Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine (IKEM)
The Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine is the largest specialised clinical and science & research institute in the Czech Republic. IKEM is focused on the fields of cardiovascular diseases, organ transplants, diabetology and metabolism disorders. IKEM is a contributory organisation directly managed by the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic.
Payments for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures from health insurance companies are the main financial resource of IKEM. Research activities are funded by grants from Czech and foreign grant agencies. A part of its financial resources are also obtained by IKEM from services provided to other organisations, for example, to pharmaceutical companies, through cooperation with them in the development of medicines.
IKEM was established in 1971 upon integration of six research institutes that were until then independent – the Institute for Clinical and Experimental Surgery, Institute for Circulatory System Diseases, Institute for Public Nutrition Research, Research Institute for Experimental Therapy, Research Institute for the Use of Radioisotopes in Medicine, and Research Institute for Electronics and Modelling in Medicine. Their integration gave rise to the largest science & research institute comprising three specialised centres – the Cardiology Centre , Transplantation Centre , and the Diabetology Centre .