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Enrico Patrono won the national round of the international competition Falling Walls Lab (6.10. 2022)

Enrico Patrono won the national round of the international Falling Walls Lab competition in Wroclaw, Poland. The aim of the project is to connect the next generation of scientists and innovators and come up with a breakthrough idea - a scientific project, a business plan or a social initiative that breaks down all walls and barriers. Enrico has advanced to the global final in Berlin, which are regularly held on the day of the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, 7 November 2022.

His project is about an innovative trans-disciplinary approach to Neuroscience. "With the collaboration of a physicist from the University of Hamburg, we are implementing a new in-vitro device called Brain-on-a-Chip (BoC), reproducing specific brain areas in a plastic chip. This new tool will allow us to model any potential features of psychopathology and to study in-depth and, on time, the specific neurotransmission. Furthermore, coupling with optogenetics methods, we can tackle the “spatial-temporal resolution” problem in Neuroscience, which is critical in detecting the main brain actors playing in the drama of psychiatric disorders", explains Dr. Patrono.   

Michal Pravenec received G. J. Mendel Honorary Field Medal (16.9. 2022)

On Wednesday 14 September 2022, Ing. Michal Pravenec, DrSc. received the Gregor Johann Mendel Honorary Field Medal for Merit in the Biological Sciences. Michal Pravenec investigates which genetic variants cause common diseases such as diabetes. He has gained international recognition especially in the field of genetics of complex traits in animal models. The recognition worldwide is also evident from the list of prestigious foreign grant projects he has received. In 2015, he received the highest award of the Academy of Sciences - the Academic Award. This was tied to a project in which Michal Pravenec and his team investigate how excess salt does or does not cause hypertension. He has also played a key role in the development of unique biological models and analytical approaches to unravel the genetic determinants of multifactorial metabolic and cardiovascular phenotypes at the molecular level in animals, and in using these results to understand the pathogenesis of similar traits in humans.

Dalibor Košek received Otto Wichterle Prize (27.6. 2022)

Twenty-five outstanding young scientific talents have received a prestigious award of the Czech Academy of Sciences: Otto Wichterle Prize 2022. The future generation of scientists under the age of 35 received the award from the President of the Czech Academy of Sciences Eva Zažímalová during a ceremony on 20 June 2022. One of the awardees is Dalibor Košek from the Institute of Physiology of the CAS. Dr. Kosek studies DNA transposons, which are mobile genetic elements present in the genome of almost all organisms. Among other things, they are involved in the emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance in bacteria. Dr. Košek has contributed significantly to the elucidation of a number of questions and is an expert in addressing the molecular mechanisms involved in DNA recombination. He has also described a mobilisation system that may have future applications in genetic medicine. 

Přemysl Jiruška received the Award of the Minister of Health (13.6. 2022)

On 7 June, Minister of Health Vlastimil Válek awarded the significant projects in health science and research the Award of the Minister of Health for Health Research and Development for 2021. Přemysl Jiruška was one of the five honoured and received the prize for his studies of anatomical and functional changes in the brain after a stroke or epilepsy, which he carried out as part of his scientific work at the Institute of Physiology. The new findings regarding CMS will allow to identify patients who will benefit most from early rehabilitation. In the case of epilepsy, the results will then be used to determine the risk of seizures and to introduce new treatments. Funding for the projects is distributed by the Czech Medical Research Agency (AZV), with more than six billion crowns for the years 2020 to 2026.

Lucie Bačáková received the prestigious Academic Award - Praemium Academiae 2022 (6.6. 2022)

Lucie Bačáková was awarded the prestigious Academic Prize - Praemium Academiae 2022. The purpose of the Academic Prize, as a strictly selective instrument of financial and moral support for scientific excellence in the Czech Academy of Sciences, is to support outstanding scientists who are conducting research at the top international level and to create conditions for them to better develop their potential for the benefit of the Czech Academy of Sciences and Czech science as a whole. Congratulations to doc. Bačáková and her team!

PHD PROGRAMME 2022 (15.3. 2022)

Deadline was extended to March 31 to facilitate applications of Ukrainian students. More information

Awarding of J. E. Purkyne medals and celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Physiological Research Journal (3.3. 2022)

On Tuesday, March 1, Josef Zicha and Jan Kopecký received from the hands of P. Mareš and B. Ošt'ádal the Jan Evangelista Purkyně Honorary Medals for Merit in Biomedical Sciences. This award has been awarded by the Czech Acadeny of Sciences since 1965 in recognition of outstanding results of scientific work in biology, especially in the fields of biomedicine. During the award ceremony, J. Zicha summarized past years of Physiological Research, a bimonthly journal published by the Institute of Physiology in English, which celebrates 70th anniversary this year.

František Vyskočil received the Silver Medal of Charles University (3.2. 2022)

On Thursday, 27 January, the Scientific Council of Charles University awarded a commemorative medal to eight prominent personalities whose professional lives are connected with the University. Prof. RNDr. František Vyskočil, DrSc. received a silver commemorative medal for his significant lifetime work in the field of physiology and his long-standing scientific and pedagogical activities at Charles University. 

František Vyskočil has been researching neurophysiology and biophysics of cell membranes since his student years. His discoveries have significantly deepened the knowledge of the transmission of nerve impulses and the overall functioning of the nervous system of animals, including the human brain. His first research work, which he undertook as a student at the Faculty of Science of Charles University, on neuromuscular coupling was published in one of the most prestigious scientific journals, Nature. František Vyskočil also gained international attention for his discovery and description of the mechanism of so-called non-quantum excretion of neurotransmitters at mammalian synapses. In total, he is the author of 310 scientific papers. Professor Vyskočil connected his professional life with the Institute of Physiology of the Czech Academy of Sciences and still lectures at the Faculty of Science of the Charles University. He is also a popular teacher and popularizer of science, for which he has received numerous awards. 

A Day of Physiology and Medicine for Undergraduate Students - 24.2.2022 (26.1. 2022)

Are you studying a natural science or medical degree? We have prepared a special open day for you, offering interesting topics for your bachelor or master thesis and topics for PhD studies. Scientists from IPHYS will present them to you in the morning session (hybrid form – at present and online) and you will have the opportunity to take a look directly into their laboratories in the afternoon. We look forward to seeing you:)

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Jan Kopecký received J. E. Purkinje Honorary Field Medal (25.1. 2022)

The Director of the Institute, MUDr. Jan Kopecký, DrSc. was awarded the Jan Evangelista Purkinje Honorary Field Medal for Merit in Biomedical Sciences. This award has been granted by the Czech Academy of Sciences since 1965 in recognition of outstanding results of scientific work in biology, especially in the fields of biomedical sciences.

Jan Kopecký has contributed to a significant advance in research on the problems of metabolism and obesity on a global level and has thus contributed to the improvement of treatment procedures for patients. He has co-authored more than 188 scientific articles mainly in the field of biochemistry, molecular biology and metabolism. His current research topics include the influence of white adipose tissue metabolism on whole-body lipid and carbohydrate metabolism, ontogenetic development of energy metabolism, and translational research on cachexia and adipose tissue. His work defined the concept of a "healthy adipocyte", i.e. a fat cell with a high capacity for oxidative phosphorylation and the ability to respond flexibly to metabolic changes. Congratulations on the award!

Alena Sumová was appointed a Professor (16.12. 2021)

Alena Sumová was appointed a Professor in Animal physiology. Czech president signed a letter of appointment on December 15, 2021. The appointment procedure took a place at South Bohemian University in České Budějovice.

Petr Ježek received the Prize of Minister of Education (13.12. 2021)

Petr Ježek received the Prize of Minister of Education, Youth and Sports for exceptional results in the field of research, development and innovation. He received the prize for the using approaches and methodologies, including highly sophisticated high-resolution microscopy methods, which are an example of excellent basic research. Dr. Ježek's excellent work in the International Society for Lipidomics is also an example of excellent interdisciplinary and international cooperation. Four other leading scientists were awarded - prof. Michal Holčapek, prof. Michal Koucký, prof. Marie Hušková and prof. Eva Topinková. More information

IPHYS internships come top among secondary-school students (2.12. 2021)

Open Science internships are offered at IPHYS by 4 lecturers (B. Holendová, H. Janíčková, J. Musílková, O. Zimmermannová). The interships offered in year 2022 had an enormous interest. A quarter of all students want to do the internship at IPHYS. Internship on the topic of pancreatic research under the guidance of Dr. Holendová was the most successful in the entire Open Science project, with 85 students applying. The second most requested internship of the whole project was the internship of Dr. Musílková focused on research monitoring the growth and differentiation of stem cells. 71 high school students signed up for it. Internship of Dr. Zimmermannová was interested in 49 students and the internship of Dr. Janíčková 41 students. All IPHYS internships are therefore in the TOP 8 most requested internships. A total of 165 students applied for IPHYS internships and sent 246 applications. In total 656 high school students with 1589 applications were interested in. 

Six scientists of the Institute of Physiology belong among 2% of the most cited authors in the world (22.11. 2021)

Representatives of Elsevier publishing company, SciTech Strategies organization and Stanford University announced a new list of 2 % the most-cited scientists of all disciplines that are involved in the database Scopus in 2020. Six scientists of the Institute of Physiology belong among  them: Tomáš Čajka, Petr Ježek, Milada Dobiášová, Lucie Bačáková, Ondřej Kuda and Josef Houštěk. The list includes 712 authors from Czech research institutions with 107 of the Czech Academy of Sciences. Big congratulations to all our colleagues!

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