October 2008
The KMD Foundation was proud to collaborate with Charles University 2nd Medical Faculty to host the Regina’s Hope Breakfast Seminar. The event provided a forum for medical students and faculty at Charles University to discuss the importance of global medical education, networking, and sharing of knowledge and expertise. Representatives from The KMD Foundation presented information about the opportunities offered by the Regina’s Hope Medical Program, and past student participants shared their experiences. The seminar’s speakers included: Dr. Jan Stary, Head of the Department of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, Dr. Ondrej Hrusak, Dean of Charles University 2nd Medical Faculty, former Regina’s Hope Medical Program participants Dr. Karel Svojgr and Ladislav Douda, and representatives of The KMD Foundation, Jana Sevcikova and Kristyna M. Driehaus.

September 2008
With the assistance of the KMD Foundation representatives from medical universities in Prague and Chicago met to foster transatlantic collaborations for the benefit of advancing medical education opportunities for their students. Dr. Raymond Curry, Dean of Education at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Dr. Ondrej Hrusak, Dean of Charles University 2nd Medical Faculty, and Dr. Jan Stary, Head of the Department of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, met in Prague’s Motol Hospital to discuss the development of school’s Global Health Partnership and the continual participation in medical programs facilitated by The KMD Foundation.

August 2008
The KMD Foundation is excited to support the “Ahh . . . Decadence!” exhibition in the Art Institute of Chicago’s historic Sullivan Galleries. Inspired by the success of Otto Urban’s 2006-2007 show of Czech Decadent art “In Morbid Colors” in Prague, Czech Republic, the Art Institute showcases the work of over 40 artists to reflect a careful and critical perspective on the contemporary condition of the themes of decadence. In January 2010, Ahh . . . Decadence! will travel to the Meet Factory, a contemporary art center in Prague.

For more information about the Ahh . . . Decadence! exhibition, contact the School of the Art Institute Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State St, Chicago, 312.629-6635 or their website: http://www.saic.edu/art_design/galleries/index.html#exhibit_info/SLC_17909

June 2008
The KMD Foundation is happy to contribute to the success and detailed research of the documentary film: “Citizen Vaclav Havel Works in a Brewer.,” Co-produced by Jan Novak and Adam Novak, the film is scheduled to open on November 12 in the Czech Republic as a part of the Pallasfest.

The filmmakers Jan and Adam Novak describe the importance of their work: “Václav Havel is the retired president of the Czech Republic. He was a playwright, an essayist and the country’s most famous dissident before leading the Velvet Revolution of 1989 which ended four decades of totalitarian rule in Czechoslovakia…Back then Václav Havel and his fellow dissidents led stressful lives as try-to-live-in-truth misfits in a corrupt and comatose society and it has taken its toll on them. Many of them have already died and the time is running out to capture the rhythms, the humor, the pathos, and the sheer absurdity of that brutal period in the words of those who had lived it with gritted teeth.”

May 2008
A medical student from Charles University Medical School in Prague was accepted for The KMD Foundation’s fourth annual Regina’s Hope Medical Program. Participants in this program have a unique opportunity to complete a month-long medical training in the Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Children’s Memorial Hospital, where they work as part of a multidisciplinary team responsible for the management of complex patients with a variety of hematological conditions and malignancies, including acute leukemia and lymphoma.

April 2008
The KMD Foundation is proud to sponsor two young scholars from the Czech Republic to attend the 9th Annual Czech Workshop. The Workshop is hosted by the Roberta Buffet Center for International and Comparative Studies at Northwestern University and gathers together scholars from a wide variety of disciplines to present, discuss and critique original and innovative academic research in the field of Czech studies. The Czech Workshop is the only annual event of its kind in North America and is the premier destination for scholars of all ranks working on the region.