Academic journal article Central European Journal of Public Health

Professor Ervin Adam

Academic journal article Central European Journal of Public Health

Professor Ervin Adam

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Last November, a few days after his 90th birthday, Dr. Ervin Adam, a member of the Journal Editorial Board and Professor of Epidemiology at Baylor University in Houston, received the Czech Mind - Patria Award. Former Czech citizens are presented with this Award by the Czech government in recognition of outstanding achievements in the field of science or arts abroad.

Dr. Adam was born on November 7, 1922 in Rakov. During World War II, he spent nearly two years in concentration camps. After the end of the war in 1945, he started his medical studies at Charles University. Immediately after his graduation in 1 95 1 , he began to work at an Clinic of Infectious Diseases then headed by renowned professor Procházka. Dr. Adam exhibited his extraordinary abilities and within few years became one of the leading authorities in the field of infectious diseases and in 1954, he assumed the deputy head position. In the 1950s, the fight to eradicate poliomyelitis started, and Dr. Adam became one of the leading specialists in polio eradication.

Dr. Adam participated in testing of inactivated and live vaccine against poliomyelitis and together with his late wife, Dr. Vlasta Adamová, played a decisive role in eradication of this disease in Czechoslovakia. Despite their outstanding contribution, they were expelled from the Paediatric Faculty of Charles University for political reasons.

After expulsion from the university, Dr. Adam joined the Institute of Sera and Vaccines where he established the Department of Clinical Epidemiology. He was involved in the research of effectiveness and safety ofbiological preparations, and developed and applied a new testing methodology widely used by many institutes abroad. After the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, he left the country.

After a short time spent at McGill University in Montreal, Dr. Adam received an invitation from Dr. …

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