Professor Krzysztof Bankiewicz graduated and obtained his medical degree from the Collegium Medicum of the Jagiellonian University. In 1996 he defended his Ph.D. thesis entitled “Experimental studies using tissue implantation for Parkinson's disease” at the Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology in Warsaw. In 2011 he was awarded his postdoctoral title (habilitation) in Medical Sciences by the Scientific Council of the Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology in Warsaw. In January 2014 he was awarded the title of the Professor by the President of the Republic of Poland, Bronisław Komorowski.
Between 1983 and 1985, Prof. Bankiewicz completed postgraduate internship at the Department of General Surgery, Medical University of Warsaw, and then resumed his residency at the Neurosurgeon Medical Centre in Warsaw. In 1985 he arrived to the USA where he held a post-doctoral and fellowship positions at the National Institute of Health (NIH), Bethesda, MD. Between 1988 and 1993 he was as a Visiting Scientist and Chief of the Division of CNS Implantation and Regeneration, Surgical Neurology Branch, NIH, NINDS, Bethesda, MD. In 1992–1997 he was employed as a Director of Preclinical Studies in the Somatix Therapy Corporation, Alameda, CA, and Director of the Division of CNS Implantation and Regeneration, the Parkinson's Institute, Sunnyvale, USA. Since 1994 he has been a Scientist in the Laboratory of Functional Imaging, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley, CA. In 1997–2001, he was appointed a Chief of the Molecular Therapeutics Section, NINDS, NIH, Bethesda, MD. In 2000 Prof. Bankiewicz was offered the position of Professor in Residence (tenure) at the Departments of Neurosurgery and Neurology at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF). In 2008 Prof. Bankiewicz was appointed by the UCSF Senate for the position of Kinetics Foundation Chair in Translational Research, UCSF, San Francisco, CA. In 2011 prof. Bankiewicz was appointed Deputy Director of the Neurosurgery Department at the University of California, San Francisco, CA and appointed to the position of Director of the Neuro-Intervention Centre at UCSF. The Centre has the task of introducing the technology and scientific achievements of Prof. Bankiewicz's team into the medical practice. Since 2016 he has been working with the Brodnowski Hospital in Warsaw as the Research Director of the Neuro-Intervention Centre, which is the sister institution of the University of California at San Francisco.
Research history and scientific achievements
Prof. Bankiewicz's research activity, conducted at research centres in the United States of America, has focused on the various aspects of neuroscience and experimental therapy of Parkinson's disease. His areas of interest include studies on viral vectors in the treatment of neurodegenerative and lysosomal diseases; development of new techniques for delivery of stem cells, nanoparticles and viral vectors to the brain (nanoliposomes); research on new brain tumour therapy by precise administration of nanoparticles to the tumour region under real-time MRI guidance; study of levodopa-related dyskinesias. His pioneering research resulted in the award of 12 patents. Professor Bankiewicz published more than 220 original articles and 23 chapters in textbooks published in English, presented more than 1,000 abstracts and delivered over 250 invited plenary lectures at international conferences and congresses. Professor Bankiewicz received 6 scientific awards and was elected an honorary member of the Polish Neurological Society.Due to his pioneering research conducted during the last 30 years, in 2012 Prof. Bankiewicz was granted by the US FDA the consent for the launch of several clinical trials to implement modern technologies in medical practice. Clinical trials refer to brain tumours, Parkinson's disease, genetic defects in children, and the introduction of modern neurosurgery based on magnetic resonance imaging. Professor Bankiewicz is one of the few scientists who are directly responsible for conducting 3 trials of brain gene therapy. Thanks to his experience gained during previous 30 years as an active participant in the medical field, an employee of governmental, industrial and scientific institutions, Prof. Bankiewicz has a unique perspective on implementing modern technology in medical practice in the United States and in Poland.