Nencki Institute recognized for its contribution to the development of the Mazovia region
The scientific activity of the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology of the Polish Academy of Sciences and its contribution to the progress of civilisation in the region of Mazovia has been recognized and appreciated by Mazovia regional authorities. During today’s ceremony Adam Struzik, the Marshal of the Mazovia district has awarded the Nencki Institute with a Pro Masovia Commemorative Medal.
Scientific research in the field of biology is of fundamental importance for the progress of civilization. Without a deep understanding of the processes occurring in cells, tissues and organisms one cannot think of sound science or effective methods of fighting diseases. Long standing contribution of the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology of the Polish Academy of Sciences to the development of biological science, resulting in constantly stimulating the development of the region, has been honoured by local authorities of the Mazovia region. Director Ewa Łagodzińska, on behalf of Adam Struzik, the Marshal of the Mazovia district, presented the Pro Masovia Medal to Prof. Adam Szewczyk, the Director of the Nencki Institute.
In his congratulatory letter, Marshal Struzik wrote: “Your Institute can pride itself on a long tradition, interesting history and an impressive track record (…) and is today the only scientific institution in the country where neurobiological research is conducted at all levels: from the molecular to the systemic. The significance (…) of the Institute is supported by an impressive number of publications (…) its high level of activity in acquiring grants (…) as well as collaboration with a series of leading scientific centres throughout the world”.
The Pro Masovia Commemorative Medal is a special distinction awarded by the head of the Mazovia district since 2006. This medal is bestowed to physical and legal persons, organizations and institutions, whose professional, social, public and statutory activities have remarkably contributed to the economic, cultural and social development of the Mazovia region.
“Our activity focuses on basic research and new therapeutic methods for diseases related to the progress of civilisation. Such research requires an interdisciplinary approach and close cooperation with numerous Polish and foreign centres, which notably increase the competitiveness of the region. The far-reaching results of our research will be development of innovative diagnostic and therapeutic methods implemented in medicine. We are glad that this on-going effort has been recognized and is valued by the local authorities of the Mazovia region”, said Prof. Adam Szewczyk.
The Nencki Institute has been established in 1918. Today it is one of the largest non-university research centres in biology in Poland. It conducts interdisciplinary research in the field of neurobiology, neurophysiology, cell biology and biochemistry and molecular biology. It is the only research facility in Poland conducting research in neurobiology at all levels: from the molecular to the systemic.
Scientists from the Nencki Institute carry out health related research projects aimed at health protection and improving the quality of life. Here new methods are developed for diagnosing and treating cancer, diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, dysfunctions of the immunological system, cardiovascular diseases, neurodegenerative and age-related diseases. An important research direction for the Institute is the search for effective means of rehabilitating stroke patients and effective methods for fighting bacterial resistance to antibiotics.
The Nencki Institute cooperates with research institutions from 25 countries on more than a hundred different research projects. More than a hundred Nencki researchers working in 37 scientific labs currently execute approximately 150 national and European research grants, including 12 grants under the 7. Framework Program of the European Union, 15 grants from the National Centre for Research and Development and 108 grants from the National Science Centre.
On the Ochota Campus the Nencki Institute is involved in creating one of the most advanced centres for biomedical research in Poland: the Centre for Preclinical Research and Technology (CePT). Five new core research facilities have been established in the Institute under the CePT project within the Nencki Neurobiology Center. These new facilities have expanded the current list of Nencki research and service facilities, which include, among other: the Laboratory of Brain Imaging, Laboratory of Animal Models and Laboratory of Imaging Tissue Structure and Function. These labs are headed by Scientific Leaders selected in open competitions evaluated by the International Advisory Board. Nencki was the first research institution in Poland to be distinguished by the European Commission with the HR Excellence in Research award for high standards of the hiring procedures. Nencki is also a partner of the Mazovia BioTechMed Cluster focusing on research in the fields of biotechnology, medicine, bioengineering and pharmacy.
“We try to create links between our institute as well as other institutes located within the Ochota Biocenter and the industrial entities of the region. We expect them to support further development of both the Ochota Campus and the entire Mazovia region”, said Prof. Szewczyk.
It should also be noted that each year the Nencki Institute awards several doctorate degrees in biology. Nencki graduates become highly qualified and valued employees of companies located within the Mazovia region with business focus on pharmaceutics, medical diagnostics and even cosmetics. Nencki graduates also prove to be excellent educators and authors of biology textbooks for high schools, technical schools and universities.
The Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology of the Polish Academy of Sciences has been established in 1918 and is the largest non-university centre for biological research in Poland. Priority fields for the Institute include neurobiology, neurophysiology, biology, cellular biochemistry and molecular biology. Research projects conducted at Nencki are often interdisciplinary and are carried out at the level of complexity from tissue organisms through cellular organelles to proteins and genes. The Institute’s lab and core facilities have been provided with state-of-the-art research equipment. An integral part of the Institute is a modernized animal house, where lab animals are bred, also transgenic animals, in accordance with the highest standards. The quality of experiments, publications and close ties with the international science community, place the Institute among leading biological research institutions in Europe.
Prof. Adam Szewczyk
Director of the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology in Warsaw
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Prof. Adam Szewczyk, director of the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, receives the Pro Masovia Commemorative Medal from Ewa Łagodzińska, director of the Department of Health at the Office of the Marshal of the Mazowieckie Voivodeship. (Source: Nencki Institute)