Live From Technion: Webinars with Technion Experts

We are excited to share that additional speakers have been confirmed for our new Live From Technion webinar series. The series will feature a weekly presentation designed to help inform and inspire our community in this time of uncertainty. While we cannot currently gather in person, we hope you will take an hour out of your day to join us virtually and hear about the great research coming out of the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.

Please register to receive the webinar access link via email.

 

The Quest to Develop New Antimicrobial Drugs

Noam Adir

Alon Wolf

Professors Noam Adir & Alon Wolf

Wednesday, April 1
9 a.m. PT / 11 a.m. CT / 12 p.m. ET

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Technion Professor Noam Adir’s creativity knows no bounds. He has invented spinach-powered electricity cells, as well as technology to harvest energy from photosynthetic bacteria found in ponds.

In this webinar, Prof. Adir will talk about his equally exciting biomedical research, studying proteins that can serve as targets for novel drug development. He and his research team use X-ray crystallography to determine the 3D structure and function of biologically important molecules on the atomic level, a critical tool in finding new treatments. They have deposited nearly 50 structures in the Protein Data Bank, which archives the 3D structures of biological molecules found in all organisms from bacteria to humans.

Noam Adir is an associate professor in the Schulich Faculty of Chemistry at the Technion. His research focuses on the relationship between the 3D structure of proteins, such as enzymes, and their function.

Technion Campus Update with Professor Alon Wolf
Professor Alon Wolf will be joining to give an update about research and the campus-wide measures being taken both for students and professors in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Prof. Wolf is Vice President for External Relations & Resource Development. A renowned researcher and entrepreneur, he has pioneered new frontiers in robotic technologies, and is the founder and director of the Biorobotics and Biomechanics Lab (BRML) in the Technion Faculty of Mechanical Engineering.

 

Cell Death: The Key to Regrowth of Fingers and Combating the Coronavirus

Yaron Fuchs

Professor Yaron Fuchs

Tuesday, April 7
9 a.m. PT / 11 a.m. CT / 12 p.m. ET

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Could insights about cell death lead to better ways to contain viral infections, and serve as the basis for new drug development? According to Technion alumnus and Assistant Professor Yaron Fuchs, they just might. While scientists have long studied stem cell rejuvenation, Prof. Fuchs had the courage and insight to follow a new direction. Looking at the flip side of stem cell renewal — death, he broke new, unexplored ground that is leading to novel insights and strategies in tissue regeneration, including recovery processes in the intestines, hair growth, treatments for cancer and other diseases, and even the potential regrowth of fingers.

Join us to hear Prof. Fuchs discuss his life-changing work, and about how he and his lab are dealing with the global COVID-19 pandemic. It’s all part of the Technion Impact, the incredible and incomparable effect that the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology has had on Israel and the world.

Prof. Fuchs heads the Laboratory of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine in the Faculty of Biology, and is a faculty member at both the Technion Integrated Cancer Center and the Lorry I. Lokey Interdisciplinary Center for Life Sciences & Engineering. He holds the Deloro Career Advancement Chair in the Leaders of Science and Technology program and is also associated with the Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute.

 

Looking to History for Solutions to Modern Pandemics

Efraim Lev

Professor Efraim Lev

Thursday, April 23
9 a.m. PT / 11 a.m. CT / 12 p.m. ET

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History is no stranger to global pandemics. Greek soldiers were hit with a deadly influenza in 430 B.C.E., the earliest recorded pandemic. Europe and Asia were decimated by the Black Death in the 1300s; cholera ran rampant in the 19th century; and HIV/AIDS afflicted modern times. Each has taught us something about how to manage their spread.

Professor Efraim Lev has mined the sacred Cairo Genizah manuscripts to investigate medical practices in Jewish Medieval Egypt. And, he is building a medical library of ancient physicians and pharmacists. In this webinar, Professor Lev will discuss how civilizations of the past have dealt with epidemics and plagues.

Trained as both an historian and a field biologist, Efraim Lev is head of the Department of Humanities and Arts at the Technion, and an expert in the history of medicine and pharmacology in the Middle East, particularly the sacred Jewish manuscripts known as the Cairo Genizah. His academic work has a strong, interdisciplinary bent that has led to new historical insights.

 

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How Emotions and Stressful Thoughts Affect Your Health

Asya Rolls

Professor Asya Rolls

Wednesday, March 25

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Why is it that at least one-third of patients in medical trials get better with placebos? Many scientists are now connecting the dots. Neuroscience has shown that every thought and emotion triggers specific brain activity that can be measured and manipulated.

In this special webinar, made more relevant in these anxious times, Technion Professor Asya Rolls will talk about her research in understanding how one’s positive thoughts and expectations may impact the body’s ability to fight off germs. In one study, she showed that the release of the so-called “feel-good neurotransmitter” dopamine disabled tumor-promoting cells in the immune system of mice, allowing them to fight cancer.

Prof. Rolls is an associate professor in the Technion Rappaport Faculty of Medicine and an International Howard Hughes Medical Institute-Wellcome investigator. An expert in sleep deprivation and brain research, Prof. Rolls studies the physiological mechanisms by which emotions and thoughts affect physical health.

 

Could a Vaccine for Shrimp Help in the Fight Against COVID-19?

Avi Schroeder

Professor Avi Schroeder

Thursday, March 19

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Whether it is the novel coronavirus behind the global COVID-19 pandemic, or one that causes a devastating disease in shrimp, all viruses require certain proteins in order to pass from one cell to another. Stopping the production of those proteins will effectively stop the virus.

In this special webinar, Technion Professor Avi Schroeder will talk about how synthesizing a molecule called siRNA, and using it to replace naturally occurring RNA molecules, has proven effective in stopping the highly destructive white spot virus from passing from one cell to another in shrimp. According to Prof. Schroeder, it could be possible to apply the same technology to help in the fight against COVID-19.