Israel21c reports on research by optogenetics pioneer Dr. Ofer Yizhar. Working with Weizmann colleague Prof. Rony Paz and others, Dr. Yizhar showed that weakening the communication between two parts of the brain reduced fear levels in mice. “This new technique may one day help extinguish traumatic memories in humans – for example, in people with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.”
April 02, 2017
Israel21c covers the Nancy and Stephen Grand Israel National Center of Personalized Medicine at the Weizmann Institute, including discussion with Dr. Berta Strulovici, the center’s founding director. The G-INCPM is already studying acute myeloid leukemia, soft-tissue sarcoma, and retinitis pigmentosa.
March 27, 2017
Lice are a perennial plague upon schoolchildren – and their parents. This is particularly true because the miniscule parasites are very difficult to get rid of. Israel21c reports on two new Israeli methods, including Novokid: developed by Weizmann grads, it's a nontoxic, highly effective treatment system that is on track for approval in Europe and the U.S.
March 12, 2017
Prof. Eran Hornstein discovered that a small molecule already on the market for a different disease can also be active in treating ALS. As
March 08, 2017
The Wall Street Journal reports on “tour de force” research by Dr. Eran Elinav and Prof. Eran Segal that “sheds light on how eating and sleeping habits can contribute to disease by disrupting the bacteria in the digestive tract.” This is another major step toward personalized nutrition and personalized medicine.
February 27, 2017
The Scientist reports on research from the lab of Prof. Rotem Sorek, who discovered that viruses leave ""messages"" for other viruses, enabling subsequent generations to decide whether to stay quiet or infect the host. The study has been called ""annoyingly good.""
January 20, 2017
Cosmos reports on new research from Prof. Ronen Alon's lab that reveals how immune cells enter - and leave - the bloodstream. It has long been known that they can do this, but not how. The findings are particularly relevant to cancer research, as tumor cells are less able to infiltrate the bloodstream.
January 18, 2017
The lab of Prof. Nachum Ulanovsky revealed that brain cells can guide us to our destination, even when we can't see it. Scientific American's Moheb Costandi reports on the research in Salon, also addressing related findings from other institutions and the question of whether the Ulanovsky cells are new types of cells, or represent more flexibility in other cells than previously suspected.
January 15, 2017
Haaretz interviews Prof. Noam Sobel about his intensive research into the sense of smell, which - it turns out - informs every area of our lives, from what we eat to whom we love. Among other innovative studies, he is investigating whether odors can help people trust robots and whether smell is involved in repeated miscarriages.
January 01, 2017