Jan Kopecký, MD, DSc. won a special prize awarded by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports for a set of his research group’s papers on the effects of omega-3 fatty acids, published in the last 5 years.
On November 21st, 2013, Minister of Education, Youth and Sports Dalibor Štys presented the 2013 awards for extraordinary achievements in science and innovations, which were supported by the Ministry and published during last 5 years. One of the four special awards was given to Dr. Jan Kopecký of Institute of Physiology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic for the results of the studies focused on "New mechanisms in the complex effects of omega-3 fatty acids: perspectives for health". Omega-3 fatty acids (omega-3) from sea fish decrease the risk of develoment of diseases linked to obesity and inflammation, namely cardiovascular disease and diabetes. In experiments on mice, Dr. Jan Kopecký together with his colleagues discovered involvement of hormones, anti-inflammatory molecules and other mechanisms in beneficial metabolic effects of omega-3. Based on these results, new therapeutical approaches for treatment of patients with type 2 diabetes are now explored in a collaboration with Diabetes Centre at IKEM, Prague. The award is based on 12 articles published in prominent international scientific journals during 2009–2013.