Our history

Jagiellonian Medical Research Centre (JMRC) was founded in 1993, on the initiative of professor Richard J. Gryglewski, at that time the Chairman of the Chair of Pharmacology of the Jagiellonian University Medical College in Krakow. JMRC, a non-profit organisation  acting upon the statutes of  the foundation, has been aiming to promote medical sciences in Krakow on the basis of units and scientific potentials of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, its Medical College (Collegium Medicum) and the Polish Academy of Sciences, assuming  collaboration in the country and abroad, in compliance with the legally confirmed statutes. It has been the first organisation of that type in the Central Europe (Nature 1994, vol.372, p.597), in many ways following a model and activities of such European organisations as the William Harvey Research Institute (London), Strathclyde Institute (Glasgow) or Bio-Pharmaceutical Centre (Leyden), but with regard to the specifics of our country and our part of Europe.

Lines of the activity of the Foundation, based on the obligatory statutes, have been determined by the Scientific JMRC Council, with its first President, professor Richard Gryglewski, one of the most prominent Polish scientists whose research works and discoveries gave basis for development of modern pharmacology of endothelium and circulation system. The Members of the Council were professor Alexander Koj, the Rector of thr Jagiellonian University, a world-known scientist whose discoveries greatly influenced the image of modern biological sciencess (till 2014) and professor Andrew Szczeklik. a physician of great achievements in both clinical and experimental fields of cardiology and allergology who died in February 2012.

Presently the President of JMRC Council is professor Stefan Chłopicki and the Members are professor Włodzimierz Buczko and professor Jerzy Adam Żołądź. The programme and activities of the Foundation are realized in accordance with the statutes by two members of the Administrative Board. Till 2006 the Member of the Board was Zofia Michalska, doctor of chemistry and coworker of professor Gryglewski in the Chair of Pharmacology who was accompanied by Maria Chechlińska, professor Gryglewski's Personal Assistant for many years; the Board was joined in 2005 by Dominika Piszczek. Both ladies are graduates from the Jagiellonian University and have been working together as the Administrative Board of the Foundation responsible for realisation of JMRC Council programme of activities.

The essential aim of the Foundation activity is consolidation of all disciplines of medical sciences, beginning with molecular biology, biochemistry and pharmaceutical botany via genetics, physiology, immunology and pharmacology to highly advanced clinical science and practice (internal medicine, cardiology). Up to now, within the outlined frame, the JMRC Foundation has been organizing lectures of the excellent scientists from the country and from abroad, invited to Krakow to deliver their lectures open for scientific workers from Krakow and from outside of Krakow. The Foundation has been also engaged in a small-scale publishing job (there were a few books edited and published), in promotion of young scientists and funding of awards for the best of them as well as fellowships designed especially to help colleagues from behind the Eastern frontier of Poland.

However, the basic statutory duty of the JMRC Foundation has been for years organizing of international scientific symposia. There were nineteenth of them organized by the Foundation since 1993 till 2011 and all of them had the highest possible scientific value and rank. Among their lecturers were the best of outstanding world-known scientists in the field including the Nobel Prize laureates (Sir John Vane 1982; Robert Furchgott, Louis Ignarro and Ferid Murad 1998).The participants of those symposia, since the very beginning of the JMRC history, apart from numerous young researchers and scientists from the country, from Europe and U.S.A. have always been scientists from the former Soviet Union, from Lithuania, Byelarus and Ukraine. The Foundation, depending on its financial possibilities, helps them to cover the costs their participation in the meetings.

The JMRC symposia, already with several-years tradition, were organized till 2004 by the founder of the Foundation and the President of its Council, professor Ryszard J. Gryglewski. The following - from 13th to 19th - JMRC Symposia were organized by his successor, now the President of the Foundation Council, professor Stefan Chłopicki. Professor Gryglewski, all the time closely collaborating with the Foundation, is presently the Honorary President of the Foundation, sharing this position with professor John McGiff (New York Medical College) until professor McGiff's death in 2013.. Since 2010 JMRC has been organising its Symposia in cooperation with Jagiellonian Centre of Experimental Therapeutics (JCET), beginning with 2012 under the title: Cracow Conferences on Endothelium. Nowadays, with multi-centre international scientific cooperation and exchange becoming direct and continued for years the Foundation tends to focus more on supporting development of research by funding research grants for promising young scientists; this activity started only last year.

In the course of 19 years the JMRC Foundation organized following international symposia:

  • 1993 Progress in Vascular Biology and Medicine
  • 1994 Nitric Oxide in Cardiovascular System
  • 1995 Adrenergic Systems 100 Years after Discovery of Adrenaline
  • 1996 Eicosanoids, Aspirin and Asthma
  • 1997 Septic Shock: Crossroads of Basic and Clinical Research
  • 1998 32nd Meeting of European Society for Clinical Investigations (ESCI)
  • 1999 Endothelium as a Target for Pharmacotherapy
  • 2000 Eicosanoids 2000
  • 2001 Pharmacology of Vascular Wall
  • 2002 Pharmacological Correction of Endothelial Dysfunction
  • 2003 Aspirin ( In honour of Sir John Vane, Nobel Laureate, the Discoverer of the Mechanism of Action of Aspirin)
  • 2004 COX Isoenzymes – 2004 Update
  • 2005 Atherothrombosis – Diabetes – Vasculopathies
  • 2006 Basic and Clinical Aspects of Endothelial Dysfunction
  • 2007 Endothelium: The Determinant of Cardiovascular Health and Disease - organized as PhySocInternational Workshop together with the Physiological Society (London)
  • 2008 New Frontiers in Cardiovascular Research - organized as 8th Meeting of France - New EU Members together with INSERM (France)
  • 2009 John Robert Vane Memorial
  • 2010 Endothelium in life-style diseases; 1st Interdisciplinary JCET Seminar co-organized by JMRC
  • 2011 Endothelium in life-style diseases; 2nd Interdisciplinary JCET Seminar co-organized by JMRC
  • 2012 Krakow Conference on Endothelium
  • 2013 Krakow Conference on Endothelium - Interdisciplinary JCET Seminar co-organized by JMRC
  • 2014 Krakow Conference on Endothelium - Interdisciplinary JCET Seminar co-organized by JMRC

Most of the lectures delivered during the above listed JMRC symposia were published: in 1996 in a book (Eicosanoids, Aspirin and Asthma, within the series Lung Biology in Health and Disease vol.114 ), others in journals of international range and impact, as follows : Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology ( 1993, vol.44, 3; 1995, vol.46, 1; 1997, vol.48, 4; 1999, vol.50, 4; 2000, vol.51, 4 – part 1; 2002, vol.53, 4 – part 1 ); Medical Science Monitor ( 2201, vol.7, suppl.2); Thrombosis Research (2003, vol.110, 5 – 6); Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids 2005, vol.72, 2). Since 2004 materials of JMRC Symposia have been published as special issue of Pharmacological Reports - a Polish scientific journal with long tradition, gaining its international position (IF 2007, 2.29, cited in PubMed).