Cornerstone Ceremony

On October 25, 2010, in Kajetany, took place the ceremonial laying of the Cornerstone for the construction of the World Partial Deafness Treatment Center. In the meeting and accompanying scientific conference participated about 150 persons, amongst them representatives of science, medicine, politics and economy, as well as friends and supporters of the Institute.

The illustrious guests who honored the Kajetany ceremony with their presence included recognized authorities and personalities, including Minister Adam Fronczak – from the Ministry of Health, dr Jacek Paszkiewicz – President of the National Health Fund, Prof. Michał Kleiber – Presedent of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Prof. Andrzej Górski – Vice-president of the Polish Academy of Sciences, dr Henryk Smolarz – President of the Agricultural Social Insurance Fund, Prof. Leszek Rafalski – President of the Main Council of the Research Institutes, Prof. Włodzimierz Kurnik - Rector of the Warsaw University of Technology, Prof. Marek Krawczyk - Rector of the Medical University of Warsaw, Prof. Stanisław Moryto - Rector of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music.

We have been honored also by the presence of the representatives of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, and the Presidium and Divisions of the Polish Academy of Sciences, rectors, present and past deans of universities from Warsaw and other cities, representatives of central authorities, scientific, economic and non-governmental organizations and institutions. In the ceremony participated also the representatives of local authorities of Warsaw and Mazowieckie voivodeship and Nadarzyn town council.

The Cornerstone ceremony was opened by Prof. Henryk Skarżyński, who cordially welcomed the guests on behalf of the team of the Institute of Physiology and Pathology of Hearing. He presented the idea of creation and implementation of the program of the partial deafness treatment. Its beginning was the first in the world cochlear implant surgery in the partially deaf adult patient, performed by prof. H. Skarżyński in the Institute of Physiology and Pathology of Hearing on July 12th, 2002. Two years later Prof. Skarżyński implanted, for the first time in the world, a child with similar hearing defect. These novel treatment methods stirred up great interest around the world as they create a chance of helping many patients with such hearing loss, giving them a chance to function in the society without any restraint. These surgeries initiated the new directions of scientific and organizational development. One of them was the program of creating the World Partial Deafness Treatment Center, started in 2009.

Next, the invited lecturers representing different research and development and clinical units presented lectures on various possibilities of developing the program of partial deafness treatment. Prof. Krzysztof Kurzydłowski, from the Warsaw University of Technology, talked about the nanotechnology in production of the new materials for hearing improving surgeries, Prof. Andrzej Czyżewski from the Grańsk University of Technology presented the perspectives of application of the micro-electro-mechanical circuits in treatment of hearing and balance dysfunctions, Prof. Jan Szmidt from the Warsaw University of Technology talked about modeling of the physiological phenomena of the auditory pathway, Prof. Jan Maria Wójcicki from the Nałęcz Institute of Biocybernetics and Biomedical Engineering about new technologies for the universal hearing screening and Prof. Krzysztof Zaremba from the Warsaw University of Technology about the possibilities of the fMRI imaging of the auditory pathways. The scientific program included also presentations of the representatives of the Institute of Physiology and Pathology of Hearing: Prof. Krzysztof Kochanek on organization of the universal screening examinations of hearing, vision and speech in Poland and other countries, dr Arkadiusz Wąsowski on modern telemedical solutions in audiology, Ms Agnieszka Pankowska MSc on novel technologies for telerehabilitation of hearing and speech, dr Agnieszka Pollak on organization of the Bank of Ear Tissues and Fluids, dr Artur Lorens on the phenomenon of the electro-acoustic stimulation in the partial deafness treatment, dr Agata Szkiełkowska on development of voice and speech in cochlear implant users.

Second part of the ceremony took place at the construction site of the World Partial Deafness Treatment Center and started with signing of the Erection Act. Prof. H. Skarżyński read the Act aloud for all guests: "From the initiative of Prof. Henryk Skarżyński, MD, PhD – Director of the Institute of Physiology and Pathology of Hearing and all individuals joined by the idea of creating a unit setting new, highest global standards in the treatment of hearing disorders – hear in Poland, in Kajetany, will arise the World Partial Deafness Treatment Center”.

In the presence of the representatives of Polish authorities, both Chambers of the Parliament, local authorities, scientific and medical circles, non-governmental organizations and invited guests, friends and the team of the Institute of Physiology and Pathology of Hearing the Erection Act has been signed by: Minister Adam Fronczak – Ministry of Health, Prof. Michał Kleiber – President of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Prof. Jerzy Woy-Wojciechowski – President of the Polish Medical Society, Waldemar Roszkiewicz – Vice-marshall of the Mazowieckie voivodeship, Elżbieta Smolińska – Prefect of the Pruszków district, Janusz Grzyb – Mayor of the Nadarzyn municipality and Prof. Marek Rogowski – Chairman of the Scientific Council of the Institute of Physiology and Pathology of Hearing and Prof. Henryk Skarżyński – Director of the Institute of Physiology and Pathology of Hearing.

The Erection Act has been signed also by the team of the Institute of Physiology and Pathology of Hearing.

After the ceremonial building in of the Erection Act each guest placed his name-plaque on the symbolic wall and received from the hands of Prof. Henryk Skarżyński a commemorative building brick. The name-plaques will be placed on the wall of the patio in the World Partial Deafness Treatment center.

The Opening of the World Partial Deafness Treatment Center is planned in 2013. We trust that the newly created Center will be a heart of the world otosurgery, audiology, phoniatrics and rehabilitation, a place where innovative research, clinical and teaching programs are developed and realized.

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