Research Infrastructure (RI)

The center’s research activities are supported by state-of-the-art Research Infrastructure, which is concentrated in three main Core Facilities.

The Research Infrastructure operates through an "open access" framework, providing services to internal and external users from academia and industry.

RECETOX Research infrastructure provides both the physical and virtual access to its capacities. 
The information about it's services is available in the description of individual core facilities and the section for users. 

The composition of core facilities forming the Research Infrastructure provides the basis for the implementation of interdisciplinary research projects which incorporate:

  1. Analysis of a wide spectrum of anthropogenic and natural toxins in various environmental and biological matrices
  2. Long-term environmental and population studies
  3. 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

7000 users

participated in the training, workshops, and other events organized by the research infrastructure

RECETOX Central Laboratories

The RECETOX Central laboratories comprise the Trace Analytical Laboratories, Microbiome and Biomarker laboratories, and Environmental monitoring networks. The laboratories follow established analytical methods and strict quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) measures, utilizing advanced equipment and techniques for sampling, extraction, fractionation, purification, and analysis.

RECETOX Central Laboratories

Population studies CELSPAC

In 2014, RECETOX established a third core facility - the population studies research platform, responsible for implementing population studies such as the CELSPAC, ELSPAC, and TNG (The New Generation). The core facility manages large-sale epidemiological databases and the new biobank for future research.

More about the Population studies CELSPAC

Data services

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.

Data services

Non-analytical laboratory capacities

The capacities of accredited Trace analysis laboratories are complemented by distributed capacities of specialized laboratories supporting research in the areas of photochemistry, supramolecular chemistry, toxicology and protein engineering. Access to these laboratories is follows the same rules as access to the above-mentioned core facilities.

More about non-analytical capacities

Information for Open Access Research Infrastructure Users is available in the For Users section.

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