Profesor Małgorzata Kossut członkiem Academia Europaea

Profesor Małgorzata Kossut została członkiem prestiżowej organizacji Academia Europaea.

Academia Europaea to istniejąca od 1988r. naukowa instytucja pozarządowa,  która skupia naukowców oraz stypendystów, głównie z Europy, ale także z innych regionów świata. Jest to największa tego typu organizacja w Europie, łącząca wiodących badaczy z takich dziedzin, jak: nauki społeczne, humanistyczne, ekonomiczne, biologiczne, matematyczne i fizyczne. Gromadzi ona ponad cztery tysiące członków, w tym laureatów Nagrody Nobla z różnych dyscyplin naukowych.

Celem Akademii jest promowanie oraz wspieranie badań interdyscyplinarnych i międzynarodowych, a także doradzanie rządom i organizacjom międzynarodowym w sprawach naukowych.

Invitation for a lecture of dr Witold Konopka

Dear All

I would like to invite you for a lecture on 1st of July at 3pm of dr Witold Konopka from the Laboratory of Neuroplasticity and Metabolism, Department of Life Sciences and Biotechnology Lukasiewicz PORT – Polish Center for Technology Development.

He will present his lecture entitled: „Proteins regulating RNA function in neuronal plasticity „

His habilitation is processed by the Scientific Council of the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology.


The proper functioning of the central nervous system is based on cellular homeostasis. The loss of homeostasis leads to excessive or insufficient activation of neuronal network, which consequences can be observed in a broad spectrum of neurological diseases. The chronic disturbances of neuronal network activation are also associated with neurodegenerative disorders. There is a theory of plasticity-pathology continuum indicating that our ability to acquire and store new information is based on the same molecular mechanisms as processes observed in degenerating neurons. The only difference is the strength of stimulation and time of action which may be beneficial or deleterious for human brain. For the above reason, studying a memory formation mechanisms may, in addition to acquiring basic knowledge, indicate directions for the development of future therapies for neurological disorders. Precise control of neuronal activity in circuits involved in a variety of physiological functions seems to be the most important aspect of development of targeted interventions such as genetic modifications of selected cell types. The results of studies on the proteins that regulate a function of RNA processing, namely the Dicer – a key ribonuclease in microRNA processing and the TDP-43 – a nuclear protein that belongs to the heterogeneous ribonucleoproteins family and is involved in the regulation of gene transcription and RNA processing will be presented. Both proteins are of special interest in the context of neuronal plasticity. Transgenic animals – rats and mice and animals modified by other methods of genetic manipulation i.e. oligonucleotide technology were used as research models.

Link to the meeting:


Meeting ID: 916 8828 0486
Passcode: 084326

Best regards,
Katarzyna Łukasiuk

SPARK Europe Education Webinar

Dear All,

Nencki Institute as a representative of SPARK Poland within the SPARK Europe would like to cordially invite you to participate in the SPARK Europe last webinar of a Spring Series 2021. It will take place on June 30th, 16-17 CET.

During the “Writing a Target Product Profile: How and Why?” webinar we will gain insight into a target product profile (TPP), which outlines the necessary characteristics of an innovative product to address an unmet clinical need. Together with Dr. Hélène Chéry Hernandez, we will answer the question of why to write TPP and how to prepare it. Dr. Hélène Chéry Hernandez is a  seasoned international CEO with over 20-years of managerial and corporate experience with companies such Alfact Innovation, Orega Biotech, Nexigen, Innogenetics.

The series of webinars is open for all students and employees of SPARK associated organizations (Nencki Institute PAS and International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw).

Registration to the webinar is required in advance. Please register at: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwkd-irrjwjHd0hvJD5-MZhwYkJDpLtLcs6

latest on June 29th. With later registrations access cannot be guaranteed. There are a limited number of places available and they are filled in in the order of registration.

We would also like to announce that SPARK Europe Fall Webinar Series 2021 is in the pipeline already. The list and dates of the webinars will be announced soon.

Best regards,
Paulina Santus