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Stephen Harper Chair in Global Finance or in Translational Neuroscience

We are pleased to announce our Inaugural Honourary National President, The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, P.C.

Mr. Harper is known for principled diplomacy, and a passionate defense of freedom and human dignity. He is a Chairman of the Friends of Israel initiative, an association of former high-office holders from around the world steadfastly defending Israel’s right to self-determination, security and democracy. In 2014 Prime Minister Harper received an Honourary Doctorate from Tel Aviv University.

From left: TAU Rector (past) Aron Shai, TAU President Joseph Klafter, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and TAU Honorary Doctor David J. Azrieli z”l.


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Summary

Tel Aviv University (TAU) has announced the establishment of the Stephen Harper Chair in Global Finance. The endowment will support novel research aimed at better understanding of interaction of domestic economic and fiscal policy and the global economy and broader international financial system.  This research focus reflects Stephen Harper’s concept of “enlightened sovereignty” whereby domestic economic policies have important implications for the global economy. Findings will be shared with the policy community to better inform matters of global concern, such as the monetary and fiscal forces that produce cyclical impacts and economic stress.

The Chair will associate, in perpetuity, the name of Stephen Harper – one of the world’s most esteemed statesmen – with the innovative research conducted by scholars of Tel Aviv University – one of the world’s most esteemed educational institutions.

The Proposed Chair: Overview

 Globalization has produced unprecedented levels of economic growth and helped to raise living standards and reduce poverty all over the world.  But it has also contributed to an economic interdependence that we are still trying to fully understand.  Domestic economic and fiscal policies can affect the global economy and, of course, the global economy can come to impact the domestic environment.  This interdependence has become to challenge our thinking about regulatory mechanisms, reformed investment instruments, and how domestic policy must be attuned to the dynamics of the global economy. 

The Stephen Harper Chair in Global Finance will therefore carry out research on the development of economic and fiscal policy in a global setting and the extent to which these policies must be coordinated and sensitive to global economic conditions and their interaction with policies elsewhere. 

Research directions

The Stephen Harper Chair in Global Finance will have the following goals:

  • Explore relationship between domestic economic or fiscal policy and global economic prosperity;
  • Deepen the understanding of the roles that international institutions can play in supporting domestic policies in a global context;;
  • Examine the impact and effectiveness of international regulatory reforms advanced in multilateral fora such as the G-20.

 Activities

 The Chair’s activities could include the following:

  • Research in economic or fiscal policy, international finance or macroeconomics;
  • Promoting master’s and doctoral studies in the field
  • Sponsoring seminars and symposia
  • Convening guest experts from Canada to TAU for lectures and workshops
  • Publishing and disseminating research findings

 TAU: Leader in Global Finance Research

Ranking among the top business schools globally, TAU’s Faculty of Management has been training new generations of entrepreneurs and business leaders for over 40 years. With its world-class reputation at home and abroad, the Faculty was the first in Israel to be awarded the international accreditation of AACSB (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), the highest standard of achievement for business schools. The Faculty conducts a wide variety of teaching and research activities, including student exchange partnerships and field studies, and consistently strives to enhance and broaden its international scope.

The Faculty is Israel’s largest in the field, conducting research and providing instruction in all areas of management to 1,012 undergraduates, 1,880 master’s students, 90 doctoral students and 156 executive program students. Its location in the heart of Israel’s business and financial districts ensures active ties with virtually all segments of the business and government sectors.

 Over the last few years, the Faculty has significantly increased its course offerings to reflect the new global orientation of today’s business world. Among the broad range of programs the Faculty offers to business professionals is its Kellogg-Recanati Executive MBA Program, which Newsweek cited as one of the finest MBA programs outside of the USA. Some 40% of participants in the Faculty’s MBA programs hail from Israel’s high-tech industry, alongside executives from organizations in the financial, business, military and non-profit spheres. Past participants have come from Bank Hapoalim, Ernst & Young, Elbit, Cisco, Israel Air Force, Orbotech, Nitzan (an NGO), and many more. These programs have made the Faculty Israel’s leading framework for executive academic education.

 Funding and Recognition

Tel Aviv University requires funding of US$500,000 to establish the Stephen Harper Chair in Global Finance. All events and publications associated with the Chair will bear the name of Stephen Harper, thereby linking it in perpetuity with the venerated standing and legacy of one of the world’s most exemplary political leaders and economic managers.

The University will inaugurate the Chair in appropriate ceremonies on the TAU campus and in Canada, during which donors and families will be honoured. All events and publications associated with the Chair will bear its designated name in perpetuity, testifying to an inspired act of generosity and vision.

All donors will be recognized with a certificate commemorating their support of this initiative. Additionally, donor’s names will be featured on a plaque in a highly visible area in the university.

 


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Summary

Tel Aviv University (TAU) seeks to establish the Stephen Harper Chair in Translational Neuroscience. The Chair will advance cutting edge brain research, with an emphasis on psychiatric disorders such as bipolar and schizophrenia. Its focus will be on translating findings toward the development of novel diagnostic and therapeutic technologies that could alleviate suffering among psychiatric patients and their families worldwide.

The Chair will associate, in perpetuity, the name of Stephen Harper – one of the world’s most esteemed, progressive and enlightened statesmen – with the innovative research conducted by TAU neuroscientists and with the international standing of Tel Aviv University as a brain studies powerhouse.

TAU: Pioneering Brain Science

Tel Aviv University is a recognized world leader in the study of brain science and neurodegenerative diseases, and is ranked 5th globally in neuroscience publications per capita. Within Israel, TAU has the largest and most high-achieving group of researchers in neurodegenerative diseases generally and Alzheimer’s disease specifically. Working at 70 laboratories dedicated to brain science across the campus and at 17 affiliated medical centers, their innovative research has led to the development of more drug candidates in the pipeline for Alzheimer’s disease than any other university in the world.

In 2011, TAU established the Sagol School of Neuroscience – the largest interdisciplinary school in Israel in the field and the first to offer neuroscience degrees from the undergraduate through post-doctoral levels. The goals of the School are to:

  • Train and nurture the next generation of Israeli leaders and innovators
  • Promote collaboration among research teams from seven TAU faculties, who are applying molecular, cellular, network, cognitive and behavioral approaches toward understanding brain function.
  • Accelerate the pace of development of new and more effective interventions for neurological, neurodegenerative and psychiatric disorders.

Students at the Sagol School can augment their studies by taking courses at the School of Psychological Sciences, which ranks among the top psychology departments in the world. The Adams Super-Center for Brain Studies, established in 1993 to promote collaboration across disciplines as and sponsor symposia, also serves as an important resource for students and faculty.

The brain studies program at TAU continues to grow and expand. Over the last 5 years, the University has recruited 10 new faculty members in the field and plans to hire 10 more. The Sagol School was recently invited to join the prestigious European Neuroscience Campus Network. In addition, the University won a senior partnership in the new Israel Center of Research Excellence in Cognitive Science as part of the I-CORE program to attract Israel’s most gifted young researchers back home from foreign universities.

The Stephen Harper Chair: Overview

Over the past two decades, brain research has dramatically deepened our understanding of the brain’s structure and function, and how these form the basis of cognition, emotion and behavior. Yet relatively little of this knowledge has been translated into meaningful improvements in our ability to diagnose and treat sufferers of psychiatric disorders. The Stephen Harper Chair in Translational Neuroscience will aim to redress this, applying a broad interdisciplinary approach to accelerating novel brain research toward the stage where findings can be used in the development of early detection tools and preventive treatments for psychiatric disorders, particularly depression and schizophrenia.

Research directions

The advent of state-of-the-art, non-invasive imaging techniques, combined with sophisticated epidemiological and genetic studies, have led to major advancements in the study of psychiatric disorders in recent years. Among these are the discoveries that adult onset mental disorders, including depression and schizophrenia, are seeded in the early development stage, long before the symptoms are clinically expressed, and that symptoms are preceded by changes in the structure, function, connectivity and neurochemistry of the brain. These discoveries have raised the tantalizing possibility that mental illness can be prevented. However, extensive research must first be conducted to elucidate the nature and timing of the faulty brain processes and their connection to the onset of symptoms.

The Stephen Harper Chair will aim to achieve this through four related approaches:

  • Characterizing developmental trajectories of neurodevelopmental changes between infancy and adolescence following early onset.
  • Characterizing the developmental trajectories of behavioral, emotional and cognitive deficits as a means of determining whether there is a connection between brain and behavioral abnormalities and whether some brain abnormalities precede – and thus predict – the emergence of symptoms.
  • Determining whether brain and behavioral abnormalities can be prevented through pre-symptomatic intervention
  • Determining the role of gender as a predisposition or resilience factor in the etiology and pathophysiology of psychiatric disorders, based on the fact that most such disorders exhibit gender bias in their presentation, frequency and/or severity.

Activities

Some of the following activities may be conducted in the framework of the Stephen Harper Chair:

  • Coordinating interdisciplinary brain research among several labs across the TAU campus
  • Promoting master’s and doctoral studies in the field
  • Sponsoring multidisciplinary seminars and symposia
  • Inviting guest experts from Israel and abroad for lectures and workshops
  • Publishing and disseminating research findings

 Funding and Recognition

Tel Aviv University requires an endowment of US$500,000 to establish the Stephen Harper Chair in Translational Neuroscience. All events and publications associated with the Chair will bear the name of Stephen Harper, thereby linking it in perpetuity with the venerated standing and legacy.


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