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Höschl Cyril

Prof., MUDr., DrSc., FRC Psych.
Born November 12, 1949 in Prague

  • Biological psychiatry, psychopharmacology
  • Member of Learned Society since 1994 (Founding member)

Educational and professional preparation

  • 1968-1974, Faculty of General Medicine, Charles University (CU), MUDr.;
  • 1980-1982, CSc., CU;
  • 1988, Associate Professor, CU;
  • 1990, DrSc. (Neuroendocrinology in psychiatry), CU;
  • 1990-1997, Dean of Faculty, Third Faculty of Medicine, CU;
  • 1991, Professor of psychiatry, CU;

Employment and academic positions

  • 1974-1981, Research fellow, psychiatrist, Psychiatric Research Institute;
  • 1988-1991, associate professor, Psychiatric Department, Medical Faculty of Hygiene (since 1990, Third Faculty of Medicine, CU);
  • 1984, visiting professor, Canadian universities;
  • 1990, Director, Psychiatric Research Institute (later Prague Psychiatric Centre; 2015 transformed in National Institute of Mental Health, Klecany - NIMH) and chairman, Psychiatric Department until 2020 (TFM, CU);
  • 2004-2011 professor of psychiatry, Medical Faculty, University of P. J. Safarik, Kosice, Slovakia
  • 2013 Expert, grant applications evaluator, European Commission, Framework Programme 7 (FP7-HEALTH-2013-INNO 1-STAGE 2; Brussels)

Membership in selected domestic scientific bodies

  • 1990-1998, member (and 1992-1998 Chairman), Scientific Council, Ministry of Health;
  • 1995-present, member, Council, Ministry of Defence (defence-related research);
  • 1990-1997, Chairman Scientific Council, TFM, CU;
  • 1997, member, Scientific Council, TFM, CU;
  • 2003, Chairman, Scientific Council, PCP, since 2015 NIMH).
  • 2003-present, Chairman, Board of Trustees, Academia Medica Pragensis Foundation;
  • 2004-2011, President, Czech Medical Academy
  • 2010 Honorary member, Czech Psychiatric Association
  • 2009 Member, Scientific Council of the Internal Grant Agency of the Ministry of Health, Czech Republic
  • 2009-2015 Member, Scientific Council, Masaryk University Brno
  • 2011 Member, Scientific council, Central military hospital, Prague
  • 2012 Board member, Masaryk Distinguished Chair programme (Masaryk University, Brno)
  • 2012-2013 Member, Supervisory Board of International Clinical Research Centre (ICRC), Brno, Czech Republic
  • 2013 Honorary member, Czech Society for biological psychiatry
  • 2014-present Member, Scientific Council of the Medical Research Agency of the Czech Republic
  • 2017 Honorary member, Czech Neuropsychopharmacological Society

Membership and positions in international organizations and societies

  • 1996 member, 2003 – present, Fellow, Royal College of Psychiatrists (Great Britain);
  • 1998-present, member, European Academy of Sciences and Arts;
  • 1998-present, Member, 2010 International Distinguished Fellow American Psychiatric Association;
  • 1992-present, Member, Collegium Internationale Neuro-Psychopharmacologicum (CINP);
  • 1998-2001 member, Board member; 2004- Executive Committee Member; 2007-2008 president, European Psychiatric Association - EPA
  • 1998-2002, member, Board of Trustees, Lundbeck International Neuroscience Foundation, Copenhagen, Denmark;
  • 2000-present, member, 2008 -Vice-president, Vienna School of Clinical Research;
  • 2006 Honorary member, Slovak Psychiatric Society
  • 2008-2009, president, Federation of European Academies of Medicine (FEAM).
  • 2017 Honorary member, European Psychiatric Association

Notable awards

  • 1985, Honorary Diploma, Czechoslovak Psychiatric Society, Czechoslovak Medical Society J. E. Purkyně
  • 1990, Presidential Award, Czechoslovak Medical Society J. E. Purkyně for monograph, „Neuroendocrinology in Psychiatry“
  • 1997, Gold medal, Charles University
  • 1997, Gold medal, Third Faculty of Medicine, CU
  • 1997, Clarence Blomquist Medal, Swedish Medical Society
  • 1998, Memorial Medal on the occasion of the 650th anniversary of founding of Charles University
  • 2000, Honorary Diploma, Ministry of Health (merits as chairman, Review Committee, Scientific Council of IGA, and merits in Czech medical research)
  • 2008 "Ceska hlava" [=Czech mind] Prize winner 2008 (The Prize of the chairman of governmental R&D Council)
  • 2011, Grand Prize of the Academia Film Olomouc 2011 for lifetime achievements in popularization of science
  • 2013, Award "EPA Leaders involved in the Historical change in EPA Statutes"
  • 2014, Commemorative plaque "for long-term cooperation and powerful impetus to the development of the hospital and for significant contribution to the development of psychiatry in Slovakia", awarded on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the Psychiatric Hospital of Philippe Pinel in Pezinok, Slovakia.
  • 2016, Order of laurel. Award given by Economic Chamber of the Czech Republic for Lifetime Achievements and Scientific popularisation in psychiatry.
  • 2019, Prize of the Society for Science and Arts Prague 2019
  • 2019, Prize of the Governor of the Central Bohemia Region for the year 2019 in the category Education, Science and Research
  • 2019, Historical Medal of Charles University for Merit in Psychiatry, Medical School, and University. Charles University, Prague, December 2019.

Selected publications

  • Höschl C.: Neuroendorinology in Psychiatry. Avicenum. Prague 1989
  • Höschl C., Kožený J.: Verapamil in affective disorders: a double-blind, controlled study. Biol. Psychiat. 25, 2, 128-140, 1989
  • Höschl C.: Do calcium antagonists have a place in the treatment of Mood Disorders? Drugs 42, 5: 721-729,1991; reprinted in: New Ethicals, May 1992
  • Höschl C.: Prediction: Nonsense or Hope? Brit. J. Psychiat. 163 (Suppl. 21), 46-54, 1993
  • Höschl C., Kožený J.: Predicting academic performance of medical students: The first three years. Am. J. Psychiatry 154, 6, 87-92, 1997
  • Horáček J., Kuzmiaková M., Höschl C., Anděl M., Bahbouh R.: The relationship between central serotonergic activity and insulin sensitivity in healthy volunteers. Psycho-neuroendocrinology 24, 785-797, 1999
  • Höschl C., Hájek T.: Hippocampal damage mediated by corticosteoids - a neuropsychiatric research challenge. Eur. Arch. Psychiatry Clin. Neurosci. 251, S2, II/81-II/88, 2001
  • Höschl C., Libiger J., Švestka J. (Eds.): Psychiatrie. Tigis, s.r.o., Prague 2002, 895 pp.
  • Bubenikova-Valesova V., Horacek J., Vrajova M., Höschl C: Models of schizophrenia in humans and animals based on inhibition of NMDA receptors. Neurosci. Biobehav. Rev. 2008, 32:1014-1023
  • Hajek T., Novak T., Kopecek M., Gunde E., Alda M., Höschl C.: Subgenual cingulate volumes in offspring of bipolar parents and in sporadic bipolar patients. Eur. Arch. Psychiatry Clin. Neurosci. 2009, Oct.8 (Epub ahead of print)
  • Spaniel F., Vohlidka P., Kozeny J., Novak T., Hrdlicka J., Motlova L., Cermak J., Höschl C.: The information Technology Aided Relapse Prevention Programme in Schizophrenia: an extension of a mirror-design follow-up. Int. J. Clin. Pract. 62, 2008; 12:1943-1946
  • Winkler P, Barrett B, McCrone P, Csémy L, Janous̆ková M, Höschl C. Deinstitutionalised patients, homelessness and imprisonment: systematic review. Brit J Psychiatry, May 2016, 208 (5): 421-428; DOI: 10.1192/bjp.bp.114.161943
  • Zalsman G, Hawton K, Wasserman D, van Heeringen K, Arensman E, Sarchiapone M, Carli V, Höschl C, Barzilay R, Balazs J, Purebl G, Kahn JP, Sáiz PA, Lipsicas CB, Bobes J, Cozman D, Hegerl U, Zohar J. Suicide prevention strategies revisited: 10-year systematic review. The Lancet Psychiatry, Published online June 8, 2016
  • Winkler P, Krupchanka D, Roberts T, Kondratova L, Machů V, Höschl C, Sartorius N, et al. A blind spot on the global mental health map: a scoping review of 25 years' development of mental health care for people with severe mental illnesses in central and eastern Europe. The Lancet Psychiatry 2017, DOI: