion of our results under the "STROKE BRNO" brand and joint preparation of other projects and grants,“ summarized Prof. Mikulík the joint plans.

In the preparatory phase is for example a joint grant with prof. Kim Dong-Eog of Dongguk University in Seoul, South Korea, who visited Brno institutions this September. The forthcoming grant would allow joint research into new diagnostic methods based on better imaging of cerebral infarction. It is also planned to develop several mobile applications that should facilitate the measurement and improvement of stroke care, but also communication between stroke center doctors.

The National Research Stroke Network will be operational by 2020

A great potential for stroke research will be brought by a new project led by Professor Robert Mikulík, whose aim is to create a research network of stroke centers in the Czech Republic. This will allow the emergence of new methods or means of treating stroke by conducting joint academic clinical studies. The National Research Stroke Network project, under the auspices of Czecrin Research Infrastructure, will be launched from the New Year in cooperation with the Cerebrovascular Section of the Czech Neurological Society of ČLS JEP.

The Woman of the Year 2019 award for a young patient who spreads awareness

During the meeting, the FNUSA-ICRC StrokeTeam and the HOBIT Educational Project praised Miss Karolína Vařáková, a former patient of the 1st Neurological Clinic of FNUSA, who had a stroke at the age of 21 and now devotes herself to education about stroke among young people. She joined the HOBIT project and participates in its activities in schools and for the general public. Karolína leads discussions for elementary school pupils, gave her story in an educational film and works with volunteers who have applied for the Ambassador Program HOBIT. He deserves our admiration and great thanks for his motivating approach. And as she says about her activity: "Even if it only helped one person save their lives, it's worth it."

Best Poster Award for the HOBIT Project

Research projects in the field of prevention, diagnosis and treatment of stroke and cerebral aneurysms were presented during the meeting through 23 scientific posters of representatives of FNUSA-ICRC and other Brno research institutions. The Best Poster Award went to the HOBIT project team led by Ing. Hana Maršálková (Pokornou), who is the co-author of the whole project and has been dedicated to its development and implementation for 9 years. The HOBIT project ( is dedicated to educating pupils and the public about the symptoms of stroke and how to help with it.

“This year we managed to exceed the target of 10,000 trained pupils at more than a hundred primary schools and multi-year grammar schools in the Czech Republic. By looking for new tools and testing them in the field, our project is showing increasingly better results, ie better short- and long-term retention of stroke in pupils who have completed the curriculum, ”explained Hana Maršálková, Project Manager of HOBIT Project.

Veronika Svobodová, Stroke Research Team FNUSA-ICRC


29. 11. 2019 |

Dr. Aleš Hejčl, who works as a senior researcher at the Stroke Research Team of FNUSA-ICRC, successfully defended his habilitation thesis "Hemodynamics modeling and its potential contribution to surgical treatment of intracranial aneurysms" at the First Faculty of Medicine of Charles University and was the Rector of the University Prof. Tomáš Zima. appointed as associate professor of neurosurgery on 1 December 2019.

MUDr. Aleš Hejčl Ph.D. is one of the first generation of researchers in the newly established The International Clinical Research Center of St. Anne's University Hospital Brno (2011), where he participated in the formation of neuroscience programs. He is currently the principal investigator and co-investigator of two scientific projects supported by the Czech Health Research Council, thanks to which he managed to build an interdisciplinary team in the Czech Republic focusing on hemodynamics of cerebral aneurysms.

Doc. Hejčl works as a neurosurgeon at Masaryk University in Ústí n. Labem. He has been systematically involved in the problematics of spinal cord injury and central nervous system injury. He combines his clinical work as a neurosurgeon with research at FNUSA-ICRC and at the Institute of Experimental Medicine CAS.

We would like to congratulate Doc. Hejčl and we are wishing him further success in his clinical and research work.

Behalf of the FNUSA-ICRC team 

Ing. MgA. Veronika Svobodová

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