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Mgr. Dana Hradcová, Ph.D.

Dana Hradcová works as the managing director of the Centre of expertise in Longevity and Long-term Care at the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University. As a researcher and consultant, she is involved in projects dedicated to the life with cognitive dis/ability. She studies experiences of people identified as disabled. Her field of study is ethics of care and practical and empirical ethics mostly in social and health services. As a lecturer and assistant, she cooperates with caregivers and self-advocates. She teaches empirical ethics approaches to students of Longevity Studies and Applied Ethics.

cellphone: +420 603 214 631


Doc. MUDr. Iva Holmerová, Ph.D.

Professor Iva Holmerová graduated from the Faculty of General Medicine, Charles University (1981), where she specialised in General Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Public Health and Long-Term Care. She completed her PhD in Social Gerontology and Social Anthropology.

She is the founding Director and Consultant Geriatrician at the Centre of Gerontology in Prague 8; Associate Professor, Faculty of Humanities, Charles University in Prague; founding head of CELLO (Centre of Expertise in Longevity and Long-term Care); Vice-Dean for International Relations, Faculty of Humanities, Charles University, and Visiting Professor at the Centre for Dementia Policy and Practice, University of the West of Scotland (2014). She has dedicated herself to the issues of gerontology, long-term care for older people, and the treatment of dementia.

Professor Holmerová is also Vice-Chairperson of Alzheimer Europe; Chairperson of the Czech Society of Gerontology and Geriatrics; a board member of INTERDEM, EUGMS, ELTECA; the founder of the Czech Alzheimer's Society, and a member of the Government Committee on Ageing since 2005.

She is Chief Investigator and co-applicant of numerous national and international research and development projects, most recently PALLIARE (Erasmus +KA2), INDUCT (ICT Marie Curie H2020, University of Nottingham) and FWF GACR LA.


phone: +420 286 883 676, fax: +420 286 882 788, cellphone: +420 602 350 848

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Mgr. Anna Beránková

Anna Berankova has received her masters in special education at Charles University in Prague. She is a PhD student and she studies dementia in people with intellectual disabilities. In 2011 she traveled to Scotland, University of Stirling, Dementia Services Development Center, as a long-term visiting student. She focuses on small group homes. Besides her studies, she also lectures a training course for support workers of people with dementia and intellectual disabilities.

She works as a coordinator of international Czech-Austrian project researching long-term care facilities in the Czech Republic and Austria.

When she is not working nor studying, she spends time with her two daughters. Watching them discover the world is the most amazing adventure of science.


Mgr. Radek Carboch

He studied Religion at the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University in Brno, where he was primarily interested in the topics of contemporary Judaism and Jewish Messianism. Currently he is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Masaryk University. His dissertation research deals with problems of transformation of social services in the Czech Republic. He conducts ethnographic research in an organization, which goes through the process of transformation and which provides services to people living with intellectual disabilities, addressing problems associated with the concepts of normality of everyday life and integration. He also participates in the sociological segment of a broader project "Case management as a complex intervention in dementia, its impact on resources utilization and the quality of life of patients and caregivers" as a researcher-ethnographer, where he focuses primarily on issues of translation and development methods of case management for people living with mental health problems. The main theoretical inspiration for his research is the work of authors associated with Actor-network-theory approach and the work of M. Foucault.


PhDr. Eva Jarolímová, Ph.D.

Eva Jarolímová (1960) has graduated in psychology on the Faculty of Arts at Charles University in Prague, where she dedicated her master’s thesis and her rigorosum thesis to the psychology of aging, focusing especially on the elderly people suffering from dementia. Currently a doctoral student at Charles University in Prague (her social psychology, dissertation project is focused on caregiver’s burden in Alzheimer's family care). In the Czech Alzheimer Society she works as a consultant and psychologist in order to help the informal carers and people living with dementia, she also works as a diagnostician for the cognitive impairment and carries out a great number of educational activities each year. For several years now, she has been teaching course ‘Psychology of Aging and Age, and the basics of geropsychology’ for the students of the Department of Psychology at the Faculty of Arts in Prague. Eva is active in research and publishes her work. Since 2011 she worked as a researcher at the Faculty of Humanities Studies at Charles University in Prague and since 2016 she has been working researcher at the Faculty of Arts at Charles University in Prague. In 2010 she has co-founded and since then she has been leading the working group for geropsychology of the Czech-Moravian Psychological Society in Prague.


Mgr. Kateřina Macháčová, Ph.D.

Katerina graduated from the Faculty of Physical Education and Sports, Charles University in Prague. Later in 2009, she completed a doctoral program at the same faculty focused on evaluation of physical fitness among older adults. During her postgraduate program, Katerina engaged in a long-term internship at the Institute of Gerontology, Wayne State University in Detroit, MI (USA) where she continued working as a Senior Research Scientist after her doctoral studies. Soon after her return to the Czech Republic in 2010, she joined the ILA, s.r.o. and participated on preparation and management of projects in the field of biomedicine. Later she helped to develop a new methodology aimed to identify architectural barriers at home for people with mobility limitations (SEMAFORhome). Since 2012, she is a member of CELLO research team.

In 2017, Katerina founded a new initiative called MOTION FOR LIFE (http://www.pohybprozivot.cz/) with an aim to support active lifestyle (not only) in later life and to help prolonging life in good health. Within this initiative, she organizes public lectures about the importance of physical activity and its effects on human body (http://www.pohybprozivot.cz/prednasky/) and educational exercise courses PERMANENTO (http://www.pohybprozivot.cz/kurzy/permanento/). She is the author/co-author of several scientific publications.

e-mail: katerina.machacova@yahoo.com or

Mgr. Michal Synek

I have studied religious studies at the Faculty of Arts of the Masaryk University and I am recently doing Ph.D. in sociology at the same university. In the framework of my doctoral research project, I explore dining in care homes for people with learning disabilities, trying to answer the question how different modes of ordering dis/ability are enacted in institutionalized repertoires of dining. The use of the terms “modes of ordering” and “dis/ability” betrays my inspiration in the actor-network theory, material semiotics and critical disability studies, especially in the work of such authors as John Law, Bruno Latour, Zdeněk Konopásek, Annemarie Mol, Ingunn Moser, Jeannette Pols and Margrit Shildrick. At the Centre of Expertise in Longevity and Long-term Care of the Faculty of Humanities of the Charles University I lead sociological segment of the research project “Case management as a complex intervention in dementia, its impact on resource utilisation and the quality of life of patients and caregivers”. Apart of doing research, I work as a consultant and a lecturer, especially in the fields of dining improvement, deinstitutionalisation and relational approach to care. I translate from English, have an interest in Tibet, Tibetans and Tibetan and love baroque art and architecture.

For professional CV and bibliography please see: http://is.muni.cz/osoba/michal.synek


Mgr. Michal Šteffl, Ph.D.

Michael Šteffl completed his MS and PhD at the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport at Charles University, where he currently serves as Head of the Department of Physiology and Biochemistry. Since 2014, he has cooperated with CELLO, conducting research on validation methods for identifying musculoskeletal diseases in clinical practice. Additionally, he studies the relationships between behavioral factors and musculoskeletal system diseases among the elderly and in people suffering from cognitive impairment.


MUDr. Hana Vaňková, Ph.D.

Hana Vaňková, MD, PhD, engages in research of Centre of Expertise in Longevity and Long-term Care, Charles University in Prague. In her research, she focuses on geriatric topics including depression, pain in dementia and quality of long-term care. Hana is a Long-Term Care Medicine specialist, since 2005 she is research coordinator and physician of the Centre of Gerontology in Prague. She participated in studies on Alzheimer´s disease and also in several studies of non-pharmacological interventions. As an assistant professor of the Third Faculty of Medicine, Charles University, she focuses on geriatrics.


Prof. Ladislav Volicer, M.D., Ph.D

Dr. Volicer is currently the Courtesy Full Professor at the School of Aging Studies, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, Visiting Professor at the 3rd Medical Faculty, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic and Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Sydney. Twenty five years ago, he established one of the first Dementia Special Care Units and introduced the concept of structured palliative care for patients with advanced dementia. Goals of care on this unit are quality of life, dignity and comfort instead of prolongation of life at all costs. Dr. Volicer investigated various aspects of dementia care, including behavioral symptoms, medical complications and eating difficulties. He is recognized as an international expert on advanced dementia care. He published over 250 articles and chapters, and edited four books on clinical management of dementia. He was the chair of AMDA Ethics Committee, is section editor for the Journal on Nutrition and Aging and serves on the Editorial Board of JAMDA.


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