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Honours & Awards

The 2019 Rappaport Prize for Excellence

The 2019 Rappaport Prize for Excellence in the field of Biomedical Research is awarded to Prof. Ehud Gazit from the School of Molecular Cell Biology and Biotechnology

The Rappaport Prize for Excellence in the field of Biomedical Research is awarded to scientists for groundbreaking or innovative research which has the potential to advance the health of mankind. The research must have real and applicable therapeutic implications for human welfare.

The Rappaport Prize for Excellence in the field of Biomedical Research is awarded to scientists for groundbreaking or innovative research which has the potential to advance the health of mankind. The research must have real and applicable therapeutic implications for human welfare. The Prize is intended to encourage scientists to undertake scientific and clinical research that could significantly advance a specific medical field. One of the recipients of the 2019 award for an Established Israeli Scientist is Prof. Ehud Gazit from the School of Molecular Cell Biology and Biotechnology.  

Gazit’s main achievements include the pioneering mechanistic characterization of the self-assembly of amyloid nano-structures by extremely short peptide fragments, the structural identification of oligomeric amyloidal toxic assemblies, and the development of inhibition technologies, as well as synthesis of novel chemical entities (NCEs) in pre-clinical and clinical development for the treatment of a variety of degenerative disorders. His work also led to the development of a revolutionary branch of peptide nanotechnology that is currently being studied by more than 100 research groups around the world. This activity involves the discovery of a novel class of peptide nanostructures with unique chemical and physical properties that are useful for numerous technological applications, including medical and dental materials, material reinforcement for personal armor, ultra-sensitive sensors, optical devices, and energy storage products. His recent discovery of the ability of the formation of ordered amyloid-like assemblies by metabolites, rather than proteins or peptides, has transformed the canonical paradigm of inborn error of metabolism disorders. His approach may provide novel diagnostics and treatment to these maladies, as well as establish a new paradigm for the etiology and therapeutics of diversified ailments.

 

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Congratulations to Prof. Khitam Muhsen for Receiving a Certificate of Appreciation

The President of the University will award Prof. Muhsen with a certificate of appreciation for her achievements to mark International Women’s Day

Dr. Khitam Muhsen is Associate Professor at the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, School of Public Health at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel.

She completed her PhD in epidemiology at Tel Aviv University, and a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Vaccine Development, University of Maryland School of Medicine, in the United States.

Dr. Muhsen’s main research interest is epidemiology of enteric diseases and vaccines, with emphasis on rotavirus and Helicobacter pylori infection.

Her research has been supported by competitive awards and grants (e.g., Israel-US Binational Science Foundation, Ministry of Health, Israel National Institute for Health Policy and Health Services Research, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation).

Dr. Muhsen is the author of more than 60 original articles published in international peer reviewed journals.

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The Kadar Family Award granted to Professor Oded Rechavi from the School of Neurobiology, Biochemistry and Biophysics

The Kadar Award is granted annually to four TAU researchers, two senior and two junior faculty members, from across the spectrum of faculties and disciplines at TAU.

 The Kadar Family Award for Outstanding Research at Tel Aviv University celebrates pioneering scientists and scholars who have reached the highest levels of excellence in both research and teaching. The Kadar Award is granted annually to four TAU researchers, two senior and two junior faculty members, from across the spectrum of faculties and disciplines at TAU.  One of the recipients of the 2019 award for junior faculty is Prof. Oded Rechavi from the School of Neurobiology, Biochemistry and Biophysics. 

Oded Rechavi’s work uncovers novel mechanisms of inheritance – he has shown that in C.elegans nematodes environmental challenges can change the next generation without affecting the DNA sequence. The idea that stress could produce adaptive responses which transmit to the next generations was heretic for over 200 years, and no biological mechanism had been found to mediate non-DNA-based inheritance. Prof. Rechavi demonstrated that instead of inheritance being carried by changes to the DNA, other molecules (small RNAs) could mediate a type of transgenerational inheritance, which obeys different rules. He has shown that this mechanism can regulate genes across generations, and that this provides nematodes with a method to “memorize” natural experiences such as starvation and viral infections. Rechavi’s group has gone on to elucidate the rules that determine which epigenetic responses will be inherited, and for how many generations each response could last. He has identified the genes involved in regulating this pathway, including the enzymes which perpetuate inheritance of small RNAs (such as RNA-dependent RNA polymerases), and the factors that “erase” these responses (such as the MET-2 histone methyltransferase). These studies can help us to understand how complex traits and diseases are inherited – a first step towards treatments for many diseases where causative genes have not been identified. Taken together, this body of work represents a paradigm shift that will ripple through the fields of evolutionary biology, genetics, developmental biology, and social science.

 

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