Science on Tap 2014

For the fifth year, Weizmann Institute scientists will descend upon the bars and cafés of Tel Aviv for the wildly popular Science on Tap to give talks about their research, engage with patrons, and discuss profound questions. This year, 55 sites will be involved, as will actors from the Gesher Theater, who will do science-related performances.

April 08, 2014

Weizmann Institute of Science and Clalit Health Services Will Collaborate to Advance the Field of Personalized Medicine and Improve Health Care Services

In order for personalized medicine to reach its potential, scientists and the medical industry must collaborate. Recently, thanks to the Nancy and Stephen Grand Israel National Center for Personalized Medicine, the first meeting of this kind took place as Institute scientists met with experts from Israel’s largest health care organization.

March 10, 2014

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New German-Israeli Laboratory Inaugurated at the Weizmann Institute

The just-established Max Planck – Weizmann Laboratory for Experimental Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Neurogenetics, led by Weizmann’s Prof. Alon Chen, will work to untangle the complex causes of cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and neurological disorders. Some 450 million people worldwide suffer from some form of mental illness.

March 05, 2014

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Unraveling the Mysteries of Science and Disease

From: The Jerusalem Post

Weizmann Prof. Emeritus Michel Revel’s long, brilliant career includes co-developing Copaxone® and Rebif®, two of the world’s leading MS drugs. At 75, rather than retire, he’s still breaking ground: his new biotech firm is developing applications for human embryonic stem cells, aiming to better treat – and cure – diabetes and other diseases.

February 23, 2014

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Israeli scientist: Stronger immune system could cure Alzheimer’s

From: Israel21c

The Weizmann Institute’s Prof. Michal Schwartz has been developing ways to use the immune system to treat devastating injuries. As Israel21c reports, this “powerhouse” is now studying whether an enhanced immune system can treat anxiety and other brain disorders, and even – most exciting of all – potentially cure Alzheimer’s.

February 10, 2014

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Triglyceride Clock

From: The Scientist

The Scientist covers new research by the Weizmann Institute’s Dr. Gad Asher and colleagues in Florida showing that the timing of meals affects triglyceride levels in the liver. By controlling diet, the team was able to reduce lipid levels in the liver more effectively than any medication currently is able to.

February 10, 2014

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Time is of the Essence

Many of our biological processes follow a 24-hour “body clock.” Triglyceride (TAG) levels do as well. Strangely, when no biological clock is present, TAG levels in mice still fluctuate. Dr. Gad Asher and colleagues changed when the mice ate – and cut their TAG levels in half. Could merely changing meal time treat TAG-related diseases?

February 05, 2014

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Matthew Modine: It’s Easy Being Green

From: Miami Herald

The Miami Herald interviews actor Matthew Modine about his new role: environmental advocate. Modine has long been vocal about protecting our resources, and set up a program to encourage bike riding. Impressed by Weizmann science, he has now partnered with us at the American Committee to share the Institute’s amazing environmental research.

February 04, 2014

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300,000-Year-Old Caveman “Campfire” Found in Israel

From: Discovery News

Discovery News reports on the amazing finding by Weizmann’s Dr. Ruth Shahack-Gross of the oldest known site of repeated use of fire. The site, in Israel’s ancient Qesem cave, also sheds light on when “humans first began to regularly use fire both for cooking meat and as a focal point – a sort of campfire – for social gatherings."

January 28, 2014

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300,000-Year-Old Hearth Found

Dr. Ruth Shahack-Gross of Weizmann’s Kimmel Center for Archeological Science, part of a team of Israeli scientists, used high-tech tools to identify proof of repeated fire-building over time. The ancient hearth, found in the Qesem Cave, helps answer questions such as, “when did people begin to control and use fire?”

January 27, 2014

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