prof. MUDr. Jiří Horáček, Ph.D., FCMA
physician, researcher, lecturer, Head of Department of Psychiatry and Medical Psychology 3rd Faculty of Medicine
working at:  Advanced Brain Studies and Consciousness Research Center
Psychedelics Research Centre
v instituci:  1995 - present
telephone: (+420) 283 088 412, (+420) 283 088 413

Prof. Jiří Horáček, M.D., Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychiatry at the 3rd Faculty of Medicine, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. He holds a degree in psychiatry and psychotherapy. He is currently the Deputy Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, Czech Rep..

Prof. Jiří Horáček has been actively involved in 40 scientific research projects. His research activities involve the use of brain imaging (PET, fMRI and qEEG) in the fields of schizophrenia, depression and OCD, psychiatric genetics and the animal modeling of mental disorders. He is both the editor of several books and the author of more than 100 scientific articles. Prof. Jiří Horáček has received several national and international psychiatric awards from the International Pharmaco-EEG Society (Werner Hermann Memorial Award), the Czech Neuropsychopharmacological Society and ECNS-ISNIP.  In his productive career he has been awarded the Senior Research Fellow of the Bedfordshire CMHR in associatin with the University of Cambridge. He is also the President of the Czech Neuropsychopharmacological Society (2015-2017).   

Professional training and experience

1985 - 1991: Student of the Medical Faculty of Charles University in Plzen Resident in psychiatric department of Hospital Provincial, Toledo, Spain Student of the Postgraduate medical development program for clinical trials and GCP, Basel, Switzerland
1992 - 1995: Department of Psychiatry, Physician at general admission ward, General Hospital Ostrov
1992 - 1996: Training in group psychotherapy
1993 - 1995: Teaching of psychiatry at School of Nursing
1994 - 1995: Deputy Consultant, General Hospital Ostrov
1994 - 2006: Assistant Professor at the 3rd Medical Faculty of Charles University in Prague – includes responsibility for pre-clinical training and seminars, lectures and individual tutorship
1995 - present: Prague Psychiatric Center, Physician and Researcher
1997 - 2002: Postdoctoral studies for PhD. in Neuroscience, Charles University, Prague
2003 - present: Tutor of attendants of Doctoral Study Programme “Neuroscience”, 1st Medical Faculty, Charles University, Prague
2004 - 2009: Associated Professor, Charles University, Prague (obtained on 1st October, 2004)
2009 - present: Profesor of Psychiatry, Charles University, Prague (nomination on 18th. September, 2009)
2015 - 2021: Deputy Director for Research and Development - National Institute of Mental Health, Klecany
2019 - present: Chairman, Dept. of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology, 3rd Medical Faculty, Charles University in Prague

Membership in professional organizations

1995 - present: Czech Neuropsychopharmacological Society
1995 - present: Psychiatric Society of the Czech Medical Society JEP
1999 - present: Czech Neuropsychopharmacological Society, Executive Committee Member
2003 - 2005: Czech Neuropsychopharmacological Society, Scientific Secretary
2004 - present: Subject Board for Clinic Psychology at Philosophic Faculty of Charles University in Prague
2004 - present: Centre for Postgraduate Doctoral Study in Biomedicine, Charles Univerzity in Prague, Academy of Science in Prague, Czech Republic, Member of Co-ordinative Board
2005 - 2007: Czech Neuropsychopharmacological Society, Vicechairman
2005 - present: Collegium Internationale Neuropsychopharmacologicum (CINP)
2007 - present: Czech Neuropsychopharmacological Society, President

Awards and honors

1997 - 1998: The Award of Czech Neuropsychopharmacological Society for the best presentation at the 40th Psychopharmacological Conference
1999 - 1999: The Award of Czech Neuropsychopharmacological Society for the best publication: HORÁČEK, Jiří and KUZMIAKOVÁ, Marianna and HÖSCHL, Cyril et al. The relationship between central serotonergic activity and insulin sensitivity in healthy volunteers. Psychoneuroendocrinology 1999, vol. 24, no. 8, p. 785-797.
2006 - 2006: Werner Hermann Memorial Award - International Pharmaco-EEG Society Symposium (IPEG) za rok 2006 (za práci J. Horáček, M. Brunovský et al.: The Effect of Low-frequency rTMS on Low Resolution Brain Electromagnetic Tomography (LORETA) and Regional Brain Metabolism (PET) in Schizophrenia with Auditory Hallucinations)
2009 - 2009: "Senior Research Fellow" of the Bedfordshire CMHR in associatin with the University of Cambridge
2009 - 2009: 3rd place- Free Oral Communication For Outstanding Contribution, 6th Joint ECNS-ISNIP Conference, 9.-12.September 2009, Intercontinental hotel Buckhead, Altanta, Georgia, USA (Awarded 11th of September, 2009.)
2010 - 2010: Poster Prize Adward, XXVII CINP Congress, 6.-10.June 2010, Hong Kong, China. (Awarded 9th June 2010, Tomas Palenicek, Czech republic) P-20-075- The effect of ketamine on sensorimotor gating, EEGH spectra and conherence – comparison of human and animal data
2010 - 2010:
2017 - 2017: ČNPS Award, special award for scientific response to current problems: KESNER L., HORÁČEK J., ADÁMEK P., BUCHTÍK M., FAJNEROVÁ I., GRYGAROVÁ D., KOZELKA P., NEKOVÁŘOVÁ T., ŠPANIEL F., TINTĚRA J ., WEISSOVÁ A. How attitudes modulate the response to the media portrayal of the migration crisis: an fMRI study
2019 - 2019: Award of the Minister of Health for medical research and development, Genetic and functional study of NMDA receptors with a focus on possible diagnosis and treatment of schizophrenia
2021 - 2021: Award of the chairmanship ČNPS, award fot the best publication of the year 2020, ROTH J., UHROVÁ T. a kolektiv: Neuropsychiatrie. Klinický průvodce pro ambulantní i nemocniční praxi


Most important publications

HORÁČEK, J., BUBENÍKOVÁ-VALEŠOVÁ, V., KOPEČEK, M., PÁLENÍČEK, T., DOCKERY, CA., MOHR, P., HÖSCHL, C. Mechanism of action of atypical antipsychotic drugs and the neurobiology of schizophrenia. CNS Drugs. 2006, 20(5), 389-409. ISSN 1172-7047. DOI: 10.2165/00023210-200620050-00004. IF 4.210.

BUBENÍKOVÁ-VALEŠOVÁ, V., HORÁČEK, J., VRAJOVÁ, M., HÖSCHL, C. Models of schizophrenia in humans and animals based on inhibition of NMDA receptors. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews. 2008, 32(5), 1014-1023. ISSN 0149-7634. DOI: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2008.03.012. IF 7.804.

PRAŠKO, J., HORÁČEK, J., ZÁLESKÝ, R., KOPEČEK, M., NOVÁK, T., PAŠKOVÁ, B., ŠKRDLANTOVÁ, L., BĚLOHLÁVEK, O., HÖSCHL, C. The change of regional brain metabolism (18FDG PET) in panic disorder during the treatment with cognitive behavioral therapy or antidepressants. Neuroendocrinology Letters. 2004, 25(5), 340-348. ISSN 0172-780X. DOI: 10.1016/j.eurpsy.2007.01.967. IF 1.048.

ŠÓŠ, P., KLÍROVÁ, M., NOVÁK, T., KOHÚTOVÁ, B., HORÁČEK, J., PÁLENÍČEK, T. Relationship of ketamine's antidepressant and psychotomimetic effects in unipolar depression. Neuroendocrinology Letters. 2013, 34(4), 287-293. ISSN 0172-780X. IF 0.935.

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