• On October 10th the United State Patent and Trademark Office granted a patent (number P30805USPC) for an invention entitled: “Genetically encoded FRET –based MMP-9 activity biosensors and use thereof”. Patent application was submitted to the Patent Office by the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology. The authors of this invention are Dr. Michal Stawarski, Dr. Jakub Wlodarczyk and Prof. Leszek Kaczmarek from the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology.

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  • On November 22nd, 2017, during the sitting of the Scientific Council meeting of The Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry PAS in Poznan, a ceremony took place, during which the Director of the Nencki Institute, prof. Adam Szewczyk awarded a Medal for the 100th anniversary of the Nencki Institute to prof. Andrzej Legocki as a thank you for his special contributions to the development of the Institute. In the 1990s professor Andrzej Legocki together with prof. Maciej Nalecz from the Nencki Institute created the UNESCO/Polish Scientific Network of Molecular and Cell Biology. 

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  • On Friday, November 17, 2017, the SCIENCE FESTIVAL was held at the Hydrobiological Station of the Nencki Institute in Mikołajki, organized in collaboration with the Mazurian Landscape Park. This year we have extended the educational program by including archaeological workshops led by archaeologists from the Warsaw University (the “Terra Desolata” group). About 230 children from 7 schools in our region (Mikolajki, Giżycko, Ryn, Dabrowka, Okartowo, Nawiady and Hejdyk) took part in this event.

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  • On October 27th, 2017, in the Hall of the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology Neurobiology Center an annual celebration of the Polish Biochemical Society awards was held. Three prizes were awarded.

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  • The Nencki Institute invites candidates for the new group leader position to be hired and funded through Dioscuri competition ( Dioscuri is a programme initiated by the Max Planck Society (MPG) and jointly managed with the National Science Centre in Poland (NCN). Positions are mutually funded by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education (MNiSW) and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). 

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  • Alumni Club run at the Nencki Institute by dr. hab. Joanna Szczepanowska from the Laboratory of Bioenergetics and Biological Membranes, from November 20th, 2017 has a new coordinator, dr. Rafał Czajkowski, head of the Laboratory of Spatial Memory.

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  • On November 15th, 2017, in the Copernicus Science Centre, a celebration of the Diamond Grant awards was held. Prizes were funded by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. One of prizes was awarded to Krzysztof Bielski, a student at the Faculty of Psychology of Warsaw University. He  has received funding for the project: Changes in functional brain networks arising under the influence of social interactions in the prisoner's dilemma game.

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  • The National Science Centre has published ranking lists of projects which have qualified for financial backing within the limits of the competitions announced by the NSC on 15th March, 2017. Scientists from the Nencki Institute received financial backing for the 4 research projects they worked on in OPUS13 and PRELUDIUM13 competitions.

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Nencki Institute selected publications

Ramus F, Altarelli I, Jednoróg K, Zhao J, Scotto di Covella L. (2017) Neuroanatomy of developmental dyslexia: Pitfalls and promise. Neurosci Biobehav Rev. doi: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2017.08.001.
IF = 8,3

Zajkowski WK, Kossut M, Wilson RC. (2017) A causal role for right frontopolar cortex in directed, but not random, exploration. Elife doi: 10.7554/eLife.27430. IF = 7,7

Chyl K, Kossowski B, Dębska A, Łuniewska M, Banaszkiewicz A, Żelechowska A, Frost SJ, Mencl WE, Wypych M, Marchewka A, Pugh KR, Jednoróg K. (2017) Prereader to beginning reader: changes induced by reading acquisition in print and speech brain networks. J Child Psychol Psychiatry doi: 10.1111/jcpp.12774.
IF = 6,2


Burnat K, Hu TT, Kossut M, Eysel UT, Arckens L. (2017) Plasticity Beyond V1: Reinforcement of Motion Perception upon Binocular Central Retinal Lesions in Adulthood. J Neurosci. 37(37):8989-8999. IF = 6,0

Young CNJ, Chira N, Róg J, Al-Khalidi R, Benard M, Galas L, Chan P, Vaudry D, Zabłocki K, Górecki DC. (2017) Sustained activation of P2X7 induces MMP-2-evoked cleavage and functional purinoceptor inhibition J. Mol. Cell Biol. doi: 10.1093/jmcb/mjx030. IF = 6,0

Krzemiński D, Kamiński M, Marchewka A, Bola M. (2017) Breakdown of long-range temporal correlations in brain oscillations during general anesthesia. Neuroimage 159:146-158. IF = 5,8

Szybińska A, Leśniak W. (2017) P53 Dysfunction in Neurodegenerative Diseases - The Cause or Effect of Pathological Changes? Aging Dis. 8(4):506-518. IF = 4,6

Bernadzki KM, Gawor M, Pęziński M, Mazurek P, Niewiadomski P, Rędowicz MJ, Prószyński TJ. (2017) Liprin-α-1 is a novel component of the murine neuromuscular junction and is involved in the organization of the postsynaptic machinery Scientific Reports 7: 9116. IF = 4,3