Prof. Péter Lakatos MD, PhD, DSc (HU)

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Professor of medicine and endocrinology, Head of the Clinical Research Laboratory at the Semmelweis University

After studies in biology and chemistry, Dr. Peter Lakatos finished medical school at the Semmelweis University, Budapest, in 1981.

He started his medical career at the 1st Department of Medicine, Semmelweis University. Between 1989 and 1992 he worked with Prof. Paula Stern at the Department of Pharmacology, Northwestern University, Chicago, studying intracellular signal transduction in bone cells. After that, he returned to the Semmelweis University but remained a faculty member at the Northwestern University until 1998.

Currently, he is a full professor of medicine and endocrinology, as well as head of the Clinical Research Laboratory, at the Semmelweis University.

Dr. Lakatos and his research group have actively participated in the development and introduction of biochemical and densitometric methods in the management and research of osteoporosis. In the 80’s, he was among first to develop an osteocalcin radioimmunoassay.

He directs basic and clinical research programs in the field of metabolic bone diseases with a special interest in osteoporosis and thyroid hormone-stimulated bone loss. During the last decade, his major interest has been in the genetic background of metabolic bone diseases. Dr. Lakatos also conducts drug development studies.

He has authored more than 270 full length scientific articles and book chapters. Amongst other posts, Dr. Lakatos has acted as the President of the Hungarian Society for Osteoporosis and Osteoarthrology (1999–2005) and was a board member of the European Society for Calcified Tissues (1997–2007).