Katarzyna Starowicz, PhD was born in 1976 in Cracow, Poland. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the Dept. of Pain Pharmacology, Institute of Pharmacology Polish Academy of Sciences, Cracow. She was awarded a MSc degree in from the Jagiellonian University in 2000. In October the same year, she was awarded an open position under The Utrecht University International Doctoral Programm and in April 2005 successfully presented a PhD in Pharmacology at the Utrecht University, the Netherlands. In 2005 she became a postdoctoral fellow under Prof. Vincenzo Di Marzo supervision at the Endacannabinoid Research Group ICB CNR, Pozzuoli, Italy. Upon reintegration after her stay in Italy and fostering cooperation with her former host institution Dr Starowicz was awarded a “Homing” research grant by the Foundation for Polish Science allowing her to combine her new research interests in TRPV1receptor/endovanilloid system with a wide range of problems addressed towards neuropathic pain in Prof. Barbara Przewlocka’s group. Dr Starowicz’s personality, notable intercommunication skills, positive attitude and inclination to team work might be gratifying to the Society while fulfilling her duty of the International Secretary. Moreover she has an expertise in organizing past and future (EMBO Oct 2010 and EOC April 2011) meetings. She is a member of e.g. ENC, ICRS, IASP and NeuPSIG.