Brain Sciences

Brain Sciences

The game-changing discoveries of our outstanding researchers are unraveling the mysteries of the mind, and closing in on a cure for neurological disorders such as Parkinsons and Alzheimers.

 


Groundbreaking ceremony heralds construction of Israel's largest brain research center, one of world's most ambitious


A groundbreaking ceremony being held at the site of a new brain sciences building honors the Charles H. Goodman family and heralds construction of the largest neuroscience center in Israel and one of the most ambitious in the world. The new building is being designed by prominent British architectural firm Foster + Partners and will be located at the Edmond J. Safra Campus.


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European Commission selects Human Brain Project, with Israelis as partners, as flagship research initiative, backed by €1.2 billion in funding

Prof. Idan Segev of the Hebrew University’s Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences (ELSC) is a leader of an Israeli research team that has been chosen to participate in the Human Brain Project, a flagship 10-year project of the European Commission. The participation of the Israeli scientists testifies to the leading role that Israeli brain research plays in the world, said Israeli President Shimon Peres.

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Max Planck-Hebrew University Center for Sensory Processing of the Brain in Action inaugurated in Jerusalem

The new Max Planck-Hebrew University Center for Sensory Processing of the Brain in Action will further enhance the strong research ties between the two institutions; it will focus on the study of nerve cells and cell circuits while seeking to advance young Israeli and German scientists through fellowships and joint research. The new center is one of only 11 such international partnerships between Germany’s leading research organization and a foreign research institution.

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Key mechanism in calcium regulation identified in HU study is important element in road towards development of new drugs for neurodegenerative diseases

In basic research, Dr. Shirley Weiss and Prof. Baruch Minke of the Hebrew University’s Institute of Medical Research Israel-Canada (IMRIC) and Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences (ELSC) — with colleagues in Israel and the US — have identified a cellular mechanism which is essential for maintaining healthy levels of cellular calcium. This new understanding of the fundamental mechanisms underlying cellular calcium regulation is critical for the development of drugs and treatments for neurodegenerative diseases.

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Video: ‘Color of Thought’ exhibit brings vivid art-brain connection to streets of Europe

‘The Color of Thought’ street exhibition — a European Friends of the Hebrew University initiative so far seen on the streets of Milan, Paris, Deauville and Lisbon — features vibrant visual images of the brain juxtaposed with modern art. Created by members of ELSC and its scientific partners using sophisticated scientific techniques, the brightly colored brain images seem to draw their "inspiration" from works of modern art.

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Activating the ‘mind’s eye’ — sounds, instead of eyesight, can be alternative vision, show Hebrew U. researchers

In a new study, whose unprecedented behavioral results are reported in the current issue of the prestigious neuroscience journal Neuron, researchers from the Edmond and Lilly Safra Center for Brain Sciences (ELSC) and the Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada (IMRIC) challenge the common wisdom that if deprived from stimuli in early infanthood, the visual cortex will be permanently impaired.

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