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.”
Below is a link to an edited youtube video with Dr. Somers.