The Brno Ph.D. Talent Programme has been supporting young scientists working in Brno since 2009. In total, 250 of them have been supported, and this year another 25 have been added (18 from Masaryk University and 7 from the University of Technology). They will receive CZK 330,000 for three years of doctoral studies. The programme is financed by the City of Brno from its budget, and the South Moravian Centre for International Mobility (JCMM) supervises the scholarship competition.
The awards ceremony was attended by the Minister for Science, Research and Innovation Helena Langšádlová, the Rector of MU Martin Bareš with his colleagues from the BUT Ladislav Janicek and Jan Mareš from Mendel University and the Vice-Rector for Science and Doctoral Studies Šárka Pospíšilová.
The following PhD MED MUNi students were awarded:
Anna Dorotíková, SP Biomedical Sciences (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) - she studies the interaction of cell metabolism with melanoma growth pathways, which could lead to the identification of new therapeutic targets.
Sonia Kadakova, SP Biomedical Sciences (Cell and Tissue Morphology) - uncovers the mechanisms that lead to the development of Alzheimer's disease using induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) models.
Petra Kulíšková, SP Medical Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology - deals with the definition of the properties of splice forms of the uPAR protein and the determination of their representation in immune cells of patients with rheumatoid arthritis and bronchial asthma. The results of the project could contribute to the understanding of this issue and to the improvement of therapeutic approaches in the future.
Petr Nejedlý, SP Neuroscience - investigates the use of artificial intelligence for automatic localization of epileptic foci and prediction of epileptic seizures in intracranial EEG. The final goal is to develop a method to facilitate the diagnosis of pharmacoresistant epilepsy.
We congratulate all the awardees and wish them success in their future scientific work.