With spring comes thoughts of renewal, change, and the future. In a harbinger of great things to come, six extraordinary PhD students from the Weizmann Institute's Feinberg Graduate School visited the U.S., describing their research to supporters across the country. These ""scientists of the future"" are already making the world a better place.
April 15, 2015
Is the long winter bringing you down? Do TV and comfort food sound better than going out? If so, you might be among the 11 million Americans who get the winter blues. Remedies for seasonal depression are limited – but happily, the Weizmann Institute is working hard to shine light on depression's many causes, offering the hope of new, improved treatments.
March 09, 2015
Seeing a clear need for a fresh approach to cancer research, the Weizmann Institute established the Moross Integrated Cancer Center (MICC). By collaborating with researchers and physicians; focusing on prevention, diagnosis, and treatment; and working to move therapies from the lab to the clinic, the MICC is a powerful new weapon in the war on cancer.
January 28, 2015
The dry riverbeds, lakes, and valleys on Mars indicate that water once flowed there – but when? And how? Weizmann's Dr. Itay Halevy and Brown's Dr. James Head III have an interesting new answer: short, violent periods of intense volcanic activity that warmed the planet and turned ice into running water, which later froze again.
December 09, 2014
Dr. Berta Strulovici, director of the Weizmann Institute's Nancy and Stephen Grand Israel National Center for Personalized Medicine, explains how personalized, or ""precision,"" medicine uses information about a person's genes, proteins, and environment to prevent, diagnose, and treat patients – a ""proactive rather than reactive"" approach.
November 24, 2014
The ocean covers more than 70 percent of Earth's surface – and rising. As our weather changes, Weizmann Institute scientists are studying the ocean, using everything from microscopes to satellites, to understand its relationship with our climate. What will the future bring?
October 28, 2014
Artificial sweeteners have long been promoted as diet and health aids – but Weizmann scientists have discovered that such products may be causing our gut bacteria to trigger harmful metabolic changes. In other words, the sweeteners may be leading to the very diseases – such as obesity – they were supposed to help prevent.
September 30, 2014
Astrophysicist Dr. Ron Budnik, recently recruited to the Weizmann Institute, is part of an international team of scientists that is creating new instruments in the hope of recording the first confirmed interactions between dark matter and normal matter. Dark matter is one of the biggest unsolved mysteries in physics.
September 23, 2014
Stem cell research is one of the fastest-moving fields of science today, with new findings coming one after another. In just the past several months alone, Weizmann scientists have discovered important new information about how stem cells grow, choose their fates, and can be reprogrammed. These mighty cells have the potential to change medicine as we know it.
August 27, 2014