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John Ctirad

Prof., MUDr., DrSc
Born August 15, 1920 in Číčenice, † 2018

  • Principles of efficiency of adjuvant immunization, immunology
  • Member of Learned Society since1994 (Founding member)
  • Member, Administrative Board, Foundation Fund, 1997-1999

Educational and professional preparation:

  • 1939, graduated, academic secondary school in Vodňany;
  • 1939, 1945-49, Faculty of Medicine, Charles University (FM CU);
  • 1949, MUDr., FM CU;
  • 1957, CSc., FM CU;
  • 1960, Associate Professor of microbiology and immunology at FM CU;
  • 1961-1962, study stay, Pasteur Institute in Paris;
  • 1987, DrSc., Faculty of Natural Science CU;
  • 1990, Professor, medical microbiology and immunology at the First Faculty of Medicine, CU

Employment and academic positions:

  • 1940-1942, Volunteer, Municipal Authority in Písek;
  • 1942-1945, teacher, apprentice school in Písek;
  • 1950-1952, assistant, Microbiological Institute, FM CU;
  • 1952-1955, post-graduate student, MI FM CU;
  • 1955-1960, lecturer, MI FM CU;
  • 1961-1970, Associate Professor, MI FM CU;
  • 1970-1980, temporary Head and 1981-1987, Head, Department of Microbiology and Immunology of FM CU;
  • 1988-1998, scientific worker, Laboratory for Special Medical Microbiology and Department of General Immunology, First FM CU.

Membership in selected domestic scientific bodies:

  • 1966-1999, Chairman, editorial board, Acta Universitatis Carolinae Medica;
  • 1960-1980, member editorial board, Folia Microbiologica;
  • 1972-1984, member, Commission for Defence of Candidatus Scientiarum Theses in Microbiology;
  • 1990-1998, member, Scientific Council of the First FM CU;
  • 1993-1998, member, Presidium, Grant Agency of the Czech Republic;
  • 1972-1993, Chairman, Commission for Doctorates in Microbiology;
  • 1993-1998, member, Scientific Council, AS CR;
  • 1993-1996, member, Scientific Council, Institute of Experimental Medicine, AS CR;
  • 1994-1998, member, Scientific Council, Institute of Microbiology, AS CR;
  • 1993-present, member, editorial board, Central Europe Journal of Public Health;
  • 2003-present, member, Scientific Council, State Institute of Health, Prague;
  • 2003-present, member, Commission for Scientific Integrity, AS CR;
  • 2004-present, member, Czech Medical Academy.

Membership and positions in international organisations and societies:

  • 1965-1975, member, internationalm group of experts in Epidemiology of Brucellosis, World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva)
  • 1967, member, panel of experts in imunology for The Teaching of Immunology WHO Medical Curriculum

Notable awards:

  • 1971, Annual Award, Presidium of the J.E. Purkyně Czechoslovak Medical Association
  • 1985, Purkyně Silver Medal, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences
  • 1989, Award, Rector of Charles University
  • 1985, Memorial Medal, Masaryk University, Brno
  • 1990, Purkyně Gold Plaque, CSAS
  • 1998, Jubilee Medal, Charles University
  • 2000, Honorary J. E. Purkyně Medal, AS CR
  • 2000, Honorary Patočka Medal, Czechoslovak Microbiological Society

Selected publications:

  • C. John, J. Schindler, R. Vaněček: Susceptibility of young rats to strains of Brucella with varying virulence. J. Hyg. Epidemiol. Microbiol. Immunol. 1, 342 (1957)
  • C. John, T. Geršl: Parenteral administration of oil as a factor stimulating antibody production. In: Mechanismus of Antibody Formation. Academia, Prague,1960, pp 363-372
  • C. John: Synthesis of immunoglobulins after antigen application by different routes. In: Development Aspects of Antibody Formation and Structure. Academia Press, Prague, 1970, pp. 810-826
  • C. John, H. Šestáková, M. Mára: Changes in the migratory activity of polymorphonuclear leukocytes after administration of Freund’s adjuvant. Folia Microbiol. 30, 224 (1985)
  • F. Patočka, C. John, I. Sprátková, H. Šestáková: Inhibition of antibody formation by Tetracycline on the cellular level. In: Advances in Antimicrobial and Antineoplastic Chemotherapy. Urban & Schwarzenberg, Munich-Berlin-Vienna, 1972, pp. 193-196
  • C. John, K. Benešová, M. Morávková: Inhibition of antibody formation by minimum doses of Actinomycin and Tetracycline in adjuvant immunisation. In: Advances in Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. Urban & Schwarzenberg, Munich-Berlin-Vienna, 1972, 197-200
  • K. Nouza, C. John: Imunologie a medicína (Immunology and Medicine) Avicenum, Prague,1972, 469 pp; 1976, 759 pp
  • K. Nouza, C. John: Imunologie zdraví a nemoci (Immunology of Health and Disease). Avicenum, Prague 1987, 356 pp
  • C. John: Imunologie, medicína a svět (Immunology, Medicine and the World). Palacký University, Olomouc,1996, 38 pp

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XXV. General Assembly of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic

The ceremonial part of the XXV. General Assembly of the Learned Society, at which the Medals of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic Societas Scientarium Bohemica Ad Laudem et Honorem and the awards of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic in the “Young Scientist” and “Grammar School Student” categories were presented, took place on Monday 20 May 2019 in the Great Hall of the Carolinum.


Bolzano lecture by prof. Kip S. Thorne

American physicist Kip S. Thorne, recipient of the Nobel Prize for 2017 for detection of gravitational waves, visited Prague at the invitation of he Learned Society. He held a series of “Bolzano lectures” and a lecture titled “Creating Gravitational-Wave Astronomy” for the Learned Society on 15 May 2019 in the Blue Auditorium of the Carolinum. The lecture was held with the support of the Karel Janeček Foundation and was received very enthusiastically.


XXV. General Assembly

The Czech Learned Society is holding its XXV. General Assembly on 20 and 21 May 2019. The Learned Society’s awards in the “Young Scientist” and “Grammar School Student” categories, Teaching Awards for pedagogic workers who promote interest in science and research at grammar schools and the Learned Society’s medals for meritorious contributions to the advance of science will be presented during a ceremony on 20 May at the Karolinum. Lectures by renowned scientists will also be presented. The second day will be reserved for the working part of the meeting, in the building of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.