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The Healthy Fight and the Combative Research in the Struggle Against Cancer

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My book club finally decided to read something that wasn't depressing. Instead we wanted to indulge ourselves on a topic that we most always get around to— health. At our monthly meetings, it became apparent that before, during and after discussing the book of the month, we were also discussing the calories in the cupcakes someone brought, or the fructose in the coke that we shouldn't be drinking but will have just one more cup before it giving up.

One of the members of the group suggested reading Anticancer- A New Way of Life. Written by Dr. Servan-Schreiber, the book is about changing your lifestyle and implementing healthy habits, physical, mental and emotional, in order to avoid getting cancer. This is not a diet book guaranteeing you a cancer free life. Rather, this is a book of research that Dr. Servan-Schreiber complied after his life took a change for the worst.

Meet: Masters Student Eran Cohen

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IMRIC Masters Student Eran Cohen

Hi, I’m Eran. I'm currently doing my Masters in Biochemistry here at the Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada (IMRIC)  in the Department of Neurology. Before I discuss my research I wanted to let you know a little about me. I was born and raised in Jerusalem. In 2003 I joined the army. I served in the engineering unit as a squad commander. After my service I studied biotechnology at Hadassah College in Jerusalem. Upon finishing my first degree, I immediately started my second degree last year.

Today I focus my research on Genetics and Neurology. So what exactly am I investigating? Currently I work in a lab under the supervision of Prof. Ruth Gabizon. My thesis is focused on the early markers in genetic Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease (gCJD). The disease is a variant of the human prion diseases. The disease, gCJD, is hereditary, primarily found amongst Libyan Jews.

The term prion, which comes from “protein” and “infectious” was coined by Professor Stanley Prusiner. Prion refers to a previously undescribed form of infection due to protein misfolding. Prusiner won the Nobel Prize in Physiology of Medicine in 1997 for his work proposing the explanation for the cause of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, otherwise known as “mad cow disease.”  In fact my supervisor, Professor Gabizon actually did her Postdoctoral research under Professor Prusiner, which is one of the many reasons it is exciting to work in her lab.

A Healthy Diet and a Diabetes Breakthrough, Thoughts of a New Parent

Staying Healthy

As a new mother I am always worried about my son’s health. I want to make sure my son has a wholesome diet with the most nutritious food and doesn’t eat too much sugar or additives. In fact one of the most popular discussion topics among my new parent friends, websites, blogs and magazines, is this issue of Juvenile Diabetes, known as Type 1 Diabetes.

As the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Canada describes it, a diabetic child’s pancreas “does not produce insulin, a hormone necessary to sustain life. Without insulin the sugar in the blood can't be used. It builds up in the bloodstream even while the body is starved for energy.” This means that a child must take an injection or multiple injections of insulin daily to stay alive.

Presently, there is no cure for type 1 diabetes. Insulin is not a cure; it is a way to manage the disease. But if you search online you will see that diabetes is one of the most heavily researched diseases out there. Always on the frontlines of breakthrough innovations, the Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada (IMRIC) recently made a new discovery that will have a huge implication in diabetes research.

Meet: PhD Student Moran Dvela

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Moran Dvela, PhD Student at IMRIC

Hi I'm Moran Dvela a PhD at the Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada (IMRIC).  Ever since high school I have been fascinated with biology and the processes in the human body. After I graduated high school I combined my two loves, biology and education, and volunteered to become a commander, educator and teacher in the Israel Defense Forces for soldiers from low socio-economical background that suffer from educational deficiencies. I was responsible for these soldiers educational programs which included biology. I completed my military service as a Chief Instructor, responsible for training the teachers in this program.

My enthusiasm for science has grown over the years. In my first degree I focused on basic medical science at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. During my third year of studies I joined Professor David Lichtstein and began my scientific research. I had finally graduated from the books to the real thing, and worked in a lab among my peers. Along with my research, I was also a teaching assistant. Working in these fields I soon realized that I wanted to continue my academic studies and eventually become an independent scientist contributing to human health.

I am now in my third year of my PhD, living my dream. In our current investigations we are researching regulation of the cell's viability, which is one of the fundamental phenomena in the live organism. The specific process I'm addressing in my research is not only of fundamental importance but may have implications for diseases in which the regulation of the cell's growth is a critical issue, such as cancer and neurodegenerative diseases, like Parkinson’s disease.

As well as my studies, I volunteer with new Ethiopian immigrants. My volunteering experience is a very important part of my life and something I plan to continue doing outside of the lab. To that end I have initiated, with the help of my friends, a volunteering program in which we accompany high school pupils from low socio-economical background to distribute food to needy families. I work very long hours in the lab, but find my time with these students just as rewarding as my scientific discoveries.

 

Vlog: Meet Dr. Daniel-Robert Chebat

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Dr. Daniel-Robert Chebat, IMRIC Researcher

 

It's not often a scientist gets to take a break from his research and share his passion with the world, but through the wonders of internet and the new IMRIC blog, I am going to do just that.

My name is Daniel-Robert Chebat and I am currently a Post-Doctoral student in Dr. Amir Amedi's lab at the Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada (IMRIC).

This first vlog is about my journey through science, my research and the amazing people I work with. I look forward to sharing my scientific queries, research and innovations with you. Hopefully along the way you will also get a glimpse behind the science and learn about my friends in the lab, our incredible collaborations and our goals for the future.

Please feel free to write me or post comments here. I am happy to answer questions and also learn more about you too.