The CSM team received a new grant
8. 7. 2019
The CSM team (Cardiovascular System - Mechanobiology) will receive more than five million crowns for nanopeptides and nanosaccharides research. As one of the partners, he joined the PEPSA-MATE project (Nanopeptides and Nanosaccharides for Advanced and Sustainable Materials). The coordinator is University of Rome Tor Vergata and other institutions from Germany, Italy, Spain, Australia and Cuba are involved as a partners.
The objective of PEPSA-MATE is to turn biopolymers into sustainable products using innovative technologies. The result will be an alternative biomaterial to conventional, non-degradable synthetic polymers and inorganic materials. Three areas of research will be explored; firstly, phytoglycogenic nanoparticles to fabricate of bioadhesives, bioplastics and drug carriers, as well as ultrasonic fabrication of biofunctional nanopeptides as well as nanostructured saccharide microparticles as a universal platform to deliver of a wide range of therapeutic molecules. PEPSA-MATE includes interdisciplinary research on nanomaterials, polysaccharides and peptides, cell biology, biophysics, and computational modeling.
In terms of international impact, PEPSA-MATE will allow long-term collaboration between research teams not only in European countries (Italy, Czech Republic, Germany and Spain), but also in four non-EU countries (Australia, Brazil, Cuba and South Africa).
The grant is planned for 2019-2022.
Statement by Chair FNUSA-ICRC
5. 7. 2019
This week there were several press releases regarding International Clinical Research Centre (FNUSA-ICRC) of St. Anne’s University Hospital (FNUSA). FNUSA-ICRC has not been involved and it also does not have competencies to be involved in the matters reported by the press.
In recent years, we have worked hard together to build good relationships and gain a good reputation. We work in many areas and our common goal is satisfaction of patients. I do not want this mutual trust to be damaged by some articles.
On a separate note, I visited Minister of Health on May 28 to update him on recent successes of FNUSA-ICRC and to emphasise the need for a clear financial strategy beyond 2021 as mentioned to you in advance during the FNUSA-ICRC May 16 business meeting.
I personally do not know the rationale behind the press releases, which likely attempt to erode relationship between FNUSA-ICRC and the rest of FNUSA. Please rest assured that FNUSA-ICRC will continue working hard as a proud member of the FNUSA community.
FNUSA Director M.Pavlik and I have followed up and discussed the press release situtation carefully and stay united in our view and response.
I believe that these articles have not harmed the cooperation between FNUSA and FNUSA-ICRC part in the future and that we will continue to work together to help developing patient's care.
Gorazd B. Stokin, MD, PhD, FAAN
Chair - International Clinical Research Centre
Visit of Philips Director for Central and Eastern Europe
27. 6. 2019
At the end of June, Philips' Central and Eastern European CEO Reinier Schlatmann and several colleagues from the company's regional headquarters and the Prague office for the Czech Republic visited our center. Our center uses Philips technology in the areas of sleep medicine, magnetic resonance imaging for cardiology, heart failure, and circulatory diseases. The main topic of the visit was cooperation on the development of new technologies of the company. For several years our center has been involved in testing new technologies of the company in the field of sleep medicine.
Ondřej Ludka Appointed Professor
24. 6. 2019
Appointment letters to new professors were awarded by the Minister of Education, Youth and Sports Robert Plaga last week. The appointees received the highest academic degree in the Karolinum Large Assembly Hall, Prague. One of them was Ondřej Ludka, the Head of our Sleep Medicine research team, in the field of internal medicine.
Prof. Ludka's research focuses on the importance of risk factors, such as breathing disorders during sleep or its disruption - the so-called sleep apnea, and their association with obesity and other cardiovascular diseases including myocardial infarction. He is the leader of our Cardiovascular Sleep Center - one of the few institutions specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders in the EU in patients with cardiovascular disease. Prof. Ludka represents the Czech Republic in European sleep associations and participates in their activities. For example, since 2017, our center has been part of the European Sleep Apnea Database (ESADA). We have provided data on more than 700 patients and are now among two institutions with the highest number of patients included in the project each year. Thanks to Prof. Ludka's effort, we are going to host the ESADA European Sleep Research Society project meeting in January 2020. Therefore, for a few days, Brno will host experts from different parts of Europe whose research contributes to healthier sleep, which in turn decreases the risk of further health complications.
13 proposals were submitted to the internal grant competition
20. 6. 2019
During April, an internal grant competition was launched to support emerging scientific projects: "Translating Research to Impact the Quality of Life". The deadline for submission of proposals was at the end of May and is currently being evaluated by independent experts from ISAB Board FNUSA-ICRC.
In total, thirteen proposals were submitted, which were divided into four evaluation panels. The first panel evaluates the proposals submitted by researchers from St. Anne´s University Hospital Brno, others are focused on proposals of researchers from FNUSA-ICRC in the section Clinical Research, Molecular Genetics and Disease Modelling. "The aim of this competition was to motivate researchers not to be afraid to submit grant applications," said Eliška Skalická, FNUSA-ICRC grant specialist, adding: "We will see in the future whether this plan was successful, but it is a very good start."
The results of the internal grant competition will be announced during July.
FNUSA-ICRC and CEITEC represented Czech Republic at the Alliance4Life Meeting in Latvia
19. 6. 2019
Almost 100 representatives from ten research centres and universities from nine Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries met for the fourth time at the Alliance4Life meeting in early June. These partners form a unique community of institutions in the life sciences and medical fields that is unparalleled in the region. The initiator and coordinator of the alliance is CEITEC Masaryk University (MU) from the Czech Republic. The focus of the meeting was to share best practices and receive training from internal and external experts, as well as discuss the future of the alliance.
The Latvian seaside resort of Jūrmala was the centre of lively discussions held over several days, aimed at sharing ideas for achieving qualitative changes in the management of institutions, thus creating more favourable conditions for high quality research in life sciences. One of the Alliance4life members, the Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis (LIOS), was the host of the event.
Both experts from the member institutions and invited lecturers from outside of the alliance were involved in sharing best practices through lectures and training sessions in the plenary sessions. The agenda of the Steering Committee meetings and the Strategy Board focused on planning the alliance's future strategy and activities, particularly from 2020. Several decisions were made, such as achieving greater involvement of researchers in project-based collaboration, building greater capacity for shaping European research policy, and strengthening collaborations with other EU networks. A draft of a White Paper with specific recommendations for policymakers at the national and European levels was also discussed.
The alliance was created as a joint project that received support from the Horizon 2020 European Framework Program for Research and Innovation. "It is certainly positive that the alliance, thanks to its intensive joint work, has turned into a real association over the last two years. This is evidenced by the draft Memorandum of Understanding that is foreseen to be signed at the next meeting in Vilnius in October, thus establishing the Alliance4Life as a permanent structure,” explained Zlatuše Novotná, Head of Strategic Partnerships and International Relations at CEITEC MU and Alliance4Life Coordinator.
"We have succeeded in creating a platform based on the discussion of focus groups working on the most pressing topics relevant to every CEE research institution - scientific strategy and research evaluation, grants, institutional management, technology transfer, human resources and training, and PR and communication,” said Giancarlo Forte, Vice Chair of FNUSA-ICRC.
Alliance4Life research centres and universities have been working together since 2018 to improve their functions as a whole, including the internal cultures of their scientific worksites, management quality, and personnel policy rules. In the Alliance4Life,Czech Republic is represented by CEITEC and FNUSA-ICRC.
For more information please visit www.alliance4life.eu.