FNUSA-ICRC Team Cooperates on Finding Useful Enzymes Using Computers and Robotics
23 February 2018
A team of bioinformaticians and experimental biologists from research group of Loschmidt laboratories, FNUSA-ICRC, RECETOX and IEB Faculty of Science, Masaryk University have accomplished a success. The scientists have found a way how to overcome the limitations for use of hundreds of organisms’ genome sequences representing immense richness of new proteins for biomedical and biotechnological applications. They have designed a computing experimental platform for automatic identification of interesting sequences in genomic databases, followed by a robotic laboratory characterization. The newly developed platform was used by a postgraduate Pavel Vaňáček to identify more than five thousand target sequences from a database containing hundreds of millions of different sequences. The work of research group Protein engineering FNUSA-ICRC, led by professors Jiri Damborsky and Zbyněk Prokop, has been published by a prestigious scientific magazine of the American Chemical Society ACS Catalysis. Congratulations!
FNUSA-ICRC Hosted Delegation from University of LjubljanaFNUSA-ICRC Hosted Delegation from University of Ljubljana
31 January 2018
FNUSA-ICRC hosted distinguished guests from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana, the oldest university in Slovenia and one of the largest universities in Europe. The program for the Slovenian delegation covered lab tours in the Bioengineering Lab, Acute Coronary Syndromes Lab, Cardiovascular System-Mechanobiology Lab and Mass Spectrometry Lab. Presentation of FNUSA-ICRC research portfolio was followed by a discussion on clinical trials and grant opportunities.
FNUSA-ICRC Hosted Course of Sleep Medicine and 5th Course for Sleep Technologists
22 January 2018
On January 15th - 19th, FNUSA-ICRC hosted the theoretical course of sleep medicine by Czech Sleep research and Sleep Medicine Society, organized by Doc. MUDr. Ondřej Ludka, Ph.D. cooperatively with members of SMED team. The course, which was attended by 45 physicians from the Czech Republic and Slovakia, consisted of 37 lectures given by leading experts in sleep medicine from all over the Czech Republic, including prof. Šonka, prof. Nevšímalová, doc. Ludka, doc. Příhodová and others. In the third week of January, Doc. MUDr. Ondřej Ludka, Ph.D. and his research team SMED also led the 5th course for sleep technologists of Czech Sleep research and Sleep Medicine Society. The course was attended by 10 sleep technologists from the Czech Republic. The number of participants was limited due to 4-day practical training at the department of Sleep Lab.
Kick-off Meeting of Alliance4Life
18 January 2018
The kick-off meeting of Alliance4Life, the strategic project of ten leading life science institutions from nine Central and Eastern European countries, took place from 15th - 17th January in CEITEC, Brno. Alliance4Life aims at addressing the existing gap in health research and innovation performance between EU15 and EU13. This new initiative has been supported by the European Commission in the frame of Horizon 2020 Health Working Programme as it is expected that outcomes and recommendations of the Alliance4Life could bring useful suggestions for science policy at both European and Member States level. Member institutions of the Alliance for Life intend to work together towards improvement in key areas of science policy and management, and will address these issues at institutional, national, and European levels.
Alliance4Life members are CEITEC Masaryk University, The International Clinical Research Center of St. Anne's University Hospital Brno (FNUSA-ICRC), Biomedical Research Center SAS; Medical University of Lodz; School of Medicine, University of Zagreb; University of Tartu; Vilnius University; Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis; University of Ljubljana and Semmelweis University.
FNUSA-ICRC Started Cooperation with Yale
15 January 2018
International research clinical center of St. Anne's University Hospital Brno establishes cooperation in neurological research with prestigious American Yale University via newly built postgraduate education programme. This programme, which is funded by FNUSA-ICRC and academically led by Yale University, will be launched in new academic year, i.e. from 1. 7. 2018. Chosen fellowship holder from the Czech Republic will participate directly in neuroimmunology research of the Department of Neurology at Yale University, which is currently worldwide considered the best department in this field. Candidates will be selected by an expert committee based on their background of academic experience with regard to their present and future research potential. Deadline for applications, which are available here, is at the end of February.
New Research Groups in FNUSA-ICRC
1 January 2018
As of 1. 1. 2018 the FNUSA-ICRC research group portfolio is expanded. Former team of prof. Petr Dvořák Stem Cells and Cell Signaling will be transformed into 2 independent teams – Cell Signalling (CS), led by Principal investigator Dr. Pavel Krejčí, and Stem Cells and Disease Modeling under the leadership of Junior PI Dr. Vladimír Rotrekl (SCDM). These teams will focus in the basic research pillar on researching the little-known Receptor tyrosine kinases (CS) and human stem cells, their differentiation to heart cells and possibility to use them for modeling heart diseases on cellular level (SCDM).
There are also new teams in the area of cardiology research: Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (CMR) led by Dr. Roman Panovský, Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac CT (NCT) – Dr. Vladimír Kincl and Intensive Care Research (INC) – Dr. Martin Helán. CMR team will be focused on timely non-invasive diagnostics of heart diseases by using the newest imaging technologies. NCT research group will concentrate on researching potential new imaging methods in cardiology linked particularly with ischemic heart disease and heart failure. INC team will aim at researching the mechanism of creation, development and prognoses of critical illnesses.