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Department of Low Temperature Bank of Biological Objects
Research Fellows:

The head of the Department is the Winner of State Prize of Ukraine in the field of science and technique Dr. Olga S. Prokopyuk.
As to the development extent of cryogenic technologies we can judge with a high probability about science and technique development in this country. It is quite reasonable to suppose that the solving of scientific and technical tasks about a work organization of low temperature banks, the improvement of cryopreservation methods and biological objects storage at liquid nitrogen temperature is of a great scientific and applied value.

Head of the Department
Olga S. Prokopyuk
DSc (Med)

Current low temperature bank is a complicated system of closely connected with each other trends of the work: these are the scientific elaboration and the improvement of biological objects freezing methods; an adequate estimation of the biological material integrity extent; the organizational and technical measures, providing a long- term storage of biological materials under low temperatures.

At the Institute for Problems of Cryobiology and Cryomedicine of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine there has existed for more than 30 years the low temperature bank of biological objects, where 9 collaborators headed by Academician of Academy of Sciences of Ukraine V.I. Grischenko work.

The work of low temperature bank is organised according to the principles of European Tissue Bank Association.

In 2002 by the order of Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine to Low temperature bank was given the status of the National endowment of Ukraine.

Considerable accumulation of various cryopreserved biological objects of embryo fetoplacental complex, of allogeneic and xenogeneic origin, the creation of the biological materials collection: from plant seeds to microorganism strains, became possible at the Institute, where for a long time period there are in progress complex scientific programs on the basis of fundamental investigations in cryobiology.

One of the perspective trends of the bank work is the creation of haemopoietic cells strategic stock and preparations, which contain stem cells. Nowadays as the Institute modern biotechnologies are under development as to receiving, survival and usage of cellular and tissue cryoprotectants. The activity of low temperature bank of the Institute is orientated to the producing of valuable transplantation material, that is provided with special cryoprotective media and by developed freezing regimens.

Proceeding from the results of the work were performed and 9 doctor and 12 candidate theses were defended, there were presented a lot of publications, 28 Ukraine patents and author's certificates were recorded, the State Prize of Ukraine in the field of science and technique was given.


23, Pereyaslavskaya str., Kharkov, Ukraine 61016
Institute for Problems of Cryobiology and Cryomedicine of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
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