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Visit from Adam Struzik, Marshal of the Mazowieckie Voivodeship

On June 13, 2014 IIMCB was visited by Adam Struzik, Marshal of the Mazowieckie Voivodeship, Katarzyna Kręźlewicz, Director of the Office of the Marshal and Konrad Wojnarowski, Assistant of the Marshal.

During the visit Prof. Jacek Kuźnicki, IIMCB Director gave a presentation about the Institute and research conducted under the FishMed project. The guests visited Zebrafish Core Facility, Laboratory of Mitochondrial Biogenesis and the newly created Laboratory of Zebrafish Developmental Genomics, Max Planck/IIMCB Research Group. During the meeting Lightsheet Z.1, state-of-the-art fluorescence microscope was presented.

 

Visit from German science journalists

On June 2, 2014 IIMCB was visited by the members of the German Science Journalists’ Association WPK (Wissenschafts-Pressekonferenz). The guests were hosted by Prof. Jacek Kuźnicki, IIMCB Director. Prof. Kuźnicki gave a presentation about the Institute. Afterwards, German journalists met with Dr. Agnieszka Choluj, Head of the Centre for Innovative Bioscience Education and Hubert Ludwiczak, representative of the Technology Transfer Centre BioTech-IP.

11 members of the German Science Journalists’ Association visited IIMCB as part of their research visit to Poland. WPK was founded in Bonn in 1986. It is a registered association with non-profit status, based in Bonn. Their mission is to promote quality science journalism. They run seminars, off-the-record discussions, research tours and continuing education workshops for our members. In the public arena they organise debates to drive the dialogue between scientists, policy makers and society.

 

Visit from Talented Youth

On March 3, 2014 International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology was visited by Talented Youth. During the visit guests heard a presentation by Dr. Urszula Wyrzykowska concerning objectives of the FishMed project, then Michał Bazała gave a speech entitled ”Small fish, big hopes”, which was focused on zebrafish. Our young guests participated in group activities during which they for example worked with FishMed web page. They also visited the Zebrafish Core Facility. After the workshops, Prof. Jacek Kuźnicki, IIMCB Director met with young people and gave a presentation about the functioning of the Institute.

 

Visit from Martin Dahinden - Director of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

On December 7, 2012 Martin Dahinden - Director of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation visited with delegation the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Beneficiary of PSRP. During the visit, the guests learned about the project implemented by the IIMCB entitled “The role of the gene Tsg101 (tumor susceptibility gene 101) in the regulation of transcription in health and disease” (PSPB-094/2010) and visited the newly formed Zebrafish Core Facility.

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Visit of Prof. Thomas Braun and Prof. Klaus Hahlbrock from the Max Planck Society
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On Dec. 2, 2010 IIMCB was visited by representatives of the Max Planck Society, Prof. Klaus Hahlbrock, a former Vice-president of MPS, member of IIMCB International Advisory Board, and Prof. Thomas Braun, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research in Bad Nauheim. Prof. Braun presented his Institute, emphasizing its status of an institution still being created and developed. Both visitors met with Directors of IIMCB, Prof. Kuznicki and Prof. Witt, and with all Lab Leaders; next they met individually with each of Lab Leaders. The visit was concluded with a highlight of possible platforms of future cooperation of both institutes.


Visit of a delegation of German Cancer Research Center and the Helmholtz Association

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On March 26, 2009 a delegation of German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and the Helmholtz Association with Prof. Otmar Wiestler visited IIMCB. Prof. Wiestler is the Chairman of the Management Board and Scientific Director of DKFZ and the Vice-President for Health Research of the Helmholtz Association. The delegation was hosted by Prof. Michal Witt and discussion focused on possibilities of future cooperation of IIMCB with both institutions.


Visit to NIH

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On November 20, 2008, Prof. Jacek Kuznicki gave a presentation at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. His talk was focused on IIMCB and other Ochota Campus institutes presenting them as excellent places for young, talented scientists, who want to develop their career. His visit was organised by the Polish Embassy, the Fogarty Foundation, NIH and European Commission.


Visit of Prof. Tim Hunt, Nobel Prize Laureate

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On Nov. 6, 2008 IIMCB was visited by Prof. Tim Hunt, who received the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine in 2001 for discovery of cyclins. Hunt found that cyclins begin to be synthesised after the sea urchin’s eggs are fertilized and increase in levels during interphase, until they drop very quickly in the middle of mitosis in each cell division. He also found that cyclins are present in vertebrate cells where they also regulate the cell cycle. He and others subsequently showed that the cyclins bind and activate a family of protein kinases, now called the cyclin-dependent kinases. Hunt shared the prize with Leland Hartwell and Paul Nurse. Prof. Hunt delivered a lecture „Getting in and out of mitosis" during the meeting of recipients of the Foundation for Polish Science award.


President of the Max Planck Society visited IIMCB

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On November 4, 2008, Prof. Peter Gruss, President of the Max Planck Society was visiting our Institute. The delegation of: Prof. P. Gruss, Prof. K. Hahlbrock, Dr. Sabine Zimmermann and Mrs Kristina Schmucker were hosted by Prof. Jacek Kuznicki, Director of IIMCB. During the meeting achievements of the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology were presented and development of joint IIMCB – MPS venture was discussed.


Visit to Ukraine

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On October 27-28, 2008, Ukrainian Scientific Club (USC) hosted Director of the IIMCB Prof. Jacek Kuznicki and Dr. Marcin Nowotny, leader of Laboratory of protein Structure. USC organized round table “Research organization in the 21st century: experience and achievements of the IIMCB” at the Ministry of Education and Science. Top decision-makers from the both National Academy of Science and the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine were present together with leading researchers in the molecular and cell biology field. Further developments of bilateral relations are expected in near future.


Director General of INSERM visited IIMCB

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On July 11, 2008 a delegation consisting of Director General of the French Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) Prof. Andre Syrota, Deputy Director for European Affairs of INSERM Philippe Arrhets and Deputy Scientific Attache of French Embassy in Warsaw Guillame Giraudet visited IIMCB. The delegation was hosted by Deputy Director of IIMCB Prof. Michał Witt and Prof. Maciej Żylicz, President of the Foundation for Polish Science (FNP). During the meeting achievements of the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology were presented and programs of INSERM and FNP were discussed, followed by signing of a bilateral agreement.


Prof. Annette Schavan, the Federal Minister of Education and Research and Rita Sűssmuth, the President of German-Polish Foundation for Science visited IIMCB

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On June 2, 2008, IIMCB visited Prof. Annette Schavan, the Federal Minister of Education and Research and Rita Sűssmuth, the President of German-Polish Foundation for Science. The German delegation was hosted by Prof. Jacek Kuźnicki, Institute’s Director. The Foundation was created by German and Polish governments to deal mainly with problems of energetics and biological environment preservation, also in the field of social sciences and humanities.
Mrs. Sűssmuth is a former Leader of Bundestag.

Minister Sewerynski visited IIMCB

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On February 28, 2007 Minister of Science and Higher Education, Prof. Michal Sewerynski, state secretary at MNiSW Prof. Stefan Jurga and vice secretary of state at MNiSW Prof. Krzysztof Jan Kurzydlowski attended press conference to present the idea of National Research and Development Centre. The meeting with media and science representatives was held at Ochota Campus (Warsaw University, Faculty of Biology building). After the conference Minister Sewerynski and a group of journalists visited several research institutes located in Ochota Camups including IIMCB. Guided by Prof. Jacek Kuznicki and Prof. Michal Witt, Minister Sewerynski visited School of Science Festival. Further Prof. Sewerynski was introduced by Dr. hab. Urszula Wojda to Alzheimer Disease research performed at the Laboratory of Neurodegeneration.


Nobel Prize laureate visits IIMCB

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On September 15, 2006, Richard Roberts visited IIMCB, following invitation of Dr. Janusz Bujnicki. Roberts received Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1993 (together with Phillip Sharp) for discovery of splicing in adenovirus. It has been established since that the discontinuous gene structure discovered by Roberts and Sharp is the most common structure found in eukaryotes. In addition to having important implications for various genetic diseases, this structure is believed to drive evolution by allowing information from different parts of the gene to be brought together in new combinations. Currently Roberts’ research interest is focused mainly on nucleic acids-modifying enzymes. As he points out “the main theme of my work in biology has centered on the belief that we must know the structure of the molecules we work with if we are to understand how they function”. Roberts is a Research Director at New England Biolabs. Being the Editor-in-Chief of “Nucleic Acids Research” he is a supporter of “open access” scientific journals. Dr. Richard Roberts is Janusz Bujnicki’s mentor in Young Investigators Program of EMBO.

Brilliant youngsters visit IIMCB

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As every year, IIMCB together with Polish Children`s Fund organised a special lecture for tallented high school pupils. Prof. Maciej Zylicz gave a lecture (7 March 2005) on molecular chaperones, afterwards our guests have visited IIMCB labs.

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Prof. Leszek Balcerowicz visit at IIMCB

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On January 14, 2005 Prof. Balcerowicz was visiting research institutes located in Ochota Campus. He visited Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics, International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Institute of Biocybernetics and Biomedical Engineering and The Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology. Meetings with researchers were concluded during discussion "Can we achieve economic growth without supporting research?"

While his short stop at IIMCB, Prof Balcerowicz was visiting two of our laboratories: Laboratory of Bioinformatics and Protein Engineering and Laboratory of Structural Biology Max Planck/PAN. In the Laboratory of Bioinformatics and Protein Engineering Dr. Janusz M. Bujnicki presented his sucessful development of bioinformatics tools and their use for large-scale biological data analysis. At the Laboratory of Structural Biology Dr. Matthias Bochtler explained how recombinant protein expression systems are generated, how proteins are purified and crystalized, how protein structures are solved and used and how the research is funded.

To make the experience practical, Prof. Balcerowicz had a chance to look at the equipment and an atomic model of a protein, presented together with the experimentally derived electron density.

Prime Minister Marek Belka visit at IIMCB

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On October 22, 2004 Prime Minister Marek Belka was visiting research institutes located in Ochota Campus. The topic of his visit was: "From genome - through proteins - to modern therapy". He visited Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics, International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Institute of Biocybernetics and Biomedical Engineering and The Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology. Afterwards a press conference was held at The Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology.

During his visit at IIMCB, Prime Minister Marek Belka was invited to see the Laboratory of Structural Biology Max Planck/PAN, where Dr. Matthias Bochtler gave a short presentation on protein crystals. Also some of laboratory equipment was demonstrated to our guest.

 

Visit of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent

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On June 18, 2003 Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Prof. Michał Kleiber, Minister of Science visited IIMCB and Science Festival School. The visit was a part of two-day visit of the Prince in our country.