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.
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.
Please find more details regarding open access to pilot projects within RIAT-CZ project.
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.