What is IKEM?
IKEM is the largest Czech medical research and clinical base, managed directly by the Ministry of Health, established in 1971. The Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine (IKEM) includes 4 specialised centres, 8 departments, 15 specialised divisions, bases and laboratories; IKEM employs 1,450 persons, 550 with university and 640 with secondary education.
What is the mission of IKEM?
Provide services for the benefit of health in accordance with the needs of citizens and with the interest of the society in the fields of prevention, diagnosis and therapy of diseases, in the spirit of the Hippocratic Oath and humanistic ideals of European and world medicine and medical science.
What values are advocated by IKEM?
Humane relationship towards patients, creative work, professionalism and invention, responsibility and competence, morality and honesty, human solidarity and mutual respect and collegiality.
What are the main roles of IKEM?
Specialised clinical activities in selected areas. Scientific and research activities. Education of scientists and involvement in education and training of physicians.
What are the focuses of IKEM specialised programmes and at what centres are they implemented?
The Cardiology Centre is focused on prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of cardiovascular diseases including heart transplantation under the cooperation of the departments of cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, anaesthesiology and resuscitation, preventive cardiology, and the laboratory for the research of atherosclerosis.
The Transplantation Centre outlines and coordinates the programme in relation to kidney transplantations, combined kidney and pancreas transplantations and liver transplantations under the collaboration of the departments of the transplantation surgery, anaesthesiology, resuscitation and intensive care, nephrology and hepatogastroenterology, the division of immunology and the division of transplantation documentation.
The Diabetology Centre provides care for patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes under the cooperation of the departments and divisions of diabetology, clinical pharmacology and the laboratories of clinical pathophysiology and of the islets of Langerhans.
The Complement of the three centres above comprises the sectors of outpatient care, imaging and laboratory methods, the centre of experimental medicine and the division of clinical rehabilitation, and the pharmacy of the institute.
What are the main features of clinical and research activities at IKEM?
Efforts to manage the most serious problems in terms of health and society. Choice of issues in connection to the tradition as well as modern trends of medicine. Multidisciplinary, team-based approach, both to patients and research tasks. Cooperation with a broad spectrum of medical centres within the country and in the world.
What do we understand as the purpose of IKEM’s activities?
Provide help to every individual patient. Seek the most efficient ways of disease prevention. Reduce morbidity, disability and mortality. Increase the quality of life of years we have added. Generalise information learned from clinical practice for the benefit of medical science.