09/09/2021 • Minister of Defence Lubomír Metnar presented on 7 September 2021 the Letter of Professor Degree Appointment to Lieutenant Colonel Jan Smetana, the deputy head of the Department of Epidemiology within the Faculty of Military Health Sciences. President of the Czech Republic Miloš Zeman conferred Professor in “Epidemiology, Preventive Medicine and Hygiene” degree to Lieutenant Colonel of General Staff doc. MUDr. Jan Smetana, Ph.D., according to the proposal made by the Scientific Council of the University of Defence.
Professor Jan Smetana is an eminent research and teaching personage. He completed general medicine studies in 1997 graduating from the Faculty of Medicine under Charles University and from Purkyne Military Medical Academy, both in Hradec Kralove. Having passed through the junior doctor training, postgraduate certification and several years of practitioner experience, he joined the Department of Epidemiology under Purkyne Military Medical Academy (today the Faculty of Military Health Sciences) in 2003 in lecturer position. He defended his rigorous thesis in 2008 and was conferred Associate Professor Degree in “Hygiene, Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology” in 2015.
Professor Smetana concentrates his expert work on infectious diseases epidemiology, travel medicine focused on Czech Armed Forces overseas deployments, infectious diseases prevention possibilities abroad, vaccination against infectious diseases and the matters of highly dangerous infections and the risks of biological agents abuse focused on the protection against them. For a long time, he has been involved in the research of surveillance and seroepidemiology of infectious diseases. He is the author of a number of publications, main researcher in many scientific projects and a member of expert medical associations.
The Letter of Appointment ceremony was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Defence. Rector-commandant Brigadier General Professor Zuzana Kročová and vice-rector for research and expert activities Jan Bořil represented the University of Defence.
Author: Viktor Sliva, photo: army.cz