I mourn for Dr. Andrzej W. Lipkowski's sudden death from bottom of my heart recollecting what we have done together.
I was very sad to hear Andrzej Lipkowski passed away. First I met him in Victor Hruby’s laboratory in Tucson, Arizona in 1988, where we were postdocs at that time. My research topic was opioid peptides and morphine alkaloids, so I was very interested in working with him in this topic. Because of well known the Polish-Hungarian friendship, we became good friends; on the other hand he was my mentor in the opioid pharmacology.
Andrzej Lipkowski was my scientific colleague. His field was chemical synthesis of opioid compounds including peptides and testing of their biological action. I was involved in molecular modeling studies trying to deduce pharmacophores responsible for opioid-like action of peptides. When we first met, I already knew of his work on biphalin, the elegant dimer of enkephalin peptides he invented. I knew also of his contribution to development of potent non-peptide opioid-related compounds. In a word, I regarded him as one of the most talented scientists in peptide research. But for me he was not only an esteemed colleague, he was a dear friend.
With deep grief and bereavement
we hereby inform that
Prof. Andrzej W. Lipkowski,
Director of Mossakowski Medical Research Centre Polish Academy of Sciences,
Originator and Head of Department of Neuropeptides,
passed away suddenly
on November 27, 2014
Professor Andrzej W. Lipkowski MD, PhD, an eminent chemist-researcher and chemist-synthetist who made perfect use of his chemical expertise in medical research, both experimental and clinical. Prof. Andrzej W. Lipkowski was a scholar with immense and impressive scientific achievements while being an excellent organizer of unique cooperative and management skills collaborating with numerous scientific centers and large-scale scientific research teams. He initiated and coordinated scientific clusters aimed at the promotion of practical implementation of biomedical research results.
Prof. Lipkowski received many scientific awards, national and international commendation medals including The Prime Minister’s Award for scientific achievements.
We share the grief with Professor’s Family and Friends with deepest sympathy and condolence. We have lost the man of great heart and mind.
Scientific Council, Authorities and Employees
of Mossakowski Medical Research Centre
Polish Academy of Sciences
XII International Symposium "Molecular Basis of Pathology and Therapy in Neurological Disorders" organized by Mossakowski Medical Research Centre PAS, will be held on 20-21 November 2014 in Warsaw. More information about the Symposium and detailed scientific program can be found on website: http://cnswarsaw2014.com