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Research News
December 9, 2016

The problem of aging of the Polish population causes the need for the work period prolongation. However, both the work itself, as well as lifestyle and eating habits affect the health of seniors. Assessment of cardiovascular risk factors and oxidative stress in the context of the work and its character will allow us to develop guidelines for work activity time extension and the prevention of chronic diseases.

December 5, 2016

_MG_1371_895773On the November 29th this year the conference "Active living and healthy aging in Lodz and the region” was held. The aim of the meeting was to summarize the project Healthy Ageing Research Centre (HARC) carried out by the Medical University of Lodz between 2013 and 2016 and to present a new initiative - Lodz Reference Centre established in the framework of the European Innovation Partnership for Active and Healthy Ageing (European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing, EIP AHA).

May 17, 2016

On May 11th, 2016 in the Western Hall of the Medical University, the opening ceremony of the II HARC Conference on Translational Research in Healthy Ageing was held. A large group of guests from Poland and abroad were welcomed by the Rector of the Medical University of Łódź, Prof. Paweł Górski and representatives of the Organizing Committee of the Conference - Professor Lucyna Wozniak, Vice-Rector for Science and Professor Marek L. Kowalski, Coordinator of the Healthy Ageing Research Centre. The aim of the conference was to provide a comprehensive review of current research and the latest developments in the field of healthy and active aging. It was also an opportunity, especially for scientists and clinicians to undertake discussions on the effective use of research findings in clinical practice in some areas of gerontology.

During 3 days of the Conference in sessions took part over 300 participants who were able to listen more than 30 lecturers from over the world. 

March 25, 2016


March 22, 2016

The Workshop on Nucleic Acids in Medicine: perspectives for new diagnostic and therapeutic tools, chaired by Prof. Lucyna Wozniak from the Medical University of Lodz and Prof. Zbigniew Lesnikowski from Institute of Medical Biology ofPolish Academy of Sciences in Lodz, was held on March 10-11, 2016 at the Medical University of Lodz and was primarily aimed to build a synergistic relationship between chemists, molecular biologists and medical doctors in the field of synthesis of modified nucleic acids and their application in biological and medical sciences. This important event was funded by the EU under Framework 7 and convened researchers from Europe to present and discuss the latest progress made in the area of chemistry and applications of nucleic acids.

March 15, 2016

IMG_20160226_120448_234888The 7th Workshop "Molecular Pathology of the Nervous System", organized by HARC in collaboration with the Department of Molecular Pathology and Neuropathology of the Medical University of Lodz took place on February 25th-26th 2016 in the Didactic Centre of the Medical University of Lodz.  The main aim of this workshop was to present the to the Polish and European audience the modern views on the molecular pathogenesis of the neurodegenerative diseases of the nervous system. The workshop guests  included experts from the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Italy. 

March 8, 2016

Prof. Yanusz Wegrowski from the University of Riems visited The Department of Molecular Cell Mechanisms in February 2016.

November 25, 2015

DSC_0027_2_888197Healthy Ageing Research Centre and Medical University of Łódź organized the 5th HARC Workshop “Disregulation of cell-matrix interactions in age-related diseases”. The workshop took place at Medical University of Lodz, on November 5th – 6th, 2015.

September 28, 2015

On September 24th, 2015 the first conference for health professionals "Geriatrics in practice of primary care physicians" was held. It was organized by the Research Centre for Healthy Ageing (Healthy Aging Research Center). The conference was attended by over 100 primary care physicians, nurses and physiotherapists who meet geriatric issues every day. 

September 22, 2015

The aim of the visit was to discuss the experimental results derived in ISOF-CNR Bologna following the stay of two employees of the Department of Structural Biology, Medical University of Łódź, in Dr. Carla Ferreri’s lab.

September 17, 2015

Department of Immunology, Rheumatology and Allergy CSK UM IS (building C5), ul. Pomorska 251, would like to invite Łódź dwellers to a free spirometry and medical consultation which will be held on September 17th, 2015, from 8.00 to 14.30. It is necessary to sign up for an appointment in person or by phone: 42 675 73 35.

May 29, 2015

RHX_4567_270660With a great pleasure we announce that Professor Marek L. Kowalski, chairman of  Department of Immunology, Rheumatology & Allergy of the Medical University of Łódź, director of the Healthy Ageing Research Centre (HARC) at the Medical University of Łódź, has been awarded the international Daniel Bovet Award in Treating and Preventing Allergy.

May 4, 2015

We are seeking a Researcher Experienced in Cellular and Molecular Immunology

April 28, 2015

Between 16th and 18th of April an international conference devoted to the wellbeing and healthy ageing of the elderly was held in Clinical and Didactic Centre of the Medical University of Łódź.

February 23, 2015

An outstanding assembly of 30 world-renowned internal medicine experts will bring their knowledge to the beautiful historic city of Kraków, Poland, on June 5-6, 2015, to deliver engaging, information-packed, and accessible lectures at the McMaster International Review Course in Internal Medicine. The course, organized thanks to an inspiring collaboration between the McMaster University Department of Medicine, Jagiellonian University Medical College, and the Polish Society of Internal Medicine, has been granted 12 European CME credits. Stay current in your field with the most practical, up-to-date, evidence-based knowledge useful in everyday practice. For more details please visit

January 8, 2015

We announce titles of HARC Conference's Sessions.

November 5, 2014

The innovative first meeting of the “Metabolomic Circle” took place on 17th October 2014 and was organized by the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences and Postgraduate Training of the Medical University of Lodz, Seventh Framework Programme REGPOT, Healthy Ageing Research Centre (HARC) and the ABSciex and Leco companies.  

November 5, 2014

On 7th September 2014, in Lodzkie House in Brussels, during the annual European Week of Regions and Cities - Open Days, a symposium was held entitled "Managing Health Inequalities". It was co-organized by the Medical University of Lodz, Regional Office of Lodzkie in Brussels and the Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine in Lodz. 

April 14, 2014

A large component of what shapes our identity is our sense of place - a place to call home, an environment to relate to and a community that embraces every stage of our lives.  The concept of age-friendly communities and cities has been adapted and applied in many different ways worldwide.  Increasingly the term "age-friendly" is an important pillar to the strategic plans of all levels of government.  There is no doubt that building an environment for people of all ages will yield significant social and economic benefits, is it age-friendly or is it inclusive (or is it both)?  

April 4, 2014

The second HARC workshop, “Age-Related Diseases: Mechanisms and New Trends in Treatment and Prevention”, took place on March 27-28th, 2014. 

April 4, 2014


April 4, 2014

The I HARC Scientific Advisory Board meeting was held on February 24th, 2014 in Łódź.

February 4, 2014

Aleksandra Piechota-Polańczyk as a new HARC researcher.

February 4, 2014

The Flow Cytometry Lab is housed in the Department of Immunology, Rheumatology and Allergy, Medical University of Lodz, Room 61 and is operated by Joanna Makowska, PhD, MD and Aleksandra Piechota-Polanczyk, PhD.

February 4, 2014

Two HARC Partners - Prof. Marek L. Kowalski and Prof. Maciej Banach were awarded research grants.

February 4, 2014

Young Researcher, Sylwia Moskwa spent 4 weeks in London at Respiratory Medicine Laboratory at National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College.

October 4, 2013

DSC01678_664077On September 27th, 2013 the Healthy Ageing Research Centre kick off meeting was held in Łódź.

August 30, 2013

On September 27, 2013 the official kick – off meeting will be held. As a part of this event the scientific session “Healthy ageing from basic to clinical care” will be organized. The programme will be available soon. We invite everybody interested in this area to join us at the session.

Research Area 1
August 27, 2013

(Coordinator: Prof. Tomasz Kostka).

Both nutritional status and muscular fitness are predictors of functional capacity in advanced age. Functional status, and, more particularly, capacity to perform basic and instrumental activities of daily living are the most important determinants of quality of life and well-being in the elderly.

Research Area 2
August 27, 2013

(Coordinator: ASSOC. PROF. Beata Sikorska)

Neurodegenerations are chronic, progressive, debilitating diseases that are increasing in prevalence in Europe. Their treatment is, at the very best, only symptomatic, since no specific curative therapies are available. As a result, they present an increasing burden of utmost social impact in aging European societies.

Research Area 3
August 27, 2013

(Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Wojciech Piotrowski)

Chronic respiratory , kidney and cardiovascular disorders are among the most common comorbidities in the elderly. Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Dissease (COPD) are progressive inflammatory diseases of the airways, and their course may be complicated by various co-morbidities (i.e. ischaemic heart disease, heart insufficiency, diabetes, osteoporosis, lung cancer, depression and cognitive disorders).

Research Area 4
August 27, 2013

(Leader: Prof. Jolanta Niewiarowska, Prof. Czesław Cierniewski (†))

Several molecular mechanism are involved in cell senescence. This groups will focus on two selected issues:

  1. different aspects of molecular mechanisms regulating adhesion and migration of endothelial cells during angiogenesis induced by different agent and
  2. oxidativestress-induced DNA damage and dysfunctional telomeres in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis.

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