Honorary Membership bestowed on Prof. Jolanta Barańska by the Ukrainian Biochemical Society

Prof. Barańska was given the title of honorary member during the 10th Convention of the Ukrainian Biochemical Society, which took place on September 13-17, 2010 in Odessa, in the Ukraine. This honourable title was also granted to Prof. Andrzej Dżugaj from the University of Wrocław (Poland) and five outstanding scientists, among them prof. James D. Watson (USA) and Prof. Aaron Ciechanover (Israel).

At present Professor Jolanta Barańska serves as Vice-President of the Polish Biochemical Society while Professor Andrzej Dżugaj is the President. Until 1989 contacts between the Polish and the Ukrainian Biochemical Societies had been sporadic. Following the political transformation, direct links between Polish and Ukrainian scientists formed, resulting in funding a memorial plaque in honour of Professor Parnas. Prof. Parnas was an eminent biochemist of the first half of the 20th century and originator of the Polish school of biochemistry. Between 1920 and 1949 he was the Head of the Medical Chemistry Division at the Jan Kazimierz Lviv University (presently Ivan Franko National University of Lviv). At that time a decision was also made to start organising bilateral scientific conferences in honour of Prof. Parnas.

The first 14 years of direct contacts between the Polish and Ukrainian biochemical societies have resulted in close friendships and scientific cooperation. The Polish-Ukrainian biochemical scientific conferences deepened mutual understanding and trust, bringing the two communities closer. The Honorary Membership in the Ukrainian Biochemical Society bestowed on Prof. Barańska and Prof. Dżugaj is a manifestation of this relationship.