Taking Aim at the Greatest Health Challengesof the 21st Century
The Technion Human Health Initiative Brings Medical Research and Technology to the Next Level
Featuring Professor Noam Ziv, director, Technion Human Health Initiative
Professor Philippa Melamed, researcher and THHI advisory board member
Associate Professor Nabieh Ayoub, cancer researcher,
deputy dean for graduate studies
It takes a village of scientists to tackle the increasingly complex health and medical issues of our time. The Technion is assembling a venture to do just that. Join us to learn about the new Technion Human Health Initiative (THHI), a gathering of Technion researchers from several faculties joined by clinicians from Technion-affiliated hospitals and industry. The comprehensive collaboration hopes to support advanced human health research and to help transform discoveries into applications and products for people worldwide.
The speakers will discuss the goals and the importance of the THHI, its key collaborations and most promising projects as well as their own research in areas including cancer, memory loss, and fertility. The presentation will be followed by a brief Q&A.
About the Speakers
Professor Noam Ziv
Prof. Ziv heads the Technion Human Health Initiative, is the deputy senior vice president for biomedical science and engineering, and is a member of the Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine. His study of synapses, the minute connections between brain cells through which nerves exchange information, has led to findings for understanding brain function and dysfunction, particularly with relevance to memory loss. A graduate of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, he joined the Technion in 1997 after conducting postdoctoral studies at Stanford University.
Professor Philippa Melamed
Prof. Melamed heads the Molecular Endocrinology & Epigenetics Laboratory in the Faculty of Biology and serves as an advisory board member in the Technion’s Human Health Initiative. She seeks to understand how DNA packaging of key genes that encode regulatory factors plays a role in normal reproductive development, and how epigenetic, or chemical changes in that packaging, affect puberty and fertility. A graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv University, she was a faculty member at the National University of Singapore before joining the Technion in 2008.
Associate Professor Nabieh Ayoub
Assoc. Prof. Ayoub is a cancer researcher in the Faculty of Biology and deputy dean for graduate studies at the Technion. He is interested in how cells repair DNA damage, focusing on identifying new DNA repair proteins and characterizing their role in DNA damage repair and cancer development. His goal is to translate discoveries into diagnostics and personalized therapeutic tools to combat cancer and other disorders. A graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he joined the Technion in 2009 after postdoctoral training at the MRC Cancer-Cell Unit in Cambridge University.