Eva Sykova

Professor Eva Syková, M.D., Ph.D., FCMR, received her degrees from Charles University, Prague. In 1983 she became Head of the Laboratory of Neurohumoral Regulations, in 1990 the Head of the Dept. of Neuroscience at the Institute of Experimental Medicine. In 1996 she founded the Institute of Neuroscience at Charles University and was appointed its Chairman. Since 2001 she has been Head of the Center for Cell Therapy and Tissue Repair and Director of the Institute of Experimental Medicine, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. She is an elected member of Academia Europaea, a fellow of Academia Medica Bohemica (FCMR) and has received numerous prizes. She has published 229 publications in extenso, which have been cited 5686 times; she is the author of 5 patents, and her hindex is 42. She obtained a grant from the European Union to build an Innovation Biomedical Center, where spin-off companies can develop in a business incubator and which has GMP facilities allowing the production of stem cells for clinical use. The scientific interests of Professor Syková include both basic and clinical research, e.g. the origins, mechanisms and maintenance of ionic and volume homeostasis in the CNS; spinal cord physiology; the use of biomaterials as tissue bridges, nanofibers as 3D stem cell carriers and nanoparticles for stem cell imaging; and the role of stem cells in the rescue and replacement of damaged tissue, particularly after spinal cord injury. She is currently leading several clinical studies, including a Phase I/II study in patients with spinal cord injury.