ICRC Academy - we'll get you to top science
15. 7. 2020 |
The preparations of the ICRC Academy do not stop even during the holidays. On the contrary, the organizers launched the registration of participants for this year. "We welcome all high school and university students who are attracted to the field of clinical research," said Martin Vašek, coordinator of the ICRC Academy.
And what can participants look forward to? Lectures, excursions, seminars or internships. Most of the activities will take place on the weekend of November 20-22, which will be conceived as one large scientific seminar with networking and team competition.
"The Academy also offers the opportunity to meet interesting personalities from the world of science, get acquainted with their stories, make new contacts and most importantly - get an idea of your own career," added Martin Vašek, " the main and most important benefit for participants will be the opportunity to get a several-month internship in our research teams."
Fifty projects registered in AZV
10. 7. 2020 |
Experts from the St. Anne's University Hospital in Brno prepared fifty projects for this year´s public tender of the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic to support applied health research (so-called AZV projects). "It is a record number and, for example, compared to 2018, it is almost a twofold increase in the number of applications submitted," said Mgr. Petra Hrstková from the Grant Support Center of the International Clinical Research Center of St. Anne's University Hospital in Brno (FNUSA-ICRC), adding: "It is a respectable performance if we realize that the projects were prepared by doctors and researchers with a high workload."
Of the total number, twenty-three projects are under the heading of FNUSA-ICRC, twenty-seven projects were submitted by colleagues from the St. Anne's University Hospital in Brno. The total amount of funds required is almost two hundred and thirty million crowns, which could support research not only in the field of epilepsy, oncology or cardiovascular problems, but also the development of biocompatible nanoparticles for drug delivery, 3D imaging of the body surface by photogrammetric method or research of a new treatment method of liver diseases.
The results of the public tender will be published on February 19, 2021.
We participated in an article in Nature magazine
1. 7. 2020 |
Dr. Juan Pablo Gonzalez-Rivas, senior researcher of the Kardiovize 2030 project team of the International Clinical Research Center of St. Anne's University Hospital Brno (FNUSA-ICRC) is a member of the international network of scientists NCD-RisC dealing with the risk of noncommunicable diseases. The last article of this group also got into the prestigious magazine Nature.
Dr. Gonzalez-Rivas is a co-author of an article entitled "Repositioning of the global epicenter of non-optimal cholesterol" which points to an interesting fact. High level of non-HDL cholesterol (one of the indicators of cardiovascular risk contained in all types of lipoproteins except HDL) was a main risk factor responsible for 3.9 million deaths in 2017. The international network of researchers NCD-RisC, presenting data from more than 200 countries with more than 129 million participants and regularly informs about trends in cardiovascular health, has come up with surprising information. "Since 1980, we have been monitoring the shift of this risk factor from developed countries in Western Europe, especially from the Scandinavian countries and from Central and Eastern Europe to Asia," said Juan Pablo Gonzalez-Rivas. "High levels of non-HDL cholesterol, also called bad cholesterol, have been one of the determinants of risk in the so called western way of life, and the epicenter is now moving to East and Southeast Asia and the Pacific."
This transition is caused by two main factors. "The first, and more importantly, is a change in eating habits in the highly developed countries of Europe. We are seeing a shift in consumption from unhealthy fats (saturated and hydrogenated fats found mainly in confectionery, pastries, pizza, etc.) to healthier, unsaturated ones, which contains olive oil, nuts, avocados and vegetable oils in general. This improvement was also supported in the countries of the European Union by legislation, specifically by reducing the amount of industrially produced hydrogenated fats, so-called trans fats, in food. As of April 24, 2019, it can only be two grams per 100 grams of fat in food, "said Dr. Gonzalez-Rivas. The second factor is the widespread use of statins, a group of drugs that help with high cholesterol. The authors of the article state that similar measures would now be needed in the most affected countries in East and Southeast Asia.
An article can be found here: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2338-1
FNUSA-ICRC was visited by a commission of the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic
22. 6. 2020 |
Evaluation Commission of the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic under the leadership of prof. Roman Prymula took note of the activities and results of the International Clinical Research Center of St. Anne's University Hospital Brno (FNUSA-ICRC) on Friday, June 19th. Its members discussed with representatives of the FNUSA-ICRC management the future of the center, its focus and finances.
FNUSA-ICRC was visited in addition to prof. Roman Prymula also Ing. Jan Michálek, Director of Directly Managed Organizations Dept. at Ministry of Health, Mgr. Zbyněk Podhrázký, Director of the Department of Science and Medical Professions of the Ministry of Health, PhDr. Pavel Doleček, Deputy Minister, Research and Higher Education section (MEYS), prof. Josef Vymazal from Na Homolce Hospital, prof. Jan Žaloudík, Senator and Emeritus Director of the Masaryk Oncology Institute and prof. Aleksi Šedo, Dean of the First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University. The members of the commission also inspected some clinical-research parts of FNUSA.
"We acquainted the members of the commission with our scientific activities, individual research teams, selected projects, with the principle of operation of our center and its uniqueness," said FNUSA-ICRC CEO Pavel Iványi, LL.M., MBA. He added that it was high time to clarify in what financial framework FNUSA-ICRC would operate in the future. "No one doubts the added value of our international center. It is important for science and in its clinical part also extremely beneficial for the people´s health in the wider vicinity of Brno."
Mention of prof. Roman Prymula in the program Interview ČT24 (from 19 June) then testifies to the fact that the discussion is heading in the right direction for FNUSA-ICRC. "If you have to prepare a concept of science and research, then of course you have to find out what the real capacities are. Today, for example, we were in control of the FNUSA-ICRC, which is one of the largest scientific centers in health care, where it is discussed whether the volume of funds was adequate to their performance. And I am quite surprised that they really have excellent results in the clinical and preclinical part or in the translational research, and it would be a mistake to limit such a device, ”said Roman Prymula, among others.
The meeting was also attended by the director of the St. Anne's University Hospital Brno Ing. Vlastimil Vajdák. "I believe that most of our scientists deserve full support, and I'm not just talking about finances. The uniqueness of the connection between the hospital and the science center is unparalleled in the Czech Republic to such an extent, "added director Vajdák.
FNUSA-ICRC on the website of the Ministry of Industry and Trade
18. 6. 2020 |
It is not often that our institution is mentioned in press releases of the Ministry of Industry and Trade. Cooperation with the industrial sphere is one of the target activities of our center, and in this press release was mentioned a special monitor of the Brno company CARDION, in the development of which we participated.
"We cooperated with both the CARDION company and the Institute of Scientific Instruments of the Czech Academy of Sciences," said Ing. Pavel Leinveber, Head of the Biomedical Engineering Research Team. "We performed several hundred measurements, we also used our unique Faraday cages for the more complex ones. The most difficult thing was to describe these data clinically, because the output compared the clinical information with the information described by the developed technology."
You can find the press release here (only in Czech):
They could have been at home, but they helped in the hospital… Thank you!
9. 6. 2020 |
The past few weeks have brought many events related to the pandemic situation and the state of emergency that no one will ever forget. Whether the more serious ones, such as fear of the unknown and uncertainty about the future, or the others, such as the unavailability of material for sewing face masks, reconciling work duties and home teaching, or female worries about a hairstyle.
However, we would like one more important thing not to be forgotten, and that are the voluntary activities of dozens of staff and students when they could be at home with their families.
Triage (the process of determining the priority of patients' treatments by the severity of their condition or likelihood of recovery with and without treatment. This rations of patient treatment efficiently when resources are insufficient for all to be treated immediately; influencing the order and priority of emergency treatment, emergency transport, or transport destination for the patient) had to be resolved during the first day of the emergency. "It was clear that research activities would be dampened by this situation and, for example, clinical trials were suddenly patient-free. That is why I offered the help of the research nurses of our center for triage, "said Libuše Martináková, head nurse of the International Clinical Research Center of St. Anne's University Hospital Brno (FNUSA-ICRC).
Due this activity, the concern for staffing and services on the COVID Triage teams fell on Libuše Martináková. And not only the nurses from the FNUSA-ICRC were present at the entrances, we also thank the nurses from the Department of Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, the Department of Stomatology, the Department of Ophthalmology and Optometry, 2nd Department of Surgery and Occupational Medicine. "And we must not forget the other clinics that sent their nurses to the newly established COVID-isolation workplace," Martináková emphasized.
Paramedics were called the front line during the pandemic, so - as long as we follow military terminology - security, the porters and receptionists were advance patrols. Our thanks also go to them, it was not an easy situation at all, which annoyed not only visitors, but also employees who could not enter the hospital premises in places previously commonly used. We believe that even at the cost of a little inconvenience, the restrictive measures were understood, and if a similar situation arises, it will all go even better.
Volunteers, especially students of medicine, also helped with security in the first phase, when more entrances were opened for staff. "It's important to say that we learned everything literally on the go. None of us have been in this situation so far. We have encountered, for example, the problem of finding suitable changing rooms for nurses serving in triages, as well as separating clean and potentially contaminated places in these rooms. Thanks to the perfect cooperation with the Deputy Zvěřinová and Deputy Voráč teams, we were able to solve them quickly, "added Martináková.
During the emergency, the hospital responded to countless companies and people offering help. In addition to the financial and material, which was in charge of Michal Možíšek, we would highlight one phenomenon – face masks. "We received thousands of face masks, sometimes five, sometimes hundreds," said Jana Jarešová, coordinator of the Kardiovize 2030 project and coordinator of the FNUSA-ICRC volunteer program. Of course, face masks could not be used by doctors during procedures, but they were a welcome help on the way to and from work or for other hospital staff. This is also confirmed by the numbers. "We handed out exactly 6,417 face masks to our employees, we sent hundreds more to institutions that also needed them, such as the Diocesan Charity in Brno and Olomouc, the Home for the Elderly in Kohoutovice, and we also sent some abroad," added Jarešová.
A team of almost thirty volunteers from Masaryk University students were in charge of the physical distribution of all these donations. Another dozen students of the MU Faculty of Education helped with babysitting the hospital staff and were also available for administrative activities.
In just one weekend, a volunteer website was created, where all the important information appeared.
With thanks, we could go on. We firmly believe that this situation will not be repeated. However, if this happens, I dare to write that thanks to the experience we have already gained, but also thanks to dedication and enthusiasm, we will be able to go through it again.