Academic journal article Central European Journal of Public Health

Eminent Czech Virologist Dimitrij Slonim Passes Away

Academic journal article Central European Journal of Public Health

Eminent Czech Virologist Dimitrij Slonim Passes Away

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The eminent Czech virologist, Assoc. Prof. Dimitrij Slonim, MD, has died at the age of 92 (August 4, 1925 - January 3, 2017) after a short illness. Dimitrij Slonim devoted his whole professional life to the study of virology and immunology and was a respected expert both in the Czech Republic and abroad.

His studies at the Medical Faculty of Charles University began in 1945, followed by graduation in 1951. From 1956 to 1986 he held a number of leading positions at the Institute of Vaccines and Sera (IVS) as well as a scholarship at Connaught Research Labs in Toronto in 1969-1970. During his 30 years of research at IVS he formed and led a team responsible for the development and production of 7 antiviral vaccines and 27 diagnostic preparations, whilst publishing cutting-edge work in the field of virology.

This research led to the manufacture of vaccines in the former Czechoslovakia, such as inactive and live active poliomyelitis vaccines, live smallpox vaccine, inactive rabies vaccine and live vaccines, single and combined, against measles and mumps. …

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