Warsaw, 11th of March 2020




Announcement of the Director of the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology PAS



Ladies and Gentlemen,


Regarding the spread of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, and the cases of this virus found in our country, the Director of the Institute, based on the recommendations of the President of the Polish Academy of Sciences of 10.03.2020, decides as follows:


Suspension of business trips of employees and doctoral students within the area of coronavirus (see current announcements of the Chief Sanitary Inspector www.gis.gov.pl).


Suspension of arrivals to the Institute of persons from the areas where coronavirus is present.


Postponement of large nationwide or international undertakings of national or international character, e.g. conferences organised by the Institute.


Employees and doctoral students currently staying abroad in the areas covered by the presence of coronavirus, after returning to Poland, should apply to the Director of the Institute, in order to obtain permission to perform work, within two weeks, outside the Institute, in "remote work" mode.


Employees and doctoral students who have found symptoms indicating coronavirus infection, or had contact with an infected person, should immediately call a doctor, or the nearest sanitary and epidemiological station, or report to the nearest hospital observation and infection ward. The Director of the Institute should be immediately informed about this fact.


Keep an eye on current information published  on the website of the Chief Sanitary Inspector www.gis.gov.pl, and Sanitary and Epidemiological Stations.



Please also read the information:  





These recommendations are valid from 11 March to 30 April 2020.



Prof. Agnieszka Dobrzyń Ph.D., D.Sc
Director of the Institute



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Nencki Institute selected publications

Olsson A, Knapska E, Lindström B. (2020) The neural and computational systems of social learning. Nat. Rev. Neurosci. 21(4): 197-212. doi: 10.1038/s41583-020-0276-4.
IF = 33.162

Liu C, Ye FQ, Newman JD, Szczupak D, Tian X, Yen CC, Majka P, Glen D, Rosa MGP, Leopold DA, Silva AC. (2020) A resource for the detailed 3D mapping of white matter pathways in the marmoset brain. Nat. Neurosci. 23(2): 271-280. doi: 10.1038/s41593-019-0575-0. IF = 21.126

The PRIMatE Data Exchange (PRIME-DE) Global Collaboration Workshop and Consortium (…Majka P…). (2020) Accelerating the Evolution of Nonhuman Primate Neuroimaging. Neuron 105(4): 600-603. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2019.12.023.
IF = 14.403

Majka P, Bai S, Bakola S, Bednarek S, Chan JM, Jermakow N, Passarelli L, Reser DH, Theodoni P, Worthy KH, Wang XJ, Wójcik DK, Mitra PP, Rosa MGP. (2020) Open access resource for cellular-resolution analyses of corticocortical connectivity in the marmoset monkey. Nat. Commun. 11(1): 1133. doi: 10.1038/s41467-020-14858-0. IF = 11.878

Szymańska E, Nowak P, Kolmus K, Cybulska M, Goryca K, Derezińska-Wołek E, Szumera-Ciećkiewicz A, Brewińska-Olchowik M, Grochowska A, Piwocka K, Prochorec-Sobieszek M, Mikula M, Miączyńska M. (2020) Synthetic lethality between VPS4A and VPS4B triggers an inflammatory response in colorectal cancer. EMBO Mol. Med. 12(2): e10812. doi: 10.15252/emmm.201910812.
IF = 10.624

El-Merahbi R, Viera JT, Valdes AL, Kolczynska K, Reuter S, Löffler MC, Erk M, Ade CP, Karwen T, Mayer AE, Eilers M, Sumara G. (2020) The adrenergic-induced ERK3 pathway drives lipolysis and suppresses energy dissipation. Genes Dev. doi: 10.1101/gad.333617.119. IF = 9.14

You H, Baluszek S, Kaminska B. (2020) Supportive roles of brain macrophages in CNS metastases and assessment of new approaches targeting their functions. Theranostics 10(7): 2949-2964. doi: 10.7150/thno.40783.
IF = 8.063

Thorp J, Clewett D, Riegel M. (2020) Two Routes to Incidental Memory under Arousal: Dopamineand Norepinephrine. J. Neurosci. 40(9): 1790-1792.
IF = 6.074

Joachimiak E, Waclawek E, Niziolek M, Osinka A, Fabczak H, Gaertig J, Wloga D. (2020) The LisH Domain-Containing N-Terminal Fragment is Important for the Localization, Dimerization, and Stability of Katnal2 in Tetrahymena. Cells 9(2) pii: E292. doi: 10.3390/cells9020292. IF = 5.656


Furtak M, Doradzińska Ł, Ptashynska A, Mudrik L, Nowicka A, Bola M. (2020) Automatic Attention Capture by Threatening, But Not by Semantically Incongruent Natural Scene Images. Cereb. Cortex pii: bhaa040. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhaa040. IF = 5.437

Rajan WD, Wojtas B, Gielniewski B, Miró-Mur F, Pedragosa J, Zawadzka M, Pilanc P, Planas AM, Kaminska B. (2020) Defining molecular identity and fates of CNS-border associated macrophages after ischemic stroke in rodents and humans. Neurobiol. Dis. 137: 104722. doi: 10.1016/j.nbd.2019.104722. IF = 5.16

Ellert-Miklaszewska A, Poleszak K, Pasierbinska M, Kaminska B. (2020) Integrin Signaling in Glioma Pathogenesis: From Biology to Therapy. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 21(3) pii: E888. doi: 10.3390/ijms21030888. IF = 4.183

Kwiatkowska K, Matveichuk OV, Fronk J, Anna Ciesielska A. (2020) Flotillins: At the Intersection of Protein S-Palmitoylation and Lipid-Mediated Signaling. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 21(7) pii: E2283. doi: 10.3390/ijms21072283.
IF = 4.183

Rogala J, Kublik E, Krauz R, Wróbel A. (2020) Resting-state EEG activity predicts frontoparietal network reconfiguration and improved attentional performance. Sci. Rep. 10, 5064. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-61866-7. IF = 4.011