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CEITEC scientists establish cooperation in neuroscience and cancer research in Canada

Representatives of CEITEC (the Central European Institute of Technology) successfully completed negotiations pertaining to cooperation with a number of research and government institutions in Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal. The negotiations were organized under the auspices of the Canadian Embassy in Prague and the Czech Embassy in Ottawa. The aim of the mission was to establish cooperation in neurosciences and cancer research.

The mission to Canada began in Ottawa with a series of presentations and subsequent negotiations with the representatives from the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and other government institutions including Networks of Centres of Excellence of Canada, Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, Canada Foundation for Innovation, National Research Council of Canada, Canada Commercialization Consortium.

Experiences have been exchanged and more cooperation established in the area of medical research programs. The Coordinators of the Brain and Mind Research research program, Milan Brázdil, took part in a series of negotiations with peers from the Rotman Centre, the Kremblin Neuroscience Centre and at McGill University in Montreal. He succeeded in establishing cooperation with the Rotman Centre's Tomáš Paus in the preparation of an intergenerational research project in health prevention in the new field of population neuroscience. There are possibilities for cooperation with experts at the Tanz Centre for Neurodegenerative Diseases in Parkinson's and Alzheimer's research.

The Coordinator of the Molecular Medicine research program Šárka Pospíšilová and Michael Doubek, also consider the visit to top Canadian workplaces to be successful. "I see the visit to the Genome Innovation Centre at McGill University, which is equipped with first-class technology for the analysis of genetic information, as the most beneficial", said Pospíšilová. A discussion with Pavel Hamet, Professor of Medicine at the University of Montreal, has resulted in finding areas for joint projects which can cut costs in the treatment of chronic diseases, mainly cancer and heart and circulatory diseases.

The CEITEC mission to Canada was initiated by Suzanne Drisdelle-Guven, Senior Trade Commissioner at the Embassy of Canada to the Czech Republic. The support of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Ottawa was also important. "Our aim is to help Czech research institutions in establishing cooperation in life sciences and health care in Canada. It is the priority of the governments of both countries to make the expenses on health care more effective, and modern biological research can contribute to it", said Karel Žebrakovský, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Canada.