Dr. Leora Dahan Katz

Punishment and Righting WrongsThe relationship between law and ethics has long been debated. Dr. Leora Dahan Katz’s research in criminal law and legal philosophy focuses specifically on the ethics and practice of punishment within three spheres – the private, the institutional, and the political. She is exploring the philosophy of punishment, the relevance of relationships and the way in which punishment is a morally appropriate response to wrongdoing.

The Shluchei Tzibur (Public Envoys) Program

In 2011, the University established the ‘Shluchei Tzibur’ (Public Envoys) program for mid-career Haredi community leaders. This 2-year academic support and leadership development program is designed primarily for graduate students (across disciplines). The program comprises of three core elements:

Two Clinics Help Israelis of Ethiopian Descent

The Criminal Justice Clinic protects the rights of individuals accused of committing a crime, working with them at every stage of the process and with a focus on those without financial means. The Multiculturalism and Diversity Clinic gives voice to the different cultural groups within Israeli society by using the law and other strategies such as dialogue among different populations.

Designing Better Neighborhoods

Prioritizing Urban Playgrounds For Kids: Working Hard For Better Play At Hebrew University’s Urban Clinic, experts asked “If you could experience the city from 95 centimeters - the height of an average 3-year-old - what would you change?” After three years of work with urban planners and early childhood experts in nearly a dozen cities, Hebrew University’s Urban 95 project has a lot to show.

Archaeological Find Shows Ancients Worried about Rising Sea Levels Too

Researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the University of Haifa, Flinders University in Australia, and the Israel Antiquities Authority discovered the remains of the most ancient defense structure against the rising of the seas so far known in human history.

QueenB: Teaching Teenage Girls to Code

QueenB is a non-profit organization founded by computer science students that were disheartened by the paucity of women enrolled in  Computer Science & Engineering. They decided to take action, in order to increase the representation of Israeli women working in high-tech. QueenB's goal is to inspire girls and women to believe in themselves and have confidence in their abilities.

Dr. Haitham Amal's Lab

Dr. Amal is an Assistant Professor in the Institute for Drug Research, School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His lab studies neurological disorders such as the autism spectrum and Alzheimer's disease using advanced omics technologies combined with bioinformatics, pharmacological, biochemical, biological, and behavioral methods. Specifically, Dr. Amal's lab is interested in the role of nitric oxide and S-nitrosylation in these disorders.

Exelon: Slowing Alzheimer’s Disease

Prof. Marta Weinstock-Rosin of the Hebrew University's School of Pharmacy - Institute for Drug Research​ developed Exelon, a breakthrough drug that treats the symptoms of mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. Exelon slows the progression of the disease in many patients and often improves their cognitive function as well. The drug is manufactured by Novartis in Switzerland. 

Cationorm Eye Drops

Prof. Simon Benita of the School of Pharmacy at the Faculty of Medicine developed Cationorm, an eye-drop nanoemulsion for the treatment of dry eyes. This emulsion consists of positively-charged oil nanodroplets and functions similarly to the physiological tear-making mechanism which lubricates the eyes and keeps them moist. Cationorm is manufactured by Novagali Pharma (France), which is owned by Santen Pharmaceuticals (Japan).

MAZE Water Purification System

The MAZE Water Purification System was developedby Medicinal Chemistry Prof. Avi Domb of the Hebrew University's School of Pharmacy. The MAZA system comprises an innovative filter installed in portable water purification systems. It cleanses the water of organic and inorganic toxic residues as well as bacteria and viruses. Both the filter and water purification system are currently manufactured by Strauss-Haier in China.