Prof. Petr Pohunek, MD, PhD (CZ)

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Born November 25, 1956; Graduated from the Pediatric Medical School of Charles University Prague in 1981.
Postgraduate training in pediatrics (board certification 1984); Postgradual training in TB and respiratory diseases (board certification 1989)
Professor of Pediatrics, Head of the Division of Pediatric Respiratory Diseases, Pediatric Department, 2nd Medical School of Charles University and University Hospital Motol, Prague, Czech Republic.

Professional history
District Hospital Benešov – Pediatrician (1981 – 1983)
Faculty Hospital Bulovka, Prague, Pediatrician, consultant for pediatric respiratory diseases, head of the lung function laboratory (1984 – 1994)
Charles University, 2nd Medical School, Faculty Hospital Motol Prague – Pediatric Department – Pediatrician, Head of the Division of Pediatric Respiratory Diseases (1994 – )
Scientific and Educational History
PhD (CSc.) 1999, Associate Professor (Docent) 2003, Full Professor of Pediatrics – 2008
Teaching – Pregraduate + Postgraduate – Pediatrics, Pediatric Respiratory Medicine, Allergy.

Selected international teaching activities
ERS European course of pediatric flexible bronchoscopy, Lille, Paris – France – since 2000 every year
European conference on pediatric asthma and allergy – London 2002, Amsterdam 2004 (Organizer) – The role of allergy in asthma, The role of bronchoscopy in asthma.; Postgradual course of pediatric flexible bronchoscopy (congress IPRAIC) – Hong Kong, 2003 – director; Postgradual course of pediatric flexible bronchoscopy – Egyptian Society for Bronchology – Cairo 2004, Alexandria 2006. Cairo 2008, 2008 – lecturer; courses of European Respiratory Society, European Academy of Allergology and Clinical Immunology.

Society membership:
European Respiratory Society
– member of the Group for pediatric bronchology (scientific secretary – since 2008)
– member of the Task Force for standardization of bronchoalveolar lavage in children
– member of the Task Force for interstitial lung disease in children
– member of the Task Force for flexible bronchoscopy in children
– member of the Task Force for primary ciliary dyskinesia
– member of the Task Force for difficult asthma in children
– member of the Hermes Task Force for Pediatric Respiratory Training in Europe
Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians – international regent for the Czech Republic (until 2006)
European Cystic Fibrosis Society – Board Member, President of the ECF Conference 2008
Czech Society of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
Czech Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Working Group for Pediatric Pulmonology of the Czech Pediatric Society – Chairman
German Society for Paediatric Pulmonology
Czech Initiative for Asthma – Director (since 2008)

Invited lectures at selected congresses (>50):
European Respiratory Society; European Academy of Allergology and Clinical Immunology; International Pediatric Respiratory and Allergy Congress; World Asthma Congress; CIPP (International Congress on Pediatric Pulmonology); Joint Meeting of the Pediatric Assembly of the ERS, Pediatric Section of the EAACI; Egyptian Society of Bronchology; International ENT Congress; Malaysian Thoracic Society; Indian Society of Bronchology
Scientific results in the area
Author of more than 120 scientific papers (53 in PubMed). 656 citations (h-index 12) (ISI)

Selected grant projects
IGA NR7974 – (2004 – 2006); Pseudomonas aeruginosa in patients with cystic fibrosis: influence of early PCR indicated therapy, evaluation of infection pathways; principal investigator. – Final mark “A“
IGA NM 6568–3 – (2001 – 2003); Infection by Burkholderia cepacia in patiens with cystic fibrosisin the Czech Republic. Molecular diagnostics and application of findings into the clinical practice; hlavní řešitel – final mark “A“
IGA 4574–3 – (1998 – 2000); Ultrathin felxible bronchoscopy in neonatal pathologies; principal investigator – Final mark “B“
IGA 2890–3 (1995 – 1997) Prevalence and early diagnostics of bronchial asthma in children; principal investigator – Final mark „A“
GA ČR – 2006 – 2008 (310/06/0827) Genetic determinants of pro-/antioxidant balance in the pathogenesis of respiratory diseases (Co-investigator – principal investigator Prof. L. Izakovičová-Hollá, MD PhD)
IGA NI 6811–3 – (2001 – 2003); The importance of Chlamydia pneumoniae in the pathogenesis of chronic diseases in man; Co-investigator, principal investigator Dana Hrubá MD, State Institute of Health, Praha, Final mark “B“
IGA 5865–3 – (2000 – 2002); Immune system in children with cystic fibrosis II. – imunity, autoimunity and clinics; spoluřešitel – Co-investigator; principal investigator: Assoc.Prof. Anna Šedivá, MD PhD, Institute of Immunology University Hospital Motol, Praha. Final mark ”A”
IGA 2056–5 (1994 – 1998) New trends in the treatment of cystic fibrosis. Co-investigator, principal investigator Assoc Prof. V. Vávrová, MD DSc.) – Final mark ”A”

Five most cited papers.
de Blic J, Midulla F, Barbato A, Clement A, Dab I, Eber E, Green C, Grigg J, Kotecha S, Kurland G, Pohunek P, Ratjen F, Rossi G. Bronchoalveolar lavage in children. ERS Task Force on bronchoalveolar lavage in children. European Respiratory Society. Eur Respir J. 2000 Jan;15(1­):217–31. PMID: 10678650 (104 citations)

Pohunek P, Warner JO, Turzíková J, Kudrmann J, Roche WR. Markers of eosinophilic inflammation and tissue re-modelling in children before clinically diagnosed bronchial asthma. Pediatr Allergy Immunol. 2005 Feb;16(1­):43–51. PMID: 15693911 (36 citations)

Warner JO, Marguet C, Rao R, Roche WR, Pohunek P. Inflammatory mechanisms in childhood asthma. Clin Exp Allergy. 1998 Nov;28 Suppl 5:71–5; PMID: 9988450 (35 citations)

Midulla F, de Blic J, Barbato A, Bush A, Eber E, Kotecha S, Haxby E, Moretti C, Pohunek P, Ratjen F; ERS Task Force. Flexible endoscopy of paediatric airways. Eur Respir J. 2003 Oct;22(4):698–­708. PMID: 14582925 (21 citations)

Clement, A; Allen, J; Corrin, B; Dinwiddie R., Ducou le Pointe H., Eber E., Laurent G., Marshall R., Midulla F, Nicholson A.G., Pohunek P., Ratjen F., Spiteri M., de Blic J.: Task force on chronic interstitial lung disease in immunocompetent children Eur Respir J. 2004, 24 (4): 686–697 PMID: 15459150 (18 citations)