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New Compound Kills Cancer Cells

BIU researchers have discovered that an enzyme normally found only in sperm cells is the same one that enables cancer cells to metastasize throughout the body, and devised a synthetic compound to disable it.

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Medical Nanotech Project

October 2017

With the potential of speeding cures for diseases as diverse as cancer, autism and eye disease, Bar-Ilan University Professor Rachela Popovtzer was chosen, from among dozens of research groups world-wide, to head up the European Union (EU) nTrack project, part of EU’s Horizon 2020 research program.

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Playing with SQUIDs

August 17, 2017

Why was a nice Jewish boy from Teaneck handling SQUIDs for seven weeks this summer? Don’t worry. He wasn’t working with the decidedly non-kosher shellfish. Ari Krischer was working in Dr. Beena Kalisky’s lab at Bar-Ilan, testing superconducting quantum interference devices.

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Medical School Partnerships

August 2015

The positive impact that the BIU Medical School is now having on improving healthcare in the Galilee and strengthening medical research worldwide was recently recognized through a major grant by Israel’s Council for High Education and partnership funding by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries.

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Kidney Tumor Gene

June 2015

An important link between the Lin28 gene and Wilms Tumor has recently been identified by Dr. Achia Urbach, a senior lecturer at BIU. Wilms Tumor comes about due to the improper development of the kidney during the fetal stage, and is the most common form of kidney cancer in children.

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Shingles Research

June 2015

In what promises to be a major breakthrough in the treatment of shingles, scientists at Bar-Ilan have been the first to recreate the dormant/active behavior of the varicella zoster virus (VZV), which causes chicken pox. Shingles, which afflicts tremendous pain on millions of adults every year, is caused by a “similar” virus.

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DNA Robots

May 2015

In its first cooperative venture with a professor at an Israeli university, Pfizer has announced that it will be collaborating with BIU Prof. Ido Bachelet on his research project that will enable DNA robots to deliver medical proteins to designated tissue.

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Nir Reveals Protein Trio

May 2015

A “trio” of proteins that appear to play a pivotal role in the onset of various cancers has been revealed by Uri Nir, Director of the Nano Medicine Center at the Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials at Bar-Ilan. Nir is now proceeding to develop novel anti-cancer drugs that will target key regulators.

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Bilha Fischer Tumor Research

March 2015

When it comes to cancer of the breast, there’s a problem: the initial diagnosis sometimes marks the beginning of a long process, in which doctors struggle to identify the best therapeutic approach.

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Inhibiting Cancer Cells

March 2015

Dr. Michael Blank’s father’s death set him on a career path to be part of a research team that discovered a tumor suppressor gene called Smurf2, and now pursue his quest to understand the origin of cancer cells as assistant professor and senior lecturer at the Bar-Ilan University (BIU) Medical School in Safed.

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Creating a DNA Vaccine for Alzheimer’s Disease

November 2014

As we age, there’s a normal decline of cognitive function, but by age 65, about one sixth of the population exhibits the creeping dementia associated with Alzheimer’s. Dr. Okun and his research team are fighting that trend.

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Fixler Detecting Cancer with Gold

October 2014

Using gold particles as a diagnostic tool, Dr. Dror Fixler and his team at the Advanced Light Microscopy Laboratory at BIU have created a non-invasive optical system to detect cancer of the head, neck, tongue and throat. It has proven itself during its first human tests. 

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BIU Lens To Offer Tactile Sight For The Blind

May 2014

Prof. Zeev Zalevsky, head of the Electro-Optics study program at Bar-Ilan’s Faculty of Engineering, has developed a bionic contact lens that has tremendous potential to enable the blind to see. It processes digital images and translates them into tactile sensations, allowing him or her to form a picture.

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Peres Hears About Research Breakthroughs at Gonda Brain Center

March 2014

A major highlight of President Shimon Peres’ recent visit to Bar-Ilan was seeing firsthand the cutting-edge research work taking place at the Gonda (Goldschmied) Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center, which has been generously supported by the Gonda Family through a gift to AFBIU.

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Loving Touch is Critical for Premature Infants

January 2014

The benefit that premature infants gain from skin-to-skin contact with their mothers is measurable even 10 years after birth, according to BIU Prof. Ruth Feldman of the faculty of Bar-Ilan’s Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center.

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