Professor Andrzej Pilc is a Head of the Department of Neurobiology in the Institute of Pharmacology, Polish Academy of Sciences. He is also a Head of the Department of Drug Economics in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Collegium Medicum of Jagiellonian University. Professor Pilc graduated from medical studies in 1972 in Faculty of Medicine of Medical University in Lódz (MD degree) and in 1977 he defended his Ph.D. thesis in the same institution. In 1982 he was awarded one year post-doctoral fellowship in Synthelabo in Paris, and in 1984 he started his 2-year stay in Medical School of Texas University in Houston. In 1987 he defended his habilitation thesis (D.Sc.) and in the same year he was promoted to the full professor. His scientific interests focus on mechanisms of action of psychotropic drugs with the special attention on anxiolytics and antidepressants. Professor Pilc was the coauthor of the hypothesis of up-regulation of GABA B receptor by the antidepressant drugs. He is currently working on the role of glutamate metabotropic receptors as targets for psychotropic drugs. Professor Pilc published nearly 200 scientific articles in international journals and is among the most cited psychopharmacologists in Poland and in the field of glutamate and antidepressant or anxiolytic drugs- in the world.
Biography Updated on 23 September 2012