Department of Medical Genetics
The Children's Memorial Health Institute
Al. Dzieci Polskich 20
Professor Malgorzata Krajewska-Walasek has been the head of the Department of Medical Genetics since 1991. She graduated from the Poznan Medical University and gained experience in paediatrics prior to commencing training in clinical genetics in 1978. Her areas of special interests are dysmorphic syndromes, with respect to delineation of the phenotype, natural history, and study of their molecular/cytogenetic pathogenesis. Aside from clinical and genetic aspects of these studies, the main objective of her work is dissemination of awareness of dysmorphic syndromes among primary care neonatologists, peadiatricians, and clinical geneticists, thus allowing the earlier diagnosis of these diseases in the Polish population. Since 1978 her own research interest is mainly associated with Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome—from long-term follow up of these patients and treatment, through pre- and postnatal biochemical and genetic analyses, to estimation of the incidence and prevalence in the Polish population.
Professor Krajewska-Walasek regularly organizes educational meetings for clinical geneticists and paediatricians including the Dysmorphological Meeting (3 per year), the International Training Course on “Clinical and Molecular Dysmorphology” (in 2004) to promote European cooperation in improvement of dysmorphological education of some rare genetic disorders, and also promotes young researchers (6 biologists and 2 physicians have obtained Ph.D. degrees under her supervision).
She is the chairman of the Commission on Medical Genetics of the Committee on Human Genetics and Molecular Pathology, a member of the Commission on Neurogenetics of the Committee on Neurological Sciences and of the Commission on Birth Defects of the Committee on Human Development of the Polish Academy of Science.