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Lefkovits Ivan

Prof., Dr.
Born January 21, 1937 in Prešov

  • Honorary member of Learned Society since 2000

Educational and professional preparation:

  • 1956, graduate, secondary school, Prague;
  • 1956-1961, Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague;
  • 1979, Assistant Professor, Philipps-Universitaet, Marburg (FRG);
  • 1989, Professor of immunology Philipps-Universitaet

Employment and academic positions:

  • 1962–1964, post graduate student, Institute of Microbiology, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, Prague;
  • 1965–1967, Laboratorio Internationale di Genetica e Biofisica, Naples, Italy;
  • 1967–1969, Paul-Ehrlich Institut, Frankfurt (FRG);
  • 1969–2001, Basel Institute for Immunology, Basel (Switzerland);
  • 2002-present, Research Department, University Clinics, Basel;
  • 1977–2001, lectures in immunology, Marburg; Sabbaticals:
  • 1997, visiting professor, Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, Oxford, (UK);
  • 1999 visiting professor at Hopital Necker, Paris (France);
  • 2002, visiting professor, Erasmus University, Rotterdam (Netherlands);
  • 2004, visiting scientist at Trudeau Institute, Saranac Lake, New York (USA)

Membership and positions in international organizations and societies:

  • Advisory Board, University of Latvia Biomedical Research Study Centre (BMC), Riga.
  • 1993-2001, Member, Assembly, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (AS CR)
  • Member, Educational Committee, International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS)
  • 1992-1995, Chairman, Central European Summer School of Immunology
  • Member, International Cell Research Organization (ICRO)
  • Proteome Center for Study of Intracellular Parasitism, Hradec Králové
  • British Society for Immunology (UK)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Immunologie (FRG)
  • Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Immunologie (CH)
  • Swiss Proteomic Society (CH)
  • Honorary Member, Indian Immunology Society
  • Honorary Member, Czechoslovak Immunological Society
  • Honorary Member, Czechoslovak Microbiological Society

Notable awards:

  • 1969, Named permanent member of Basel Institute for Immunology
  • 1992, Golden Reiman Medal (Reiman Society, Prešov)
  • 1995, G.J. Mendel Honorary Medal, AS CR

Selected publications:

  • I. Lefkovits: Induction of antibody-forming cell clones in microcultures. Eur. J. Immuol. 2, 360-365, 1972
  • I. Lefkovits: Precommitment in the immune system. Current Topics in Microbiol. And Immunol. 65, 21-58, 1974
  • I. Lefkovits, J. Quintans, A. Munro, H. Waldmann: T-Cell dependent mediator and B-cell clones. Immunology 28, 1149-1154, 1975
  • I. Lefkovits, P. Young, L. Kuhn, J. Kettman, A. Gemmell, S. Tollaksen, L. Anderson, N. Anderson: Use of large scale two-dimensional ISODALT gel electrophoresis system in immunology. In: Immunological Methods, Vol. 3 (I. Lefkovits and B. Pernis, Eds.) pp. 163-185, Academic Press, New York, 1985
  • I. Lefkovits: Self and non-self discrimination by „restriction proteases“. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 83, 3437-3438, 1986
  • I. Lefkovits, L. Kuhn, 0. Valiron, A. Merle, J. Kettman: Toward an objective classification of cells in the immune system. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 85, 3565-3569, 1988
  • C. Coleclough, L. Kuhn, I. Lefkovits: Regulation of messenger RNA abundance in activated T lymphocytes: Identification of mRNA species affected by the inhibition of protein synthesis. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 87, 1753-1757, 1990
  • I. Lefkovits, J. Kettman and C. Coleclough: A strategy for founding a global lymphocyte proteinpaedia and gene catalogue. Immunol. Today 11, 157-162, 1990
  • I. Lefkovits and H. Waldmann: Limiting dilution analysis of cells in the immune system (second edition), 285 pages, Oxford University Press, 1999
  • I. Lefkovits: Functional and structural proteomics: a critical appraisal. J. Chromat. B, 787, 1-10, 2003
  • H. R. Zerkowski, T. Grussenmeyer, P. Matt, M. Grapow. S. Engelhardt and I. Lefkovits: Proteomics Strategies in Cardiovascular Research. J. Proteome Res. 3, 200-208, 2004

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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.