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Stárka Luboslav

Prof., MUDr., RNDr., DrSc.
Born November 19, 1930 in Banská Bystrica in Slovakia

  • Pathological physiology, endocrinology
  • Member of Learned Society since 1997

Educational and professional preparation

  • 1941-1949, seven years of regular study at academic secondary school (arrested for „treason” in 1949 as seventh grader);
  • 1949-1950, academic secondary school completed by external study;
  • 1956, student, organic chemistry, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University (FMP CU), Prague;
  • 1961, CSc.; 1962, RNDr.;
  • 1964-1972, student, general medicine, Faculty of General Medicine, CU (MUDr.);
  • 1965, visiting scientist, Institute of Clinical Chemistry and Clinical Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Bonn (FRG);
  • 1966, 1969, study stays there;
  • 1979, DrSc. (doctor of medical sciences in nutrition and metabolism);
  • 1991, Associate Professor in pathological physiology (Associate Professor procedure, Third Faculty of Medicine (TFM) CU);
  • 1992, Full Professor in pathological physiology, TFM CU.

Employment and academic positions

  • 1949, in custody, State Court, Pankrác, Municipal Court in Prague, found not guilty of activities treasonous to the state, but with further punishment;
  • 1949-1950, construction worker, volunteer in chemical factory, forest worker;
  • 1950-1951, technician in fine ceramics laboratory, Tesla-Elektronik (later the Research Institute of Vacuum Electrotechnology);
  • 1956, assistant, Research Institute of Food Technology;
  • 1957-1996, Research Institute of Endocrinology;
  • 1957-1983, Head, Steroid Laboratory;
  • 1981-1983, scientific secretary of Institute;
  • 1983-1987, appointed Head of Institute;
  • 1987-1990, scientific secretary;
  • 1990-2000, Director, Institute;
  • 2000-present, scientist emeritus.
  • Extra employment: 1972-1976, Third Internal Clinic, Faculty of General Medicine, CU; 1976-1982, Laboratory for doping control, Regional Institute of National Health CB;
  • 2000 Professor, Internal Clinic, Faculty of Medicine CU Plzeň.

Membership in selected domestic scientific bodies

  • 1990-present, Member, Scientific Council, Ministry of Health (1992-1994, Vice-Chairman)
  • 2002-present, Member, MH Central Ethics Commission
  • 1992-1999, Member, Professional Commission, MH Internal Grant Agency
  • 1990-present, Member, Scientific Council, Third Faculty of Medicine, CU
  • 2001-2005, Member, Scientific Council, First Faculty of Medicine, CU
  • 1983-2001, Member, Committee of Czech Endocrinological Society (1999-2001, Vice-Chairman)
  • 1997-present, president of Šilink´s Foundation for Endocrinology

Membership and positions in international organizations

  • Honorary Member, Slovak Endocrinological Society
  • Senior Member, Deutsche Endokrinologische Gesellschaft
  • Member, Editorial Boards: Europ. J. Steroid Biochem.; J. Steroid Biochem. Mol. Biol.; Hormone Mol. Biol. Clin. Invest.; Endocr. Regul. (Bratislava); Andrologia (Sofia); Acta reprod. turc. (Istanbul)

Notable awards

  • 1979, 1986, 1996, 1997, 1998, Awards, Minister of Health
  • 1965, 1972, 1987, Awards, Endocrinological Society
  • 1974, Honorary Medal, University of Helsinki
  • 1974, 1978, 1984, Award, Sexuological Society
  • 1995, Award, Charvát Foundation
  • 1996, Award, P. Štolba Foundation
  • 2005, cena Slovenského literárního fondu
  • 2010, Honorary Award, Medical Faculty, Charles University

Selection of publications

  • Starka L. (ed.): Endokrinologie – lékařské repetitorium, Triton, Praha 2010, str. 231
  • Stárka L. Pokroky v endokrinologii, Maxdorf, Praha 2007, str. 785
  • Stárka L.: Epitestosterone: a review. J. Steroid Biochem Mol. Biol. 2004
  • Kreze A., Langer P., Stárka L., Klimeš I.: Obecná a klinická endokrinológia (General and clinical endocrinology). Acad. Press, Bratislava 2004
  • Cibula D., Stárka L., Vrbíková J.: Syndrom polycystických ovarií (The Syndrome of Poylcystic Ovaries). Maxdorf, Prague 2004
  • Havlíková H., Hill M., Stárka L.: Sex- and age-related changes in epitestosterone in relation to pregnenolone sulfate and testosterone in normal subjects. J. Clin. Endocr. Metab. 87(5), 2225-2231, 2002
  • Morfin R., Stárka L.: Neurosteroid 7-hydroxylation products in the brain. Internat. Rev. Neurobiol. 46, 79-95, 2001.
  • Vrbíková J., Bendlová B., Hill M., Vaňková M., Vondra K., Stárka L.: Insulin sensitivity and b-cell function in women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Diabetes Care 25(7), 1217-22 (2002)
  • Stárka L. a kol.: Aktuální endokrinologie (Modern Endocrinology). Maxdorf-Jesenius, Prague 1999, 738 pp.
  • Stárka L., Hill M., Hampl R., Morfin R., Malewiak M.-I., Kolena J., ScsukováS.: On the mechanism of antiglucocorticoid action of 7a-hydroxydehydroepiandrosterone: Effect on DNA binding of dexamethasone-labelled glucocorticoid receptor and on membrane fluidity. Coll. Czechoslov. Chem. Commun. 63 (10), 1683-1698 (1998)
  • Stárka L., Raboch J., Jirásek J. E.: Nárys andrologické endokrinologie (A Sketch of Andrological Endocrinology). Avicenum, Prague 1984, 211 pp.
  • Janata J., Stárka L.: Virilisační syndromy (Virilisation syndromes). SZN, Prague 1967, 329 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.