Dr. Daniel Ruzek is a Professor and Head of the Department of Virology, Veterinary Research Institute in Brno, and Head of the Laboratory of Arbovirology, Institute of Parasitology of the Czech Academy of Sciences. He received his PhD in the field of Molecular and Cellular Biology and Genetics from the Czech Academy of Sciences and University of South Bohemia in 2008. He had postdoctoral training at the Department of Virology and Immunology, Texas Biomedical Research Institute, San Antonio, USA. His primary field is virology with research emphasis on vector-borne viruses, especially tick-borne encephalitis virus. He serves as an Associate Editor in Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases journal (Elsevier), as Editor in Scientific Reports (Springer-Nature), and is a member of Editorial Boards in numerous other journals. He published more than 120 papers in highly respected journals, including Nature Communications, Lancet, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Journal of Infectious Diseases, Nature, Journal of Experimental Biomedicine and so forth, which were cited more than 2500 times. He is a recipient of several awards including Herbert Sinnecker-Christian Kunz Award for junior research in the field of tick-borne diseases.
Candidacy and Agenda 2022-2024
I can offer an extensive list of contacts of people working especially on arboviruses. I can mediate contacts with the Czechoslovak Society for Microbiology, mediate the partnership with the Czech and Slovak Conference of Virology, etc.
As WSV is an official partner of the journal Virology, it would be good to discuss with Elsevier a possibility to include this information and WSV logo in each paper (in the same way as some other societies do; next to the logo of the journal) – this would increase the WSV visibility and awareness within the community significantly. Moreover, it would be good to make a partnership also with some other virological journals.
I think one of the possibilities is to offer to the biotechnological companies to present an advertisement to their products on the WSV web pages.
I can mediate contact with the Czechoslovak Society for Microbiology, or to establish an active Czech and Slovak branch of the World Society for Virology.
Since I personally know almost all virologists in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, I can actively recruit them to participate in the WSV. In addition, we organize a Czech and Slovak conference on virology every 2 years. This conference could be organized in partnership with the WSV. In addition, we are currently working to establish the first virology study program in the Czech Republic. This study program could also be organized in partnership with the WSV so that all virology students in the Czech Republic would be aware of the WSV and encouraged to join the Society.