Tag Archive for Hebrew University

Israeli Researchers from Hebrew University Synthesize Cancer-Fighting Molecule

Molecule triggers reaction in crucial enzyme allows cancer-infected cells to become more receptive to accepting treatment & enhances the effectiveness of cancer-treating drugs. 

By Tova Dvorin


Hebrew University researchers have pinpointed the process by which tumors become resistant to cancer treatments, according to NoCamels, paving the way for significant changes in cancer-treating drugs.

While Israel has developed several anti-cancer drugs, not every patient will benefit from every drug; the correct cancer treatment for any given person must be individualized. Research has thus focused heavily on determining why certain tumors reject specific treatments – and how to universalize anti-cancer drugs to become more and more accessible. Continue Reading »

Archaeologists may have found King David’s Palace

Three buildings dated back to the 10th century BCE have been unearthed by archaeologists – and one of them may have been King David’s palace.

By David Lev


Three unique public buildings, the first of their kind ever found in the Judea area, have been unearthed by Hebrew University and Archaeology Authority archaeologists in the past year, it was revealed Thursday. The buildings date to the tenth century before the Common Era – the period in which King David reigned in Jerusalem.

An aerial view of the Khirbet Qeiyafa dig – Skyview/Archaeological Authority


And in fact, say Hebrew University archaeologist Yossi Garfinkel and Archaeology Authority official Saar Ganor, one of the buildings is indeed a palace used by King David himself. Continue Reading »

Hebrew University & University of Singapore Create Joint PhD Program

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem & the National University of Singapore are launching a joint advanced biomedical science degree.



The National University of Singapore (NUS) and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem are launching a Joint Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree program in biomedical science beginning in August 2013.


Hebrew University, Campus Mount Scopus – Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons


Prof. Tan Eng Chye, Deputy President (Academic Affairs) and Provost at National University of Singapore, and Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson, President of the Hebrew University, signed the joint degree agreement at NUS, in the presence of Ambassador of Israel to Singapore Her Excellency Amira Arnon and 30 invited guests. Continue Reading »

Boston Hospital Chief Credits Israel With Setting Up Disaster Team

The terrorist attack at last week’s Boston Marathon was unprecedented for the city’s doctors – but they were prepared, thanks to Israel.



Minutes after a terrorist attack killed three at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, doctors and nurses at the city’s hospitals faced a harrowing scene – severed limbs, burned bodies, shrapnel buried in skin.

Alastair Conn, Chief of Emergency Services at Massachusetts General Hospital. -  Photo Screenshot.

Alastair Conn, Chief of Emergency Services at Massachusetts General Hospital. – Photo Screenshot.

For Boston doctors, the challenge presented by last week’s bombing was unprecedented – but they were prepared.

Many of the city’s hospitals have doctors with actual battlefield experience. Continue Reading »

New Music video wins Hebrew U. students tickets to Obama’s Jerusalem speech

WATCH: Talia Schein & Shir Ariely  cover Carly Rae Jepsen’s hit song “Call Me Maybe,” winning them tickets to Obama’s speech on Thursday.


Two Hebrew University students won tickets to United States President Barack Obama’s highly anticipated speech in Jerusalem Thursday evening with a homemade music video asking the president to “Invite, us maybe?” sung to the tune of the Carly Rae Jepsen hit “Call Me Maybe.”

Carly Rae Jepsen on stage.

Carly Rae Jepsen on stage at the American Music Awards in 2012. – Photo by AP

Shir Ariely, 22, and Talia Schein, 21, are among the 20 winners of a contest for tickets held last week through the U.S. Continue Reading »

Jerusalem’s Hebrew U. may have found cure for malaria

The Israelis are proposing a new medical treatment that would interfere with mosquito’s bite, strip the parasite of its ability to fool the immune system, which could then fully defeat the infection.

By  Michael Selutin


Researchers at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University have successfully identified a unique biological deception used by the parasite that causes malaria and believe they can use this new-found knowledge to defeat the disease.

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Over a million people around the world die from malaria each year.

Malaria is caused by the Plasmodium parasite, which is transmitted by mosquitoes, making it very difficult to prevent infection. Once inside the body, the parasite is able to alter red blood cells and thereby bypass the patient’s immune system. Continue Reading »

Intel Opens Computational Intelligence Center in Israel

Collaborative project brings together experts from Haifa Technion and Hebrew University, with initial $15M 5-year budget.


Citing Israel’s “tremendous intellectual talent,” Intel has opened a center for Computational Intelligence (CI) research in Israel, with the collaboration of the Haifa Technion and Hebrew University. “It was only natural that when we started to think about where we’d might locate a new research institute that we’d want to look at Israel,” Justin Rattner, Intel’s Chief Technology Officer, told Arutz Sheva.

The purpose of the Intel Collaborative Research Institute for Computational Intelligence is broadly described as the study of future interaction between people and computers. Continue Reading »

Hebrew University Scientists Create ‘Sight’ Method for Blind

Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have developed a device that enables blind people to “see.”

Dr. Amir Amedi of the Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences and the Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada at the Hebrew University, and PhD student Ella Striem-Amit used in the research a sensory substitution device (SSD) called “The vOICe,” developed by Dr. Peter Meijer of Holland.

The device converts images from a minature camera into soundscapes, allowing the user to listen to and then interpret the visual information coming from the camera. It also enables those using the system to “read” an eye chart with letter sizes smaller than those used in determining the international standard for blindness. Continue Reading »

The Israeli pharmacologist who kick-started marijuana research

‘Working in a small country certainly has its positive aspects,’ Raphael Mechoulam says. ‘It couldn’t have happened in the United States.’

If some 7,000 Israelis can fill a prescription for marijuana to ease pain and enhance appetite, it’s only because half a century ago, Hebrew University Prof. Raphael Mechoulam isolated and synthesized THC, the main psychoactive compound in the cannabis plant.

Speaking at his office in the Department for Medicinal Chemistry and Natural Products at the Hadassah-Hebrew University medical school, theoctogenarian pharmacologist explains that scientists as far back as the 1800s realized the beneficial effects of pot but legal problems stifled serious study. Continue Reading »