Narcolepsy is a rare chronic neurological disease, which is different from feeling tired all the time. A person suffering from this disease falls asleep impulsively (while eating, talking, working) and even without feelings of refreshedness, which disrupts his daily functioning.
Do you want to find out if you too suffer from excessive daytime sleepiness or narcolepsy?
Our colleague Jaroslava Kopcakova attended a transnational working meeting of PARIPRE project in Olomouc, Czechia from 17th to 19th January 2023.
After the presentation of the project updates and discussion, the main focus was oriented on working on the detailed physical activity-related injuries epidemiological report in 5 countries, based on the data from HBSC studies and on the report from the Physical activity-related injuries prevention intervention study held in Slovakia and Slovenia.
She actively participated in the workshop “Health system barriers to vaccination in underserved communities: a tale of four countries” organized together with colleagues from the RIVER-EU project from Netherlands, Greece and Polland as a part of EUPHA conference held in Berlin November 9-12.
The short presentations were followed by a discussion with the participants, which touched on important topics and which was also appreciated by the moderator of the workshop – the president of The EUPHA Migrant and ethnic minority health section Dr Bernadette Kumar.
The first in-person RIVER-EU project consortium meeting is over. Our colleagues Daniela Filakovska and Jana Plavnicka spent last week in Berlin, meeting our consortium partners on 8th of November, discussing achieved milestones and planning project activities for the upcoming year. Challenges in front of us concern mainly the development and implementation of a tailored intervention with the aim to increase HPV vaccination in underserved communities.
From 23rd to 26th October 2022, our colleague Jaroslava Kopčáková and Peter Bakalár from the Faculty of Sport Prešov University participated in the ISPAH congress which is the largest physical activity and health Congress in the world and ISPAH is widely recognized as the leading global society of researchers and practitioners focussed on promoting physical activity across the life course.
Together with the colleague Aleš Gába from the Faculty of Physical Culture of Palacky University in Olomouc, who significantly helped in the processing of the national results of the Global Matrix 4.0 project, they presented these results and subsequently also the results of the PARIPRE project and the national VEGA project.
The congress also included the presentation of the global results of the Global Matrix 4.0 project with the participation of several national team leaders.
Our colleague Ivana Skoumalova attended a meeting of working group 4 in a COST ERNST project in Paris (October 24.-25., 2022). The working group 4 focuses mainly on achieving changes in rules and regulations by facilitating discussion on the legal, ethical, and organisational gaps and by promoting a common understanding of factors underlying the interventions designed to support second victims.
Read a new research article recently published in IJERPH: Low Health Literacy Is Associated with Poorer Physical and Mental Health-Related Quality of Life in Dialysed Patients.
We investigated the relationship between health literacy and quality of life in patients in the fifth stage of chronic kidney disease and specifically those on hemodialysis. We found that lower health literacy is related to a worse quality of life, including the physical component of the quality of life as well as the mental component of the quality of life. The findings imply that it is necessary to pay more attention to dialysis patients so that they can understand well the treatment, the recommendations regarding self-care at home, and that they really know how to act correctly on the basis of this information. It is equally important to offer them psychological help and to act supportively not only in terms of their physical health, but also their mental health.
We are very pleased that representatives of both universities, prof. Sijmen Reijneveld, assoc. prof. Jitse van Dijk and assoc. prof. Andrea de Winter from University of Groningen and rector prof. Pavol Sovák, prof. Silvia Ručinská, prof. Pavol Jarčuška and prof. Andrea Madarasová Gecková along with other colleagues from Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice met in person on 4th of October to plan upcoming defences within double degree PhD study programe planed for June 2023 and continue with discussions for future collaboration between our universities.
The ESET Science Award is an award that pays tribute to extraordinary people of Slovak science. The category Outstanding person of science in Slovakia honors scientists whose work over the past 10 years has made science visible in Slovakia, in the European or world scientific space in an exceptional way and has a real or potential impact on other areas of the life of Slovak society.
Andrea Madarasová Gecková was nominated for her outstanding work in the field of Health Psychology.
„There is good human potential in Slovakia. It just needs more space.“
How do psychological and social factors contribute to human health? This issue is addressed by Prof. Andrea Madarasová Gecková, PhD., who works at the Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences at Comenius University in Bratislava and the Faculty of Medicine at Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice. She has been developing the potential of young people and researching health psychology in Slovakia and the Czech Republic for more than 20 years.
In her work, Andrea Madarasová Gecková concentrates on vulnerable groups. She focuses on the possibilities for healthy development and fully-fledged life regardless of social and health background. She also studies psychological resilience to adverse conditions, situations and crises.
Professor Madarasová Gecková and her colleagues address four research topics. The first topic is the healthy development of adolescents, monitoring it, and discovering ways to promote it. The second topic is the examination of the tendencies of adolescents with emotional and behavioural problems in the care system and ways to improve them. The third topic covers the impact of extreme poverty on the health of the inhabitants of marginalised Roma communities. Her team is currently researching the first thousand days of life, as this period is crucial for healthy development. The fourth topic is living with chronic disease and the health-care system. They try to reveal what helps patients to live a good life despite chronic disease and how to get the most out of the health care provided. In this area, Andrea Madarasová Gecková also examines ways to support health professionals to perform their jobs as well as possible and not pay for it with their mental health.
She describes her work as an effort to give voice to those who need it, substantiated by scientific arguments. “We’re not doing this for fun,” the scientist explains. “We do our job where it really is needed, with those who need it. We want the world to change step by step into a better living place.” Professor Madarasová Gecková and her team work not only as scientists but also as ambassadors. They are working to popularize the results of studies in the media. They also involve specific experts working with vulnerable groups in their research.
Since childhood, Professor Madarasová Gecková has been intensively involved in sports, but in the end left the national judo team in order to study psychology. She says that sport taught her to use her potential, but the desire to know and a belief in human potential have taken her down a different path. She is a naturally curious person who likes to accept challenges. “A ‘don’t know’ is a challenge in science, not a threat. It is an adventure that makes it worthwhile to try, to be wrong, and to try again. Every unsuccessful attempt counts because it is the only way to know the unknown.” She studied psychology in Košice and defended her PhD. in sciences at the Faculty of Medical Sciences at the University of Groningen’in the Netherlands. She currently works at the universities in Bratislava and Košice as a coordinator of the Slovak national team of the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) project, which aims to monitor the health and health-related behaviour of schoolchildren. She is also the national representative of the COST network, which aims to promote the psychological resilience of health professionals.
In her leisure hours, Professor Madarasová Gecková tries to spend as much time as possible active outdoors. A few years ago, she started beekeeping. Besides her outdoor pursuits, she is a lover of literature and art. She has two teenage daughters and a mathematician husband, so science is way of life in their family.
You can watch the announcement of the laureates on October 14 at 19:00 on the ESET Science Award Facebook profile.