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2009 Report on Activities

Publisher: | Last update: 16.10.2010

The five Reports on activities show that we have completed the first childhood period of creating an institution that can no longer be considered as a novice. In our report last year, I described the difficult fourth year, but today we can happily say that managing to fulfil the tasks and overcome the past problems has helped to move the Centre forward and open up new and different problems.

Dear ladies and gentlemen,

The five Reports on activities show that we have completed the first childhood period of creating an institution that can no longer be considered as a novice. In our report last year, I described the difficult fourth year, but today we can happily say that managing to fulfil the tasks and overcome the past problems has helped to move the Centre forward and open up new and different problems. Many interesting moments appear when assessing the completion of our first five years. During the last two years, the preparedness of the team to face the wild environment of acquiring financial resources mainly via grants was confirmed perfectly. I think that the team as a whole succeeded and proved that the first successes were not just cases of luck and that we have learned how to creatively prepare a good and strong project and be able to administer it formally and give it a specific form during implementation. The results are visible in the area of acquiring resources for both scientific research and development projects. In this context, it is pleasant to follow the promising development of research directions in the area of research into infectious diseases among drug users, research into the prison population, research into marijuana markets, mass media research or the direction of research in preventive interventions.

Some of the projects are approaching their end, which increases the pressure to see the first results of our work in the form of publication outputs as the priority for the coming years. It will be very interesting to follow whether and how the Centre is able to manage the transformation of the whole team to function in a standard regime and handle the age handicap caused by the weak representation of the middle and older generations. It will be the publication outputs and maturity in processing the results of the research work that will prove to what extent it was possible to prepare the background and conditions for the teamfrom this perspective too and to “calm down” the lively and young team in such a manner that they can manage the completion of their fast growth process in a disciplined and cultivated manner and learn how to benefit from their efforts of the last few years. Without articles and quality published analyses, data in computers and on desks are useless. At the same time, the requirements and rules of top world journals represent a special “performance category” where it is not easy for such a young team to succeed and where experience, concentration and discretion play an important role.

However, our Centre is growing very dynamically from the qualitative and quantitative point of view and I belive that the first generation of staff that participated in its creation have progressed in many cases to such a stage of professional development that succeeding in such a task is a logical consequence of all the processes that have been running so far. The growing volume of experience from our first international projects and acquiring more and more experience in this area will surely serve as a catalyst for the maturation process of the team and also represent motivation for further work.

Of course, it is not only research projects that are pushing us forward. In 2009, several major events also happened  in the area of development projects and the participation of the Centre in the process of the consolidation of addictology in the Czech Republic. In the area of education, we passed an imaginary milestone by completing the development of the undergraduate programme. We managed to completely fulfil the task set for this year, i.e. to finalise the creation of the master's programme, secure its successful accreditation and, in parallel, to prepare the first entrance exams for this programme. It was with anticipation that I followed the process of finalising the accreditation file and then the accreditation itself. When submitting the file, I was proud to see that within less than a year we had managed to prepare a strong study programme and propose an appropriate structure and content for the master's level of our study programme. I was delighted to see that the Accreditation Commission, by its decision, confirmed that I was right.

The file obtained a positive assessment and we received the accreditation at the first attempt. As traditionally, we could say immodestly, but the team has something to be really proud of, as the programme develops very well the level set for the bachelor's programme and establishes new perspectives for the whole discipline. We are therefore closing the year 2009 with the preparation of the entrance exams for the 2010/2011 school year, when, for the first time in history, not only will we open the two bachelor's programmes, but the Dean will also welcome the first students of the related master's programme. We have been stressing the importance of continuity and we close the first five years of our existence in a situation where it is possible to study addictology in the Czech Republic on both the bachelor's and master's levels and where we have a comprehensive undergraduate education system for the discipline.

Another area where we managed to complete our work was the preparation of the qualification course that will replace the bachelor's degree for some colleagues from practice that have another university qualification. In connection with this, we managed to successfully complete the project and submit it to the MEYS tender in the area of systemic solutions for education in prevention. The project obtained a positive assessment and our Centre became the holder of a grant with a nationwide impact, with the aim being to perform the pilot verification of various models of education in prevention in five regions in total and subsequently to prepare for the Ministry a long-term conceptual solution of education and coordination for the entire area of the primary prevention of risk behaviour among children and young people. The project is a very ambitious one and I am very pleased that all our local partners in the CR got engaged in it with enthusiasm and courage and that in this context we also managed to extend the cooperation that has started with our foreign partners in this area, mainly with Great Britain and Belgium.

Of course there were not just successes in 2009 and I could write long lines about where we had, and are still having, problems and faced, and are still facing, obstacles. It is not difficult to imagine the situation of a team that is developing its institutional profile in a way for which our home environment is not ready and where we have to build everything for our discipline from scratch. On the other hand, it is great that we are able to get support and understanding for our work not only from the management of the Faculty and Hospital, but also from our partner organisations and the state administration and local administration institutions and NGOs. I am very grateful for this support and I believe that our work so far represents a good proof of how we used and are using the support in a considerate and positive way for the benefit of the discipline and therefore also students and patients.


Doc. PhDr. Michal Miovský, PhD.

Head of the Centre for Addictology PK 1. LF UK and VFN


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