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Mária Wollemann

Budapest, 6 July 1923

Director of the Institute of Biochemistry of the BRC of the HAS („MTA”):
1978 – 1983

Mária Wollemann was born in Budapest on 6 July 1923. In the year 1941, she was admitted to Szeged Medical University and was conferred the Doctor of Medicine degree at Pázmány Péter University, Budapest, in the year 1947, where she graduated with a summa cum laude diploma. Between 1946 and 1947, she worked at Szeged Medical University and at Budapest Medical University from 1948 until 1949, in the Pharmacology, Anatomy and Medical Chemistry Institute and at the Institute of Biochemistry of the HAS („MTA”), respectively. Between 1954 and 1970, she worked in the National Neurosurgery Institute. Mária Wollemann worked in the Institute of Biochemistry of the BRC from 1971, first as a group leader, later as Deputy Director and, from 1978 until 1983, as Director. Since 1985, she has been working as a retired Scientific Advisor. She defended her PhD dissertation in the year 1956. This dissertation was later published by French Masson Publishers in the form of a book, under the title „Metabolisme des médiateurs chimiques du systeme nerveux”.

She obtained a Doctor of Medical Sciences degree with her book entitled „Biochemistry of Brain Tumours”, which was published jointly by McMillan Press, London, University Park Press, Baltimore, and Akadémiai Kiadó in the year 1974.

Mária Wollemann paid longer study visits to the Pharmacology Institute of Humboldt University, Berlin, in 1956-57, to the Department of Anaesthesiology of New York’s Montefiore Hospital between 1963 and 1964 and to Hospital Boucicaut Laboratorie d’Eutonologie, Paris, in 1966. She has advanced level examinations in the English, German and French languages.

During her time spent in the Institute of Biochemistry of the BRC, the focus area of the research carried out by her and her colleagues was opiate receptors. In this field, numerous publications, conferences and workshops have been issued/organised and research in the area is still ongoing. Her work has been recognised with several Prizes (Academy Prize, 1977; Order of Merit of Labour, Gold Medal (“Munka Érdemrend arany fokozata”), 1983; Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary, Officer Cross, civilian order /”Magyar Köztársasági Érdemrend Tisztikeresztje” /polgári fokozat/, 1994).