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EU $220 million grant supports Mayo-Czech research using 'space station' approach
Date:8/3/2011

ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Mayo Clinic will receive $10 million in research funding from the European Union (EU) as part of a $220 million grant to its collaborator, the St. Anne's University Hospital in Brno, the Czech Republic. The overall award will be used to support clinical research and education at the International Clinical Research Center (ICRC) at St. Anne's and will focus initially on cardiovascular and neurological studies. Mayo's portion will support the collaboration in the United States. It is anticipated that because of the novel research involved, the center's work will advance medical research, education and patient care in Europe and beyond.

The ICRC-Mayo application for the EU funds received the highest rating on scientific quality of all entries and is believed to mark the first time a U.S. research institution has received a significant portion of a major EU medical research award, says Virend Somers, M.D., Ph.D., Mayo principal investigator in the collaboration and the center's international scientific director.

"This is the result of a long-term collaboration between us and our Czech colleagues, and we are excited to see it has gained such substantial support," Dr. Somers says. "The magnitude and scope of this grant indicates that the EU has recognized Brno and the Czech Republic as one of the emerging leaders in innovative medical research in Europe."

Part of the funding will pay for the center's expanding facilities, now under construction on the St. Anne's University Hospital campus in Brno, the second largest city in the Czech Republic. It also will support research collaborations with other medical centers across Europe.

"The ICRC will function much like the international space station," explains Tomas Kara, M.D., Ph.D., head of the ICRC and Brno's lead investigator on the grant, who trained at Mayo Clinic. "Fellow researchers will come from other countries to work together in the new center to solve p
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Contact: Robert Nellis
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Mayo Clinic
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