Eliezer Rabinovici, professor of Particle Physics at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, recently received the 2019 Award for Science Diplomacy from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for his outstanding scientific and diplomatic contributions to SESAME (Synchrotron-light Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East), founded in Jordan in 2017.
Professor Rotem Karni, of Hebrew University’s Institute for Medical Research-Israel-Canada, has designed a molecule that inhibits brain (glioblastoma) tumor growth by regulating the tumor-produced proteins.
Glioblastoma is a serious and incurable brain cancer. Until now, a patient diagnosed with glioblastoma typically has 11-20 months to live, and cells affected by this cancer quickly become resistant to chemotherapy treatment.
EMET Prize-winning scientist, Professor Daniel Rosenfeld, of Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Herrmann Institute of Earth Sciences, has developed a satellite imaging method which has determined that the extent of global warming has been grossly underestimated.
Professor Amnon Shashua from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Rachel and Selim Benin School of Computer Science and Engineering has succeeded in proving mathematically that methods leading the field of artificial intelligence (the same as those that gave us voice and facial recognition abilities) can help to understand phenomena in quantum physics.
Prof. Ron Ofri of Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Koret School of Veterinary Medicine has developed a gene therapy that may cure hereditary day blindness, called achromatopsia. People affected by this vision disorder cannot see in bright daylight, can only see in low-light conditions, and have low visual acuity and colorblindness as well.
Hidden away among the converted, old student dorms of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is a thriving start-up making waves far beyond its modest surroundings.
Founded in January 2013 by four PhD students and a Supreme Court clerk, Lightricks has built an arsenal of mobile content creation applications that are enjoying global success and proving that the Start-Up Nation is about far more than the shiny high-rises and fancy offices of Tel Aviv's hi-tech community.
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