Andrej O. Župančič Memorial Lecture

On Professor Andrej O. Župančič

Professor Andrej O. Župančič (27. januar 1916 - 3. december 2007) was the founder and the first Head of the Institute of Pathophysiology at the University of Ljubljana Faculty of Medicine, Slovenia. Under his guidance, the institute became a center of internationally renowned neuroscience research in Slovenia. Being a fascinating person, he attracted many young scientists into this field and incited neuroscience research also in other university and clinical institutions. He was the first Honorary member of SiNAPSA, accepting our invitation when the society was very young, giving its mission his wholehearted support.


Professor Župančič passed away in 2007 and the organizers of the SNC'11 together with his former students and friends in Slovenia dedicate this lecture to his memory.

On A.O. Župančič Memorial Lecturer: Professor Palmer Taylor

Most of the scientific activities of Prof. Andrej O. Župančič were dedicated to the cholinergic system and in particular to the structure-function relationship of the acetylcholinesterase. It is therefore quite appropriate that a lecture dedicated to his memory is given by a scientist who is highly recognized and excells in this field. Hardly anybody fits this description better than Palmer Taylor, Sandra and Monroe Trout Professor of Pharmacology and Dean of Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California, San Diego. Besides being the author of numerous papers in the most prestigious journals, he is also contributor of the chapters on the cholinergic system in the most reputable handbooks and textbooks like Goodman and Gillman's Pharmacological basis of therapeutics or Basic Neurochemistry. Together with his group he also reported (Nature, 1986) the complete amino-acid sequence of the acetylcholinesterase, which is one of the most important landmarks in the cholinergic system investigations.

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