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Awards to Our Professors

Professors of the University of Debrecen Dénes Páll and János Kappelmayer were given awards on the occasion of Semmelweis Day in recognition of their work.
An award presenting ceremony was held on the occasion of Semmelweis Day (July 1) on Monday, July 4, in the venue called Pesti Vigadó, where two full professors of our university received their awards from Minister of Human Resources Zoltán Balog and Minister of State for Health Zoltán Ónodi-Szűcs
A Pro Sanitate award was presented to Dénes Páll, professor of the Clinic of Internal Medicine of the Clinical Center of the University of Debrecen, for his outstanding professional efforts in providing health services, for his several-decade-long high-quality and conscientious therapeutical work, and for his exemplary activities in public life.
Dénes Páll received his degree and diploma in medicine from Medical University of Debrecen in 1991. After graduation, he was employed at Clinic of Internal Medicine I of the University of Debrecen. Since 1999, he has been the head of Regional Hypertonia Center of UD. As a cardiac specialist, his special field of interest is high blood pressure related diseases. His early work on hypertonia is outstanding both in Hungary and in Central Europe. The Regional Hypertonia Center headed by him is a Center of Excellence of the European Society of Hypertension.
Awards to Our Professors 
As of 1994, his field of interest in research has been prevention, risk factors of problems of the heart or blood vessels, and hypertonia. Since 1998, he has focused on a research topic of his own, which is hypertonia of adolescents. He conducted a series of tests on all the young people in Debrecen between 15 and 18 years of age, as a result of which he earned a PhD degree in 2003. The examination was registered under the name “Debrecen Hypertension Study.” As a consequence of this, 14 publications in English and 18 publications in Hungarian have come out, while 4 PhD dissertations have been written and 2 successful dr. habil titles have been obtained. Dénes Páll defended his MTA doctoral dissertation in 2014.
Since 2010, he has been the deputy director of the Clinic of Internal Medicine of the University of Debrecen and, from 2013 onwards, he has also been responsible for coordinating clinical examinations and heading Gyógyszerfejlesztési Koordinációs Központ [Coordination Center for Drug Development].
An award named Batthyány-Strattmann László-díj was received by full professor János Kappelmayer, director of Debreceni Egyetem Klinikai Központ Laboratóriumi Medicina [Institute of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine of the University of Debrecen], for his several-decade-long high-quality and conscientious professional work in heading an institute, for his outstanding professional achievements in the field of diagnostics, and for his exemplary activities in public life.
Full professor János Kappelmayer earned his diploma from Debreceni Orvostudományi Egyetem [Medical University of Debrecen] in 1985. After graduation, he started to work in Debreceni Orvostudományi Egyetem Központi Klinikai Kémiai Laboratóriuma [Central Laboratory of Clinical Chemistry of the Medical University of Debrecen], following the transformation of which he continued to work in Klinikai Kémiai Intézet [Institute of Clinical Chemistry] and Klinikai Biokémiai és Molekuláris Patológiai Intézet [Institute of Clinical Biochemistry and Molecular Pathology]. This institute operated as the central diagnostic laboratory of Debreceni Egyetem Orvos- és Egészségtudományi Centrum [Medical and Health Science Center of the University of Debrecen]. In 2004, he was appointed director of the Institute of Clinical Biochemistry and Molecular Pathology. He defended his MTA doctoral dissertation titled “Celluláris markerek analízise hematológiai kórképekben” [Analysis of Cellular Markers in Hematology Diagnoses] in 2008.
His activities as a school founder in the field of laboratory diagnostics and his efficient educational, research, and managerial work and achievements meant a considerable contribution to the overall success of the institute. The fact that, with the establishment of the state-of-the-art Laboratóriumi Medicina Intézet [Instutute of Laboratory Medicine] in 2008, a single unified laboratory background has been created is largely due to his efforts. As a part of this background network, samples can be transported and handled with the help of a pipeline system connecting the clinics directly.
His academic work covers two distinct areas. One of these is the role of the activation of leukocytes and thrombocytes in thrombotic processes. He was the first to note that, during extra-corporal circulation, a tissue factor appears on the surface of monocytes, for the treatment of which a US patent was submitted at some later stage. The other area is the identification of the prognostic and diagnostic factors of leukemia types. In both areas, Professor Kappelmayer has collaborating partners.
The webpage he maintains ( is the most frequently visited site of laboratory diagnostics, which is also widely used for consultation purposes.
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