Sharing datasets of the COVID-19 epidemic in the Czech Republic
PLOS ONE 2022;17(4):e0267397
With the end of 2021 approaching, the EU iPAAC Joint Action is also coming to an end. Its main output is an online database of projects, activities and recommendations in various areas of cancer prevention and care, to the development of which the joint workplace of the Institute of Biostatistics and Analyses at the Faculty of Medicine of the Masaryk University and the Institute of Health Information and Statistics of the Czech Republic has significantly contributed.
The Infomore.cz website has recently won the AMEC Awards, a global competition for media analysts. The project won in the category focused on effective planning, research and evaluation of communication.
The Innovative Partnership for Action Against Cancer (iPAAC) Joint Action brings together 24 partners across Europe whose main objectives are to build upon deliverables of the CANCON Joint Action and to implement innovative approaches to cancer control. The joint workplace of IBA FM MU and IHIS CR is mainly responsible for the management of the work package No. 2, i.e. communication and dissemination of results, but participates in other activities as well.
IBA FM MU provides background information for three cancer screening programmes: breast, colorectal and cervical cancer screening. This involves the collection of de-identified data and their statistical evaluation, which makes it possible to monitor the quality and impact of each of the screening programmes in the long term. The official websites Mamo.cz, Kolorektum.cz and Cervix.cz are integral parts of the above-mentioned background information. As for the evaluation of the programmes, IBA FM MU cooperates closely with the National Screening Centre of the IHIS CR.
EMPIRE is an international registry of patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Its objectives include the evaluation of epidemiology of this disease in Central and Eastern Europe, determination of basic patients’ characteristics, as well as monitoring of results of modern therapeutic approaches. IBA FM MU coordinates the project and provides the technological background for data collection from 50 centres located in 11 European countries, analytical outputs and data for research papers.
IBA FM MU is a member of the MEFANET (MEdical FAculties NETwork), which aims to build and to strengthen cooperation among medical faculties and healthcare faculties in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, particularly as regards the development in education using modern information and communication technology.
The Medical Simulation Centre (SIMU) at the Faculty of Medicine of the Masaryk University will be a unique teaching facility where practical education of FM MU students will take place. IBA FM MU develops software for education support and helps with the introduction of a new form of clinical examination of students.
IBA FM MU guarantees the study programme Computational Biology and Medicine, which enables students to gain an insight into natural sciences and to apply methods of mathematical statistics, modelling and programming in the analysis and interpretation of biological and medical data.