Anna Czlonkowska

Anna Czlonkowska

Professor Anna Czlonkowska MD PhD finished Medical Academy in Warsaw in 1966. Since 1969 she has been working at the Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology in Warsaw. Initially she was engaged at the Neuroimmunology Laboratory in the Department of Genetics; at the same time she was practicing neurology at the Neurological Department of the Institute. In 1975 she became a specialist in clinical neurology. From 1985 to 2013 she was professor and head of the Second Department of Neurology. From the 1990s she was also employed at the Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology, Medical University of Warsaw. She has gained a number of fellowships, for example, at Guy’s Hospital in London, Department of Experimental Neuropathology and Neuroimmunology, Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry in Munich and Martinsried in Germany, as well as the Department of Neurology, University of Illinois at Chicago. Wilson disease was her clinical and research topic from when she started neurology. Due to her sustained efforts, the Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology is the reference center in Poland. Her group has more than 800 cases in registry, and most have remained under their care. She has published extensively on the management and investigation of such patients and, in particular, on a comparison of treatment with D-penicillamine and zinc. She is the coauthor of the European Association for the Study of the Liver Clinical Practice Guidelines for Wilson’s Disease, published in 2012. She chaired the expert panel which produced the Unified Wilson’s Disease Rating Scale (2007) to assess neurologic and functional deficit. Her other main interests are stroke and neuroimmunology, especially investigation on multiple sclerosis and inflammation in neurodegeneration. She is national coordinator of several academic and industry-sponsored clinical studies in the field of stroke, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and Wilson disease. From 1998 to 2008 she coordinated the National Stroke Programs for Prevention and Treatment of Stroke. Thanks to these initiatives, a stroke unit network was developed in Poland and intravenous thrombolysis was introduced to clinical practice. She was president of the Polish Society of Neurology from 1996 to 1999, and president of the Central and East European Stroke Society from 2005 to 2008. Professor Anna Czlonkowska is a member of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Polish Academy of Science, fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, and a member of many international professional organizations. She has supported more than 40 doctoral theses from her team; many of these students obtained further medical degrees and are employed in independent positions as heads of departments of neurology all over the country.

Affiliations and Expertise

2nd Department of Neurology, Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology, Warsaw, Poland


Editors: Anna Czlonkowska & Michael Schilsky Release Date: 01 May 2017
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