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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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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.