UNESCO Chair in Cryobiology

The Chair was established in 1998 at the Institute for Problems of Cryobiology & Cryomedicine of the National Academy of Sciences of the Ukraine (Kharkov, Ukraine) under UNESCO aegis.

The Chair is headed by Academician of the National Academy of Sciences of the Ukraine, Director of the Institute for Problems of Cryobiology & Cryomedicine of the National Academy of Sciences of the Ukraine Anatoliy Goltsev and foreign member of the National Academy of Sciences of the Ukraine, Prof. Barry Fuller (London, United Kingdom) .

The leading Chair staff as well comprises: Prof. Colin Green (UK), Prof. Georgy A. Babijchuk (Ukraine), Prof. John Baust (USA), Prof. Sajio Sumida (Japan), Prof. Mericka (Czech Republic), Prof. Locksley McGann (Canada), Yevgeniya I. Smolyaninova (Ukraine).

The Chair activity is based on UNESCO principles, supported by the Presidium of National Academy of Sciences of the Ukraine and Committee on UNESCO Affairs in Ukraine.

The activity of the Chair is backed by The International Medical Education Trust 2000 (IMET 2000).

The main aim of the Chair establishment is the support of international and national fundamental researches in cryobiology and cryomedicine. Tight scientific contacts between the Chair and leading research biological and medical world centres allow to conduct regularly the exchange of specialists, contribute to a dissemination of knowledge in the field of cryobiology and cryomedicine and teaching the foreign post-graduate students. In the work at the Chair mainly young scientists and experts in various fields of biology, medicine and relative sciences are involved, that allows the performing of unique interdisciplinary studies.

Scientific direction of the Chair is the development of modern and improvement of existing cryopreservation techniques for biological objects of various organisation levels, meeting the world standards, and their long-term storage in Low-Temperature Bank of biological objects, being the part of the Institute for Problems of Cryobiology & Cryomedicine of the National Academy of Sciences of the Ukraine, with keeping all the requirements of European Association of Tissue Banks. To the base of used cryopreservation methods there was laid the world experience of long-term storage of biological objects, as well as developments of the Institute for Problems of Cryobiology & Cryomedicine of the National Academy of Sciences of the Ukraine, scientific topic of which is the study of low temperature effect on biological objects.

A special attention is paid to the establishment of cryobanks of organs, tissues and cells of humans and animals, gene fond of rare and endangered species of plants and animals, designing of new medicines.

One of the priority directions of the Chair activity is versatile exchange of scientific information to introduce the obtained knowledge and experience into practice with the aim of the improvement of health and life quality of the population.

The Chair constantly contributes to an increase of professional level of its collaborators by assisting them in finding the possibilities of training in leading R&D centres of Europe and those of funding for participation in international scientific conferences, symposia, congresses, workshops.

Nowadays the UNESCO Chair comprises 15 professors, 20 candidates of sciences and 28 post-graduate students of the following departments of the Institute:

  • cryobiology of reproductive systems;
  • cryophysiology;
  • cryopathophysiology;
  • biochemistry of cold adaptation;
  • cryoimmunology;
  • cryobiology of neurohumoral systems;
  • experimental cryomedicine;
  • cryomorphology;
  • cryocytology;
  • cryobiophysics;
  • cryobiochemistry;
  • low-temperature bank of biological objects;
  • cryoprotectants;
  • long-term storage of biological objects under low temperatures;
  • low-temperature preservation.

23, Pereyaslavskaya str., Kharkov, Ukraine 61015
Institute for Problems of Cryobiology and Cryomedicine of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
Tel: +380 57 373 4143,   373 3807,   373 3039;     Fax: +380 57 373 3084
E-mail: cryo@online.kharkov.ua