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Schreiber Vratislav

Prof., MUDr., DrSc.
Born June 29, 1924 in Prague

  • Endocrinology, pathological and clinical physiology
  • Member of Learned Society since 1994 (Founding member)

Educational and professional preparation:

  • 1943, graduation, academic secondary school, Vršovice-Prague;
  • 1945-1950, Faculty of Medicine, Charles University, Prague;
  • 1950, MUDr.; 1957, CSc.; 1963, DrSc.; 1963, Associate Professor;
  • 1969, Professor, clinical physiology;
  • 1956, first class certificate in internal medicine;
  • 1967, certificate in endocrinology.

Employment and academic positions:

  • 1943-1945, forced labour at Českomoravské strojírny, Prague;
  • 1945, laboratory technician (briefly), Third Medical Clinic;
  • 1946-1950, Physiological Institute, Faculty of Medicine, CU (demonstrator, assistant scientific worker; auxiliary assistant);
  • 1950, District Hospital in Děčín (two months);
  • 1950-1955, military service (in accordance with §39, Military Service Law);
  • 1955-1957, secondary physician, Third Medical Clinic, Faculty Hospital, CU, Prague 2;
  • 1957-1996, Laboratory of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Third Medical Clinic, Faculty of General Medicine, CU (successively: expert worker, scientific worker, independent scientific worker, head scientific worker, deputy director, head, clinic laboratories);
  • 1996, expert worker, part-time work as pensioner.

Membership in selected domestic scientific bodies:

  • 1969, Vice-Rector, CU, abdicated;
  • 1990, member, Scientific Councils, First Faculty of Medicine and Second Faculty of Medicine, CU;
  • 1973-1992, alternating chairman, Czechoslovak Endocrinological Society; 1992-2001, chairman, Czech Endocrinological Society;
  • 2001, honorary chairman, Czech Endocrinological Society; chairman, Council for Popularisation of Science, AS CR;
  • member, editorial boards: Physiological Research, Experimental and Clinical Cardiology, Vesmír and Neuroendocrinology.

Notable awards:

  • 1957-1989, award, Czechoslovak Society for Occupational Medicine; award (twice), CS Endocrinological Society; award, CS Physiological Society; honorary membership, CS Endocrinological Society; honorary membership, J. E. Purkyně CS Medical Society; Purkyně’s Medal; award, Scientific Council, Ministry of Health;
  • 1985, Avicenum Award;
  • 1965 1988, State Prizes;
  • 1993, prize, Minister of Health;
  • 2002, „Premium Bohemiae“ Award, „Českému ráji“ Foundation of B. J. Horáček;
  • 2003, State Award „For Merit, Second Class“ of the President of the Czech Republic.

Selected publications:

  • Being an Outsider. In: Pioneers in Neuroendocrinology II. (J. Meites, Ed., Plenum Press, New York and London,1978
  • Fysiologie systému diencefalo-pituitárního (Physiology of the Diencephalo-Pituitary System), Thomayerova sb., SZN, Prague 1949
  • Základy pokusné endokrinologie (Fundamentals of Experimental Endocrinology) (with O. Schreiberová). Prague, 1954; 2nd ed., SZN, Prague 1957
  • Systém hypothalamo-hypofysární (The Hypothalamo-Hypophysial System). SZN, Prague 1959; English translation, Nakl. ČSAV, Prague 1963
  • Patofyziologie žláz s vnitřní sekrecí (Pathophysiology of Glands with Internal Secretion) Prague, 1970; 2nd edition 1973, 3rd edition l979; Russian translation, Avicenum, Prague, 1985
  • Stres. Patofyziologie, endokrinologie, klinika (Stress. Pathophysiology, Endocrinology, Clinic). (editor and co-author) Avicenum, Prague 1985
  • Medicina na přelomu tisíciletí (Medicine at the Turn of the Millenum). Academia, Prague 2000
  • Six translations of monographs or chapters in monographs
  • Eleven textbooks (chapters) or course books
  • Nine chapters in collective monographs (four abroad)
  • Six popular books, Medical entries in the Universum encyclopaedia (volumes 10, 4, and 1), Prague, Odeon, 2000-2003

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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.


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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.


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