Education: MD (Faculty of General Medicine Charles University – Charles University in Prague 1981), PhD( Social Gerontology  2002 ChU). Associated Professor in Social Anthropology (2009 ChU). Postgraduate professional licencing education: General Medicine I 1985,  II 1989), Geriatric Medicine (1993), Public Health (1996), Long-Term Care Medicine (2011).

Medical and Organisational Positions: 1981 –  physician. Since 1992, founding Director and Consultant Geriatrician, Centre of Gerontology Praha 8.

Academic positions: Lecturer and since 2009 Associate Professor, Faculty of Humanities, Charles University in Prague. Since 2010 founding head of CELLO UK FHS (Centre of Expertise in Longevity and Long-term Care). Since 2012 Vice-Dean for International Relations, Faculty of Humanities, Charles University in Prague. Since 2012 head of the Department of Post-acute Care, Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education. Since 2014 Visiting Professor, Dementia Practice and Policy Centre, University of the West of Scotland, School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery.

Public and scientific activities: National: since 1997 founding member of the board and Chairperson (2003-2014) of the Czech Alzheimer Society, since 2005 member of the Government Committee on Ageing. 2007–2011 and since 2015 President of the Czech Society of Gerontology and Geriatrics. The main convener and supervisor of the Prague Days of Gerontology (since 1996). Member of the Scientific committee of the Hradec Geriatric Conference (since 2002). International: since 2008 Board member of Alzheimer Europe since 2010 Vice-chairperson and since 2016 chairperson of Alzheimer Europe. Since 2008 president of the International Longevity Centre Czech Republic member of the ILC Global Alliance. Since 2012 board member of the international scientific network INTERDEM (Psychosocial interventions in dementia).

Awards: 2004 Award for the Outstanding Contribution to Czech Gerontology in the clinical category by the DTO Ostrava. 2008 Makropulos award of the Ministry of Health on behalf of the Centre of Gerontology, awarded for a model project of a day care unit for persons with dementia. 2013 The Czech Business Chamber Platinum Laurus Award. 2015 Aeskulap Academy Award for education in gerontology and ethics. 2015 Prize of the Zadak Foundation for gerontology, Medical Society JEP award 2015.

Publications and lectures on: health and social care interface, dementia, depression, family caregivers issues, dance and movement therapy, ethics in geriatric care. During the last years focus especially on anthropological issues of medical and social care. Popularization of gerontology in media.


Address: Centre of Gerontology, Šimůnkova 1600, 182 00  Praha 8 – Kobylisy, The Czech Republic,