McLean Hospital – a psychiatric affiliate of Harvard Medical School – and the Weizmann Institute ""are launching an alliance that will lead to further understanding of neuropsychiatric disorders"" and, accordingly, new treatments. Prof. Rony Paz leads the effort from Israel. Initial focus will be on depression, anxiety, and trauma-related disorders.
September 06, 2016
Eric Sun, a Colorado high-school graduate, spent his summer at Weizmann's Bessie Lawrence International Summer Science Institute, which gives participants hands-on research experience. Now at Harvard, Sun studied neural networks at Weizmann, and was so happy with the results that, he says, ""I hope to expand on this work throughout college and beyond.""
September 01, 2016
The Jewish News of Greater Phoenix and Northern Arizona highlights three local teens – Talia Khan, Karen Guo, and Ben Walker – who attended Weizmann's Bessie Lawrence International Summer Science Institute. The competitive program put the high-school grads in labs alongside scientists; they also traveled and learned about Israel.
August 31, 2016
Israeli company Cell Cure Neurosciences is conducting clinical trials on a stem-cell-based treatment for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), reports Israel21c. The firm's CEO, Charles Irving, conducted his doctoral research in chemistry at Weizmann. Currently, treatment options for AMD – a major cause of blindness in adults – are limited.
August 30, 2016
As Britain's Royal Pharmaceutical Society reports in its Pharmaceutical Journal, researchers working on T-cell therapies for cancer – such as Weizmann's Prof. Zelig Eshhar – were snubbed for years… until now. This thorough overview of the field's beginning – including in Prof. Eshhar's lab – and its future makes clear the importance of T cells.
August 24, 2016
Justin Lish, 2016 salutatorian of the Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway High School, was one of the talented few pre-college students accepted to the Weizmann Institute's annual Dr. Bessie F. Lawrence International Summer Science Institute. After conducting research on renewable energy, he traveled in Israel with his fellow ""Bessies.""
August 24, 2016
Prof. Noam Sobel, who notably found that women's tears reduce testosterone in men, has found a way to preserve and store tears. As Scientific American reports, he is building a cryogenic ""tear bank,"" which will allow researchers worldwide to study the difference between emotional and nonemotional tears, whether tears affect appetite, and more.
August 24, 2016
Globes interviews Ehud Dafni, a former professor of physics at Weizmann who is today cofounder and CEO of Arineta. The Israeli company's cardio-mapping CT device just received FDA approval, clearing the way for its use in America; GE Healthcare will distribute and market the product.
August 16, 2016
Prof. Zelig Eshhar, whose basic research led to the creation of cancer-killing T-cells, is one of six scientists to receive a 2016 Novartis Prize for Immunology. Announced and granted by the healthcare and pharma company, the prestigious prizes are ""awarded every three years for breakthrough contributions to the fields of basic and clinical immunology.""
August 15, 2016