Dramatic developments taking place in understanding and treating cancer are at the focus of this year’s School for Life Sciences at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem”s Institute for Advanced Studies. The school, a five-day intensive framework for advanced researchers and students, opened on Sept. 11 and is headed by Prof. Roger Kornberg of Stanford University, a 2006 Nobel laureate in chemistry.
Increased understanding the molecular basis of cancer diseases has significantly improved the ability of doctors to treat certain types of the disease and prolong the life of patients. However, many aspects of cancer still remain a mystery. Data gathered by the Israeli CBS (Central Bureau of Statistics) indicate that cancer is the number one killer in Israel.
The School for Life Sciences will present the different achievements in cancer research, as well as the numerous challenges facing researchers and doctors. In addition, the school will also deal with innovative treatment approaches and the advanced developments in cancer medication. The school’s classes will try to explain the difference among the various types of cancer — why some can be treated, while in others the research is just beginning — and why some types of cancer are more complex than others.
The School for Life Sciences at the Hebrew University’s Institute for Advanced Studies has taken place for the past 19 years. Prof. Kornberg, this year’s school director, comes every year to the Hebrew University as a guest professor at the Faculty of Sciences and as an associate of the Department of Biological Chemical in the Institute of Life Sciences.
The school will host the leading researchers and doctors in the field of cancer research, among them 13 lecturers from abroad. Among the lecturers: head of oncology at the Department of Medicine at Stanford university Dr. Ron Levy; and experts in breast cancer from the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, Dr. Neal Rosen and Dr. Larry Norton.
Prof. Kornberg stated that ”the school provides the opportunity to share knowledge and establish work relations that will lead to future cooperation.”
According to Prof. David Engelberg, head of the Department of Biological Chemistry at the Institute of Life Sciences and a member of the school’s organizing committee, ”We have reached a new age where researchers alter the molecular basis of cancer and, therefore, of its progression.”
Throughout the school’s five days, there will be approximately 28 lessons from leading researchers in the field of cancer, coming from a variety of disciplines. Also participating are about 200 students, most of them Israeli master and doctoral students.
This year the school will dedicate part of its activities to honor Prof. Alexander Levitzki, winner of the Israel Prize and the Wolf Prize and among the most prominent cancer researchers in Israel and the world, who has made a significant contribution to the development of medications against the disease. Among his latest developments — a strategy for a focal destruction of cancerous cells without harming the regular cells around them.
Once the head of the IAS, Prof. Levitzki retired from the university five years ago. According to Prof. Engelberg, ”The school will serve as a sort of retirement ceremony to the man that fathered an entire generation of https://Meet-Babes.com researchers. Some of the schools’ lecturers are his colleagues, who, alongside him, set the foundation for cancer medication”.
The Hebrew University’s Institute for Advanced Studies was founded in 1975 by Prof. Aryeh Dvortzky to serve as a catalyst for quality innovative research in a variety of fields. The IAS provides scholars the opportunity to focus on their research while also engaging in cross-fertilization of ideas. As part of its activities, the IAS holds short-term schools, among them the School for Life Sciences.