Nobel prize nominee Mykola Volodos
Influential work on dopamine from the University of Vienna, taking the studies of Dr Oleh Hornykiewicz and Dr Herbert Ehringer to Canada.
A doctor without ego, Dr Huk values that he has been able to achieve the medical career and personal development he has enjoyed thanks not only to his own efforts, but also because of the many doctors, scientists, philosophers and free thinkers that have gone before him.
Yet Dr Huk is also very clear that he is one part of an ever-moving timeline. A conversation with Dr Huk is a fascinating tapestry of Aristotle, Seneca, Schopenhauer, Nobel Prize winners, Max Planck, N. Tesla, I. Sikorski (first helicopter), Y. Voronoy-first kidney transplantation in human; Elon Musk and every influential open minded individual in between.
Far from sharing his work as a legacy, Dr Huk wants to share so ‘clever young people from the new generation can take it forward’. He says, “We must always be learning! There is so much more to learn that we have no clue about now, and indeed more to learn about medicine, science and our world that we have some thoughts of but no definitive answers. It’s so exciting!”
Dr Huk welcomes the opportunity to work with students from across disciplines in order to combine ideas and exchange knowledge. This approach has characterised his life, as is shown by the many positive quotes and experiences from people with whom he has worked, studied and played.
Mykola Volodos – Nobel Prize nominee
“Ne noceas si iuvare non potes”
first human kidney allograft
The first human kidney allograft was performed in the Ukraine by the Soviet surgeon Yu Yu Voronoy. Voronoy was an experienced investigator, and he eventually performed six such transplants up to 1949. He used these methods to detect complement-fixing antibodies after testis slice transplants, and later he had some success with the same methods applied to kidney grafts.
“I can learn a great deal from the next generation; we can always improve.”
Taking knowledge forward
“Understanding the responsibility of using our knowledge, our research and our findings and sharing them with others who can continue to take them forward.”