Department of Histology & Embryology

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Department of Histology & Embryology  Medical University of Silesia
40-752 Katowice, ul. Medyków 18
tel: +48 32 2088 363, fax: +48 32 2526574


The organization of the Department of Histology and Embryology is strictly related to both scientific and teaching activity.

Two research units are included in the Department:

·         histology unit (head: Prof. Ryszard Wiaderkiewicz, PhD, DSc) is currently in possession of four laboratories to carry out the following procedures; biochemical studies, analysis of proteins and nucleic acids, maintaining cell cultures, digital morphometric analysis of microscopic images

·         cytophysiology unit (head: Piotr Czekaj, PhD, DSc) has 3 well equipped laboratories: immunohistochemical, histochemical and morphological (microanatomical with confocal microscope).

Histology Unit

       The current molecular and structural studies concern the following topics:

·        Analysis of  rat hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axis in the context of its pharmacomodulation with GnRH analogs

·         Effects on neuroleptics on regulatory neuropeptides expression in the rat brain

·         Neurobiochemical aspects of antidepressants action under condition of EM-field exposure

·         Pharmacomodulation of adult neurogenesis with a special attention to non canonical sites such as hypothalamus



The teaching staff conducts the following classes for the Polish Students;

HISTOLOGY (Ist and IInd Year, Medical Faculty) – head; Danuta Plewka, PhD

BASIC NEUROHISTOLOGY (Id Year, Neurobiology) – head; Artur Pałasz, PhD

MORHOLOGICAL ASPECTS IN DIAGNOSTICS OF BREAST DISEASES (optional lectures; IVth and Vth Year, Medical Faculty) -  supervised by Artur Pałasz, PhD

and for the Foreign Students – in English:

HISTOLOGY (Ist  Year, Medical Faculty) – head; Ryszard Wiaderkiewicz, PhD, DSc

EMBRYOLOGY (IInd Year, Medical Faculty) – head; Ryszard Wiaderkiewicz, PhD, DSc

HISTORY OF MEDICINE (Ist Year Premedical-HMI) – head: Artur Pałasz, PhD



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