Research Infrastructure (RI)
The state-of-the-art Research Infrastructure, consisting of three main Core Facilities, supports the Center’s research activities; It operates in Open-Access, providing services to internal and external users from academia and industry.
RECETOX Research infrastructure provides both physical and virtual access to its capacities.
Information about the services is available in the description of individual core facilities and the users section
The composition of core facilities forming the Research Infrastructure provides the basis for the implementation of interdisciplinary research projects which incorporate:
- Analysis of a wide spectrum of anthropogenic and natural toxins in various environmental and biological matrices
- Long-term environmental and population studies
- Development of comprehensive software tools for data management, analysis, interpretation, and visualization
In 2010, RECETOX RI was incorporated into the Roadmap of Large Research Infrastructures of the Czech Republic, supported by the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.
RECETOX RI also participated in the establishment of the Czech national Node of ACTRIS RI (ESFRI RI).
At present, RECETOX aims to create a new distributed research infrastructure in the field of environmental exposure assessment at European level (ESFRI).
RECETOX Research Infrastructure in 2020
3 core facilities
The RECETOX Research Infrastructure is divided into three core facilities providing professional services.
60 % of users were external
Almost two thirds of infrastructure users come from foreign or other national research institutions.
770 person-days & 15,000 analyses
implemented by users and for users in open access mode
participated in the training, workshops, and other events organized by the research infrastructure
RECETOX Central Laboratories
The Trace Analytical Laboratories, Microbiome and Biomarker laboratories, and Environmental monitoring networks comprise the RECETOX Central laboratories. The laboratories follow established analytical methods and strict quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) measures, and utilize advanced equipment and techniques for sampling, extraction, fractionation, purification, and analysis.
Population studies CELSPAC
In 2014, RECETOX established a third core facility - the population studies research platform, responsible for implementing studies such as the CELSPAC, ELSPAC, and TNG (The New Generation). The facility also manages large-scale epidemiological databases and the new biobank.
The facility develops the system, environment and support for the operation of the RECETOX research infrastructure and the centre's research groups, and ensure comprehensive management of research data and their interoperability. It also provides access to databases and information systems, such as GENASIS, and provides users with specific services and biostatistic and bioinformatics analyzes of data from existing databases, but also from new experiments or users' own data.
Non-analytical laboratory capacities
The capacities of the Trace analysis laboratories are complemented by the capacities of specialized laboratories supporting research in photochemistry, supramolecular chemistry, toxicology and protein engineering. Access to these laboratories follows the same rules as access to the above-mentioned core facilities.
Information for Open Access Research Infrastructure Users is available in the For Users section.