In its lifetime, the Institute provided professional background to many interesting and important personalities: Professor Kurt Freund, who made great achievements and contributions in the field of sexual disorders, worked in Toronto, died on the 23rd October 1996; PhDr. Jaroslav Madlafousek, pupil of Prof. K. Freund, who achieved recognition in the sphere of non–verbal communication; PhDr. Michael Žantovský, former ambassador of the Czech Republic to the United States, speaker of the president of the Czech Republic, carried out research in the laboratory of Dr. Madlafousek for many years. Grof brothers also took off here. Paul Grof is now a world famous psychiatrist and professor in Ottawa. His brother Stanislav lives in California today, and is widely recognized as a specialist in transpersonal psychology; prof. Miloš Matoušek, who spent years in Göteborg, Sweden, to become a famous specialist in psychiatric electroencephalography, now again is a member of the staff; Prof. Jan V. Volavka is a prestigious scientist at Nathan S. Kline Institute in Orangeburg, New York State, USA, known especially thanks to his studies on violent behavior; Dr. Frank Engelsmann, foremost expert in psychometrics and methodologist, for a long time operating at McGill University in Montreal; there is also a recently deceased renowned surrealist Luděk Šváb. Also foremost famous psychopharmacologists Doc. J. Baštecký and Doc. O. Vinař were members of our staff. The team of applied mathematics and biomedical engineering, the member of which several years ago was also later Minister of Education Prof. Petr Vopěnka, and many others.
In 1990 the Center was affiliated to the 3rd Faculty of Medicine, Charles University. The PCP dresses the teaching soil for psychiatry and psychology at this Faculty and takes part in the instruction of neuroscience. The Psychiatric Center is directed by the current Vice–Dean of the Faculty, Prof. MUDr. C. Höschl, DrSc., who was its dean in 1990–1997.
The Center is divided into ten separate laboratories and sections:
Psychometrics (head: Prof. J. Kožený)
Dependency Research Lab (head: PhDr. L. Kubička)
Psychiatric Demography (head: Dr. E. Dragomirecká)
PCP Clinical Section
(head: MUDr.D. Seifertová)
EEG Department and Laboratory (head: Prof. Miloš Matoušek)
(Ing. M. Prokeš)
Medical Information Center (head: PhDr. A. Palčová)
Business Administration (head: J. Vítek)
The Psychiatric Center Prague is accredited as a ‘Collaborating Center of the World Health Organization and participates in the publishing of the magazine Psychiatrie.
Homolka Medical Center
HOMOLKA was opened July 15, 1989, as an elite institution for high-ranking communist officials. Its official name used to be State Institute of National Health („Sanopz“, acronym in Czech) and it more or less stood for an exclusive sanatorium with berth facilities and conservative medical background, in particular in the areas of internal medicine, cardiology and neurology, including an extensive health center with broad rehabilitation amenities.
After November 1989, the entire Center was renamed Homolka Medical Center and opened for Czech general public with an eye to practicing two specialized fields of
medicine here - the diseases of the heart and veins, and the diseases of the nerve system.
1990 – 1996 had the Center rebuilt and functionally changed while being equipped with requisite technical apparatuses, material, and above all medical experts - specialists, nurses, technicians and other medical personnel. During this time, the general specifications and specialized profile of the Center was being created. This is today represented by three clinical programs.
Neurologic–Neurosurgical Program offers complex diagnostics, conservative and,