3. 12. 2019 |

Within our institution Technology Transfer Department focuses primarily on the protection of research results and on the transfer of these results to the application sphere. Therefore, it is extremely important that the researchers themselves are aware of the possibilities this department provides.

With this aim, ie to raise awareness of areas where the technology transfer department can help researchers, Bc. Roman Polák created series of e-learning trainings. “We know that due to the workload it is very difficult to bring all researchers to one place at the same time,” explained Polák. “That is why we decided to train them in this form, e-learning.”

The first training sessions took place in November and December on the topic of Applied and Publication Results and Patent Process at FNUSA-ICRC. “For each month, we are trying to pick a topic that could be of most interest to researchers. For example, in January we are planning training on publishing and patents or utility models, ”added Polák. "However, we do not abide suggestions directly from researchers. If they have any special request, we are happy to meet with them and discuss its processing."

Let's just add that in 2020 it is also planned to insert training directly into the internal ICRC information system, precisely in the sense of the important IT instruction “user friendly”.


2. 12. 2019 |

BRNO STROKE MEETING 2019: the combination of expertise, capacities and technologies of Brno research institutes forms a unique platform for stroke research

For the sixth time, the annual BRNO STROKE MEETING was held. The International Clinical Research Center of St. Anne's University Hospital Brno (FNUSA-ICRC) and representatives of partner organizations and companies involved in joint research projects in the field of stroke.

In a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, fifty participants were acquainted with the results of the FNUSA-ICRC Stroke Research Program led by Professor Robert Mikulík. It is worth mentioning that the Stroke team received roughly 15 million CZK from grants and contracted research this year, or the success of the launch of the international project IRENE COST Action (Implementation Research Network in Stroke Quality). This project brings together over sixty experts from 30 European countries and Professor Robert Mikulík was elected as its chairman. .

Teams from other Brno institutions, namely the Veterinary Research Institute, Institute of Biophysics of the CAS, the Institute of Scientific Instruments of the CAS, the Loschmidt Laboratories of the Masaryk University and the St. Anne's University Hospital Brno, Faculty of Pharmacy at University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences Brno and BioVendor and out of Brno institutions, colleagues from the Institute of Biotechnology CAS - BIOCEV Center from Vestec near Prague, contribute significantly to the joint results. Representatives of all mentioned institutions at the meeting discussed not only the results for 2019, but mainly the vision of further cooperation.

Future of stroke research in Brno

In Brno over the last few years, one of the most powerful research facilities for stroke research in the world has been created by bringing together experts from various fields of science such as clinical research, biophysics, veterinary experiments, biomedical engineering or protein engineering, academic, clinical and industrial.

"Our team and our scientific colleagues from partner institutions and companies count on even closer cooperation in stroke research in the coming years, and we would like to strengthen the joint promotion of our results under the "STROKE BRNO" brand and joint preparation of other projects and grants,“ summarized Prof. Mikulík the joint plans.

In the preparatory phase is for example a joint grant with prof. Kim Dong-Eog of Dongguk University in Seoul, South Korea, who visited Brno institutions this September. The forthcoming grant would allow joint research into new diagnostic methods based on better imaging of cerebral infarction. It is also planned to develop several mobile applications that should facilitate the measurement and improvement of stroke care, but also communication between stroke center doctors.

The National Research Stroke Network will be operational by 2020

A great potential for stroke research will be brought by a new project led by Professor Robert Mikulík, whose aim is to create a research network of stroke centers in the Czech Republic. This will allow the emergence of new methods or means of treating stroke by conducting joint academic clinical studies. The National Research Stroke Network project, under the auspices of Czecrin Research Infrastructure, will be launched from the New Year in cooperation with the Cerebrovascular Section of the Czech Neurological Society of ČLS JEP.

The Woman of the Year 2019 award for a young patient who spreads awareness

During the meeting, the FNUSA-ICRC StrokeTeam and the HOBIT Educational Project praised Miss Karolína Vařáková, a former patient of the 1st Neurological Clinic of FNUSA, who had a stroke at the age of 21 and now devotes herself to education about stroke among young people. She joined the HOBIT project and participates in its activities in schools and for the general public. Karolína leads discussions for elementary school pupils, gave her story in an educational film and works with volunteers who have applied for the Ambassador Program HOBIT. He deserves our admiration and great thanks for his motivating approach. And as she says about her activity: "Even if it only helped one person save their lives, it's worth it."

Best Poster Award for the HOBIT Project

Research projects in the field of prevention, diagnosis and treatment of stroke and cerebral aneurysms were presented during the meeting through 23 scientific posters of representatives of FNUSA-ICRC and other Brno research institutions. The Best Poster Award went to the HOBIT project team led by Ing. Hana Maršálková (Pokornou), who is the co-author of the whole project and has been dedicated to its development and implementation for 9 years. The HOBIT project ( is dedicated to educating pupils and the public about the symptoms of stroke and how to help with it.

“This year we managed to exceed the target of 10,000 trained pupils at more than a hundred primary schools and multi-year grammar schools in the Czech Republic. By looking for new tools and testing them in the field, our project is showing increasingly better results, ie better short- and long-term retention of stroke in pupils who have completed the curriculum, ”explained Hana Maršálková, Project Manager of HOBIT Project.

Veronika Svobodová, Stroke Research Team FNUSA-ICRC


29. 11. 2019 |

Dr. Aleš Hejčl, who works as a senior researcher at the Stroke Research Team of FNUSA-ICRC, successfully defended his habilitation thesis "Hemodynamics modeling and its potential contribution to surgical treatment of intracranial aneurysms" at the First Faculty of Medicine of Charles University and was the Rector of the University Prof. Tomáš Zima. appointed as associate professor of neurosurgery on 1 December 2019.

MUDr. Aleš Hejčl Ph.D. is one of the first generation of researchers in the newly established The International Clinical Research Center of St. Anne's University Hospital Brno (2011), where he participated in the formation of neuroscience programs. He is currently the principal investigator and co-investigator of two scientific projects supported by the Czech Health Research Council, thanks to which he managed to build an interdisciplinary team in the Czech Republic focusing on hemodynamics of cerebral aneurysms.

Doc. Hejčl works as a neurosurgeon at Masaryk University in Ústí n. Labem. He has been systematically involved in the problematics of spinal cord injury and central nervous system injury. He combines his clinical work as a neurosurgeon with research at FNUSA-ICRC and at the Institute of Experimental Medicine CAS.

We would like to congratulate Doc. Hejčl and we are wishing him further success in his clinical and research work.

Behalf of the FNUSA-ICRC team 

Ing. MgA. Veronika Svobodová


25. 11. 2019 |

We would like to thank PIS PECHAL s.r.o. for their financial donation to support the research activities of the Dementia Research Team of the International Clinical Research Center of St. Anne's University Hospital Brno (FNUSA-ICRC). Fifty thousand CZK will be used to support the treatment and research of Alzheimer's disease under the Czech Brain Aging Study (CBAS) program.
Czech Brain Aging Study is a long-term observational study of aging and dementia, combining clinical care and clinical research with the participation of the Cognitive Center at Department of Neurology of the Motol University Hospital in Prague and our research center. The pilot project was launched in 2005 and a significant shift occurred in 2011 thanks to the support of the European Regional Development Fund and the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic.
The aim of CBAS is to search for new biomarkers of Alzheimer's disease that will allow patients to be found in the early stages of the disease before the clinical signs of the disease develop. This early diagnosis will make it possible to apply preventive and therapeutic measures at a time when they can still be effective. Recently, the team has focused on expanding the number of measurable biomarkers by including proteins related to neuronal activity and synaptic functions or enzymes regulating protein expression. Possible non-pharmacological interventions related to the promotion of healthy aging are an important part of the research.
As the only long-term study in Central Europe, CBAS is well known and recognized abroad. This is evidenced by a number of established cooperation with international institutions - for example, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University, Mayo Clinic and the University of South Florida (USA) or Karolinska Institutet (Sweden).


22. 11. 2019 |

Annual 10th Partner Forum of the International Clinical Research Centre of ST. Anne's University Hospital Brno (FNUSA-ICRC) was called GDPR in Biomedical Research. Although the General Data Protection Regulation has been a one-and-a-half year „old“ legislation, it is a very delicate and debated topic, especially in medicine.
The number of listeners corresponded to this - more than fifty. In addition to colleagues from our hospital and FNUSA-ICRC, there were also employees of university hospitals from Brno, Olomouc or Hradec Králové and from the Regional Hospital in Liberec. The academic sphere was represented, for example, by participants from Charles University, Faculty of Medicine in Pilsen, several institutes of the Academy of Sciences or Technical University of Košice. The commercial sector was also represented.
The program itself included the practical experience of speakers with GDPR from different perspectives. The scientific representative was Doc. RNDr. Petr Holub from the Institute of Computer Science of Masaryk University, a more detailed view in terms of biostatistics was presented by Mgr. Bc. Silvie Bělašková, PhD. from FNUSA-ICRC. From the legal and academic point of view presented his experience with GDPR the Vice-Rector of Masaryk University and the head of its Institute of Law and Technology, Doc. JUDr. Radim Polcak, Ph.D.
Specific issues concerning the functioning of GDPR in the research institution were presented by Mgr. Leoš Ševčík of FNUSA-ICRC and FNUSA Personal Data Protection Officer Mgr. et Mgr. Zuzana Ondrůjová. "I am glad that such meetings are taking place and I was very pleased to attend," she added. “It reflects my own experience that people tend to approach this issue more rationally, with specific questions and are more open to dealing with problematic situations when personal data protection concerns them in their professional activities. And of course scientists and healthcare professionals are very concerned about this… ”
After the event, the candidates had the opportunity to see selected FNUSA-ICRC workplaces. “I appreciate very well-informed and professional contributions, and the lecturers were able to give these purely professional contributions in a very clear way. The individual contributions provided a synthesis of the approach of the research team member and his / her perspective on the processing of personal data and the issue in question with a legal perspective, while citing current case law. The presented conclusions can then be applied to other areas and are therefore applicable to the field of advocacy, where I operate - here I would highlight the issue of the DPO, who is dealt with in law practice many times,” added Mgr. Jan Habanec from law office Vašíček and partners. "I also thank you for the opportunity to get acquainted with other parts of the FNUSA-ICRC, both in laboratories and in the coronary clinic."

Supported by the European Regional Development Fund - project Development of technology transfer services in FNUSA-ICRC (reg. No .: CZ.02.2.69 / 0.0 / 0.0 / 16_014 / 0000653).


13. 11. 2019 |

Alzheimer's Endowment Fund, three enthusiastic young ladies and a team of authors have created a unique book that describes Alzheimer's disease literally from A to Z. We are proud that Mgr. Hana Marková, Ph.D. et Mgr. Kateřina Čechová and Mgr. Adéla Fendrych Mazancová are members of a joint project of the The International Clinical Research Center of St. Anne's University Hospital Brno (FNUSA-ICRC) and the Cognitive Center of the Department of Neurology in Motol University Hospital called Czech Brain Aging Study (CBAS).
Head of the Cognitive Disorders and Dementia Research Team FNUSA-ICRC, prof. Assoc. MUDr. Jakub Hort, Ph.D., contributed the introductory word and MUDr. Kateřina Sheardová, head of the FNUSA-ICRC Memory Disorders Research Center, wrote a chapter on the latest findings in the field of disease prevention and non-pharmacological interventions. Other members of the CBAS project, such as MUDr. Ondrej Lerch, MUDr. Jiří Cerman and MUDr. Rastislav Šumec participated ond book too.
“We were inspired to write the book by our daily work with Alzheimer's patients and their loved ones who try to understand the origin of the disease as much as possible. The most common questions we hear in the outpatient clinic also relate to how to fight the disease itself, and how to prevent it. Active approach to treatment is perceived very positively by both patients and family. Plenty of information about the course of the disease helps carers to respond best to the patient's needs and to maintain their mental health in this difficult situation. In addition to answering all these questions, this book also provides practical advice that can help in day-to-day care of a patient with dementia, ”summarized Kateřina Sheardová.
The book aims to guide readers in the maze of questions related to Alzheimer's disease. Its style and language is available to everyone. It is also useful for those who have not yet encountered this disease. The book can also be an inspiration for professionals or students interested in this issue. There is no need to read it from beginning to end, everyone can find exactly what he is interested in and need to return to the omitted chapters later.

Publication „In a maze called Alzheimer“, it can be bought in all good bookstores, and is also available as an e-book.

Photo: Michaela Eiseltova

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