Academician Dr. Vladislav Panchenko, President of the SPIE Russia Chapter from 1996 to 2005, has been assigned as President of the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR) according to a decree of the Russian Government.
The RFBR provides on a competitive basis financial support to individual scientists and research teams, enabling them to select research topics independently, to set up academic teams, and to concentrate resources on the most promising research projects. The RFBR cooperates with many institutions in Europe and Asia, and with the National Science Foundation and Civil Research and Development Foundation in the United States.
Panchenko, a leading professional in high power CO2 laser research, medical physics, smart medical laser systems for oncology and general surgery and laser information technologies for material treatment and biomedical applications, is an SPIE Fellow, editor of numerous Proceedings of SPIE volumes, and chair of many SPIE international meetings on industrial lasers.
In May 2008 Panchenko wae elected as a Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences.