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Říhová Blanka

Prof., RNDr., DrSc.
Born October 21, 1942 in Prague

  • Immunology
  • Member of Learned Society since 1996

Educational and professional preparation:

  • 1959, graduate, Eighth eleven-year secondary school, Prague;
  • 1964, graduate biology, Faculty of Science, Charles University (FS CU);
  • 1966, RNDr., FS CU; 1969, CSc., Institute of Microbiology (IM), CSAS;
  • 1993, Associate Professor in immunology, CU;
  • 1993, DrSc., IM, CSAS; 2
  • 2001, Full Professor in immunology, CU.

Employment and academic positions:

  • 1963-1964, Research Assistant, FS CU;
  • 1964-1966, IM, CSAS; Department of Immunology, study stay;
  • 1966-1969, IM, CSAS; Department of Immunology, internal PhD student;
  • 1969-1974, IM, CSAS; Department of Immunology, Postdoctoral Research Associate;
  • 1974-1989, IM, CSAS; Principal Research Officer;
  • 1987-1988, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation; Senior Academic Visitor;
  • 1989-1990, IM, CSAS; Department of Immunology, Leading Research Scientist;
  • 1990-2000 Division of Immunology and Gnotobiology, Deputy Head;
  • 1990-present, Head, Laboratory of Humoral Immunity, IM, AS CR;
  • 1992-2000, Associate Professor of pharmacy and pharmaceutical chemistry, University of Utah, Salt Lake City (USA);
  • 2003 visiting professor, University Paris-Nord, France (1 month);
  • 2000-present, Director, IM, AS CR;
  • 2000-present, Professor of pharmacy and pharmaceutical chemistry, University of Utah, Salt Lake City

Membership in domestic scientific bodies (selection):

  • 1990-present, Member, Academy Assembly
  • 1992-1992, Member, Scientific Council, IM, AS CR
  • 1992-2000, Chairperson, Scientific Council, IM, AS CR
  • 1994-2000, Member, Council for Sciences, AS CR
  • 1996-2000, Member, Presidium, Grant Agency of Czech Republic
  • 2000-2002, Member, Scientific Council, Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT)
  • 2000-present, Member, Scientific Council FS CU
  • 2001-present, Member, Scientific Council, Second Faculty of Medicine CU
  • 2002-present, Member, Professional Commission for the Science of Living Nature, Council for Research and Development
  • 2003-present, Member, Special Commission 08 - Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Epidemiology and Immunology, Scientific Council, Internal Grant Agency of Ministry of Health of Czech Republic
  • 2003-present, Member, Commission of the Council for Sciences, AS CR for Defence of Doctoral Theses in “Microbiology, Virology and Mycology”
  • 2003-present, Member, Commission of the Scientific Council of AS CR for Defence of Doctoral Theses in „Immunology“
  • 2003-present, Member, Scientific Council of AS CR for Defence of Doctoral Theses in „Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology“
  • 2003-present, Member, Special Subcommission 301, Grant Agency of Czech Republic (GA CR) in Molecular Biology, Genetics and Oncology

Membership and positions in international organizations and societies:

  • 1963-present, Member, Czechoslovak Microbiological Society
  • 1971-1979, Member, Biological Society, CSAS
  • 1979-present, Czechoslovak (Czech) Immunological Society,
  • 1989-1992, 1994-1997, 2000-present - member of the committee
  • 1981-present, Member, J. E. Purkyně Medical Society
  • 1982-present, Member, UPAC commission “Interaction of Polymers with Living Systems”
  • 1982-present, Member, Chemical Society of CSAS (AS CR)
  • 1985-present, Member of the International Society for Molecular Recognition
  • 1993-present, Director, Society for Leukocyte Biology (Eastern European branch with registered address in Prague)
  • 1993-present, Member, Society for Leukocyte Biology, International Relations Committee
  • 1994-2000, Member, Sigma Xi
  • 1995-present, Member, Controlled Release Society
  • 1998-present, Member, European Science Foundation (ESF) Standing Committee for Life and Environmental Science (LESC)
  • 1998-2002, member, All European Academies (ALLEA) Steering Committee
  • 2000-present, Member, ESF/EURESCO Committee
  • 2001-present, Member of the American Association for Cancer Research
  • 2001-present, Member, American Diabetes Association
  • 2002-present, Elected Member, European Academy of Sciences

Notable awards:

  • 1972, Award, CSAS
  • 1982, Award, CSAS
  • 1983, Award, CSAS
  • 1987, J. E. Purkyně Medal (for results obtained in biology) (CSAS)
  • 2000, Medal, Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University, Thailand
  • 2002, Award, Czech Society of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (for contributions to the development of the field of allergology and clinical immunology)
  • 2004, Prof. Dr. Wolf A. Kafka Verdienstmedaille

Selected publications:

  • B. Říhová, J. Kopeček: Biological properties of targetable poly N-(2-hydroxypropyl)- methacrylamide - antibody conjugates. J. Control. Rel. 2, 289 (1985)
  • B. Říhová, P. Kopečková, J. Strohalm, P. Rossmann, V. Větvička, J. Kopeček: Antibody directed affinity therapy applied to the immune system: In vivo effectiveness and limited toxicity of daunomycin conjugated to HPMA copolymers and targeting antibody. Clin. Immunol. Immunopathol. 46, 100 (1988)
  • B. Říhová, K. Ulbrich, J. Strohalm, V. Větvička, M. Bilej, R. Duncan, J. Kopeček: Biocompatibility of N-(2-hydroxypropyl)methacrylamide copolymers containing adriamycin. Biomaterials 10, 335 (1989)
  • B. Říhová, N.L. Krinick, J. Kopeček: Targetable photoactivatable drugs. J. of Material Science. Materials in Medicine 2, 238 (1991)
  • B. Říhová, A. Jegorov, J. Strohalm, V. Maťha, P. Rossmann, L. Fornůsek, K. Ulbrich: Antibody-targeted cyclosporin A. J. Control. Rel. 19, 25 (1992)
  • B. Říhová, J. Šrogl, M. Jelínková, M. Burešová, V. Šubr, K. Ulbrich: HPMA-based biodegradable hydrogels containing different forms of doxorubicin; antitumor effects and biocompatibility. Ann. NY. Acad. Sci.: Bioartificial Organs, Science, Medicine and Technology 831, 57 (1997)
  • B. Říhová, J. Strohalm, K. Kubáčková, M. Jelínková, O. Hovorka, M. Kovář, D. Plocová, M. Šírová, M. Šťastný, L. Rozprimová, K. Ulbrich: Acquired and specific immunological mechanisms co-responsible for efficacy of polymerbound drugs. J. Control. Rel. 78, 97 (2002)
  • B. Říhová, J. Strohalm, K. Kubáčková, M. Jelínková, L. Rozprimová, M. Šírová, D. Plocová, T. Mrkvan, M. Kovář, J. Pokorná, T. Etrych, K. Ulbrich: Drug-HPMA-HuIg conjugates effective against human solid cancer. Polymer Drugs in the Clinical Stage (Maeda et al., Eds.). Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York (2003), 125
  • B. Říhová, J. Strohalm, J. Prausová, K. Kubáčková, M. Jelínková, L. Rozprimová, M. Šírová, D. Plocová, T. Etrych, V. Šubr, T. Mrkvan, M. Kovář, K. Ulbrich: Cytostatic and immunomobilizing activities of polymer-bound drugs: experimental and first clinical data. J. Control. Rel. 91, 1 (2003)
  • B. Říhová, K. Kubáčková: Clinical implications of N-(2-hydroxy-propyl)methacrylamide copolymers. Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology 4, 311 (2003)

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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.