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2007

BLINDNESS-CAUSING GENE MUTATION IDENTIFIED IN YEMENITE JEWS

13 December, 2007

A new gene mutation that causes blindness and is carried by one in 23 Jews of Yemenite origin, has been discovered by researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa. The discovery, which affects couples that both carry the mutation, will enable the identification of carriers and genetic counseling to high-risk families.

VITAMIN E COULD HELP 40% OF DIABETICS WARD OFF HEART ATTACKS

21 November, 2007

Vitamin E supplements can significantly reduce the risk of heart attacks and related deaths for diabetics who carry a particular version of a gene, according to researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and the Clalit Health Services in Israel.

PROF. ELI SPRECHER OF THE RAPPAPORT INSTITUTE AWARDED THE 2007 ALFRED MARCHIONINI RESEARCH AWARD

25 October, 2007

The 2007 Alfred Marchionini Research Award was presented to Prof. Eli Sprecher of the Rappaport Institute. The prestigious prize, which is awarded once every 5 years to a researcher for his or her excellence in skin research, was presented at the World Congress of Dermatology, which was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina at the beginning of October 2007. Prof. Sprecher’s research focuses on the molecular genetics of inherited skin diseases.

Dr. Rabea Asleh
Dr. Rabea Asleh

The American Heart Association's Prize for Outstanding Young Researcher -To Dr. Rabea Asleh of the Technion

23 September, 2007

Dr. Rabea Asleh of the Technion's Rappaport Faculty of Medicine and The Rappaport Family Institute for Research in the Medical Sciences has been chosen as this year’s outstanding young researcher by the American Heart Association. This is the first time that this prestigious prize, which is awarded to one researcher annually, has been won by a young Israeli researcher.

Professor Israel Vlodavsky
Professor Israel Vlodavsky

PROFESSOR ISRAEL VLODAVSKY TO BE APPOINTED ICRF PROFESSOR

29 August, 2007

The ICRF (Israel Cancer Research Fund), a North American organization, solely devoted to supporting cancer research in Israel announced the awarding of one of its Professorships to Professor Israel Vlodavsky of the Rappaport Institute. Since its founding in 1975, the ICRF, a major contributor to Cancer research in Israel has provided 1,628 grants, including 3 Professorships to date, and 3 additional professorships this year, to outstanding Israeli cancer researchers. Many achievements and breakthroughs have been achieved because of the assistance of the ICRF. Two other Rappaport Institute Professors, Avram Hershko and Aaron Ciechanover are also recipients of ICRF Professorships. Professors Hershko and Ciechanover were awarded the 2004 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their discovery of the ubiquitin system, which led to a groundbreaking new treatment for multiple myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow.

David Shoham Prizes
David Shoham Prizes

2007 David Shoham Prizes

25 June, 2007

The David Shoham Prize award ceremony took place on June 13th, at the Rappaport Institute. This prize commemorates a central figure in the development of the Institute, Mr. David Shoham z"l. David Shoham saw in the pursuit of scientific excellence a major asset of our country. The six recipients of the 2007 David Shoham z"l award are a true reflection of this vision.

RAPPAPORT INSTITUTE LECTURE SERIES

29 May, 2007

The Rappaport Institute is sponsoring the Seminar Rappaport Lectures, a series of seminars throughout the year, on various topics of interest to the research\medical community. The seminars are conducted by international experts in numerous fields.

For more information about past and future lectures, look on the Rappaport Institute website. Transcripts of previous sessions will be available shortly through the website.

Dr. Debbie Yablonski
Dr. Debbie Yablonski

RAPPAPORT RESEARCHERS AT THE TECHNION DECIPHER CRITICAL STEP IN THE ACTIVATION OF T CELLS, WHICH ARE ESSENTIAL FOR THE HUMAN IMMUNE SYSTEM

24 May, 2007

AIDS is characterized by a lack of T cells whereas autoimmune diseases, such as Multiple Sclerosis, are characterized by over-activation of T cells

Rappaport Institute and BioRap members, Profs. Michael Aviram and Gera Neufeld receive Herschel Rich Innovation Awards for the year 2007

24 May, 2007

It has been announced that Professors Michael Aviram and Gera Neufeld, of the Rappaport Institute and BioRap have been awarded two of the Hershel Rich Technion Innovation Awards for the year 2007. The goal of the prize is to encourage original research at the Technion by providing financial incentives

Prof. Aaron J. Ciechanover
Prof. Aaron J. Ciechanover

PROF. AARON J. CIECHANOVER ELECTED TO MEMERSHIP IN THE AMERICAN NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

20 May, 2007

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) announced on May 1, 2007, that Prof. Aaron J. Ciechanover of the Rappaport Institute has been elected as one of its new members.

Prof. Lior Gepstein
Prof. Lior Gepstein

Human Heart Cells and Biological Pacemaker Created from Human Embryonic Stem Cells by Prof. Lior Gepstein

2 May, 2007

Prof.  Joseph Itskovitz-Eldor
Prof. Joseph Itskovitz-Eldor

The Mifal Hapayis Foundation's Michael Landow Prize for Science and Research awarded to Prof. Joseph Itskovitz-Eldor for the year 2006

17 April, 2007

Prof. Joseph Itskovitz-Eldor of the Rappaport Institute has been awarded the Mifal Hapayis Foundation's Michael Landow Prize for Science and Research. The prize valued at NIS 50,000 has been awarded annually since 1976, and this is the second time since 2000 that a member of the Rappaport Institute has received the prize.

Prof. Rafael Beyar
Prof. Rafael Beyar

The exciting development of a prototype hybrid device for the evaluation of chest pains was announced by Prof. Rafael Beyar of the Rappaport Institute for Medical Research, Haifa, Israel

17 April, 2007

Prof. Beyar states that this prototype hybrid device combines a computerized tomography coronary angriography (CTCA) with an advanced nuclear camera (single-photon emission computed tomography, or SPECT) for the improved evaluation of patients suffering from chest pains.

Dr. Amir Orian
Dr. Amir Orian

Young Faculty Member Wins Krill Prize

20 March, 2007

Dr. Amir Orian of the Rappaport Faculty of Medicine is a recipient of the prestigious Krill Prize for Excellence in Scientific Research from the Wolf Foundation. Orian’s research interests include function and regulation of genetic networks in developmental biology and in cancer. He is a Horev Fellow in the Leaders in Science and Technology Program, and an Alon Fellow.

Prof. Jackie Schiller
Prof. Jackie Schiller

The Rappaport Research Institute announces publication of an important article by Prof. Jackie Schiller

13 February, 2007

The Rappaport Research Institute is excited to announce the publication of the following paper, Properties of basal dendrites of layer 5 pyramidal neurons: a direct patch-clamp recording study, co-authored by Professor Jackie Schiller, in the February 2007 (Vol 10 No.2) issue of Nature Neuroscience.

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