Dr. Sabine Ernst from Faculty of Medicine and National Heart & Lung Institute of Imperial College London

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.

Dr. Sabina Ernst at FNUSA-ICRC
MUDr. Ing. Mgr. Petra Šedová, Ph.D. z Cerebrovaskulárního výzkumného týmu FNUSA-ICRC

15. 1. 2019

In December, Dr. Petra Šedová of our Cerebrovascular Research Team received the Martina Roesel Memorial Grant for 2018.

It is a grant to women-scientists seeking to combine quality care for their preschool children with their research career. The annual grant of 120,000 CZK is designed to help finance babysitting and other neds of working mothers. The grant is awarded by the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. "I was personally moved this idea because, as well as the grant providers, I believe that the women who care for children have tremendous potential, but they need support from the family, the environment and society as a whole," commented Petra Šedová on the grant.

Petra Sedova is a member of the Cerebrovascular Research Team led by Professor Robert Mikulík and focuses on research into new therapeutic methods for stroke.

Martina Roeselova Endowment Fund aims to support male and female scientists working in the field of natural sciences who are trying to combine competitive science with quality care for preschool children. To this end, the Fund provides selected researchers with a finnacial grant called the Martina Roeselova Memorial Prize, commemorating the prematurely deceased scientist who, during a short but excellent scientific career, managed to raise three children and actively promote the improvement of conditions for young scientist-parents. Martina Roeselova, who was not only an internationally acclaimed scientist but also a popular lecturer, trainer and colleague, died in February 2015 of cancer aged just under 50.

The award of the grant may be requested exclusively by individuals, namely Ph.D. students and postdoctoral students who take care of a preschool child while actively undertaking scientific work in the field of natural sciences at a university or non-university research centre in the Czech Republic.

Martina Roeselova was a Czech scientist working in the field of physical chemistry. In 1990 she received the title „Doctor of Natural Sciences“ at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of the Charles University in Prague in the field of biophysics and chemical physics. This was followed by PhD degree in the field of biophysical chemistry, chemical and macromolecular physics from the Jaroslav Hekrovsky´s Institute of Physical Chemistry at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of Charles University under the leadership of Professor Pavel Jungwirth. She successfully defended her doctoral thesis in 2003. She then spent one year as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of California Irvine and a year later joined the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Academy of Sciences (ÚOCHB), where she worked until her death. During her prolific scientific career she raised three children with the support of her husband Marek. In addition, she supported young researchers and tried to create the environment in the academic setting where one could successfully combine family life and scientific work -


Pamětní grant Martiny Roeselová pro rok 2018MUDr. Ing. Mgr. Petra Šedová, Ph.D. FNUSA-ICRC
FNUSA-ICRC - Alliance4Life in Croatian Zagreb

8. 1. 2019

The third Alliance4Life project meeting took place in Zagreb, Croatia, in early December. All focus groups participated in various lectures and workshops and, in conclusion, suggested follow-up procedures, trainings and objectives for further joint strategies and policy interventions. Alliance4Life is a bottom-up initiative of ten leading life science institutions from nine EU-13 countries that aim at closing the divide in European health research and innovation. Members of the Alliance are progressive research institutions that have the necessary strength to stimulate institutional change. Fourth project meeting will take place in June 2019.

FNUSA-ICRC Alliance4Life project meeting took place in Zagreb - Photo 1FNUSA-ICRC Alliance4Life project meeting took place in Zagreb - Photo 2
RIAT logo

7. 1. 2019

The possibility to access a top-class research infrastructure is offered to other entities within the RIAT-CZ project. Upon request, it can be used by non-commercial research institutions and universities from the South Moravian Region, the South Bohemian Region, the Vysočina Region, Upper Austria, Lower Austria, and Vienna. Initiated in 2016, the RIAT-CZ project creates synergies between research infrastructures in the border regions between Austria and the Czech Republic. Funded by the joint program Interreg V-A Austria – Czech Republic 2014–2020, it stimulates innovation by fostering exchange and collaboration. All project partners – the Vienna Biocenter Core Facilities (VBCF), the Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC), the International Clinical Research Center of St. Anne's University Hospital in Brno (FNUSA-ICRC), and the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria).

The call for proposals remains open until capacity is exhausted. More information

EU RIAT-CZ Interreg Austria-Czech Republic logotypes

2 January 2019

Appointment letters to sixty new professors were awarded by the Minister of Education, Youth and Sports on 18 December. The appointees received the highest academic degree in the Karolinum Large Assembly Hall, Prague. One of them was doc. MUDr. Robert Mikulík, Ph.D.

For over twenty years, he has been addressing stroke treatment. Although medicine was not his dream career, he became captivated by technological advancements and the hope they give patients. One of the founders of the FNUSA-ICRC research centre and a renowned expert in stroke treatment, he helped promote thrombolysis in the Czech Republic and is currently leading a comprehensive project to improve stroke care. Also, he is the creator of the international REgistry of Stroke Care Quality (RES-Q). A publication which he co-authored has now been published in one of the most prestigious scientific journals – The New England Journal of Medicine. Brno-based neurologist Robert Mikulík participated in a major global study on the pharmacological treatment of recurrent stroke involving more than 7 000 patients.

Along with the generation of his colleagues, he pioneered the use of a newly-proven treatment of stroke called thrombolysis in the Czech Republic.
• He works towards continuous improvement of the quality of care; he leads a comprehensive project to improve stroke care in 23 countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia (; under its leadership, the REgistry of Stroke Care Quality – RES-Q ( is being created under the umbrella of the European Stroke Organisation and with the support of the World Stroke Organisation, which is already being used in nearly 500 hospitals in 45 countries.

• He focuses on managing the treatment of acute stroke in order to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival in hospital and administration of treatment. • He has published several papers on this topic and is developing new tools and methods to improve logistics. One method is to train doctors and nurses to adopt new logistics through simulation training. Doc. Mikulík and his team have developed simulation scenarios and, in simulation courses (, he has trained about 600 doctors and nurses from the Czech and Slovak Republics, Ukraine, Poland, Russia, South Africa, the Middle East, the Philippines and Malaysia since 2016.

• In the long term, he is devoted to systematically educating the public about the symptoms of and proper response to stroke.

• In recognition of his long-term engagement in public awareness raising and education, he has been appointed to the World Stroke Organisation’s Board for the World Stroke Campaign.

• Last year, he received the Spirit of Excellence award for his long-term and successful engagement in the field of organising stroke care and treatment at the national and international levels.

Prof. Robert MIKULÍK, MD, Ph.D. FESO
Eatris annual meeting Dec 2018

12. 12. 2018

Our representatives participated in the annual meeting of EATRIS, the European Infrastructure for Translational Medicine, in Ljubljana. Assoc. Prof. Irena Koutná and Dr. Pavel Šimara from our Cell & Tissue Engineering Facility presented a poster on their new cGMP facility built in our center. Only few institutions in the Czech Republic have the capacity to produce cell-based medicinal products or tissue engineered products under cGMP conditions and FNUSA-ICRC now belongs among them. Representatives of FNUSA-ICRC also met potential research partners from France, Italy, Norway and Spain and started discussion on potential collaborations. EATRIS is an EU research infrastructure consortium that comprises more than 90 research institutions from 12 European countries. It focuses on accelerating medical discoveries to clinical development through international collaboration of top-level European academic research centers. FNUSA-ICRC is a member since early 2017.

Our representatives participated in the annual meeting of EATRIS
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