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Illnerová Helena

Prof., RNDr., DrSc.
Born December 28, 1937 in Prague

  • Physiology with specialization in chronobiology
  • Member of Learned Society since 1994 (Founding member)
  • 1994-1996 and 1998-2002, member of LS Council

Educational and professional preparation:

  • 1956-1961, Faculty of Natural Science, Charles University, chemistry, specializing in biochemistry;
  • 1961, graduate chemist; 1967, RNDr.;
  • 1961-1965, scholarship stay and post-graduate student, Institute of Physiology CSAS;
  • 1965, CSc., biological sciences;
  • 1990, DrSc., biological sciences, CSAS;
  • 1996, Associate Professor, animal physiology, Faculty of Science, CU;
  • 2004, Full Professor

Employment and academic positions:

  • AS CR, Institute of Physiology, AS CR

Membership in selected domestic scientific bodies:

  • Member, Czech Physiological Society and Czech Endrocrinological Society, Czech Medical Association of J. E. Purkyně;
  • until 2001, member, Committee, Society for the Neurosciences in CR

Membership and positions in international organizations and societies:

  • Member, Organizational Committee, World Congress of the International Brain Research Organization in Japan 1995
  • 1995, Member, Committee, European Pineal and Biological Rhythms Society
  • Member, Committee of the Melatonin Club
  • Member, Advisory Board of the Society for Research on Biological Rhythms
  • 2001-2004, Member, Grand Jury for awarding the Descartes Prize
  • Member, American Physiological Society
  • Member, editorial boards of two international journals
  • Member, European Research Advisory Board (EURAB)

Notable awards:

  • 1981, Award, Czechoslovak Physiological Society
  • 1987, Award, J. E. Purkyně Czech Medical Society
  • 1991, Senior Fellowship Award, neurosciences, Fogarty Centre, National Institutes of Health (USA)
  • 1995, Silver Memorial Medal, Faculty of Science of CU
  • 2000, Membership, Academia Scientiarum et Artium Europaea
  • 2002, Medal, SAS Nummum Academiae Memorialem Tribuit
  • 2003, Officer, Academic Palm Council, Government of France
  • 2004, Medal, J. E. Purkyně Czech Medical Society

Selected publications:

  • Illnerová H.: Effect of light on the serotonin content in the pineal gland. Life Sci. 10, Part I, 955-960, 1971
  • Illnerová H., Backstrom M., Saaf J., Wetterberg L., Vangbo B.: Melatonin in rat pineal gland and serum; rapid parallel decline after light exposure at night. Neurosci. Lett. 9, 189-193, 1978
  • Illnerová H., Vaněček J.: Pineal rhythm in N-acetyltransferase activity in rats under different artificial photoperiods and in natural daylight in the course of a year. Neuroendocrinology 31, 321-326, 1980
  • Illnerová H., Vaněček J.: Two-oscillator structure of the pacemaker controlling the circadian rhythm of N-acetyltransferase in the rat pineal gland. J. Comp. Physiol. 145, 539-548, 1982
  • Illnerová H., Hoffmann K., Vaněček J.: Adjustment of pineal melatonin and N-acetyltransferase rhythms to change from long to short photo-period in the Djungarian hamster Phodopus sungorus. Neuroendocrinology 38, 226-231, 1984
  • Illnerová H.: Circadian rhythms in the mammalian pineal gland. Academia, Prague 1986, pp. 1-91
  • Illnerová H., Zvolský P., Vaněček J.: The circadian rhythm in plasma melatonin concentration of the urbanised man: the effect of summer and winter time. Brain Res. 328, 186-189, 1985
  • Illnerová H.: The suprachiasmatic nucleus and the rhythmic pineal melatonin production. In: Suprachiasmatic nucleus. The Mind´s Clock (D. C. Klein, R. J. Moore and S. M. Repperts, Eds.). Oxford University Press, New York, Oxford 1991, pp. 197-216
  • Sumová A., Trávníčková Z., Peters R., Schwarz W. J., Illnerová H.: The rat suprachiasmatic nucleus is a clock for all seasons. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 92, 7754 – 7758, 1995
  • Schwartz W. J., de la Iglesia H. O., Zlomanczuk P., Illnerová H.: Encoding L. Quattro Stagioni within the mammalian brain: photoperiodic orchestration through the supra-chiasmatic nucleus. J. Biol. Rhythms 16, 302-311, 2001

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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.