Events at the Jagiellonian University Medical College

June 27, 2015

JU Auditorium Maximum hosted the Graduation Day of 67 new alumni of the School of Medicine in English, Faculty of Medicine JU MC. The new graduates, who took their Hippocratic Oath, come from Norway, Malaysia, Canada, the USA, Sweden and Great Britain. Prof. Piotr Laidler, JU Vice-Rector for Medical College, Prof. Tomasz Brzozowski, Vice-Dean for Scientific Researches and International Cooperation, Prof. Bartłomiej Loster, Vice-Dean for education and clinical training in dentistry and Prof. Jerzy Walocha, Head of the School Council, took part in the ceremony. The graduates have awarded diplomas to lecturers they voted the best teachers and academic courses. Among awarded found themselves prof. Jerzy Walocha (anatomy) and dr Mirosława Püsküllüoğlu (oncology).

June 9, 2015

During a special ceremony in Warsaw, the results of the most prestigious in Poland Higher Schools Ranking for 2015 were announced. The Jagiellonian University has won as the best university in Poland. The Jagiellonian University Medical College has once again (fourth time) topped the ranking list of the best medical universities in our country. The University was represented by prof. Wojciech Nowak, JU Rector, prof. Piotr Laidler, JU Vice-Rector for the Medical College, prof. Beata Tobiasz-Adamczyk, Representative of the JU Rector for Education and International Co-operation at the Medical College, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Medicine prof. Krzysztof Żmudka, Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy, assoc. prof. Jacek Sapa and Dean of the Faculty Health Sciences, prof. Tomasz Brzostek. The fields of studies conducted by three Faculties of JU MC have been awarded in the category of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

May 16, 2015

May 16 saw the graduation ceremony for 34 alumni of the MD programme of the School of Medicine in English at the Faculty of Medicine of the Jagiellonian University Medical College. The fresh graduates, who come from the USA, Canada and Lebanon, were presented with diplomas and swore the Hippocratic Oath. The ceremony was led by the Jagiellonian University Vice-Rector for the Medical College, Prof. Piotr Laidler. Besides receiving their diplomas, the graduates themselves awarded special certificates to the academics who, in their opinion, were the best lecturers at the clinical and pre-clinical courses. The awarded staff members were: Prof. Ralph Józefowicz (neurology), Dr Wiesława Klimek-Piotrowska (anatomy), Dr Marcin Sobociński (internal medicine), and Dr Piotr Kruczek (neonatology). The Department of Neonatal Pathology and Intensive Care at the University Children's Hospital was recognised as the best clinical ward, whereas Neurology and Oncology were chosen the best clinical courses at JU MC.

May 9, 2015

The conference concluding the OMICRON programme is held in conjunction with the 5th Meeting of the Study Group on Genetics of Diabetes. The conference concluding the OMICRON programme has started in the Jagiellonian University Auditorium Maximum on 7 May 2015. The programme was funded by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission. Its budget, which exceeded 4 million Euros enabled the creation of a modern research laboratory at the JU Medical College Faculty of Medicine, the employment of young, talented researchers, the organisation of a series of visiting lectures in Kraków, and participation of JU scientists in training courses at the leading European research centres. The conference is held in concjunction with the 5th Meeting of the Study Group on Genetics of Diabetes of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD-SGGD). The opening ceremony was led by the JU Vice-Rector for the Medical College Prof. Piotr Laidler, the Dean of the JU Faculty of Medicine Prof. Tomasz Grodzicki, the head of the project Prof. Maciej T. Małecki, and the President of EASD-SGGD Prof. Tim Frayling. The invited participants include distinguished experts in the field of genetic basis of diabetes.

April 23, 2015

The conference of the European Health Policy Group was held in the Jagiellonian University Collegium Maius from April 23 to 24, 2015. The meeting was organised by the Faculty of Health Sciences of the Jagiellonian University Medical College. The European Health Policy Group consists of health policy analysts, experts in the area of political studies and health economics, as well as European health policy makers, who meet twice a year to exchange views, research findings and information regarding recent changes in the area of health and welfare systems in European countries. It has become a tradition that each year the autumn conference is held in London (usually at the London School of Economics or the King's Fund), whereas the spring meetings take place in different European countries. This year's meeting is the first one to be held in Poland. Its participants included experts from Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

November 16, 2014

Jagiellonian Rowing Club competed in the Ergometer Competition for Rowers, representing Jagiellonian University Medical College. The 21 contestants, consisting of Axel Foyn Bruun, August Karlseng, Signe Bjørsgaard, Peder Juell, Malene Lystad, Eirik Andersen, Hans Næss Landmark, Michael Paus, Yngve Holtsmark, Didrik Skjelland, Jonas Rønningen Sandbu, Ole Jakob Sletten, Sondre Vreim Ørbeck, Mie Tangsrud, Therese Broch, Charlotte Stenkula, Heidi Frøen, Ane Lode, Sturla Markhus, Trym Reiberg, Tilla Thorleifsson. Signe won the girls light weight class, Trym Reiberg positioned 2nd in the men’s open class, and also qualified for the national championship for the 1st graders in Warsaw (takes place on the 30th Of November). The teams placed second in both men’s and women’s class, and are eager to do an even harder work towards the next two competitions, and hopefully take the honor home to CMUJ, where it belongs.

July 25, 2014

The 614th anniversary of the refoundation of the Jagiellonian University by King Władysław Jagiełło was marked by a traditional professors' branch in Collegium Novodvorscianum. After the welcome address by the Rector of the Jagiellonian University, Prof. Wojciech Nowak, honoured guests, including the Jagiellonian University professors, the members of local authorities and clergy, listened to the lecture by Prof. Andrzej Borowski, entitled: "Biesiady uczonych, czyli o nienasyceniu", about how the Jagiellonian University scholars used to dine in the old days. The tradition of professors' brunch was revived in 2000 on the 600th anniversary of the University's refoundation in 1400, which was followed by a feast, presumably funded by the King

June 25, 2014

JU Auditorium Maximum hosted the Graduation Day of 73 new alumni of the School of Medicine in English, Faculty of Medicine JU MC. The new graduates, who took their Hippocratic Oath, come from Norway, Malaysia, Canada, the USA, Sweden, Germany, Saudi Arabia, and Ukraine. Prof. Piotr Laidler, JU Vice-Rector for Medical College, Prof. Tomasz Brzozowski, Vice-Dean for Scientific Researches and International Cooperation, and Prof. Jerzy Walocha, Head of the School Council, took part in the ceremony. The graduates have awarded diplomas to lecturers they voted the best – Prof. Jan Litwin (histology), Dr Monika Bociąga-Jasik (infectious diseases) and Dr Marcin Sobociński (internal diseases).

May 22, 2014

Similarly to the previous years, the central part of the Festival is held on the Main Market Square in Kraków and in the JU Medical College at ul. Św. Anny 12. For three days, that is from Thursday, 22 May to Saturday, 24 May, from 11 am to 6 pm, the Main Market Square will become a "scientific tent town". The visitors will have the opportunity to talk to scientists, students, and other persons directly involved in the organization of the Festival. Those brave enough will have the chance to take part in various scientific experiments and tests. As each year, it will also be possible to visit the premises of academic and scientific institutions, attend lectures and workshops, etc.

May 21, 2014

At a special ceremony in Warsaw, the results of the most prestigious in Poland Higher Schools Ranking for 2014 were announced. The Jagiellonian University has topped the ranking list of the best universities in Poland in the categories of scientific staff prestige, scientific efficiency and scientific capability. The Jagiellonian University Medical College has once again (third time) topped the ranking list of the best medical universities in our country. The University was represented by prof. Wojciech Nowak, JU Rector, prof. Piotr Laidler, JU Vice-Rector for the Medical College BTA and Deans of the Faculty of Medicine prof. Tomasz Grodzicki, Dean and prof. Bartłomiej Loster, Vice , Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy prof. Jan Krzek and Dean of the Faculty Health Sciences prof. Tomasz Brzostek. The fields of studies conducted by three Faculties of JU MC have been awarded in the category of Dentistry, Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

May 17,2014

17 May was marked by the Graduation Day of the School of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine JU MC . The 36 graduates that took the Hippocratic Oath came to Kraków from the United States, Canada and Ireland. Prof. Piotr Laidler, JU Vice-Rector for Medical College, Prof. Tomasz Brzozowski, Vice-Dean for Scientific Researches and International Cooperation, and Prof. Jerzy Walocha, Head of the School of Medicine in English Council took part in the event. The graduates presented commemorative diplomas to the lecturers they found most helpful during the period of their study. Among them were Prof. Tadeusz Cichocki and Prof. Jadwiga Mirecka (histology) and Dr Marcin Sobociński (internal medicine). The students voted the Newborn Intensive Care Unit of the Children's University Hospital the best clinical ward. They also praised the neurology and oncology clinical courses realised throughout the duration of their studies.

May 10,2014

On 10 May at noon, a special session of the Jagiellonian University's Senate began in Auditorium Maximum to celebrate the 650th Jubilee of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. President of the Republic of Poland, Bronisław Komorowski, and Minister of Science and Higher Education, Prof. Lena Kolarska-Bobińska, honoured the academic community with their presence. Jagiellonian University Academic Choir inaugurated the session with the song "Gaude Mater Polonia." In his opening speech, Prof. dr hab. med. Wojciech Nowak, JU Rector, stated that thanks to the wise decision of King Casimir the Great, who founded the University in 1364, Poland became one of the first countries in Europe to have its own higher academic institution, which educated both Polish and foreign students. King Casimir's legacy is an enlightened Poland, its future bright because of its brilliant students. Rector emphasised that the current situation of the country is a fulfilment of the King's dream: an independent state in a united Europe. He also expressed his belief that the 21st century poses many challenges which the university needs to overcome. President Bronisław Komorowski emphasised the fact that throughout the history of Poland, the University always was a bastion of Polish free thought, independence, culture and national identity. He expressed his hope that the University will remain a beacon of wisdom that strengthens the entire nation. The Rector then read a letter from Pope Francis I, in which the current pope recalled the words of John Paul II, directed towards the University. The President of the European Comission, Jose Manuel Barroso, also took part in the session. Prof. Wojciech Nowak presented him with the gold Plus ratio quam vis (Reason before Force) medal in honour his efforts to create a common, united Europe. Prof. Karol Musioł, former JU Rector, delivered a speech of commendation for Mr. Barroso. Mr. Barroso stated that the motto Plus ratio quam vis may also be applied to the European Union, since it promotes wise decisions that benefit the entirety of human civilisation. In his speech, he quoted Maria Skłodowska-Curie and Wisława Szymborska. Several other distinguished guests also addressed the representatives of academic community. After that, Mr. Marek Sowa, Marshall of the Małopolskie Voivodeship, and Mr. Kazimierz Barczyk, President of the Małopolskie Voivodeship Sejmik, presented the Rector with a gold Medal of Merit of the Małopolskie Voivodeship, awarded to the University. These were not the only significant moments of the session. Prof. Robert Huber, Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry, and Prof. Witold Kieżun, economist and management theorist, received an honorary degree from the University. The session ended with Polish National Anthem.

April 9,2014

The University Children's Hospital of Cracow hosted a presentation devoted to the new research project, the aim of which is to investigate the risk of prematurity complications. It is the only project of this kind in Poland. It will be realised by the Children's Disease Clinic and the Department of Medical Genetics of the JU MC Chair for Paediatrics, supervised by Prof. Jacek J. Pietrzyk. The aim of the project is to discover factors that will allow us to more precisely determine if a premature infant's genetic constitution increases the risk of certain complications; for instance, chronic lung disease and retinopathy of prematurity, which can lead to blindness. The NEOMICS programme will be conducted simultaneously in Kraków and Norway. It will be funded by the EEA and Norway grant (a total of 4 million PLN).The research programme Prematurity epigenome and proteome as a clue for prediction of prematurity complications will broaden and deepen our knowledge in this field. First patients are currently being admitted (including 120 infants born before the 30th week of pregnancy). The goal of the programme is to provide a comprehensive assessment of abnormalities in the functioning of a premature infant on the molecular level. The analysis of DNA methylation, gene expression profiling and the amount of protein in cells will allow for an assessment of their influence on the occurrence of prematurity complications. The research will consist of two parts: an experimental one conducted in Norway under the supervision by Prof. Ola D. Saugstad, and a clinical one conducted under the supervision of Prof. Jacek J. Pietrzyk in the University Children's Hospital in Kraków. The latter part involves genetic research based on one of the most advanced molecular biology technologies – DNA microarray.

March 15, 2014

The Jagiellonian University Medical College Rowing Club yet again presented great results in this weekend’s two ergometer rowing championships. The team was represented both in the II All-Poland Championships of Medical Universities in Indoor Rowing (II Mistrzostwa Polski Uczelni Medycznych na Ergometrze Wioślarskim) in Szczecin on March 15, 2014, and in Kraków for the Academic Championship of Małopolska 2013/2014 (II rzut Zawodów w Ergometrze Wioślarskim Akademickich Mistrzostw Małopolski 2013/2014) on March 16, 2014. In Szczecin, among the best performances was Signe Bjornsgaard’s impressive 2nd place in the girl’s lightweight class. Everyone on the team performed very well both in Szczecin and Kraków and improved their records, which shows that they have worked well trough the winter and are ready for this years regattas. What is even more pleasing are their achievements as a team, with 3rd place for the girls and 4th place for the boys in the running for best school team. Participants from the School of Medicine in English, Faculty of Medicine, Jagiellonian University Medical College were: Paweł Osak, Magdelena Pieprzyca, Anna Bazan, Signe Bjornsgaard, Mari Husom Vonen, Maria Engelsen, Eirik Andersen, Sturla Sandøy, Michael Pihl, Sondre Busund (in Szczecin), Turid Rygh, Malene Lystad, Therese Broch, Mathilde Thorleifsson, Ole Jakob Sletten, Jonas R. Sandbu, Didrik Skjelland, Edward Bolstad, Henrik K. Loe, Jens Vikse, Mikkel Kragh-Sørensen and Peder Juell (in Kraków).

January 12, 2014

The Jagiellonian University Medical College Rowing Club presented great results in the indoor rowing regatta second round of ergometer rowing championship of the Academic Championship of Małopolska 2013/2014 (II rzut zawodów w ergometrze wioślarskim Akademickich Mistrzostw Małopolski 2013/2014.) Placing in on the 3rd and 4th place, the women's and men's team are rallying in for a place at the podium, in the finishing round that will take place on March 12, 2014. Participants from the School of Medicine in English, Faculty of Medicine, Jagiellonian University Medical College are: Eirik Andersen, Axel Foyn-Bruun, Didrik Skjelland, Sturla Sandøy, Ole Jakob Sletten, Henrik Kvale Loe, Edward Bolstad, Michael Pihl, Sondre Vreim Ørbeck, Mathilde Thorleifsson, Nora Friis, Maria Engelsen, Signe Bjørnsgaard, Martine Fjeldstad and Turid Rygh.


December 18, 2013

A Christmas gathering of the Jagiellonian University Medical College academia and Kraków medical academia, which was held in Aula Nowodworskiego at ul. Św, Anny 12, was inaugurated by Christmas Carol concert of the Jagiallonian University Academic Choir and Copernichoir (students’ choir of the School of Medicine in English) and season’s greetings from Prof. Wojciech Nowak, Rector of the Jagiallonian University, and Prof. Piotr Laidler, Vice-Rector of the Jagiallonian University for the Medical College. Next, Bishop Grzegorz Ryś blessed the gathered guests and consecrated the wafers. The holiday mood was complemented by singing carols a by Christmas tree lights, exchanging Christmas greetings and tasting traditional Christmas Eve dishes.



December 14, 2013

A visiting lecture within the framework of OMICRON project was delivered on December 14 by Prof. Anna Nowak-Węgrzyn from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. The title of the lecture was "Food allergies – new diagnostic and treatment methods" (the lecture was given in Polish). It was part of the 7th Krakow Symposium of Allergy and Clinical Immunology organized under the auspices of Prof. Tomasz Grodzicki, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine JUMC. The series of lectures by visiting professors is part of the OMICRON project: Enabling OMICs high-thROughput techNologies at the Faculty of Medicine Jagiellonian University Medical College, aimed to foster the exchange of knowledge and experience between the JU Medical College and foreign research centres.



November 27-30, 2013

The 14th annual international workshop: "New Frontiers in Interventional Cardiology, NFIC 2013" was held in Kraków from 27 to 30 November 2013. It was organised by the Department of Haemodynamics and Angiocardiopraphy of the JU Medical College Institute of Cardiology and the Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions of the Polish Cardiac Society, in collaboration with the European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions (EAPCI) and EuroPCR course. The workshop was held under the direction of Prof. Krzysztof Żmudka, Prof. Dariusz Dudek, and Dr hab. Jacek Legutko from the JU MC Institute of Cardiology. The lectures and workshops featured many eminent interventional cardiologists from Poland, Europe, the United States and Asian countries. The participants also had an opportunity to watch life broadcasts of interventional operations. The primary aim of the conference was to create an international forum for interdisciplinary discussion and exchange of experiences in the area of complex treatment of patients with cardiovascular system diseases. The conference was accompanied by the meeting of the Patient's Club. Such meetings have been held regularly for more than two years, organized on the initiative of Professor Dariusz Dudek. They provide an opportunity for patients treated at cardiac surgery wards in south Poland to meet cardiologists, dieticians, physiotherapists, psychologists, and medical emergency staff and learn about cardiovascular diseases prevention.



November 29, 2013

The sport competitions at the Jagiellonian University Medical College in the academic year 2013/2014 started with the swimming contest that took place on Novermber 29. The Head of School of Medicine in English Council Cup was organised by the JU Medical College Sports Centre and held at the Kraków Univeristy of Economics swimming pool. The spectators included Prof. Ellen Bergene, the President of European Educational Consultants (EEC).
Nearly 50 swimmers of all JU MC Faculties took part in the competition, including a large group of foreign students from the School of Medicine in English.



November 10-17, 2013

From November 10 to November 17 a delegation of the Jagiellonian University authorities visited Japan. The visit was aimed at signing collaboration agreements with Japanese institutions of research and higher education in the field of life sciences and humanities (Kyoto University and National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences in Tsukuba) and at discussing the plans of continuing the existing collaboration (University of Tsukuba). The Jagiellonian University delegation consisted of the JU Rector, Prof. dr hab. med. Wojciech Nowak, JU Vice-Rector for Medical College, Prof. dr hab. Piotr Laidler, and the representatives of the Małopolska Centre of Biotechnology. The first destination of the visit was Kyoto, where a collaboration agreement between the Jagiellonian University and Kyoto University was signed. The major fields of prospective cooperation include research, education, student exchange as well as technology development and transfer. Then the JU delegation paid a visit to the University of Tsukuba, with which the Jagiellonian University has signed a collaboration agreement for the period 2002-2018. The talks concerned the ongoing cooperation in the field of Japanese studies at the JU and the planned collaboration in the area of natural and medical sciences. The visit in Tsukuba concluded with the signing of an agreement with the National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences (NIAS), the largest Japanese research centre in the field of agricultural application of life sciences. The visit in Japan was funded within the framework of the Project "Harmonisation of Education Management at the Jagiellonian University", partially financed from the European Social Fund.

November 14, 2013

The modernisation and development of residence halls for students of JU Medical College will be carried out as part of public-private partnership pursuant to the agreement concluded on 14 October 2013 in Warsaw between JU Medical College and Neoświat PPP Projects, a special purpose company owned by Bouygues industrial group. The contractor was selected in the procedure of competitive dialogue. Bouygues industrial group has a rich experience in providing services to the public sector.
The agreement was concluded in the seat of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education in Warsaw. JU Medical College was represented by Professor Piotr Lailder, Vice-Rector for Medical College and Mr Marcin Jędrychowki, Deputy Bursar for Medical College. Neoświat PPP Projects was represented by Gilles Leonard, Director at Bouygues Polska Development. The meeting was chaired by Professor Barbara Kudrycka, the Minister of Science and Higher Education. Pursuant to the agreement the contractor is obliged to extensively modernise, equip, and maintain for 25 years three residence halls together with the adjacent sporting and leisure infrastructure. Built in the 1970s, the residence halls require urgent modernisation as they no longer comply with the technical and sanitary standards. What is important, the agreement will impose no restrictions upon JU Medical College in terms of accommodation policy or fee rate control. The first modernised hall of residence will be completed in the first quarter of 2015, whereas the whole project is to be completed in 2016.

September 9, 2013

The orientation meeting for the first year students of medical and dentist programmes of the School of Medicine in English, Faculty of Medicine JU MC was held on 2 September. Freshers come from Norway, Sweden, USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, and Saudi Arabia. Welcome speeches were delivered by Professor Jerzy Walocha, President of the School of Medicine in English Council and Professor Tomasz Brzozowski, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Medicine. The staff from the School of Medicine in English and Student Society provided freshers with a handful of practical tips. A white coat ceremony concluded the meeting. Later on the same day the newly admitted students visited the JU Department of Anatomy and the Museum of Anatomy.



May 9, 2013

At a ceremony in the office of Rzeczpospolita newspaper in Warsaw, the results of the most prestigious in Poland Higher Schools Ranking for 2013 were announced. The Jagiellonian University has once again topped the ranking list of the best universities in Poland and the Jagiellonian University Medical College has once again topped the ranking list of the best medical universities in our country. The University was represented by prof. Wojciech Nowak, JU Rector, prof. Piotr Laidler, JU Vice-Rector for the Medical College and prof. Andrzej Mania, JU Vice-Rector for Educational Affairs



April 16, 2013

At a ceremony in Collegium Maius, the Jagiellonian University conferred the title of an honorary doctor on Professor Franz H. Messerli. The award recognises Professor's:
  • world-leading research in hypertensive cardiovascular disease and, in particular, the significance of systemic hemodynamics, and target organ disease;
  • achievements in defining the fundamental principles of arterial hypertension, and its therapy, particularly in the elderly;
  • services of Polish and Kraków hypertensiology through propagation of joint scientific achievements in the area of hypertension and, in particular, his involvement in creating the leading specialist centre for hypertension in elderly patients;
  • impressive ability in conveying his extensive knowledge, outstanding erudition and teaching skills
Professor Franz H. Messerli from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York is an internationally recognised cardiologist specializing in hypertensive cardiovascular disease. His connections with Poland go back to the1960s when he spent a few weeks in Kraków and Warsaw as a medicine student. In 1991 he established a cooperation with the JU Department of Geriatrics. This cooperation gave rise to more than a dozen of publications in acclaimed journals, several textbooks on pharmacotherapy of cardiovascular diseases in elderly patients, and also enabled a few JU academics to spend their research stays in New Orleans. In 1998, Professor Messerli was one of the animators of the first international Satellite Symposium of the European Society of Hypertension held for the first time in Kraków and devoted to the elderly. Professor Messerli also participated in scientific conferences hosted by the Department of Geriatrics and the Department of Cardiology, University Hospital, CM JU in Kraków. Recently, Dr Messerli has initiated collaboration with the School of Medicine for Foreigners of the Facultry of Medicine of the Jagiellonian University and has contributed to establishing ties between the University Columbia in New York and the Jagiellonian University.

January 18, 2013

Hoh Hong Huat, 4th year student of the 6 year MD program at the School of Medicine in English, Jagiellonian Univeristy Medical College in Kraków won the first prize in the INTERSTUDENT 2012 competition held by the Perspektywy Education Foundation in the master’s degree program category. He has been selected from among 24 thousand strong group of foreigners studying in Poland.

Hoh Hong Huat comes from Malaysia and is a student of the JU MC School of Medicine in English. He saw his first academic success in Malaysia in 2007 when, as a graduate of Yoke Kuan Secondary School, he was awarded the distinction of the “Best Overall Student of the Year.” Since 2008 he is a holder of the National Scholarship of Malaysian Government of Public Service Department. He cultivates his scientific interests at the Chair of Histology JU MC, Department of Transplantation JU MC, and also at the Department of Biochemistry of the University of Lausanne in Switzerland.

He is involved in realization of the following research projects:

1. “Treatment of Subantimicrobial Doses of Doxycycline Influences the Matrix Remodeling of the Atherosclerotic Plaque in ApoE-Knock out Mice,” Department of Histology, JU MC;

2. “Racial Differences in Susceptibility to Skin Cancer: Genetic Polymorphism in ATF3 and AP-1 Network Genes,” Department of Biochemistry, University of Lausanne, Switzerland;

He will soon be starting a project that deals with induced pluripotent stem cells at the Laboratory of the Department of Transplantation, Jagiellonian University Children’s Hospital, Kraków.

Hoh Hong Huat also made his mark as an outstanding medical student by winning the first and the third prize in the All-Polish National Human Anatomy Quiz “Golden Scapula” in the team and in the individual competition respectively in May 2010. In 2012 he received the first prize in Poster Session for Basic Sciences at the International Medical Students’ Conference 2012 in Kraków.

In 2012 Hoh Hong Huat partook in the University of Lausanne Summer Undergraduate Research (SUR) Programme Scholarschip 2012, Switzerland. As a student of the JU MC School of Medicine in English he acquired GPA of 4.87/ 5.0. He is also a member of the IFMSA (International Federation of Medical Student Associations). He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, English and Malaysian, and knows basics of Polish and German.



January 7-10, 2013

Co-organized by Faculty of Medicine JU Medical College with the two European medical universities: Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm and Universita degli studi di Cagliari, the 5th edition of the annual course Medical Development in Europe was held on in Kraków.
The aim of the course was to enable medical students from the listed universities to participate in theoretical and practical trainings covering the most topical issues of pre-clinical and clinical medicine that are taught at those universities. The current edition's patron was Prof. Tomasz Grodzicki, Dean of the Medical Faculty, whereas Prof. Tomasz Brzozowski, Vice-Dean for Research and International Relations, JU MC, was in charge of the organisation of the event at the Jagiellonian University. The course is becoming more and more popular among the students of the Jagiellonian University: this year 12 Polish students from Medical College and 4 foreigners from the School of Medicine in English participated in the event. The trainings included lectures, seminars and practical classes which were held at the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery and Transplantology, Institute of Cardiology Jagiellonian University Medical College in John Paul II Hospital (Prof. Jerzy Sadowski), Department of Metabolic Diseases (Prof. Maciej Małecki), Department of Physiology (Prof. Tomasz Brzozowski) and Department of Paediatrics, Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Institute of Paediatrics (Prof. Krzysztof Fyderek). This prestigious course promotes the trends of internationalization in teaching medicine, student mobility and the exchange of experience. For JU students it also means the possibility of being trained at other renowned European universities including Institutet Karolinska or the University in Cagliari. The efforts of the JU organizers were highly appraised by the participants of the course as well as other organizers, especially in terms of the engagement on the part of the JU units and the factual knowledge presented during the course.

December 18, 2012

A Christmas gathering of the Jagiellonian University Medical College academia and Kraków medical academia, which was held in Aula Nowodworskiego at ul. Św, Anny 12, was inaugurated by Christmas Carol concert of the Jagiallonian University Academic Choir and season’s greetings from Prof. Wojciech Nowak, Rector of the Jagiallonian University, and Prof. Piotr Laidler, Vice-Rector of the Jagiallonian University for the Medical College. Next, Cardinal Franciszek Macharski blessed the gathered guests and consecrated the wafers. The holiday mood was complemented by singing carols a by Christmas tree lights, exchanging Christmas greetings and tasting traditional Christmas Eve dishes.

December 9, 2012

A Christmas concert was held in a concert hall of the State Music School (Pol. Państwowa Szkoła Muzyczna), located at ul. Basztowa 9. For the first time in the history of the concert, it was organized by student body and student organizations of the JU MC, such as: The International Federation of Medical Students' Associations – Poland, 6 Year Student Government School of Medicine in English, Młoda Farmacja, JU MC Student Council, Students’ Scientific Society JU MC, Polish Society of Dental Students (Pol. Polskie Towarzystwo Studentów Stomatologii). The concert was honoured with the presence of such distinguished guests as Prof. Piotr Laidler, Vice-Rector of the Jagiellonian University for the Medical College, and Prof. Beata Tobiasz-Adamczyk, Representative of the Rector of the Jagiellonian University for Education and International Co-operation at the Medical College. As in the previous years, the idea behind the concert was gathering funds for Christmas gifts – toy animals – for children hospitalized in the Children’s University Hospital in Kraków and in St. Ludwik’s Wojewódzki Specialist Children’s Hospital in Kraków. “Teddy Bear under a Christmas Tree, ” an event organized by the IFMSA for years now, became the central theme and the aim of the concert, during which the audience could enjoy performances of students of the JU MC and AGH University of Science and Technology, as well as professionals. The program of the concert included acts of Perfugium Choir singing Old Polish carols, Copernichoir – choir of the students of the School of Medicine in English JU MC – performing traditional Norwegian Christmas carols, famous soloists, So Close theatre group (AGH) and Theater of Kraków Medics – Cyrulik (JU MC). During the interlude the audience could make a contribution to the action by purchasing sweets made by the students, and bidding books and medical courses prepared with the aid of Prof. Wojciech Nowak, Rector of the Jagiellonian University, dr Mirosława Puskullluoglu and dr Michał Nowakowski. Photographs available at:
https://picasaweb.google.com/110137631252793419001/KoncertBozonarodzeniowy09122012.

December 3, 2012

In the Children's University Hospital a team of cardiac surgeons under direction of prof. Janusz Skalski, Head of the Clinic of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery of the Pediatric Institute JU MC, performed a nationally innovative operation on a 3,5 year old girl suffering from idiopathic pulmonary hypertension. Within the last few weeks the patient’s health condition has radically deteriorated leaving pulmonary transplantation as the last resort in the treatment of the girl. The medical staff of the Children’s University Hospital suggested performing an operation which would allow the patient to avoid lung transplant. It was a high risk operation on account of patient’s circulatory problems and her overall condition. Through cooperation of two teams of cardiosurgeons and anaesthesiologists blood flow in the patient's organism was modified in such a way that the pulmonary bed was relieved, and as a consequence chances for slowing the pathological changes in the lungs were improved. It was the first time that this method of treatment was applied in Poland. The good prognosis and patient’s condition after the operation make the applied method a promising alternative to pulmonary transplantation.

November 30, 2012

New Frontiers in Interventional Cardiology workshop (NFIC) is an annual meeting in Krakow which brings together cardiologists, surgeons, angiologists and radiologists from Europe and USA. The meeting was organised by the European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions (EAPCI) in cooperation with European Board for Accreditation in Cardiology (EBAC), EuroPCR and Foundation for Medical Research. Prof. Piotr Laidler, JU Vice-Rector for the Medical College and Prof. Joanna Stępińska, the President of the Polish Society of Cardiologists opened the workshop in Słowacki Theatre on 28 November 2012. The workshop was hosted by Prof. Krzysztof Żmudka, Prof. Dariusz Dudek and Dr Jacek Legutko from the Institute of Cardiology, Jagiellonian University Medical College. The main aim of the conference was to create an international and interdisciplinary forum enabling an exchange of information on the comprehensive treatment of patients with cardiovascular diseases. Apart from participating in lectures and discussions, the attendants could also watch operations streamed live online. The workshop was accompanied by the two sessions which took place in the International Cultural Centre: Regulations and innovations in Cardiology – perspectives for 2013 and Collecting funds for research.

November 27, 2012

The team of invasive cardiologists led by Prof. Dariusz Dudek, Department of Hemodynamics and Angiography of the University Hospital in Kraków, performed a novel minimally invasive procedure on the heart under three dimensional echo guidance. The removal of the heart defects was possible thanks to the introduction of an implant through the coronary artery into the patient's heart. A special mini-video-camera placed in the patient's heart enabled the doctors to place the implant in the correct position. The implant itself resembles an umbrella – once opened it fills in all the fractures. "The operated patient had multiple atrioseptal defects, myocardial contractility disorders and heart rhythm disorders," says Prof. Dariusz Dudek. "One step procedure involved coronary angiography and an immediate consultation with an electrophysiologist in case pulmonary vein ablation and percutaneous closure of multiple heart defects were necessary. The final procedure was performed with 3D TEE guidance which allowed operators to place the occlude in the most suitable position. The procedure had perfect outcome," concludes the cardiologist. Such complicated and innovative procedure remains an alternative to traditional open heart surgery but is less invasive and achieves comparable results.

September 27, 2012

At a ceremony in Auditorium Maximum first year students of the Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Pharmacy and Faculty of Health Sciences together with their colleagues from the School of Medicine in English participated in the opening of the new academic year in Jagiellonian University Medical College for the first time. The ceremony was led by Prof. Piotr Laidler, JU Vice-Rector for the Medical College. It was also attended by Prof. Maria Flis, JU Vice-Rector for Development, Prof. Beata Tobiasz-Adamczyk, Rector's Proxy for Education and International Co-operation, Medical College, Prof. Tomasz Grodzicki, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Prof. Jan Krzek, Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy, and Prof. Tomasz Brzostek, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences. The inaugural lecture entitled Hypertension - a case study in wrongs and rights of mechanistic approach to medicine was delivered by Prof. Jerzy Gąsowski, Faculty of Medicine.

September 3, 2012

First Year students of Medicine and Dentistry of the School of Medicine in English at the JU Medical College Faculty of Medicine took part in the White Coat Ceremony, during which they put on white uniforms, as a sign of entering the world of medicine. The meeting, which was the second such event in the school's history, was led by the JU Vice-Rector for the Medical College and the Head of Council of the School of Medicine in English, Prof. Piotr Laidler. It was a part of the so-called Orientation Day, organized to help the students get to know each other and enter the academic life.

September 3, 2012

At a ceremony in Collegium Nowodvorscianum Rector Wojciech Nowak signed international agreements with the University of California, Irvine and Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. The American institutions were represented by Mr Lawrence Gold and Ms Michele Gold, respectively. The meeting was also attended by Prof. Piotr Laidler, Vice-Rector for Medical College and Prof. Tomasz Grodzicki, dean of the Faculty of Medicine. The agreements concerned co-operation in the field of research, joint educational projects and staff and student exchange.

June 6, 2012

PET-CT (Positron Emission Tomography-Computed Tomography) system has been officially put into operation in the Institute of Nuclear Medicine of the Endocrinology Clinic, University Hospital, in Kraków. The event was accompanied by the conference held in the Didactic and Congress Centre of the Faculty of Medicine, which was attended by the university governance, local authorities, NHS representatives and hospital and clinic managers. PET-CT system is a hybrid device combining PET scanner with high quality 128-slice computed tomography. PET-CT allows the acquisition of specialist and precise data about cancerous changes. This noninvasive diagnostic imaging procedure helps to detect cancer, assess the advancement of illness and evaluate the effectiveness of treatment. The device operating in the University Hospital has been enriched with respiratory gating technology which detects even the smallest lung tumors invisible to other imaging procedures. Conducting biopsy tests or planning radiotherapy with the support of PET will contribute to the maximum therapeutic effect whilst keeping damage to the healthy tissue to a minimum. The device will find application not only in oncology but also neurology and cardiology.

May 11, 2012

Their Majesties King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway visited Kraków and the Jagiellonian University. The royal couple – jointly with the President of the Republic of Poland Bronisław Komorowski and his wife Anna Komorowska - participated in the inauguration of new Polish-Norwegian research and scholarship programmes. The programmes are to be funded from Norwegian grants within the framework of the European Economic Area. The ceremony was held in Collegium Novum of the Jagiellonian University. Their Majesties and the Polish presidential couple also met with Norwegian students from the School of Medicine in English Faculty of Medicine JU MC.

April 27, 2012

Professor Piotr Laidler, current Representative of the Rector of the Jagiellonian University for Scientific Research and International Co-operation at the Medical College, has been appointed the Vice-rector of the Jagiellonian University for the Medical College. Professor P. Lailder is also the head of the School of Medicine in English Faculty of Medicine, the head of the Chair of Medical Biochemistry and the member of the Polish Biochemical Society.

April 20, 2012

Professor Wojciech Nowak, surgeon and current Vice-rector of the Jagiellonian University for the Medical College, has been appointed the rector of the Jagiellonian University.

The results of the elections were as follows:
Prof. Wojciech Nowak: 106 votes
Prof. Szczepan Biliński: 58 votes

The new rector takes up post in September and will be formally installed as rector at a special ceremony on 1 October 2012. Elections to choose a new rector are held every four years.

March 30, 2012

The Minister of Science and Higher Education, prof. Barbara Kudrycka, presented the Prime Minister’s awards for scientific achievements, and awarded the “Diamond Grants” to 100 most outstanding Polish students with “Diamond Grants”. Faculty of Medicine JU MC was proudly represented by four students: Natalia Celejewska-Wójcik, Jacek Górka, Paweł Iwaszczuk and Karol Urbański. Prof. Dariusz Dudek from the II Clinic of Cardiology, Institute of Cardiology JU MC, was awarded the Prime Minister’s award for exceptional scientific achievements in the field of medicine.

January 23, 2012

An international project OMICRON titled: “Developing a center of advanced high efficiency molecular technologies at the Faculty of Medicine, Jagiellonian University Medical College – Enabling OMICs high-thROughput techNologies at the Faculty of Medicine Jagiellonian University Medical College.” The project was granted subsidy by the European Commission in the amount of over 4 m. Euro in last year’s edition of the prestigious Competition REGPOT, announced within the 7th Framework Programme of the European Union.

December 19-21, 2011

Another edition of the “Medical Development in Europe” course, co-organized by the Faculty of Medicine JU MC, was held in Kraków. It was a 4th edition of the course organized by Medical Universities: Karolinska in Stockholm, Cagliari and Jagiellonian University Medical College, carried out as part of the “Flying University” project, the main idea of which is participation of a group of students from each of the Universities in a cycle of theoretical and practical classes touching upon most current issues in the pre-clinical and clinical medicine, held in each of the three Universities. On the part of the JU MC, the classes for integrated international student groups were held by Department of Cardiovascular Surgery and Transplantology, Chair of Metabolic Diseases, Chair of Physiology and Chair of Pediatrics, Gastroenterology and Nutrition. Participation in the project is very prestigious for our University on account of the modern internationaliziation trends in teaching methods in medicine, recommended student mobility and the opportunity for experience exchange, alongside educating the JU MC students at renown European universities, such as Karolinska University for example

November 30, 2011

5th Central &Eastern Course in Pediatric Surgery, organized by The European Pediatric Surgeon’s Association, was held in the Children’s University Hospital in Kraków. It was first such course for pediatric surgeons ever to be held in Kraków.

March 29-30, 2012

We would like to heartily invite you to the lecture given by Professor Franz H. Messerli, MD from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York. He specializes in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Diseases. Title of lecture: Large trials, meta-analysis and evidence based medicine - how to interpret scientific papers? Time: December 1, Thursday from 1.30 pm to 3.00 pm at CDK, ul. Łazarza 16, Lecture Hall D.

October 28, 2011

Dear Alumni, Friends and Students of the School of Medicine in English Jagiellonian University Medical College. Today at 10 pm (polish time) or 3 pm (in Chicago time) you can watch us on internet. The Alumni Club SME meeting LIVE from Chicago. Transmission will be available on AR TV Chicago - www.artvchicago.com. We invite you to watching!

July 25, 2011

As the academic society of the Jagiellonian University - deeply shocked by the recent events in Norway – we would like to express our deepest sympathy for the whole Norwegian nation in the face of the tragedy. Words alone cannot express our sympathy on your inconceivable anguish and suffering that this traumatic event caused. We are all filled with grief, anxiety and sorrow, and remain unable to conceive how it was possible for human life to have been so atrociously trampled on.

May 14, 2011

During Ceremony of Graduation of Students of the 4 year MD program of the Jagiellonian University Medical College, School of Medicine in English Vice-Rector of the Jagiellonian University for the Medical College Prof. Wojciech Nowak, MD, PhD announced the launch of the Alumni Club of the School of Medicine in English, Jagiellonian University Medical College, and invited the Graduates to join in as its first members. The purpose of the Alumni Club is to build and sustain a lifelong relationship between the University and its Alumni. It has got its profile on Facebook:
Alumni Club SME Jagiellonian University Krakow

Dear Alumni,
I would like to share the latest news with you.
The Alumni Club of the School of Medicine, Jagiellonian University Medical College has just been formed.
On behalf of the Authorities of the Jagiellonian University and the School of Medicine in English, I would like to welcome you very kindly to the Club.
Stay in constant touch with us!

May 14, 2011

Ceremony of Graduation of Students of the 4 year MD program of the Jagiellonian University Medical College, School of Medicine in English, took place in the Collegium Novum Aula. 34 graduates of the Class of 2011, coming from the USA, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland and Republic of South Africa, received their diplomas. Graduates rewarded two members of the JU MC SME faculty in appreciation of their dedication to teaching; dr Marcin Sobociński (Hematology Department, University Hospital JU MC) received a diploma for the best pre-clinical teacher, and dr Piotr Kruczek (Children’s Diseases Clinic, Chair of Pediatrics JU MC) was awarded a diploma for best clinical teacher.

May 4, 2011

A Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Edinburgh, College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, and Jagiellonian University Collegium Medicum was singed in Edinburgh, Scotland. By virtue of the Memorandum both the universities entered into cooperation in research and academic exchange. The Memorandum will enable the students of the JU MC to partake in graduate and postgraduate-level courses realized by the Polish School of Medicine at the University of Edinburgh, and the members of the faculty of the JU MC to be invited to participate in the didactic process of the Polish School of Medicine at the University of Edinburgh as visiting scholars. The Memorandum also provides for exchange of information, realization of joined research, development of modern teaching techniques, and organization of joined conferences and scientific symposia. On behalf of the JU MC the Memorandum was signed by Prof. Beata Tobiasz-Adamczyk, PhD, Representative of the Rector of the Jagiellonian University for Education at the Medical College, and by Prof. Jeremy Bradshaw, Director of Postgraduate Studies, International Dean, on behalf of the University of Edinburgh.

February 18, 2011

The first in Poland and in Eastern Europe series of eyeball irradiation with the use of proton therapy was finished in the Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN – Państwowa Akademia Nauk) in Kraków. The innovative procedure was performed on two patients diagnosed with ocular melanoma. The therapy was implemented thanks to an agreement on cooperation entered into by the Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Kraków and the University Hospital earlier, which provided for opening first in Poland Laboratory of Proton Radiotherapy. Thanks to the agreement patients with ocular melanoma treated at the Clinical Unit of the Clinic of Ophtalmology and Ophthalmological Oncology of the University Hospital will undergo a treatment utilizing the proton radiation with the use of cyclotron located on the premises of the Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Kraków.

January 21, 2011

Kraków cardiac clinics topped the national cardiac clinics ranking published in Newsweek. Department of Cardiovascular Surgery and Transplantation of the JU MC Institute of Cardiology directed by Prof. Jerzy Sadowski MD, PhD was announced Poland’s best cardiosurgical center for treatment of adults, and the Department of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery of the JU MC Institute of Pediatrics managed by Prof. Janusz Skalski MD, PhD was ranked Poland’s best center for treatment of children. The winning positions of our centers were secured by elements such as accreditations, reputation, round-the-clock diagnostic service, number of particular cardiac procedures, interdisciplinary teams and the waiting time for a surgery.

December 13, 2010

During the annual 15th Conference of the European Society of Surgery in Turin Prof. Wojciech Nowak MD, PhD, was elected as president of the Society. Prof. Wojciech Nowak, MD, PhD will perform the function of the President of the European Society of Surgery for a year. Prof. Wojciech Nowak, MD, PhD is a Vice-Rector of the Jagiellonian University for the Medical College and the Head of the III Chair of General Surgery JU MC. In keeping with the tradition of holding the annual ESS conventions in the President’s hometown, the XV Conference of the European Society of Surgery will be held in Kraków in November 2011. European Society of Surgery is the biggest and most prestigious organization embracing surgeons from whole Europe. Its main goal is coordinating and supporting clinical and scientific-research development of surgery, as well as promoting the greatest achievements in this field of medicine in Europe and in the world.

December 1 – 4, 2010

11th International Interventional Cardiology Workshops “New Frontiers in Interventional Cardiology” 2010 took place in Kraków. They were organized by Department of Hemodynamics and Angiocardiography of the Institute of Cardiology JU MC, and the Association of Cardiovascular Intervention of the Polish Cardiac Society, in cooperation with the European Association for Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions, and European Board for Accreditation in Cardiology. Many outstanding interventional cardiologists from Poland, Middle-Eastern Europe, Western Europe, United States of America, and Asia came to Kraków. The main objective of the conference was establishing an international discussion forum allowing for an exchange of experience in the comprehensive treatment of patients with cardiovascular diseases.

November 9, 2010

The Jagiellonian University Medical College received a certificate in corroboration of the University having been granted the NATO Commercial and Government Entity Code NCAGE. The code identifies the University within the NATO Codification System. The University's data was entered into the National Catalogue of Subjects of Domestic Economy and will also show in the NATO Master Catalogue of References for Logistics. The University's data will be made available to the military logistics of the countries partaking in the NCS, as well as to service purchasers in the civilian market.

November 2, 2010

The Council of the Foundation for Polish Science has for the tenth time awarded the prize for outstanding scientific achievements and discoveries. The awards of the Foundation for Polish Science are considered the greatest scientific distinction in Poland. This year the Foundation's prizewinner in natural and medical sciences is prof. dr hab. Tomasz Guzik, the Head of the Chair of Internal Medicine and Rural Medicine, Faculty of Medicine JU MC, for demonstrating the significance of immunological system in the pathogenesis of arterial hypertension.

October 23, 2010

During the 10th Central European Meeting in Bratislava, scientific publication by researchers from the Chair and Clinic of Urology JU MC under prof. Zygmunt Dobrowolski's direction, was awarded the first prize in the competition for the best scientific publication. The subject of the publication was early diagnostics of prostate cancer through transrectal prostate biopsy with the use of magnetic resonance combined with proton spectroscopy. The publication of the JU MC urologists competed with as many as 180 other publications. Participants of the 10th CEM represented countries such as Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Poland, Germany, Ukraine, Switzerland, Turkey, Greece, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia and Slovakia. The work was completed in collaboration with the Chair of Radiology JU MC directed by prof. Andrzej Urbanik. The members of the award-winning team are: dr Wacław Lipczyński, dr Leszek Michalski, dr Barbara Glazar and dr Robert Chrzan.

September 29, 2010

Assoc. prof. Agnieszka Słowik, JU professor, and the Head of the Institute of Neurogenetics, Chair of Neurology JU MC, was invited to become a member of the American Neurological Society, a distinguished scientific society assembling scientists with achievements of great international standing. She was awarded the membership as a token of appreciation of her great contribution to the research on neurogenetics of cerebral stroke and degenerative diseases. The nomination ceremony was held in San Francisco.

September 22, 2010

Dr Jacek Kołacz, Clinic of the Pediatric Cardiosurgery, Institute of Pediatrics JU MC was awarded with a prestigious Congenital Heart Surgery Investigator Award by the European Association of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery for his theretofore professional achievements and scientific work on single-ventricle heart, which is one of the most serious of all congenital diseases in children. The research done by dr Jacek Kołacz involved the most serious cases of congenital heart diseases, where a human is born with only one cardiac ventricle. Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) is one of the most common congenital heart diseases of this type. Nearly 100 children with HLHS were operated on in the Kraków Clinic of Pediatric Cardiosurgery JU MC between 2007 and 2010. The treatment is difficult, multiphase, and requiring considerable financial outlays and advanced technologies. The Congenital Heart Surgery Investigator Award is the greatest international professional distinction for specialists in congenital heart diseases, and is a testimony to the world-class treatment of children with single-ventricle heart in the Kraków Clinic.

August 17, 2010

In the Clinic of Cardiovascular Surgery and Transplantation of the Jagiellonian University Medical College, medical team directed by Professor Jerzy Sadowski, performed for the first time in the world an operation of left ventricle aneurysm closure in a 52-year old patient without the use of extracorporeal circulation. Special BioVentrix clips devised by an American research team of the Philadelphia University were used in the operation. Employment of the clips allowed for the operation to be performed less invasively - with uninterrupted cardiac performance - through external closure of the aneurysm with the clips.

August 2, 2010

First in Poland and Middle Europe center of protonic therapy of intraocular neoplasms will be formed in the Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences at ul. Radzikowskiego in Kraków.
Clinical Department of the Clinic of Ophthalmology and Ophthalmological Oncology of the University Hospital in Kraków directed by dr hab. Bożena Romanowska-Dixon, which was the first centre in Poland to introduce intraocular melanoma treatment with cobalt, and later ruthenium and iodine, isotope applicators, is a partner of the project. The planned proton radiotherapy center in Kraków will be able to satisfy the whole country's demand for proton radiotherapy of intraocular neoplasms (about 100 to 150 cases yearly). At the same time it will be used as a research and training center for teams of medical doctors, physicists, biologists and engineers, enabling them to actively develop the most recent methods of treatment of neoplastic diseases in close cooperation with foreign centers.

July 27, 2010

First in the world restoration of continuity of an esophagus with the use of magnets in a 17-month child was performed at the Children's University Hospital by a medical team directed by dr hab. Adam Byśka from the Institute of Pediatrics of the Jagiellonian University Medical College.
The patient suffered from a severe congenital esophagus hypoplasia which caused its obstruction.

June 23, 2010

Dr Michał Bereta’s (Chair of Immunology JU MC) research project, in the realization of which partook also mgr Paulina Chorobik (Chair of Immunology JU MC), was awarded in the Polish Product of the Future Contest (Polski Produkt Przyszłości) in the category of “Future Technology in the Pre-implementation Phase.” The discovery may prove helpful in the future in treating neoplasms with therapy using specially selected Salmonella typhimurium bacteria.
Competent employment of bacterial vectors creates the possibility of drawing up guided immunotherapy of neoplasms resulting in elimination of primary tumors and simultaneous increase of immunity preventing/reducing further development of metastases. Tests were carried out on animal models. The final gala of the Polish Product of the Future Contest took place in Warsaw. The Competition, held under the honorary patronage of the Minister of Economy, was organized by Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (Polska Agencja Rozwoju Przedsiębiorczości).

June 17, 2010

Students of the Emergency Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences JU MC took the first place in the all-Poland Competition of Medical Schools in Emergency Medicine, organized by the Student Circle of Emergency Medicine and Disaster Medicine of the Medical University of Lodz.

June 11, 2010

5th year medical student of the Faculty of Medicine of JU MC, Mr Maciej Wybraniec was awarded the Branżowy Laureat Wojewódzki (Regional Trade Laureate) in “The Student Noble” – Poland’s Best Student Competition. The Competition was held by the Independent Student Association, and Mr Maciej Wzbraniec was an award winner in the field of medical and health sciences.

May 31, 2010

Faculty of Medicine JU MC was awarded the Crystal Brussels Sprout award by the National Contact Point for Research Programmes of the EU for the best research unit in Poland. The Faculty of Medicine was thus distinguished for its remarkable achievements in the EU Framework Programs in the period 1999-2009. The award was presented to Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Medicine JU MC, prof. Tomasz Brzozowski, representing the Authorities of the JU MC during the II European Economic Congress held in Katowice, by the President of the European Parliament, prof. Jerzy Buzek, and Minister of Science and Higher Education, prof. Barbara Kudrycka. The award was accompanied with a diploma signed by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy Waldemar Pawlak, and Minister of Science and Higher Education, prof. Barbara Kudrycka.
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May 31 - June 1, 2010

2nd Krakow Educational Workshop on Congenial Heart Defects took place in Kraków. Central idea of the scientific conference was: “Borderline ventricles – diagnosis, morphology, pathophysiology and surgical options.” Various Polish and foreign leading cardiologists and cardiosurgeons partook in the Workshops. New operative techniques of difficult, complex heart conditions were discussed by world-famous scientists, among others, prof. Richard van Praagh (Harvard Medical School), dr Christian Pizarro, dr Jeanne Baffa (Wilmington), and Polish specialists in cardiology and pediatric cardiology. The Workshop was organized by prof. Janusz Skalski , Head of the Clinic of Pediatric Cardiosurgery of the Polish-American Institute of Pediatrics JU MC, and Head of the Institute of Pediatrics of JU MC.

May 24, 2010

JU MC medical students were unrivalled in the all-Poland Competition of Anatomical Knowledge “Scapula Aurea/Golden Scapula 2010” in Lublin, where they took almost all first places. 1st year medical student of the Faculty of Medicine JU MC, Paulina Magda, won the 1st place in the individual contest, and a 1st year medical student of the Faculty of Medicine JU MC, Ewa Woźniak, took the 1st place in the individual contest for the medical-dental program. JU MC team – Paweł Bogacki, Olga Gach, Anna Kędziora, Michał Kochana, Paulina Magda, Jacek Nowakowski, and Maciej Skubera – won the team contest. Team contest for English-language programs was also won by the JU MC students. The 1st place was taken by the 1st year students of the JU MC School of Medicine in English, represented by Daniel Halland, Huat Hoh Hong, Ming Lee Ng, and Stig Tangesdal. In the individual competition for English-language programs Ming Lee Ng and Stig Tangesdal took the 2nd and the 3rd place respectively.

May 13 - 15, 2010

European Conference on Rare Diseases (ECRD) was held in the JU Auditorium Maximum in Kraków. Nearly 600 guests from more than 40 countries partook in the conference. Multiaspectual clinical researches aimed at expanding knowledge of rare diseases were discussed during the conference which was co-organized by prof. Tomasz Grodzicki, Head of the Chair of Internal Medicine and Gerontology JU MC, and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine JU MC.

May 6, 2010

Jagiellonian University Medical College was conferred the title of the best Polish Medical School in the Rzeczpospolita and Perspektywy ranking. The award ceremony took place in Warsaw, and prof. Beata Tobiasz-Adamczyk, Representative of the Rector of Jagiellonian University for Education at the Medical College collected the diploma on behalf of the JU MC Authorities.

1 miejsce dla UJ CM w rankingu uczelni medycznych w Polsce