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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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