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Researcher Profile - Jan Volavka

First Name:Jan
Last Name:Volavka
Title:Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus
Advanced Degrees:MD PhD
Street Address 1:P.O. Box 160663
City:Big Sky
Zip/Postal Code:59716-0663
Email Address:
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Member reports no financial or other potential conflicts of interest. [Last Modified: 20 October 2005]
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Clinical Interests:
Research Focus:
Pharamacology, aggression
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Reasearcher Bio

Curriculum Vitae

Jan Volavka

Personal Data

Born Prague, Czech Republic
Citizenship United States of America
Marital Status Married, Oct. 26 1986 to Jana Houskova
Children Nicole Volavka, June 10 1973

Year Degree Field Institution
1953 BA Biology Fucikovo College, Prague
1959 MD Medicine Charles University, Prague
1965 PhD Medical Science, Academy of Sciences, Prague
Clin. Electrophysiology

Postdoctoral Training:
See above

Internships and Residencies:

1959-63 Internship and Residency in Psychiatry, Horni Berkovice Hospital, Czech Republic
1969-71 Residency in Psychiatry, New York Medical College

Clinical and Research Fellowships:

1963-1966 Research Psychiatrist Psychiatric Research Institute, Prague
1966-1967 Visiting Fellow Dept. of Neurology, The London Hospital, London, UK
1967-1968 Clinical Research Psychiatrist Psychiatric Research Institute, Prague
1968-1969 Visiting Scientist Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry, Munich, Germany

Licensure and Certification
1973 New York State License Registration # 115495
1975 American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology Board Cert. Psychiatry Certificate #14030

Academic Appointments

1969-1973 Assistant Professor Department of Psychiatry, New York Medical College
1973-1976 Associate Professor Department of Psychiatry, New York Medical College
1976-1979 Professor of Psychiatry Missouri Institute of Psychiatry, Univ. of Missouri
1979-2005 Professor of Psychiatry New York University School of Medicine, New York

Hospital Appointments

1979-1985 Director of Research Manhattan Psychiatric Center, New York

Awards and Honors

1988 Award for Excellence in Research - New York State Office of Mental Health
Top Papers
42. Volavka J, Mallya A, Baig S, Perez-Cruet J. Naloxone in chronic schizophrenia. Science. 1977;196:1227-1228.
53. Volavka J, Cho D, Mallya A, Bauman J. Naloxone increases ACTH and cortisol levels in man. N Engl J Med. 1979;300:1056-1057.
111. Volavka J, Cooper T, Czobor P, Bitter I, Meisner M, Laska E, Gastanaga P, Krakowski M, Chou JCY, Crowner M, Douyon R. Haloperidol blood levels and clinical effects. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1992;49:354-361.
122. Volavka J, Cooper TB, Czobor P, Meisner M. Plasma haloperidol levels and clinical effects in schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1995;52:837-845.
130. Volavka J, Laska E, Baker S, Meisner M, Czobor P, Krivelevich I. History of violent behaviour and schizophrenia in different cultures. Analyses based on the WHO study on determinants of outcome of severe mental disorders. Br J Psychiatry. 1997;171:9-14.
147. Bilder RM, Goldman RS, Volavka J, Czobor P, Hoptman M, Sheitman B, Lindenmayer JP, Citrome L, McEvoy J, Kunz M, Chakos M, Cooper TB, Horowitz TL, Lieberman JA. Neurocognitive effects of clozapine, olanzapine, risperidone, and haloperidol in patients with chronic schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder. Am J Psychiatry. 2002;159:1018-1028.
150. Volavka J, Czobor P, Sheitman B, Lindenmayer J-P, Citrome L, McEvoy J, Cooper TB, Chakos M, Lieberman JA. Clozapine, olanzapine, risperidone, and haloperidol in treatment-resistant patients with schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. Am J Psychiatry. 2002;159:255-262.
151. Lindenmayer JP, Czobor P, Volavka J, Citrome L, Sheitman B, McEvoy JP, Cooper TB, Chakos M, Lieberman JA. Changes in glucose and cholesterol levels in patients with schizophrenia treated with typical or atypical antipsychotics. Am J Psychiatry. 2003;160:290-296.
153. Bilder RM, Volavka J, Lachman HM, Grace AA. The catechol-O-methyltransferase polymorphism: relations to the tonic-phasic dopamine hypothesis and neuropsychiatric phenotypes. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2004;29:1943-1961.
157. Volavka J, Czobor P, Nolan K, Sheitman B, Lindenmayer JP, Citrome L, McEvoy JP, Cooper TB, Lieberman JA. Overt aggression and psychotic symptoms in patients with schizophrenia treated with clozapine, olanzapine, risperidone, or haloperidol. J Clin Psychopharmacol. 2004;24:225-228.

What are the top three papers (not yours) you have read recently?

1. Lieberman JA, Stroup TS, McEvoy JP, Swartz MS, Rosenheck RA, Perkins DO, Keefe RS, Davis SM, Davis CE, Lebowitz BD, Severe J, Hsiao JK. Effectiveness of antipsychotic drugs in patients with chronic schizophrenia. N Engl J Med. 2005;353:1209-1223.
2. Teplin LA, McClelland GM, Abram KM, Weiner DM. Crime victimization in adults with severe mental illnesse: comparison with the National Crime Victimization Survey. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2005;62:911-921.
3. Ho BC, Wassink TH, O'Leary DS, Sheffield VC, Andreasen NC. Catechol-O-methyl transferase Val158Met gene polymorphism in schizophrenia: working memory, frontal lobe MRI morphology and frontal cerebral blood flow. Mol Psychiatry. 2005;10:229, 287-229, 298.

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