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Maciej Kurpisz
Paulina Niedźwiedzka-Rystwej
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Prof. dr hab.
Maciej Kurpisz

Institute of Human Genetics,
Polish Academy of Sciences

Prof. Maciej Kurpisz has been specialized in reproductive immunology and more specifically in male immunology and immunological background of human infertility being a world expert in this field. He has laid foundation under the European movement in reproductive immunology organizing scientists from Central and Eastern Europe in the nineties (European Society for Reproductive and Developmental Immunology - ESRADI fromn 1996-2006. Since 2007 he has animated a unified European movement in this field being a President and Councillor of ESRI - European Society for Reproductive Immunology (2007-2023).

 

He is a past and present President of the Polish Society for Fundamental and Clinical Immunology. He has published 475 papers, more than half cited in international data bases, with citations over 5 000 and Hirsch score close to 40. he has been awarded by numerous national and international awards, among other elected as dr honoris causa of State Medical University in Lviv and Batchelor of Knight's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta.

 

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Paulina Niedźwiedzka-Rystwej

University of Szczecin

Leader of the research team of experimental immunology and immunobiology in infectious diseases and cancer at the Institute of Biology of the University of Szczecin, Poland, deputy director of the Doctoral School of the Univeristy of Szczecin. Author and co-author of over 170 scientific papers with a total IF of over 200, on topics related to veterinary immunology, virology and immunobiology of infectious and cancer diseases. Co-author of translations of textbooks on Immunology. 

 

Secretary of the Management Board of the Polish Society for Fundamental and Clinical Immunology. Leader and co-executor of KBN, NCN, NCBiR grants in the field of veterinary immunology and infectious diseases in humans. Winner of many awards of the Rector of the Univerity of Szczecin. Non-scientific interests – poetry and theatre, Spanish language, psychology of interpersonal relations. 

 

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Prof. dr hab.
Andrzej K. Siwicki

University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn

Immunologist, virologist, head of Department Microbiology and Clinical Immunology University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, published more than 700 publications with IF. Main research directions: comparative and developmental immunology, immunotoxicology, immunomodulation, infectious immunology. Particularly important achievements: effect of environmental contamination on defense mechanisms and anti-infective immunity, correction of impaired immunity using natural and synthetic immunomodulators, effect of environmental contamination on vaccine effectiveness. 

 

Recent years of research: the application of nanotechnology in clinical immunology, isolation and identification of virophages and possibility of using in therapy of viral infections, the applicaation of bacteriophages in targeted therapy. Member of the New York Academy of Sciences, FAO/WHO expert, nominated twice to the Stanford list, supervisor/promoter of 22 PhD dissertations. He has carried out 24 scientific missions to Vietnam, Japan USA, the Netherlands, Israel and France, and led 13 international scientific projects.

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Ewa Więsik-Szewczyk

Children's Memorial Health Institute

Ewa Więsik-Szewczyk, doctor of medical sciences, specialist in internal medicine, rheumatology and clinical immunology, assistant professor at the Department of Internal Medicine, Pneumonology, Allergology and Clinical Immunology of the Military Medical Institute in Warsaw. She is primarily a clinician. Together with Professor Karina Jahnz-Różyk, she created the Clinical Immunology Center of the Military Institute of Medicine. She deals with adults with inborn errors of immunity and autoinflammatory diseases. She is an expert in systemic connective tissue diseases and chronic arthritis. She is also involved in educational activities, co-organizes the national conference Adult Immunology.

 

She is a member of the European Immunodeficiency Society (ESID), a network dealing with autoinflammatory diseases (AIDA) and since 2020 a member of the Board of the Provincial Branch of the Polish Society of Experimental and Clinical Immunology

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Marcin Moniuszko

Medical University of Białystok

Upon graduation from Medical University of Bialystok, he started his scientific career in 2001 at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, USA. He had been working in Animal and Retroviral Vaccines Section on developing novel immune-based therapeutic approaches in HIV infection. He became an author a co-author of numerous publications in such renowned journals as Blood, Journal of Immunology, Journal of Virology, Journal of Infectious Diseases. Upon return to Medical University of Bialystok in 2004 he continued his scientific work on dysregulation of immune mechanisms in the course of oncological, infectious, allergic, autoimmune, metabolic disorders. 

In 2012 he became a head of newly established Department of Regenerative Medicine and Immune Regulation. He is also a Vice-Rector for Science and Development and the Head of Department of Allergology and Internal Medicine. He is in frequent need to review manuscripts sent for publication in Leukemia, Blood, Stem Cells, Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy, Clinical and Experimental Immunology, Autoimmunity, BMC Immunology and many others.

 

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Małgorzata Pac

Children's Memorial Health Institute

Małgorzata Pac, doctor of medical sciences, specialist in pediatrics and clinical immunology, professor at the Department of Immunology, the Children’s Memorial Health Institute in Warsaw, since 2019 head of the Department. She deals with inborn errors of immunity and autoinflammatory diseases in children. She has also been involved in educational activities, as co-organizesr and organizer of Polish Working Group for Primary Immunodeficiencies, as well as Autumn-Winter Schools of Immunology, and courses in clinical immunology.

 

She is a member of the European Immunodeficiency Society (ESID) and Clinical Working Parrty, European Rare Diseases Network RITA in the field of inborn errors of immunity and autoinflammatory diseases.  Since 2015 she has been regional consultant in clinical immunology.​

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Prof. dr hab.
Jacek Witkowski

Medical University of Gdańsk

Professor Jacek M Witkowski MD, PhD, DSc since 2003 heads the Chair and Department of Physiopathology at the Medical University of Gdańsk, Poland. He had held also the Presidency of the Polish Society for Fundamental and Clinical Immunology and is the Vice-president of the Committee for Immunology and Etiology of Human Infections of the Polish Academy of Sciences. His main scientific interests revolve around the mechanisms of aging of human T and other immune cells and aging-related diseases. Among his scientific discoveries are: describing the reduction of membrane electrical potentials in the lymphocytes of old individuals and the role of modified activities of potassium channels and Na/K ATPase in the process, describing the role of Klotho in the human lymphocyte during aging and in rheumatoid arthritis, and providing the proof of expression and elucidating the roles of an intracellular proteolytic calpain/calpastatin system in lymphocyte activation, aging and pathologies. 

To date he (co-)authored 200 scientific papers in renowned scientific journals, mostly on immunological aspects of aging and aging-related diseases, so far cited more than 7820 times (h=38) according to SCOPUS and 8620 times (h=45) according to Google Scholar database. Professor Witkowski is a member of editorial boards of multiple renowned international gerontology and immunology journals.

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Edyta Heropolitańska-Pliszka

Children's Memorial Health Institute

Specialist in pediatrics and clinical immunology, graduate of the Faculty of Medicine at the Medical University of Warsaw in 1999. From the beginning of her professional career, she has been associated with the Department of Immunology Children’s Memorial Health Institute. In 2018, she obtained her doctorate in medical sciences in immunology.

She is a lecturer and author of many Polish and foreign manuscripts with index h-16. She constantly develops his theoretical and practical knowledge by participating in numerous training courses and conferences.

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Jacek Losy

University School of Medicine in Poznań

Jacek Losy is a professor of Neurology , University School of Medicine in Poznań, Poland. He worked also in the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden and in the Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities in New York, USA. He published over 130 papers in leading international journals, mainly in the field of neuroimmunology.

He organized many conferences devoted to neuroimmunology on national and international level .Prof.Losy received many awards including Jacqueline du Prѐ award from Multiple Sclerosis International Federation.

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Paulina Niedźwiedzka-Rystwej

University of Szczecin

Leader of the research team of experimental immunology and immunobiology in infectious diseases and cancer at the Institute of Biology of the University of Szczecin, Poland, deputy director of the Doctoral School of the Univeristy of Szczecin. Author and co-author of over 170 scientific papers with a total IF of over 200, on topics related to veterinary immunology, virology and immunobiology of infectious and cancer diseases. Co-author of translations of textbooks on Immunology. 

 

Secretary of the Management Board of the Polish Society for Fundamental and Clinical Immunology. Leader and co-executor of KBN, NCN, NCBiR grants in the field of veterinary immunology and infectious diseases in humans. Winner of many awards of the Rector of the Univerity of Szczecin. Non-scientific interests – poetry and theatre, Spanish language, psychology of interpersonal relations. 

 

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Maciej Kurpisz

Institute of Human Genetics,
Polish Academy of Sciences

Prof. Maciej Kurpisz has been specialized in reproductive immunology and more specifically in male immunology and immunological background of human infertility being a world expert in this field. He has laid foundation under the European movement in reproductive immunology organizing scientists from Central and Eastern Europe in the nineties (European Society for Reproductive and Developmental Immunology - ESRADI fromn 1996-2006. Since 2007 he has animated a unified European movement in this field being a President and Councillor of ESRI - European Society for Reproductive Immunology (2007-2023).

 

He is a past and present President of the Polish Society for Fundamental and Clinical Immunology. He has published 475 papers, more than half cited in international data bases, with citations over 5 000 and Hirsch score close to 40. he has been awarded by numerous national and international awards, among other elected as dr honoris causa of State Medical University in Lviv and Batchelor of Knight's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta.

 

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Andrzej K. Siwicki

University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn

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Ewa Więsik-Szewczyk

Children's Memorial Health Institute

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Katarzyna Maria Bogunia-Kubik

Hirszfeld Institute of Immunology and Experimental Therapy

Professor Katarzyna Bogunia-Kubik works at the Hirszfeld Institute of Immunology and Experimental Therapy, Polish Academy of Sciences (HIIET PAS) in Wrocław, combining her scientific and diagnostic activities as the head of the Laboratory of Clinical Immunogenetics and Pharmacogenetics as well as of the Laboratory of Tissue Immunology, which operates within the Medical Centre of HIIET PAS. Prof. Bogunia-Kubik has over 20 years of experience in immunogenetics. Her research focuses on transplant immunology/immunogenetics and searching for new markers related to susceptibility and course of disease as well as response to treatment (e.g., rheumatic and haematological disorders), and analysis of issues related to the immunogenetics of ageing. 

 

Prof. Bogunia-Kubik is currently the president of the Wrocław Branch of the Polish Society of Fundamental and Clinical Immunology, an honorary member of the Polish Society for Immunogenetics, as well as a member of the European Board of Transplant Immunology (EBTI) of the Division of Transplantation, the Committee for Immunology and Aethiology of Human Infections as well as the Education and External Proficiency Testing Committees of the European Federation for Immunogenetics (EFI).

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Prof. dr hab.
Janusz Marcinkiewicz

Jagiellonian University Medical College

Department of Immunology Jagiellonian University Medical College, Kraków, Poland. Retired professor of immunology, former President of Polish Immunological Society (2008 – 2014).

 

Main scientific interests and achievements (>160 original publications, h-index 37, >4000 citations):

  • Innate immunity - Role of the neutrophil MPO-halide system in inflammation and adaptive immunity

  • Macrophage heterogeneity.M1 vs M2 - Influence of macrophage inflammatory mediators (cytokines, eicosanoids, free radicals) on immune reactions.

  • Training of macrophages

  • Role of taurine derivatives in immune defence

  • Cross-talk between inflammatory cells and bacterial biofilm

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Urszula Demkow

Medical University of Warsaw

Head of Dept. of Laboratory Diagnostics and Clinical Immunology, Medical University of Warsaw. Research fellow in Dept. of Respiratory Diseases, University of Antwerp, Belgium Euroimmun Laboratories Lubeck Germany 2001, Dept. of Allergology and Clinical Immunology University of Napoli. Principal investigator of 2 international and 2 national projects and co-investigator in over 20 national projects from Polish Scientific Committee and international projects in the field of immunology. Contracted Scientific Expert by the European Commission 7FP, Expert Evaluator for the Transfer of Knowledge (EU), Maria Curie Fellowship (EC), Career Integration Grant (EU) programs and Health Program in the field of molecular biology, human and non-human genetics, proteomic, genomics, personalized genetic healthcare, immunology and nanotechnology. Awarded by international research societies: International Academy of Allergology and Clinical Immunology, European Respiratory Society, European Society for Clinical Investigation, invited talk for WHO.

Currently leading a team of scientists working on molecular, genetic and immune mechanism of leukaemia and other malignancies, metabolic disorders, autoimmunity, neurometabolic diseases in children, infectious diseases, neutrophil extracellular traps, biomarkers, oxidative stress. Author of over 200 peer reviewed articles published in major journals and over 50 book chapters, mainly in the field of basic immunology and diseases related to the immune system as well as translational, and clinical studies in all aspects of immunology and genetics. Extensive undergraduate and postgraduate teaching experience.

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Krzysztof Bryniarski

Jagiellonian University Medical College

Professor of medical sciences, head of the Department of Immunology of the Jagiellonian University Medical College, the author of the textbook Immunology published by EDRA (2017, 2023). The main directions of research interests are delayed-type allergies, immunotolerance and immune regulation, research on the impact of drugs on the immune system.

 

Multiple DAAD scholarship holder and visiting scientist in Germany (Wurzburg University, Munster University, Freiburg Max-Planck Institute for Immunobiology), England (London College University, Oxford University) and USA (Yale University School of Medicine).​

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Aurelija Žvirblienė

Vilnius University

Prof. Dr. Aurelija Žvirblienė is a chief scientist and head of Dept. of Immunology at the Life Sciences Center of Vilnius University (Lithuania), President of the Lithuanian Society for Immunology. Her research interests are focused to development of monoclonal and recombinant antibodies, antigenicity studies of recombinant viral antigens and investigation of their impact on innate immunity cells. 

 

A.Žvirblienė is an author of over 100 scientific publications on the fields of Immunology and Biotechnology. She is teaching Immunology to Vilnius University students of Biochemistry, Medicine and Molecular Biotechnology study programs. Besides research and teaching activities, she is involved in expert work and science popularization. She is a member of the EuroMabNet, EFIS Vaccination Task Force and the national Expert groups on Vaccination at the Ministry of Health.

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Nelson Fernandez

University of Essex

Dr Nelson Fernandez is currently Professor of Immunology and Director of Academic Integrity at the School of Life Sciences, University of Essex (UK). He studied at the Science Faculty of the University of London, and obtained a PhD at the Royal London Hospital in the subject of human immunogenetics. 

He has done extensive research in the field of HLA, its ontogeny in early embryonic development and and role in reproduction, in human trophoblasts and at the feto-maternal interface. Using single particle fluorescence imaging, he has studied the role of receptor association and micro clustering of HLA molecules and signaling. Over the years he has supervise 41 PhD doctoral thesis and has won prizes for the teaching of immunology at graduate and undergraduate level.

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Marzena Garley

Medical University of Białystok

Dr Marzena Garley, assistant professor at the Department of Immunology, Medical University of Bialystok. A graduate of Master's studies in the field of Medical Analytics and Doctoral Studies at the Faculty of Pharmacy with the Division of Laboratory Medicine of this University. Specialist in Laboratory medical immunology, currently in the course of specialization in Laboratory transfusion medicine.

Member of the Polish Society of Experimental Immunology, the National Chamber of Laboratory Diagnosticians, the Polish Society of Laboratory Diagnostics and the Association of the College of Laboratory Medicine in Poland. She conducts research on the cellular mechanisms of the innate response, with particular emphasis on the activity of neutrophils, which resulted in scientific publications with a total IF exceeding 140. Privately, an amateur photographer.

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Piotr Łacina

Hirszfeld Institute of Immunology and Experimental Therapy

Dr. Piotr Łacina is a an assistant professor at the Hirszfeld Institute of Immunology and Experimental Therapy in Wrocław, Poland. He received his master’s degree in biotechnology from Wrocław University of Science and Technology in 2015. Dr. Łacina started working at the Hirszfeld Institute in 2015 and obtained his PhD in immunogenetics there in 2022 under the supervision of Prof. Katarzyna Bogunia-Kubik. He was appointed an assistant professor later that year.

Dr. Łacina’s research interests focus on genetics/epigenetics of haematological disorders. He has been a Principal Investigator (PI) in a National Science Centre research grant (2019-2023) that aimed to investigate the role of basigin in haematological malignancies. He has received Dr. Wacław Mayzel Medical Award from the Polish Academy of Sciences for his research in 2016. As of 2023, he has co-authored 18 scientific papers.

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Kai Kisand

University of Tartu

Kai Kisand got her MD from the University of Tartu, Estonia and earned a PhD from the same university in 1999. She undertook post-doctoral training at the Uppsala University, Sweden. Currently she is the Research Professor of Cellular Immunology at the Institute of Biomedicine and Translational Medicine, University of Tartu. 

 

Her major research interests have been related to monogenic and multifactorial autoimmunity and more recently to immune response to SARS-CoV-2 and its vaccine. Her research has importantly contributed to revealing the indispensable role of Th17 cytokines in the protection of the epithelial surfaces from Candida infection and type I IFNs in protection from severe COVID-19. Besides research work she is teaching immunology to postgraduate students and supervising multiple MSc and PhD studies. 

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Krzystof Rakus

Jagiellonian University

Dr hab. Krzysztof Rakus works in the Department of Evolutionary Immunology, Institute of Zoology and Biomedical Research, Faculty of Biology, Jagiellonian University.

He has 20 years of experience in research on immune mechanisms of fish using common carp, zebrafish and Nile tilapia. He is fully qualified to study viral infections, anti-viral immune response, infection-induced behavioral changes and vaccine development in fish.

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Magdalena Chadzińska

Jagiellonian University

Prof. Magdalena Chadzinska is the head of the Department of Evolutionary Immunology, Institute of Zoology and Biomedical Research, Faculty of Biology, Jagiellonian University. She has more than two decades of experience in the field of comparative immunology as well as immune-neuroendocrinology with particular emphasis on the fish immune system and cytokine/chemokine evolution. She works on two fish models – common carp and zebrafish.

Prof. Chadzinska has established a sound co-operation with expert and internationally established neuro-endocrine and immunology research groups.

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Andrzej Eljaszewicz

Medical University of Białystok

Dr n. med. Andrzej Eljaszewicz is a graduate of the Faculty of Medicine at the Collegium Modicum in Bydgoszcz Nicolaus Copernicus University of Torun, specializing in Medical Biotechnology. After obtaining his Ph.D. at Nicolaus Copernicus University in medical sciences, he started working at the Department of Regenerative Medicine and Immunoregulation at the Medical University of Bialystok. Dr. Eljaszewicz was awarded scholarships from the European Social Fund (EFS) and the Regional Operational Programme (ZPOR), the Ministry of Science and Higher Education's Scholarship for Outstanding Young Scientists, as well as the CK-CARE Scientist Exchange Program scholarship.

 

He is a member of the board of the Białystok branch of the Polish Society for Experimental and Clinical Immunology and serves as the Chairman of the Audit Committee at the central level. From 2019 to 2022, dr Eljaszewicz served as a board member of the Basic and Clinical Immunology Section of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) and chaired a task force within this section. Currently, he co-chairs the task force under the umbrella of the EAACI Research and Outreach Committee (ROC). He is the author or co-author of more than 50 scientific publications. Currently, he serves as a research group leader and Deputy Director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine.

Andrzej K. Siwicki
Ewa Więsik-Szewczyk
Marcin Moniuszko
Małgorzata Pac
Jacek Witkowski
Edyta Heropolitańska-Pliszka
Jacek Losy
Katarzyna Maria Bogunia-Kubik
Jausz Marcnkiwcz
Urszla Demkow
Krzysztof Bryniarski
Aurelija Žvirblienė
Nelson Fernandez
Marzena Garley
Piotr Łacina
Kai Kisand
Krzystof Rakus
Andrzej Eliaszewicz
Magdalena Chadzińska
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