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At it’s annual scientific meeting in Zurich, Switzerland June 24-26, 2015, the European Society of Hyperthermic Oncology (ESHO) bestowed its highest honor, the 30th annual ESHO-Pyrexar Award, on Jan Vrba, PhD. Dr. Vrba is Professor and Chairman, Department of Electromagnetic Fields, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University (CTU), Prague. The ESHO-Pyrexar Award is awarded annually for outstanding contributions to hyperthermic oncology, education and scientific achievement. Prof. Vrba received his PhD in Communications Technology from the CTU in 1976. He rose through the academic ranks to become full professor and department chairman in 1993, the position he still holds. He has held many prestigious academic appointments at the CTU including membership on the Scientific Board 1994-97, serving as Vice-Rector from 1994-97 and as Chancellor from 2000-2002.

Prof. Vrba’s research efforts have concentrated on the interaction between electromagnetic fields and biological systems most notably the medical application of microwaves, specifically the design of microwave applicators for inducing hyperthermia for cancer treatment.Prof. Vrba has published well over 100 scientific papers.

An indication of the respect held by his scientific colleagues is that Prof. Vrba has been the Congress Chairman of a number of prominent international scientific meetings including: The Annual Meeting of ESHO in Prague in 2007; the Progress in Electromagnetic Research Symposium (PIERS) in Prague in 2007; the Microwave and Radioelectronics Week (MAREW) in Prague in 2008; the Int. Symp. on Microwave & Optical Technology (ISMOT) in Prague in 2011 and again the PIERS meeting in Prague to be held July 5-10, 2015. The PIERS meeting will attract over 2,000 attendees.

Note:  This year's ESHO-Pyrexar Award was sponsored by Dr. Gerhard Sennewald of Dr. Sennewald Medizintechnik GmbH