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Champions of life science at the MUG

prof. dr hab. med. Jacek Jassemprof. dr hab. med. Jacek Jassem

Prof. Jacek Jassem (MUG Department of Oncology and Radiotherapy) won the MISTRZ (CHAMPION) competition and was awarded a grant of nearly 300000zł (~71500€) to complete the project “Prognostic and predictive signifiance of microRNA in colon cancer”. Fundacja na rzecz Nauki Polskiej (Foundation for Polish Science) awarded research grants to 8 professors of life and earth sciences. Besides prof. Jassem, among the recipients is prof. Jarosław Marszałek from the UG-MUG Intercollegiate Faculty of Biotechnology for his project “Involvement of mitochondrial Hsp70/J-protein chaperone system in iron-sulfur cluster biogenesis: molecular biology and evolution”. The award ceremony will take place on September 22nd in Warszawa and its highlight will be a lecture by prof. Robert Huber, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry („How I became a Scientist and Protein Crystallographer”).

The MISTRZ program began in 2008 and is aimed at scientists with substantial research achievements and success in working with young research teams. The goal of the program is to support exceptional researchers with 12 to 36 months of funding that will allow them to intensify their ongoing work or to begin new projects. more »

Prof. Kaliszan receives an award from the Prime Minister of Poland

prof. dr hab. n. farm. Roman Kaliszanprof. dr hab. n. farm. Roman Kaliszan

Prof. Roman Kaliszan, head of the MUG Department of Biopharmacy and Pharmacodynamics, received the 2013 Prime Minister of Poland Award for exceptional achievements in research.

Prof. Kaliszan is a pioneer of research regarding the optimization of chromatographic analysis using quantitative structure-retention relationships. The QSRR method is currently applied around the world in pharmaceutical analytics, analytical chemistry, proteomics, medical chemistry, pharmacology, computer modeling and many other fields.

A total of 44 exceptional researchers (including the authors of best PhD and Doctor Habilis dissertations) and 2 research teams earned the Prime Minister of Poland Awards for the year 2013. more »

Recognition for a MUG obstetrician/gynecologist

dr hab. med. Jacek Sznurkowskidr hab. med. Jacek Sznurkowski

Assistant Professor Jacek Sznurkowski MD PhD (MUG Department of Oncologic Surgery) is the first Polish doctor to present a lecture at the International Gynecological Cancer Society Congress.

His abstract “Human papillomavirus status of primary tumor is an independent prognostic factor for survival and modulates local immune response in vulvar squamous cell carcinoma” (by J.J. Sznurkowski, A. Zawrocki, W. Biernat) was selected for the oral presentation session about vulvar cancer. The findings suggest that the vuvlar cancer developing during an HPV infection is different from the non-HPV related cancer. Both types not only differ in terms of prognosis and radio- or chemo-sensitivity, but interestingly have a completely different immunocompetent cell “signatures.” more »

Dawca.pl is the largest transplantation awareness project on Facebook


After four years of activity and with over 180000 “likes”, the Dawca.pl (Polish for “Donor”) project ran by a team of students (mostly from the Medical University of Gdańsk) is the largest organ transplantation awareness campaign on Facebook. In addition, over 54000 people joined the Dawca.pl organ donor club. “Our whole team is proud of this,” said Paweł Klimkowicz, coordinator of the Dawca.pl campaign. “By using Facebook, we immediately see the results of our work. However we remember about other social media like Twitter or Instagram, because our goal is to inform as many people as possible about organ donorship.” more »

Sudden cardiac arrest cases in the Tricity plotted on a map


Dr Tomasz Łopaciński (MUG Department of Emergency Medicine) spent over 6 months analyzing 500 cases of cardiac arrest in public places (excluding those caused by trauma, hanging, drowning or neoplastic diseases) in the Tricity. He then plotted the locations of those cases onto a map and suggested to place Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) in 94 most frequent locations of cardiac arrest. The European Resuscitation Council recommends placing AEDs not only in expected high-risk locations but also in places where a cardiac arrest happened at least once in two years. In his analysis, Dr Łopaciński also focused on the ambulance response times. The average time was 9 minutes, but the response times in Gdańsk were generally slower in Gdańsk than in Gdynia or Sopot. more »

Prestigious recognition for the MUG Department of Foreign Languages


The MUG Department of Foreign Languages was recently qualified as a Cambridge English Language Assessment Preparation Centre. From now on, the Department may use the Cambridge English logo and prepare its students for the globally-recognized exams.

Global success of the MUG Choir


The MUG Choir conducted by Jerzy Szarafiński won a gold medal in the Spiritual category and a silver medal in the Mixed Choirs category at the World Choir Games 2014 in Riga (Latvia). The Games are the largest and most prestigious of all choir competitions in the world. Over 500 choirs from 74 countries, represented by about 27000 singers competed in Riga this year. The international panel of judges consisting of accomplished conductors and musicians assessed the difficulty of pieces, the originality of their interpretation and the artistic expression. With its award-winning performance in Riga, the singers of the MUG Choir confirmed that they belong to the global elite of vocalists. more »

Honorary Doctorate for Prof. Raszeja


The MUG has a new Honorary Doctor. Prof. Stefan Raszeja (former MUG Rector, retired Head of the Department of Forensic Medicine) was awarded with a honoris causa doctorate at a ceremony held on June 27th 2014 at the Narkiewicz Auditorium Primum. more »

MUG researcher awarded by the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences


Beata S. Lipska-Ziętkiewicz MD PhD, assistant professor at the MUG Department of Biology and Genetics, was awarded the Tadeusz Browicz Prize of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences in Kraków. Since 1998 this prize has been awarded for outstanding achievements in the field of medicine.

Doctor Lipska-Ziętkiewicz’s research interests focus on renal diseases, particularly the pathogenesis of nephrotic syndrome and its complications. She was awarded primarily for her research on the genetic basis of the steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome (SRNS). As a result of her research, doctor Lipska-Ziętkiewicz developed a diagnostic algorithm for teenagers with SRNS, developed treatment guidelines for the subset of patients with WT1 gene mutations and established the distribution of particular mutations of the NPHS2 gene for various European, Middle Eastern and Latin American populations.

English Division class of 2014 graduated


Eighty graduates of the English Division at the MUG Faculty of Medicine received their diplomas from prof. Janusz Moryś (Rector) and prof. Dudziak (Dean of Faculty of Medicine). The ceremony took place on June 24th 2014 at the The Polish Baltic Philharmonic in Gdańsk and featured speeches by prof. Marcin Gruchała (Vice-Rector for Student Affairs), prof. Maria Dudziak, prof. Maria Alicja Dębska-Ślizień (Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Medicine), prof. Brunon Imieliński (Chairman of the MUG Graduates Association) and Peri Ahmad (Class of 2014). more »

The 9th annual Picnic for Health is behind us


Over 60 booths, several thousand of medical tests, several hundred of medical consultations, art contests using the Bambino brand art supplies donated by St. Majewski Spółka Akcyjna Sp. k., healthy food and lots of fun – that summarizes the 9th edition of the Picnic for Health organized by the MUG on June 14th 2014.

Visitors were able to measure their blood glucose levels (using glucometers donated by Roche Diagnostics Polska), blood cholesterol levels, measure their blood pressure with equipment donated by Paul Hartmann Polska, learn breast self-examination, practice first aid skills including the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED, purchased with the help of EDF Polska), get advice on how to quit smoking and even learn surgical suturing all free of charge. more »

Last update: 19.09.2014, 12:00


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