Poles Contributing to Medical Research Worldwide

Poland has their fair share of outstanding researchers, scientists, and others, who were based in the United Kingdom. From geneticists to immunologists, to specialists in oncology, British-Polish scientists have stood out amongst the medical and scientific world. In fact, one specific British-Polish biologist - now residing in the United States with a Canadian citizenship - is a Nobel Prize laureate and Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School. Jack William Szostak’s research has been a monumental influence and help towards the Human Genome Project, for which he received a Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. Born in London to a Polish family, the biologist constructed the first yeast artificial chromosome, which helps map genes in mammals.

Other UK Poles to stand out in the medical field - whether it is for research or otherwise - have been Welsh-born Leszek Borysiewicz who now serves as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge after serving as the Chief Executive of the UK’s Medical Research Council; Janusz Jankowski, born in Scotland to Polish refugees, and holds a Professorship at the Queen Mary University of London and a Doctorate of Medicine in Molecular Medicine; and Karol Sikora, an oncology specialist and, amongst his many roles (including Director of Medical Oncology at the Bahamas Cancer Center), is also the dean of the University of Buckingham’s medical school.

Without a doubt, Polish refugees from the Second World War in the United Kingdom have proved that their work has been more than welcome in the UK’s research in specialised medicine and their work has contributed to making medical investigation move forward for a better healthcare not only in the UK, but around the world.