Investment in the development of our medical knowledge is crucial and that is why the Neuron Fund supports researchers who are trying to make progress in the field of medicine.

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In 2014, the Neuron Fund will award up to CZK 1 million to one project in applied (clinical) medical research.

The Neuron Fund for the Support of Science aims to support projects by a younger generation of researchers that promise outstanding results and have the potential for publication in prestigious peer-reviewed journals.


Doc. Ing. František Štěpánek, Ph.D. – Technologies for Survival in the Post-Antibiotic Era
Developing new methods to fight resistant bacteria, this project focuses on the application of smart carriers, so-called chemical microrobots, that allow an in situ synthesis of highly effective, evolution-tested bactericidal substances of natural origin that have a short half-life in order to prevent drug resistance.

MUDr. Přemysl Jiruška, Ph.D. – Neuronal Organization and Dynamics of Cortical Epileptic Foci
The mechanisms behind neocortical epilepsy have not been fully explained. This project focuses on the research of neuronal organization and dynamics of cortical epileptic foci. Unlocking this problem is crucial to developing new diagnostic methods and a more effective epilepsy treatment.

Mgr. Karel Vališ, Ph.D. – Molecular Characterization of Hippo/MST Pathway in Cancer Cells
This project explores further aspects of the activation of Hippo/MST pathway in cancer cells exposed to the effect of anti-cancer drugs from the mitocans class. Recent studies of the fruit fly demonstrate regulation of the dMyc gene of the Hippo-Warts-Yki pathway and the latest findings suggest a similar regulation of the cMYC oncogene in cancer cells when treated with mitocans. Since the cMYC oncogene is crucial for the malignant transformation and tumor growth, this research area represents a hopeful direction in cancer treatment.

Vladimír Scholtz – Use of Low-Temperature Plasma for Treatment of Dermatomycosis
The aim of this grant is to study the use of low-temperature plasma generated by corona discharge for the treatment of dermatomycosis. In the first stage, there will be model experiments to kill various strains of dermatophytic fungi in the cultivation medium; the second stage will focus on the treatment of mycosis in lab animals.

Prof. MUDr. Josef Veselka, CSc. – guarantor medicine

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