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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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Fast Forwarding Healthcare

June 2015

The Bar-Ilan University Medical School is “one of the best things to happen to the Galilee itself in the last 70 years,” says Dr. Erez Onn, director of the Baruch Padeh Medical Center in Poriah.

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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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What’s Up Israel

June 2015

The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education at Bar-Ilan University and the UJA Federation of New York joined forces to present a “What’s Up Israel: Consultation” event for Jewish high school educators, which featured two of the Jewish world’s leading advocates for strengthening Israel-education programs at all levels.

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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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Azrieli Medical School Grant

May 2015

As Bar-Ilan University kicks off its 60th anniversary celebrations, the Azrieli Foundation has announced that it will make a $50 million donation to the Bar-Ilan School of Medicine in the Galilee, the largest donation ever made by the Foundation and the largest pledge ever received by Bar-Ilan University.

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Leading Car Battery Research

May 2015

Bar-Ilan University experts are collaborating with top industry pioneers on new materials and techniques for electric vehicles. Development of electric cars has taken on greater urgency as the vast majority of scientists agree that fossil fuels endanger both the environment and human health.

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Battling Cyber Terror

May 2015

With cyber-terror becoming a growing threat to the national security of the US, Israel and the entire Western World, two Bar-Ilan professors are working feverishly to fast-forward strategies that will provide a more secure cyber-future at all possible levels of attack.

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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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Fighting Sight and Hearing Loss

May 2015

Creative energy, originality and vision have always been at the heart of the research taking place amongst the faculty at the BIU School of Engineering. Here are two sterling examples.

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Zalevsky Inventions

June 2015

Whether it’s creating a bionic contact lens to help the blind see or developing an optical heartbeat monitor, Prof. Zeev Zalevsky enables people to see the world in a whole new way. Zalevsky is one of Israel’s most prolific inventors, with more than 50 patents registered in his name.

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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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Presidential Awards

April 2015

As it celebrates its 60th anniversary, Bar-Ilan has inaugurated the Presidential Award of Distinction. The University has chosen six Americans to receive this Award – Eli Hirmes, Laurie Moskowitz Hirsch, Dr. Don Lebell, Gary Ran, Dr. Joseph D. Rosenblatt, and Alice Neuman Schoenfeld.

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Math Models to Defeat Cyber-Threats

March 2015

In the age of cyber-attacks and credit card fraud over the Internet, Dr. Osnat Keren says there is another “Achilles heel” that we overlook at our peril: the vulnerability of our hardware devices.

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Connected Vehicles

March 2015

For years Prof. Eli Kolberg’s robots have played soccer — against each other and against teams from all over the world — in the annual Robot World Cup (RoboCup) tournament. Each of his autonomous robots is programmed with a software brain that controls it and allows it to communicate with its teammates.

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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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Rudolph Fighting Child Obesity

March 2015

Improving public health in Northern Israel is the mission of Dr. Mary Rudolf, head of Public Health at the BIU Med School. A world-renowned expert in combating child-obesity, she oversees a project to cultivate a new generation of physicians to serve disadvantaged and underserved patients in the Galilee.

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Medical School Exchange Program

January 2015

Navigating effective ways to provide high quality healthcare to patients at risk both in America and northern Israel is among the major learning insights of students participating in the exchange program between Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Va., and the Bar-Ilan Medical School in Safed, Israel.

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