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6th year of the MEFANET conference brought new ideas for the education of future health professionals

20.12.2012 | More information...

The 6th year of the MEFANET conference was held in Brno, Czech Republic, from Tuesday 27th to Wednesday 28th November 2012. This conference provides a regular opportunity for teachers and students from medical faculties from all over the Czech Republic and Slovakia to meet experts in health care informatics and providers of electronical support in the education. Apart from methodical and educational aspects of e-learning at medical faculties in general, this year's conference has again dealt with the impact of this phenomenon on a specific medical specialty: a thematically focused symposium addressed the fields of orthopaedics, rheumatology and physiotherapy.


POPs monitoring experts in Brno

20.6.2012 | More information...

Research Centre for Toxic Compounds in the Environment (RECETOX) in cooperation with Institute of Biostatistics and Analyses (IBA MU) and the Secretariat of the Stockholm Convention on persistent organic pollutants have organized a 3-day expert meeting on the future of data handling under the Global Monitoring Plan of the Stockholm Convention (13-15 June 2012).


Agents of haemorrhagic fevers often change host

19.6.2012 Source: IBA MU, press release of the Academy of Sciences | More information...

Some New World Arenaviruses are known to cause human disease, which up to one third of patients die. The disease is spread principally by inhalation of aerosolized droplets of saliva, respiratory secretions, urine, or blood from infected rodents. Results of a recent research by biologists and data analyst from Masaryk University, Czech Academy of Sciences, and University of York, however, conflict with an earlier hypothesis that the viruses co-evolved with their rodent hosts. One of the world's most infectious classes of disease can therefore spread much more easily than previously thought.


White Nose Syndrome in Bats: joint research of the Brno research institutes

23.1.2012 Source: press release of the Academy of Sciences | More information...

Scientists from research centres of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Masaryk University, and Veterinary and Pharmaceutical University in Brno have proved that bats here suffer from white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease that is threatening the ecosystem in North America. In the Czech Republic as well as in other parts of Europe, bats with this syndrome die only very rarely and the disease has not yet caused a decline in the population numbers. Uncovering the cause of ‘European immunity’ could save North American bats and avert also the disruption of the biological balance in that part of the world.



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