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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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Reaction to the case of Tomáš Hudlický: Members of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic support the freedom of expression

„We believe that free exchange of ideas is a key condition for the pursuit of truth and that the honest opinions should be scrutinized, challenged or rebutted but not censored or suppressed,“ say 45 members of the Learned Society in a statement regarding the retracted opinion paper by Prof. Tomáš Hudlický.


The letter by Jan Konvalinka to the President and Vice-Chancellor of the Brock University regarding the retracted article of Prof. Tomáš Hudlický

Opinions could and should be challenged, questioned or refuted but never silenced. In order to be able to think, we have to have the right to inquire, question and even offend or be mistaken,” writes Assoc. Prof. Jan Konvalinka, a biochemist at the IOCB Prague and the Vice-Rector of the Charles University, to Gervan Fearon.


Prof Miroslav Bárta receives the Česká hlava National Government Award

Learned Society member, Prof. Mgr. Miroslav Bárta, Dr. (Charles University Faculty of Arts) received the Česká hlava (Czech Head) National Government Award on 25 November 2019. A renowned Czech Egyptologist and archaeologist, Professor Bárta researches the history of ancient civilisations, the human relationship to the natural environment, and also for many years the evolution of complex societies. He leads the Czech Institute of Egyptology for archaeological and environmental research in Egypt and Sudan. His principal research interest is the period of the pyramid builders of the Old Kingdom.