Take part in the scientific journey with our Hebrew University students at the Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada as they begin their academic careers.

VLOG: IMRIC Grad Student Ella: The blind and you

By: Ella Striem-Amit
Grad Student Ella Striem-Amit

Check out my first vlog on my current research. I am a graduate student working in Prof. Amir Amedi’s lab at the Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada (IMRIC) at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. My research involves sensory substitution devices (SSDs) for the blind. Using the vOICe SSD, created by Dr. Peter Meijer, and novel devices continuously developed in the lab, we focus on teaching blind individuals to 'see' through sounds and investigate how the blind brain can learn to process 'vision' in adulthood.

For more on Dr. Amir Amedi's Lab click here

Publish or Parish

By: PhD Student Roy Granit
PhD Student Roy Granit

A wise man once told me that in science one can either 'publish or parish', gladly I have recently accomplished the former. After almost three years of hard (but exciting) research work, my investigations, conducted under the guidance of Dr. Ittai Ben-Porath, were published in the scientific journal Oncogene, a journal dedicated to cancer research.

Publication provides the opportunity to share findings with the scientific community, promote the understanding of the studied subject and is perhaps the ultimate goal of scientific research.  I personally think it is also a great time to share our discoveries with the broad public, to let them get a peak at what we are actually doing and how we spend our (mostly public) research funds. The trouble is, scientific publications are written as communications between fellow scientists in professional language, and terminology, which the common reader probably knows nothing about. This is why I have decided to blog about my findings to our IMRIC community online. It is my hope that you will get a glimpse of my work and understand its exciting implications to the scientific community. 

First I must tell you something that might sound a bit peculiar, and that is that breast cancer is actually not just one disease - but may actually appear in several different forms, or as we call them 'subtypes'. Much effort was invested in recent years to classify breast cancers and realize how many types there are. It was found that based on the expression of different proteins within the tumor one can classify breast cancer into five to six  distinct subtypes. This is important since it was shown that using these classifications, physicians could predict the disease outcome and determine the right treatment for that specific subtype. And indeed it was found that certain types of breast cancers could be specifically targeted using distinct drugs.

Vlog: PhD Student Moran, Cell Growth and Viability

PhD Student, Moran Dvela

It is beautiful in Israel in the summer, but I am still spending a lot of my time in the lab, my home away from home. We have had some really exciting breakthroughs in our research on cell growth and viability and I am back with another vlog to share the news with you. Check it out and hopefully there will be plenty more to come! 

Vlog: PhD Student Roy Granit, Cancer Research

It's been an exciting few months of research and planning my presentation for the prestigous 22nd Biennial European Association for Cancer Research (EACR) Congress. Check out my latest Vlog in which I discuss the investigations, presentations and more! 

Vlog: Masters Student Saleh Khawled

Saleh Khawled

Meet IMRIC Masters Student Saleh Khawled. Saleh is currently working in Dr. Rami Aqeilan's lab at the Lautenberg Center for Immunology and Cancer Research at the Institute for Research Israel-Canada. Originally Saleh planned to be a doctor but after spending a summer in the lab he realized that scientific research was a better fit for him.

Today, Saleh is focusing on finishing his Masters and starting his PhD. He will continue to focus on his research in breast cancer and unlock the mysteries of the genetic and molecular basis of cancer development.

What's a typical day like in his lab? Watch the video to find out!