21 January 2020 – As of 1 January 2020, Leszek Kaczmarek is the new President of the EMBC (European Molecular Biology Conference), the funding body of EMBO. He takes over from Gerrit van Meer, whose term as EMBC President has ended.
Leszek Kaczmarek is a full professor at the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology in Warsaw/Poland. His research aims to understand the molecular and cellular foundations of the brain-mind connection under both physiological and pathological conditions. His lab’s discovery of over 30 years ago that learning produces a robust and transient activation of c-fos gene expression led him to his current studies of extracellular proteolysis at the synapse in health and disease. Leszek Kaczmarek was elected EMBO Member in 2000 and served on the EMBO Council from 2010 to 2012 and from 2013 to 2015.
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