The International Clinical Research Center of St. Anne's University Hospital Brno (FNUSA-ICRC) is a new generation science and research center focusing on finding new methods, technologies and medicaments for effective prevention, early diagnostics and individualized treatment of cardiovascular and neurological diseases. These are among the most widespread diseases in modern society. The center is based on the hospital’s successful, longtime cooperation with Mayo Clinic (USA) and other partners both in the Czech Republic and abroad.
The close connection between medical research and clinical care enables it to put the results of the latest research programs into clinical practice as soon as possible, and to provide patients with constant access to the latest treatment methods and techniques. The center, with a total budget of about 220 million USD for the period 2011 to 2015, was co-funded by European Union Structural Funds through the Operational Program Research and Development for Innovations. At present, the number of employees in the FNUSA-ICRC is about 300, mainly specialists working in 27 international research teams.
ICRC will bring in the KARDIOVIZE project which is the only population-based cardiovascular health prevention project in Central and Eastern Europe together with the teams searching for new methods and technologies for effective prevention, early diagnostics and individualized treatment of cardiometabolic, immunological and neurological diseases or cancer, and more recently aging related disorders.
ICRC will benefit from establishment of the joint standardized biobanking capacity and harmonized protocols, questionnaires, and standard operation procedures that will increase comparability of data from existing studies and allow for longitudinal, trans- generation, and international comparisons. A newly established joint platform combines unique know-how of all partners for addressing new multidisciplinary challenges.