Milan Kolář

Milan Kolář dedicated his life to medicine in 1982, when he enrolled in General Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at Palacký University Olomouc. After graduation and one-year military service, he could fully engage himself in science and research. He had chosen Microbiology to be his discipline already in his second year of university studies, under the influence of Prof Václav Hájek. Kolář became his assistant, and then no other choice made sense, although infectious diseases provided a certain temptation. “Microbiology is a fantastic discipline, because it involves all areas of medicine. Gut flora, the world of bacteria, mycoses, viral diseases, parasitic diseases – all of this is microbiology,” said Kolář, describing his specialisation. As a clinical microbiologist, he is actively involved in the area of antibiotic and antimycotic treatment.

In science and research, he mainly deals with the issue of bacterial resistance. He has a soft spot in his heart for antibiotic treatment. “Everything else is just resources enabling us to treat our patients better,” says Kolář. In basic research, he cooperates with experts from the Faculty of Science, investigating the antimicrobial properties of silver nanoparticles. They have shown, for example, that colloidal silver might be an alternative for renewing the effects of antiobiotics. He also tests the newly discovered compounds called lipophosphonoxins and their antimicrobial activity together with his colleagues from the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. He further collaborates with veterinary microbiologists.

His research findings are practically applied in the assessment of possibilities in antibiotic therapy and bacterial resistance diagnostics, even on the genetic level.

Since 2011, he has been combining the scientific work and care for patients with his duties in the Dean’s office. During his term, the construction of Theoretical Institutes and the Institute of Molecular and Translational Medicine was completed, a major advancement for the faculty not only for the educational, medical, and preventive reasons, but also in science and research. Another step should be made towards closer connection with the Teaching Hospital Olomouc and the Faculty of Health Sciences, which would establish an unparalleled complex in the Czech Republic.

His leisure time activities include biking and skiing. He has been fond of history, especially archaeology, since his childhood years. He usually spends his holidays in Bulgaria. “My system of relaxation lies in taking shifts in various activities, from the work for the hospital, over science and pedagogical activities, to the dean’s duties. And I love that,” concluded Kolář. Born in Prostějov near Olomouc, he is married and has a son.

Personal creed: Reason and heart! Transparent conduct.

Interview

What do you like most of all?

I love doing what I do.

What makes you angry?

Being an optimist, I rarely get angry. The only thing that really bothers me at work is when someone does not think of the faculty in the first place and when I do not see the passion in a person. For everyone who studies and works at a medical faculty, this institution should be a choice of the heart.

What was your first academic work?

As we all remember our first loves, no scientist can forget his first publication. I premiered in the journal Czech and Slovak Neurology and Neurosurgery in 1993, writing on the theme of antibiotic treatment of meningitis, with co-authors Professor Hájek and Docent Kala (Kolář M., Hájek V., Kala M.: Současné možnosti antibiotické terapie meningitid. Česká a slovenská neurologie a neurochirurgie. 1993, 56:51–53). The first publication in an impact journal came out in 1999, in the American journal Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. The article dealt with assessment of selection pressure of antibiotics in the development of bacterial resistance (Kolář M., Látal T.: Implementation of a practical antibiotic policy in the Czech Republic. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. 1999, 20:440–443).

Which article of yours had the largest academic impact?

The most cited work has been our collective article with colleagues from the Faculty of Science in Olomouc, whose primary author is Docent Aleš Panáček. The work elaborated on testing the development of colloidal silver and assessing its antimicrobial activity. It has over 670 citations on the Web of Science. It was published in 2006 in the journal The Journal of Physical Chemistry B (Panáček A., Kvítek L., Prucek R., Kolář M., Večeřová R., Pizúrová N., Sharma VK., Nevěčná T, Zbořil R. Silver colloid nanoparticles: Synthesis, characterization, and their antibacterial activity. Journal of Physical Chemistry B. 2006, 110:16248–16253).

Do you have any great wishes?

I’d like write an extensive book on antibiotic treatment that would approach this issue from the basis, for example from the mechanisms of bacterial resistance to individual diagnoses.

Curriculum vitae

Prof. MUDr. Milan Kolář, Ph.D.

Born April 18, 1964, in Prostějov.

Education

1982–1988 Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Palacký University Olomouc, General Medicine study programme

Medical qualification

  • First certification in Medical Microbiology – 1991
  • Second certification in Medical Microbiology – 1994

Academic qualification

  • Postgraduate doctoral study in the programme Medical Microbiology: Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, UP Olomouc 1995–1999; Ph.D. granted on September 15, 1999
  • Habilitation: Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, UP Olomouc, appointed Docent in Medical Microbiology since July 1, 2001
  • Professorship: Masaryk University Brno, appointed Professor in Medical Microbiology since November 5, 2007

Employment

  • June 1988: graduation in General Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Palacký University Olomouc
  • July – September 1988: secondary doctor in the Department of Microbiology, UP Teaching Hospital Olomouc
  • October 1988 – September 1989: military service
  • October 1989 – October 1990: secondary doctor in the Department of Microbiology, UP Teaching Hospital Olomouc (part time)
  • November 1990 – present: Department of Microbiology, UP Teaching Hospital Olomouc (full time)
  • November 1990 – present: Department of Microbiology, UP Teaching Hospital Olomouc (part time)
  • Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Palacký University Olomouc for admissions, General Medicine curriculum and legislation (2004–2011)
  • Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Palacký University Olomouc (since June 1, 2011)
  • Head of the Department of Microbiology at Palacký University and Teaching Hospital, Olomouc since January 1, 2014

Membership in Academic Boards

  • Member (Head since June 1, 2011) of the Academic Board of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Palacký University Olomouc
  • Member of the Academic Board of Palacký University Olomouc
  • Member of the Academic Board of the Jessenius Faculty of Medicine at Comenius University in Martin, Slovakia
  • Member of the Academic Board of the Faculty of Medicine at Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice, Slovakia
  • Member of the Subject Co-ordinating Board of Ph.D. programme in Medical Microbiology at Charles University Faculty of Medicine in Hradec Králové
  • Member of the Medical Microbiology Programme Doctoral Studies Board at the Faculty of Military Health Sciences at the University of Defence in Brno
  • Vice-Chairman of the Academic Board of the Agency for Medical Research at the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic

Membership on Editorial Boards

  • Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
  • Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacy
  • Practical Internal Medicine

Membership in Professional Committees

  • Chairman of the Olomouc Medical Club at the Czech Medical Association of J.E. Purkyně
  • Academic Secretary of the Society for Medical Microbiology at the Czech Medical Association of J.E. Purkyně

Educational activity

  • lectures in Medical Microbiology for students of General Medicine and Dentistry
  • lectures in Medical Microbiology for English-speaking students in the programmes General Medicine and Dentistry
  • tutor of 10 students of doctoral study programme Medical Microbiology (5 graduated)

Grants, projects and research programmes

  • main investigator in 5 grants by the Internal Grant Agency of the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic
  • main investigator in 2 projects by the Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic
  • investigator in 4 development projects at the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Palacký University Olomouc
  • investigator in 1 project of the Education for Competitiveness Operational Programme
  • co-investigator in 3 research programmes
  • investigator’s co-worker in 5 grants by the Internal Grant Agency of the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic
  • investigator’s co-worker in 3 projects by the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic
  • investigator’s co-worker in 2 projects by the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic

Publications

Primary author or co-author of 169 original scientific publications, including 72 articles in impact factor journals, authorship or co-authorship of 7 monographs, authorship or co-authorship of 5 university textbooks; the total number of citations (according to the SCI database): 1689 without auto-citations; Hirsch index of 16 (according to the WoS).

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