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National Institute of Mental Health
Biotechnology and Biomedicine

National Institute of Mental Health

General description


NIMH is a referential research centre for the field of mental health in the Czech Republic, with an international impact. The focus of the institute is research into the neurobiological mechanisms leading to the development of the most severe mental disorders (schizophrenia, disorders of mood, anxiety, sleep and cognitive disorders). Its activity also includes the development and testing of new diagnostic and therapeutic methods. The approach to addressing the issue is based on a mutual interconnection of the methodologies of molecular biology, animal modelling, and clinical research and testing. NIMH also provides standard and highly specialized institutional and outpatient care. NIMH is a holder of the European HR Excellence in Research Award.

Key Research Facilities, Infrastructure and Equipment

  • Conduction of clinical trials focused on diagnosis, prevention, and remediation of risk factors threatening mental health of the individual
    State-of-the art MRI facilities (3T Siemens Prisma MRI scanner) and computer infrastructure
  • Outpatient and inpatient clinics, extensive laboratory facilities
  • Advanced computer based behavioural methods including the prepulse inhibition of startle responses (PPI), open-field arenas, Multiconditioning System
  • Accredited surgery room
  • Analytical centre focused on neurochemical analysis, particularly microdialysis samples (mass spectrometry systems, hybrid mass spectrometer LTQ Orbitrap Velos, liquid chromatographs with UV-vis detection, gas chromatographs)
  • Equipment needed for histology cryocut and freezing microtome for tissue preparation, microscope equipped with fluorescence, light microscopy, digital cameras and all necessary software and computer plotting system.
  • Systems for video/EEG recording
  • Equipment for immunoblotting including: a centrifuge with rotors, vertical electrophoresis, a wet and semi-dry transfer device (Bio-Rad, USA), 2-D and 3-D shakers, a film processing device and evaluation software (Raytest, Germany).


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Contact us to know more about our location and work environment. Please use the main contact for questions related to administrative matters. Please contact the supervisors/group leaders of respective research groups regarding feasibility of your research proposal with regard to the research group activities.

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Research groups

The following research groups of this Hosting organisation are involved in the first call of MERIT. The candidates can freely formulate their own research topic aligned with activities and research focus of these research groups.

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2 calls
30 fellowships
30 months