3/6/2015 • The scientists from the Department of Epidemiology,
Faculty of Military Health Sciences, University of
Defense tested a new vaccine against
strip herpes in adults. The
received results of this clinical study have been published in one of the most prestigious journal The New England
Journal of Medicine.
The aim of the study was to evaluate the effectiveness of the
new candidate vaccine in its ability to reduce a risk of getting shingles in adults. The results showed high, 97.2% effectiveness
of the new vaccine. Only three
specialized military centers in the Czech Republic were
involved in this international evaluation study. Not only the research team
of the Faculty of Military Health Sciences under the leadership
of Col. Prof. Roman Chlíbek, MD, PhD (Lt.
Col. Ass. Prof. Jan Smetana, M.D., Ph.D.), but also the research
teams of the Military Health Institute in Czech Budejovice and Brno were involved.
The New England Journal of Medicine, one of the
world oldest medical journals, which has been published in the US continuously
since 1812, belongs to the most cited journals of all time. It
has the second highest impact factor (besides the oncology journal CA - A Cancer Journal for Clinicians)
of all journals registered in the database ISI Web of Knowledge. Its
IF achieved 54.42 in 2013. Since 1945 almost 97,309 articles have
been published in this journal and among them 86 works were prepared solely in cooperation with
authors from the Czech Republic, in fact from Czechoslovakia.
Author: Hana Hlaváčková, Eva Drahokoupilová, Photo: Dita Zetochová