phonekunesJaroslav Kuneš graduated at the Faculty of Sciences (in 1972) at the Charles University in Prague and earned his PhD degree in physiology at the same university. Since 1969 he worked on his diploma at the Institute of Physiology where he started to work after his graduation. From 1976 he served as the Head of the Department of Experimental Hypertension. In 2001 he became a Research Professor (DSc) at the Academy of Sciences. From 1995 he served as a Deputy Director and later he was appointed the Institute's Director (2003–1010).

Early studies of Jaroslav Kuneš were focused on the age-dependent sensitivity to hypertensive stimuli and age-dependent alterations of sodium metabolism. He also concentrated on the analysis of the mode of blood pressure inheritance and on the interaction between genetic and environmental factors in hypertension development. Recently he has been collaborating with dr. Maletínská's group from IOCB CAS on the compounds which have the potential to be a medication of obesity, type 2 diabetes and neurodegeneration. Jaroslav Kuneš completed several long stays on outstanding workplaces abroad, especially in the Clinical Research Institute of Montreal in Canada and CNRS in Paris.

He is an honorary member of the Physiological J. E. Purkyně and the Czech Society for Hypertension. In 1984 he won the prize for young scientists at the congress of the International Society of Hypertension (ISH) in Interlaken. He was awarded a commemorative medal J. E. Purkyně "For contributions to the development of biological sciences."

Between years 1994 and 2002 he served as the first representative of Eastern Europe in the Scientific Council of the International Society of Hypertension, who entrusted him with the organization of common 19th World and European Congress on Hypertension in Prague. The Congress was held in 2002, with the participation of nearly eight thousand participants from around the world. Jaroslav Kuneš was and still is an investigator of numerous grant projects and under his leadership, several students completed their postgraduate studies. He has published more than 260 publications in scientific journals with IF, which have been cited more than 2500 times (h-index=31).


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