Research Grants & Competitions

Visegrad Scholarship Program


How it Works

The young scientists who are chosen for these awards spend a maximum of 4 semesters at the host organization. IVF provides €2,300 per semester, and the corresponding host universities/institutes receive €1,500 per semester for each scholar. Cedars-Sinai RECOOP HST Association matches $1,500 in funds for laboratory expenses and consumables for the host center.

  • Scholarship: Nataliya Finiuk, Department of Regulation of Cell Proliferation and Apoptosis, Institute of Cell Biology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Lviv, Ukraine 
  • Project title: Obesity in pregnancy: the impacts of bone morphogenetic and inhibitor of DNA-binding proteins in rats 
  • Location: Department of Pharmacodynamics and Biopharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Szeged, Hungary, Cedars-Sinai RECOOP HST Research Centers
  • Dates: September 2017 to January 2018
  • Scholarship: Alexander Karmash, intern at the Department of Regulation of Cell Proliferation and Apoptosis, Institute of Cell Biology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Lviv, Ukraine, and Department of Biochemistry, Ivan Franko Lviv National University, Ukraine  
  • Project title: Role of disease-related changes in immunoglobulin IgG glycosylation 
  • Location: Horváth Csaba Laboratory of Bioseparation Sciences at the Research Centre for Molecular Medicine, University of Debrecen, Hungary 
  • Dates: September 2014 to January 2015 
  • Scholarship: Ivana Koborová, Institute of Molecular Biomedicine, Medical Faculty, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovak Republic 
  • Project title: Relationship of SSAO/VAP-1 and insulin resistance in adolescents  
  • Location: Department of Pharmacodynamics, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary  
  • Dates: September 2014 to January 2015

Bohdan Malaniak Young Scientist Research Grants


The Bohdan Malaniak Young Scientist Research Grant was established in 2014 to promote collaboration between young clinicians and scientists and to encourage multicenter collaborative research among CRRCs. The appointing and host organizations can be basic or translational research organizations and may have an assisting organization with a clinical practice. All research projects, performed lab tests and measurements must have clinical relevance.

2018 Grant Recipients

  • Project title: Polymorphic variants of interleukin-13 R130Q and interleukin-4 T589C in children with and without cow’s milk allergy 
  • Project period: 12 months 
  • Budget: $5,000  
  • Applicant CRRC: Department of Pediatrics № 2 in Danylo Halytsky Lviv National, Lviv City Children’s Clinical Hospital  
  • Supervisor: Lesya Besh 
  • Collaborating CRRC #1: Slovak Medical University in Bratislava, Slovakia  
  • Collaborating young scientist: Dana Kosorinová 
  • Supervisor of the young scientist’s collaborating CRRC: Katarína Volkovová 
  • Collaborating CRRC #2: Department of Food Chemistry and Nutrition, Institute of Food Quality, Safety and Nutrition; Faculty of Food Science, Szent István University, Budapest, Hungary 
  • Collaborating young scientist: Nándor Takács, PhD, assistant professor 
  • Supervisor of the young scientist’s collaborating CRRC: Livia Simon Sarkadi, PhD, professor
  • Project title: Enterovirus diagnosis: upgrading to a higher level 
  • Project period: 12 months 
  • Budget: $5,000 
  • Applicant organization: Slovak Medical University, Bratislava, Slovakia 
  • Supervisor: Shubhada Bopegamage, PhD, MSc, professor 
  • Collaborating CRRC: Faculty of Medical Health Sciences, University of Defence, Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic 
  • Collaborating young scientist: Radek Sleha, PhD, MS 
  • Supervisor of the young scientist’s collaborating CRRC: Professor Pavel Bostik, MD, PhD

2017 Grant Recipients

  • Project title: Superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles as bio-imaging agent and carrier of anticancer drugs  
  • Project period: 24 months 
  • Budget: Because of the large scale of the project, which includes 4 partners for 2 years, the requested amount is $5,000 annually for 2 years. Payment is dependent on project progression. 
  • Applicant CRRC: Danylo Halytsky Lviv National Medical University 
  • Supervisors: Lesya Kobylinska, Roman Lesyk 
  • Collaborating CCRC #1: Department of Polymer Particles, Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Czech Academy of Sciences 
  • Collaborating young scientist: Maksym Moskvin 
  • Supervisor of the young scientist’s collaborating CRRC: Daniel Horak 
  • Collaborating CCRC #2: Department of Histology and Embryology, University of Zagreb, School of Medicine 
  • Collaborating young scientist: Marina Dobrivojevic 
  • Supervisor of the young scientist’s collaborating CRRC: Srecko Gajovic 
  • Collaborating CCRC #3: Department of Regulation of Cell Proliferation and Apoptosis, Institute of Cell Biology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine 
  • Collaborating young scientist: Lilya Lehka 
  • Supervisor of the young scientist’s collaborating CRRC: Rostyslav Stoika

2016 Grant Recipients

  • Project title: The role of insulin resistance and altered structure of lipid rafts in neurodegenerative disorders 
  • Applicant organization: Department of Pharmacodynamics, Semmelweis University 
  • Supervisor: Éva Szökő, Tamás Tábi 
  • Collaborating CCRC: Department of Medical Biology, University of Osijek 
  • Collaborating young scientist: Vedrana Ivic 
  • Supervisor of the young scientist’s collaborating CCRC: Marija Heffer
  • Project title: The impact of obesity on pregnant rat uterine contractility: crosstalk of adipokines and Wnt proteins 
  • Applicant organization: University of Szeged, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacodynamics and Biopharmacy 
  • Supervisor: Róbert Gáspár 
  • Collaborating CCRC: Department of Regulation of Cellular Proliferation and Apoptosis, Institute of Cell Biology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Lviv, Ukraine 
  • Collaborating young scientist: Finiuk Nataliya, PhD  
  • Supervisor of the young scientist’s collaborating CCRC: Olexandr Korchynskyi
  • Project title: The role of oxidative stress in development of impaired vascular response in obese pre-diabetic elderly rats of both sexes treated with metformin or liraglutide 
  • Applicant organization: Faculty of Medicine, Osijek, University Josip Juraj Strossmayer Osijek 
  • Supervisor: Ines Drenjancevic 
  • Collaborating CCRC: Department of Pharmacodynamics and Biopharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Szeged 
  • Collaborating young scientist: ZitaTiszai 
  • Supervisor of the young scientist’s collaborating CCRC: Robert Gaspar
  • Project title: Correlation between placental vascularization indices and sFlt-1/PlGF ratio in preeclampsia screening 
  • Applicant organization: Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Szeged, Hungary 
  • Supervisor: Andrea Surányi, MD, PhD 
  • Collaborating CCRC: Faculty of Medicine, University Josip Juraj Strossmayer, Osijek, Croatia  
  • Collaborating young scientist: Martina Vulin, MD  
  • Supervisor of the young scientist’s collaborating CCRC: Andrijana Müller, MD, PhD

2014 Grant Recipient

  • Project title: Impact of acute and chronic stress on cardiovascular diseases 
  • Applicant organization: Medical Faculty, Osijek, Croatia 
  • Host organization: Department of Pharmacodynamics and Biopharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Szeged, Hungary 
  • Appointing organization: Department of Medical Biology, Laboratory of Neurobiology, Faculty of Medicine, University Josip Juraj Strossmayer, Osijek, Croatia 
  • Assisting organizations with lab tests and measurements having clinical relevance: Institute of Cardiology, Medical School and Health Science Center, University of Debrecen, Hungary

RECOOP HST organized the first Art and Sciences Competition in Budapest, Hungary, in 2016. Inspired by the beauty of living organisms, RECOOP HST scientists submitted artwork depicting life at the molecular, subcellular or cellular level. Each year, the winning works of art created by scientists are displayed during the Bridges in Life Sciences Annual Scientific Conference.

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