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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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Nano Antimicrobials

December 2013

Millions of people get sick from bacterial infections contracted during a hospital stay that in some cases also cause or contribute to over 100,000 preventable deaths a year. That’s something that BIU Prof. Aharon Gedanken aims to eliminate.

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Returning Scientists Combat Neuro Diseases

December 2013

The Mishna of Pirke Avot defines our sixth decade as the point at which we should be honored as “elderly.” But in medical terms, some 15% of people aged 60-plus get more than added respect; the “prevalence of dementia among community-dwelling elderly in Israel is estimated to be about 20%.”

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Novel Nano-Medical Cure for Viral Diseases

August 2013

A new generation of nano-medicines for the treatment of HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis-C and other viral infections is being developed by Vecoy Nanomedicines Ltd., a privately held company based out of the Bar-Ilan Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials (BINA).

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