Martin Loučka

Director, Center for Palliative Care

Topic: Palliative care

Martin Loučka is a psychologist, director of Center for Palliative Care in Prague and Assistant Professor at the 3rd Medical Faculty at Charles University. He got his PhD in Health Research at Lancaster University, UK, where he focused on methodological aspects of international comparisons of the development of palliative care. His PhD work was funded by Marie Curie Actions Early Researcher grant (project EUROIMPACT). He was a visiting scholar at VU Medical Center in Amsterdam and in 2015-2016 he worked as a Fulbright Schuman scholar at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. Dr Loucka was awarded the Early Researcher Award by European Association for Palliative Care in 2016. He gained over 300k Euro in research funding and with his team at the Center for Palliative Care runs a number of educational projects for both clinicians and the general public (e.g. Dr Loucka works as an external psychologist in mobile palliative care unit Cesta domu, which provides specialized palliative care for patients at their homes. His wife Blanka is a researcher in the area of climate change and they have two little daughters.