Leiden University in The Netherlands conducts data-based rankings of universities and institutions all over the world, looking at quantifiable factors – such as number of paper citations – over a decade; thus, the data indicate the quality of the research. Weizmann has progressed into the top 10; in fact, it’s the only Israeli institution in the top 150.
July 20, 2015
The 36th Annual Telly Awards, one of the world's premier honors recognizing outstanding films, has named the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science as the winner of both Silver and Bronze awards for its video productions ""Care Share Repair"" and ""Celebrating 70 Years.""
July 15, 2015
The insight that bone marrow and lung stem cells are quite similar led Prof. Yair Reisner and his team to investigate whether transplant methods used for bone marrow might also work for treating lung diseases such cystic fibrosis and asthma. When mice with lung damage were given the new stem cell treatment, their lungs healed and breathing improved.
July 14, 2015
Three updates from the the Weizmann Institute: colon cancer genes go back before moving forward, providing an opportunity for clinical intervention; UV light helps pinpoint why stars that explode as supernovas blow up in the first place; and identifying a personal olfactory ""fingerprint"" that could help screen organ donors and detect diseases such as Alzheimer's.
June 29, 2015
An autoimmune disease, thought to be very rare, may have a less severe form that affects at least one in 1,000 people. The research, by Weizmann and Norway's University of Bergen, suggests that other autoimmune conditions may be tied to mutations in a single gene, and could lead to new diagnostic and treatment methods for autoimmune disorders.
June 17, 2015
Lung cancer, the world's deadliest cancer, can be apparently successfully treated, only to return. And when it does so, it's often resistant to the drugs that worked the first time. Fortunately, Prof. Yosef Yarden has devised a novel three-pronged strategy that, in mice, kept lung cancer cells from developing resistance in the first place.
June 03, 2015
For more than a century, scientists have debated how the lymphatic system arises. Now that question has been answered, as Weizmann's Dr. Karina Yaniv has revealed how the system develops in the embryo, and – in a world's first – grown lymphatic cells in the lab. Besides solving this long-standing puzzle, her work can provide important insights into disease.
May 20, 2015
Our immune systems fight bacteria – but did you know that bacteria have immune systems, too? And how does the bacterial immune system distinguish between its own DNA and that of foreign invaders, so that it knows what to fight? The answer, revealed by a Weizmann Institute and Tel Aviv University team, involves a complex, multi-stage process.
April 13, 2015
In a heart research breakthrough, Weizmann's Prof. Eldad Tzahor and a team of researchers have induced heart cells in mice to revert to an earlier state when they can be renewed; typically, the heart is unable to heal itself. This important work could lead to powerful new treatments for heart disease.
April 13, 2015