Each year, the Masaryk University Grant Agency selects scientists from nominations by the Vice Deans for Science at the whole Masaryk University who deserve an exceptional award for their scientific achievements in the last year. The MUNI Scientist award is an evaluation of excellent scientific work and a thank you for spreading the prestige of Masaryk University in the Czech Republic and abroad. In the Mendl Refectory of the Augustinian Abbey, fifty-one scientists from the university received the award on 30 November 2022. Among the awardees were two scientists working at the RECETOX research center - prof. Petr Klán and doc. Klára Hilscherová.
Prof. Petr Klán gained the MUNI Scientist award for co-authorship of the article Structure-Photoreactivity Relationship of 3-Hydroxyflavone-Based CO-Releasing Molecules, which was published in the prestigious Journal of Organic Chemistry and received the American Chemical Society Editor's Choice award. The published study deals with the release of carbon monoxide, a signaling molecule with therapeutic effects, using visible light. "This is a recognition of the long-term work of our international team, which we greatly appreciate," Klán said.
The MUNI Scientist Award this year also went to Associate Professor Klára Hilscherová. "I appreciate the MUNI Scientist Award very much. However, the award is not only mine; it belongs to my research group. Without their work and enthusiasm, it would not be possible to carry out the research at all," said Hilscherová, who received the award for her research on the impact of environmental pollution and chemicals on human health and her work on the prestigious research The Czech Science Foundation (GAČR) and Horizon 2020 projects. With her team at the RECETOX Centre, she is primarily involved in research on the ability of substances to disrupt hormonal regulation (endocrine disruption) and the associated risks to humans and the environment, for which she is well-known in the international scientific community.
On behalf of the RECETOX research centre, we congratulate the recipients and wish them, much energy and enthusiasm for their future scientific work.