Our beginnings and achievements
The Foundation for Research and Science Development was established in 2009 and has the status of a Scientific Unit entered into the POLON MNiSW (Ministry of Science and Higher Education) system. The organization deals mainly with educational and research activities in the field of medical and biochemical sciences. It was created out of passion and the will to change the reality that surrounds us. The inspiration for establishing the Foundation was and is the scientific activity of Michał Wszoła MD, PhD., surgeon, transplantologist and, most of all, a dedicated doctor.
During 9 years of activity, the Foundation has implemented many impressive projects. It financed and conducted, together with a team from the Department and General and Transplant Surgery of the Jesus Child Hospital and the Warsaw University of Life Sciences, pioneer research on endoscopic pancreatic islet transplantation under the gastric mucosa. It was the first such venture in the world, which a few years later resulted in successful transplantations in several patients.
The Foundation organized many scientific conferences, symposia and trainings in which participated Medical University of Warsaw doctors and nurses, employees of the Warsaw University of Technology and of the Nencki Institute. Scientists cooperating with the Foundation were among others participating in the theoretical study of medical security for a manned mission to Mars – the project was carried out in cooperation with Mars Society Poland.
What are we working on?
Currently, the Foundation is working on the 3D printing of the bionic pancreas and is the leader of the Bionic Consortium, where it cooperates with the Warsaw Medical University, Institute of Experimental Biology of the Nencki Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw University of Technology, Jesus Child Hospital and MediSpace Ltd. The scientific team strives to create a bionic pancreas – an organ that will enable people with diabetes to function normally and will also replace the need for chronic insulin therapy. The project is financed by the National Centre for Research and Development under the program “Prevention and treatment of civilization diseases”, and its value is estimated at over PLN 24 million!
As part of its activity, the Foundation also joined the creation of a social educational program. In 2017, a nationwide campaign “Wean off sugar” co-financed by the Ministry of Health was carried out. This action was aimed at increasing awareness and knowledge about the importance of a healthy diet, physical activity and self-control in the fight against diabetes. In addition, the Foundation’s team of experts runs a blog devoted to the above topics.
The Foundation team is formed by young scientists full of enthusiasm. Innovators who want to sign up on the pages of history. Twelve specialists in the field of medical, biological and chemical sciences, who share a common idea and a deep conviction that it is Poles who can become the creators of breakthrough medical therapies. In addition, the Foundation’s support is provided by numerous volunteers, whose involvement is an additional motivation to take on new challenges.
Promoting Polish science
Since the establishing of the Foundation, the invariably pursued goal is to promote the development of Polish science in the country and in the world. The team is accompanied by the conviction that Poland, as a country that has highly qualified and creative scientists, can realistically influence the progress and technological development of the world.
The Foundation strives to propagate Polish technological idea and thus – to provide national research units with greater strength in the international scientific environment. The Foundation supports and promotes research of Polish scientists, raises funds and finances many projects. It also provides educational events, trainings and legal aid.
Prizes and distinctions:
- Second prize in the Golden Scalpel competition organized by Puls Medycyny for authors of “3D bioprinting of scaffolds using pancreatic islets or insulin producing cells in order to create bionic pancreas” project
- American Transplant Congress in Seattle, „order of distinction” for two of the Foundation’s researchers: „Pancreas Decellularization Protocol – Comparison of Methods” (the winner of Best in Congress Posters at the same time) and „Changes in Gene Expression of Selected Genes in Patient with Type 1 Diabetes in Peripheral Blood”
- Polish Intelligent Development Award 2016 in category “Foundation” for the implementation of “3D bioprinting of scaffolds using pancreatic islets or insulin producing cells in order to create bionic pancreas” project.
- Award for the best poster at EPITA – European Pancreas and Islet Transplant Association in Austria.
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