About the Polish Peptide Community | Peptide Research Groups in Poland

There is abundant evidence that peptides and proteins are molecules fundamental to the life phenomenon. They play many remarkable biological functions, ranging from transportantion, storage, neurotransmission, hormonal regulation to catalytic or antibiotic activities. Nowadays many research workers in academia and industry are engaged in research concerning all aspects of peptide chemistry, biochemistry and biology. Their activity focused on the isolation and characterization of new peptides, synthesis of biologically important peptides, development of chemical methods for the synthesis of peptides, structure-activity relationship studies, conformational studies, mechanism of action studies, combinatorial chemistry, immunology, proteome and peptidome research, peptide design and discovery of new peptides as a pharmaceutical agents.

In Poland, more than 200 research workers from about twenty groups are involved in peptide research. Their interests focused on the chemical synthesis of new amino acids and peptides, pharmacology, biochemistry and immunology of biologically active peptides. All aspects of peptide and amino acid chemistry and biology are presented and discussed on the Polish Peptide Symposia which have become the main forum for exchanging views by polish peptide researchers. The first Polish Peptide Symposium, organized by prof. Gotfryd Kupryszewski, took place in Gdańsk in 1967. Since the second symposium, which took place in 1973 in Wdzydze near Gdansk, the Polish Peptide Symposia are organized every second year.


In the middle of 2005, due to the growing interest in peptide and peptide-related research, the website of the Polish Peptide Community (PPC) was established as the new forum for exchanging views by the polish peptide researchers. The website of the PPC provides a forum for advancing and promoting knowledge of the chemistry, biochemistry and biology of peptides. The PPC website offers an opportunity to exchange opinions and discuss matters/problems relating to research connected with any aspect of peptide science. The PPC forum is an opportunity for young peptide scientists, to encourage collaboration between various research areas and to accelerate the international exchange of peptide scientists.

The page dedicated to the 50th Anniversary of the first Polish Peptide Symposium is available [here].

The next 24th Polish Peptide Symposium will be held by Sylwia Rodziewicz-Motowidło in Jastrzębia Góra (near Gdańsk) from September 3-7, 2017.

The Polish Representative to the Council of the European Peptide Society for the period 2014-2016 is professor Zbigniew Szewczuk from the Department of Chemistry, University of Wrocław, e-mail: szewczuk@wchuwr.pl.

On April 18, 2015 Professor Ignacy Z. Siemion, one of the pioneers of peptide chemistry in Poland and as well as one of founders of Polish Peptide Community, passed away. Page "In memoriam of Prof. Ignacy Z. Siemion" is placed [here].

On January 17, 2015 Professor Stefan Jankowski, the Dean of the Faculty of Chemistry of Lódź University of Technology passed away. Page "In memoriam of Prof. Stefan Jankowski" is placed [here].

On November 27, 2014 Professor Andrzej W. Lipkowski, a visionary scientist, a great man and a caring mentor and friend to many of us, passed away. Page "In memoriam of Prof. Andrzej W. Lipkowski" is placed [here].

On May 30, 2007 Professor Mirosław T. Leplawy, one of the founders of polish peptide science, passed away. More importantly, he was a mentor, scientific father and friend to many of us. Page "In memoriam of Prof. Mirosław T. Leplawy" is placed [here].