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VLOG: My Research, PhD Student Moran Dvela

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PhD Student Moran Dvela

 

Check out PhD student Moran Dvela's first vlog as she explains her current research on regulation of the cell's viability, a fundamental phenomenain the live organism. Moran's work focuses on diseases in which the regulation of the cell's growth is a critical issue, such as cancer and neurodegenerative diseases. Watch the video to learn more. 



 

 

For more on PhD Student Moran Dvela click here.

Our Parkinson's Disease Research: New Hopes for the Future

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By: Dr. Boris Rosin, IMRIC Researcher
Dr. Boris Rosin, IMRIC Researcher

After working for several years as a software development engineer following the completion of a BSc in Mathematics and Computer science at the Tel Aviv University, I decided to pursue a medical degree at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. I took my knowledge from my former career and joined Professor Hagai Bergman’s laboratory at the Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada (IMRIC)at the Faculty of Medicine and Edmond and the Lily Safra Center of Brain research (ELSC). At first I was a software engineer, writing the software for the experiments performed in our lab, investigating Parkinson’s and the neuronal processes underscoring learning.  Prof. Bergman is an incredible researcher and one of the top in his field of Parkinson’s disease. I am very fortunate to say that today I am working under his guidance in my PhD research.

My research is on Parkinson’s disease (PD). The so-far incurable disease is characterized by non-motor and motor symptoms, with the latter group including mainly muscle rigidity, resting tremor and bradykinesia. A family of techniques, collectively labeled as Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), has been used for treatment of tremulous disorders, first and foremost PD. The essence of the therapy is the implantation of a stimulating electrode in a deep region of the brain and the delivery of high-frequency low-current stimulus which brings about a significant alleviation of the main PD motor symptoms. Despite being very widespread, the mechanisms underlying DBS action are poorly understood. Our research aims at improving DBS, and specifically to perform closed-loop DBS, in which the stimulus will not be delivered constantly as it is today but rather in reaction to the ongoing brain activity.

New Beginnings and Nova Scotia, Let the School Year Begin

 MOU signing between Hebrew University and Dalhousie University

With the new school year about to open on November 1st, the campus is buzzing with excitement. The students are wandering the university grounds and checking out the labs. Many of them know that these brightly lit rooms, with lots of big fancy equipment will become their home away from home, as they spend many waking hours researching and investigating for the first time. Others have also found the hang out spots on the lawn or in the cafes. I spoke with some of the students as they made their way from orientation to orientation, and they all mention how much they are looking forward to the teaching labs and taking part in experiments for the first time. 

Returning students are also anticipating the start of the school year, although many of them have been in the labs throughout summer vacation. They just can’t seem to get away. These students will most likely inform the new guys about campus life, spending many hours in the lab and the thrill of your first discovery. The first of hopefully many. 

Visionaries, Scientists and our Dreams

Steve Jobs a revered visionary

We all have dreams. First we are children that dream as big as possible. “I want to be a fighter pilot.” Later on in life, after college, a dose of reality, and bills that have to get paid, our dreams change into sensible goals. “I want to be a pilot, even if that means it’s just a hobby on the weekends.”

What’s important to us, as adults, is to hold on to those dreams. Now, that said, some of us do get to live out this childhood dreams. We refuse to accept that dose of reality. And these people, the ones that live out the dream and make it big, often become our role models and legends in their own right. They become visionaries and forever leave their mark on this world.

Of course if you have been reading the news this past week, then you will understand that I am referring to Steve Jobs, a visionary of the 21st century who passed away on October 5, 2011.

Vlog: Masters Student Roy Granit

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Masters Student Roy Granit

Hi I’m Roy Granit. I am currently conducting my M.Sc. in Biomedical Research at The Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada (IMRIC) at The Hebrew University. I look forward to informing you on our exciting investigations throughout the year on the IMRIC Blog. Before I get into my research I wanted to let you know a little bit about who I am.