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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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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.