The Bolzano Award and the Rector’s Special Award go to the Faculty of Pharmacy of Charles University


On Thursday 20 April 2023, Karolinum’s Patriotic Hall became the venue for the official presentation of Charles University’s prestigious awards. Eighteen exceptionally talented, dedicated and extraordinarily creative students or graduates of Charles University received their awards from Rector Milena Králíčková. It makes us very proud that the laureates of the awards include two nominees from the Faculty of Pharmacy of Charles University in Hradec Králové.


Bolzano Award

The Bolzano Award, which is granted to students for their extraordinary original work with creative substance and usually of an interdisciplinary character, went to PharmDr. Thuy Linh Nguyen, Ph.D., for her doctoral dissertation entitled “Advances in discovery and testing of anthelmintics”.

Dr Nguyen is a member of the Research group of xenobiotic resistance mechanisms. She is researching novel compounds with potential anthelmintic effect that can be used to treat diseases caused by helminths. Parasitic nematodes are a worldwide problem in both human and veterinary medicine and are responsible for massive economic losses in animal production. The treatment of diseases caused by these parasitic nematodes is complicated by the fact that the efficacy of currently used anthelmintics is declining due to widespread drug resistance. During her research, Dr Nguyen successfully identified a new compound that shows great promise for the development of a new anthelmintic.

Special Award of the Rector of Charles University

The 2022 Special Award of the Rector of Charles University, which is granted to students for attaining extraordinary results in science or research in the course of study, went to Mgr. Filip Kostelanský, Ph.D.

In his research, the doctoral student of the Pharmaceutical Chemistry degree programme at the Faculty of Pharmacy of Charles University focused on the synthesis of new acridine derivatives that have the ability to stabilise DNA duplexes. Dr Kostelanský is a member of the Azaphthalocyanine group. The results of his work will contribute to simplifying the detection of DNA mutations using PCR methods, where the use of shorter, more stable probes will improve their recognition ability. He has published his scientific work in the prestigious journal Nucleic Acids Research and is co-author of Czech patent applications.

Congratulations to both awardees!

Text: prof. RNDr. Lenka Skálová, Ph.D. and prof. PharmDr. Petr Zimčík, Ph.D.
Photo: Michal Novotný, Charles University

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