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New understanding of cellular activity can lead to future strategies for dealing with neurodegenerative diseases, say Hebrew U. researchers


Researchers in the laboratory of Dr. Daniel Kaganovich have found evidence that a cellular mechanism involved in the creation of pathogenic protein aggregates called ‘inclusion bodies’ — and which are commonly associated with neurodegenerative diseases — may play a different role than previously thought. Their findings point to a new potential strategy for designing therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases that would harness the cellular mechanism in order to actively enclose harmful aggregates and render them ineffective.


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Kuvin Center designated Israel’s National Laboratory for Leishmaniasis

The declaration by Israel’s Ministry of Health recognizing the Sanford F. Kuvin Center for the Study of Infectious and Tropical Diseases of the Hebrew University as the National Laboratory for Leishmaniasis highlights the leading role of the Center’s researchers, who have worked together with colleagues from around the world for many years on this disease as well as other projects.

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Mice with fluorescent replicating cells provide insights into cell proliferation in the human body

Hebrew University researchers Prof. Yuval Dor of the Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada (IMRIC) and Dr. Amir Eden of the Alexander Silberman Institute of Life Sciences, together with colleague in Denmark and the US, have engineered a new strain of mice whose replicating cells express a fluorescent protein. The new development enables researchers to identify and isolate cells during replication and, as described in an article in Developmental Cell, has already contributed to research of cell proliferation, which is a key factor in cancer and degenerative diseases

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Malaria parasite's masquerade ball could come to an end

Researchers from the Hebrew University are making progress in the fight against malaria. By identifying a genetic mechanism that enables the most dangerous strain of malaria to evade the immune system, Dr. Ron Dzikowski has paved the way for the development of new approaches to cure this acute infection. The research, published this week in the prestigious PNAS, may lead to new strategies in the way we fight malaria.

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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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Twenty students from 15 countries graduate 37th class of international master’s in public health program

The 2011/2 class IMPH program graduation ceremony included a keynote address by alumnus Dr. Nayanjeet Chaudhury of India in which he described his involvement in academia, on the boards of Indian and international organizations, and in setting up an MPH program at the Asian Institute of Public Health. More

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