Cutting-edge biomedical research center to open near Prague
The Czech Academy of Science and Prague’s Charles University have come together to launch a new top-of-the-line scientific center, that should place the Czech Republic on the map of modern biomedical research. Supported partially by EU funds and the Czech government, the BIOCEV project was officially launched on Tuesday, though some of its researchers are already making headway in the field of genetic research.
The scientific coordinator of the center Václav Pačes explains the main drive behind the creation of a center that should narrow the gap between scientific research and industry:
“We would like to make Biocev a truly international, or at least a pan-European, institution that will focus on taking the results of basic research and finding practical applications, for example in the field of medicine.”
The center wants to be international not only in the level of its research, but also in the makeup of its staff. Although many positions have not been filled yet, Biocev has already hired researchers from countries like Australia, Canada, Germany and Turkey. They also hope to attract Czech scientists who previously went abroad because of a lack of opportunities to advance their careers in their home country.
Associate Professor Radislav Sedláček, who leads the Functional Genomic team, explains the practical applications of this mutation:
“We use this gene as a sort-of marker which helps us watch the processes that take place in the skin as lesions heal.”
This type of research is quite unique, and since the genetic make-up of mice is almost identical to that of humans, the implications may be highly practical and useful. Once the new research center is built, researchers from all over the world, as well as hundreds of students, will be able to carry out further experiments in its facilities.
“We have the support of the mayors of Vestec and the surrounding towns. We are in talks with them over the construction, for example, of apartments for our staff, so they really settle down there and so they can help the region develop as well.”