Five years ago, on 6th of April 2017, prof. Jerzy Vetulani died as a results of fatal car accident. He published more than 240 original research papers and was one of the most cited Polish neuroscientists. His research, conducted together with Fridolin Sulser led to an interesting discovery that repeatedly administered antidepressants induce adaptive changes in the noradrenergic system and to formulate a hypothesis on the mechanism of action of antidepressant drugs suggesting “downregulation” of β-adrenergic receptors. His research interests included neuropharmacology of addiction, neurodegeneration and mechanisms of memory.
Drug Enforcement Act from 24th of March 2022 was recently approved by Polish president, Andrzej Duda, after substantial changes from Polish Senate. New law allows for research institutions subjected to Polish Ministry of Agriculture to grow cannabis for medicinal purposes following the permission form the Chief Pharmaceutical Inspectorate.
We are happy to share with you the latest success of Marta, our team member. The list of her successes at the end of 2021 is impressive.
Cannabis is a complex plant, with major compounds such as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol, which have opposing effects. The Yin and Yang of Cannabis was the topic of SWPS University webinar on the impact of THC and CBD on human brain function.
We are heartbroken. It’s so hard and incredulous to write about Steve in the past tense.
We have lost a mentor, an outstanding educator as well as an exceptional researcher, but most importantly we have lost a great friend. Stephen B. McMahon (1954-2021) was a giant in the field of pain research. He continuously inspired and challenged researchers to understand pain in the broadest and unconventional ways possible.
Last year has been very tough for social gatherings as well as for science conference’s. Most of them has been cancelled, including The 30th Annual International Cannabinoid Research Society Symposium on the Cannabinoids originally scheduled for July 4 – 9, 2020 in Galway, Ireland.
On June, 7-9 2021 the 4th Central European Biomedical Congress (CEBC) was held online on the virtual platform. Previously planned for May 2020, the conference had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. „The Impact of bioinformatics and omics on biology and medicine” was the motto of the Congress.
Science is made to serve the people. In order to answer complex, troubling questions, scientists spend much of their time in laboratories, working on laborious, time-consuming experiments. If successful, they manage to push our understanding forward. However, if knowledge gained in the laboratory stays in the laboratory, it brings no value to society and loses its primal utility.
Wishing you all a healthy, restful, happy holiday season and a prosperous 2021!