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  • Prof. Amit Shrira, Deputy Chairman, Interdisciplinary Department of Social Sciences

    Prof. Amit Shrira, Deputy Chairman, Interdisciplinary Department of Social Sciences

    Holocaust Survivors with PTSD Transmit Negative Views on Aging to Their Adult Offspring

    Favorable views on aging promote a general sense of wellbeing, increase self-efficacy, and motivate older adults to maintain a healthy lifestyle, ultimately influencing their own physical and biological aging.  But exposure to trauma, directly or indirectly, may significantly impact these views, according to a new study bby Prof. Amit Shrira, of Bar-Ilan University's Interdisciplinary Department of Social Sciences.  The study, published in the Journals of Gerontology: Series B, provides first evidence that negative views on aging are transmitted in families of Holocaust survivors suffering from PTSD

    Date: 2019-03-19 Hour: 14:06

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  • Simulation of the Robo signaling system

    Simulation of the Robo signaling system

    Crystal-Clear View of a Key Neuronal Receptor Opens Door for New, Targeted Drugs

    During brain development, billions of neuron nerve cells must find their accurate pathway in the brain in order to form trillions of neuronal circuits enabling us to enjoy cognitive, sensory and emotional wellbeing. To achieve this remarkable precision, migrating neurons use special protein receptors that sense the environment around them and guide the way so these neurons and their long extensions stay on the right path and avoid faulty turns. Rare defects in these neuronal guidance proteins can result in severe neurological conditions such as ataxia and epilepsy.  In a new study published in the journal Cell, Bar-Ilan University researchers and collaborators report on their discovery of the intricate molecular mechanism that allows the guidance receptor “Robo” to react to signals in its environment, while avoiding premature activity that can lead to harmful outcomes. 

    Date: 2019-03-17 Hour: 13:58

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  • Prof. Lior Appelbaum, Goodman Faculty and Gonda Brain Center

    Prof. Lior Appelbaum, Goodman Faculty and Gonda Brain Center

    Nature Communications Editors Highlight Recent BIU Research

    The editors at the prestigious scientific journal Nature Communications have selected new research published by Prof. Lior Appelbaum and team, of the Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences and the Gonda (Goldschmied) Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center, to appear on the Editors’ Highlights webpage of recent research on From Brain to Behaviour.

    Date: 2019-03-12 Hour: 15:17

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  •  Group photo of Jewish-Arab Inter-Religious Dialogue Course

    Group photo of Jewish-Arab Inter-Religious Dialogue Course

    University Hosts Dialogue Forum

    What can inter-religious dialogue contribute to Arab-Jewish relations?  Bar-Ilan University recently hosted a forum on the topic featuring guest speakers Rabbanit Tirza Kelman, a PhD candidate in Jewish Thought at Ben Gurion University and Adv. Reem Masarwa, a social activist for human rights for the Arab sector.  The event was moderated by Dr. Ben Mollov, who co-initiated the forum along with the NGO Search for Common Ground, as part of a new inter-religious dialogue course being offered by Bar-Ilan University.   

    Date: 2019-03-10 Hour: 16:32

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  • Prof. Lior Appelbaum, of the Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences and Gonda (Goldschmied) Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center, with zebrafish

    Prof. Lior Appelbaum, of the Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences and Gonda (Goldschmied) Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center, with zebrafish

    Sleep tight! Researchers identify the beneficial role of sleep

    In a new study published in the journal Nature Communications, Bar-Ilan University researchers reveal a novel and unexpected function of sleep that they believe could explain how sleep and sleep disturbances affect brain performance, aging and various brain disorders.

    Date: 2019-03-07 Hour: 12:06

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  • Dr. Ayelet Sela, Faculty of Law

    Dr. Ayelet Sela, Faculty of Law

    Faculty of Law Researcher Receives Award from International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution

    Dr. Ayelet Sela, an assistant professor in the Faculty of Law, has been named a co-winner of the 2018 Award for Outstanding Professional Article by The International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR).  Based in Washington, DC, CPR is a global non-profit organization that advances dispute prevention and resolution practices. 

    Date: 2019-03-06 Hour: 9:23

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  • Prof. Shlomo Havlin, Department of Physics

    Prof. Shlomo Havlin, Department of Physics

    New Dynamic Dependency Framework May Lead to Better Neural, Social and Tech Systems Models

    In a new paper published recently in Nature Physics, Bar-Ilan University Prof. Havlin, of the Department of Physics, and a team of researchers present a dynamic dependency framework that can capture interdependent and competitive interactions between dynamic systems which are used to study synchronization and spreading processes in multilayer networks with interacting layers.  

    Date: 2019-03-06 Hour: 9:19

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  • Meeting between Elbit representatives and Bar-Ilan University researchers

    Meeting between Elbit representatives and Bar-Ilan University researchers

    Technologies Developed by Bar-Ilan University Researchers Attract Attention of Elbit Systems

    Researchers from Bar-Ilan University recently met with technology leaders from Elbit Systems to examine the possibility of academic research collaborations to advance technologies with potential future applications. The meeting was organized by BIRAD -- Research and Development Company Ltd., the commercializing company of Bar-Ilan University. 

    Date: 2019-03-06 Hour: 9:18

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  • Massive Open Online Course in Bible Returns

    A popular Bar-Ilan University Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in Bible is returning to the world stage. Offered by the Zalman Shamir Department of Bible, The Bible in Light of the Ancient Near East is an introduction to the Bible set against the background of the rich archaeological findings from the Ancient Near East. The goal of the nine-week course is to introduce students to the fascinating world of Israel’s neighboring civilizations in biblical times, and to offer a comparative study that examines the relationship between the Bible and these civilizations.

    Date: 2019-02-25 Hour: 12:00

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  • Shai Nehemia upon being named the winner of the Biology Olympics

    Shai Nehemia upon being named the winner of the Biology Olympics

    Ashdod Teen Wins National Biology Competition Hosted by the Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences

    Sixteen-year-old Shai Nehemia, of Makif Gimel High School in Ashdod, is the winner of the 22nd annual national Biology Olympics held at Bar-Ilan University.  Nehemia was recognized for her winning project "The effect of phosphates on 'chlorella' algae growth.   

    Date: 2019-02-21 Hour: 10:33

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  • Ofer Dahan, Director of Bar-Ilan University's International School (back row, 5th from left), with members of the Maccabi World Union delegation

    Ofer Dahan, Director of Bar-Ilan University's International School (back row, 5th from left), with members of the Maccabi World Union delegation

    Bar-Ilan University Teams Up with World Maccabi Union

    Building a new partnership aimed at encouraging Diaspora Jewish youth to study at Bar-Ilan University, Maccabi World Union executives from 14 countries visited campus on their recent, week-long trip to Israel.

    Date: 2019-02-11 Hour: 15:53

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  • From left to right: Ayelet Peres, Moriah Gidoni, Dr. Pazit Polak, and Prof. Gur Yaari. The presented mosaic was made by Miky Pirkes following the discoveries highlighted in the new study

    From left to right: Ayelet Peres, Moriah Gidoni, Dr. Pazit Polak, and Prof. Gur Yaari. The presented mosaic was made by Miky Pirkes following the discoveries highlighted in the new study

    Researchers discover a mosaic-like gene deletion and duplication pattern shaping the immune system

    A team of researchers from Bar-Ilan University has developed a computational tool for analyzing genetic changes related to the immune system. With this new development, the onset of many auto-immune diseases, such as multiple sclerosis and celiac disease, infectious diseases, such as hepatitis C and flu, and various forms of cancer may be predicted.

    Date: 2019-02-10 Hour: 16:39

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  • Academic cooperation agreements signed between Macedonia and Bar-Ilan University

    Following fruitful cooperation in Jewish heritage, Holocaust remembrance and innovation, Bar-Ilan University has signed new academic agreements with Macedonia in the fields of medicine, humanities and social sciences. Israeli Ambassador to Macedonia, Dan Oryan: "We see academic cooperation between Israel and Macedonia as a significant step in strengthening relations between our countries."

    Date: 2019-02-05 Hour: 18:16

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  • Doctoral student Jessica Bellworthy working in the Red Sea Simulator

    Doctoral student Jessica Bellworthy working in the Red Sea Simulator

    Not Only Do Gulf of Aqaba Corals Survive Climate Change, But Their Offspring May Too

    A new study, conducted in the lab of Prof. Maoz Fine, of the Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences,  finds that even when parent corals from the Gulf of Aqaba experience increased temperatures and ocean acidification stress during the peak reproductive period, they are not only able to maintain normal physiological function, but also have the same reproductive output and produce offspring that function and survive as well as those which were produced under today's ambient water conditions.  

    Date: 2019-02-03 Hour: 11:36

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  • Israel Ministry of Communications Awards Unique License to Bar-Ilan University to Test Advanced Communications Technologies such as IoT and 5th Generation

    Bar-Ilan University is the first Israeli university to have been granted a unique license from the Israel Ministry of Communications to carry out a variety of experiments in advanced technologies.  These technologies include 5th Generation, the latest generation of cellular mobile communications, and the Internet of Things (IoT), which will enable devices like vehicles and home appliances to communicate and interact over the Internet. 

    Date: 2019-01-30 Hour: 14:56

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  • Dr. Vadim Axelrod

    Dr. Vadim Axelrod

    Gonda Brain Center Researcher Named Rising Star

    The Association for Psychological Science has selected Dr. Vadim Axelrod, of the Gonda (goldschmied) Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center, as a Rising Star.  The Rising Star designation recognizes outstanding psychological scientists in the earliest stages of their post-PhD research career whose innovative work has already advanced the field and signals great potential for their continued contributions.

    Date: 2019-01-22 Hour: 11:35

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  • Sample activity of face-selective unit in human visual cortex

    Sample activity of face-selective unit in human visual cortex

    For the First Time Researchers Identify Neurons in the Human Visual Cortex that Respond to Faces

    A new study published in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, identifies for the first time the neurons in the human visual cortex that selectively respond to faces. The study was carried out by Dr. Vadim Axelrod, head of the Consciousness and Cognition Laboratory at the Gonda (Goldschmied) Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center at Bar-Ilan University, in collaboration with a team from Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle Épinière and Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital.

    Date: 2019-01-22 Hour: 11:14

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  • Prof. Amit Shrira, Interdisciplinary Department of Social Sciences

    Prof. Amit Shrira, Interdisciplinary Department of Social Sciences

    Parental PTSD Affects Health Behavior and Aging among Offspring of Holocaust Survivors, Study Finds

    A new study on intergenerational transmission of trauma has found evidence that Holocaust survivors suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and their adult offspring exhibit more unhealthy behavior patterns and age less successfully in comparison to survivors with no signs of PTSD or parents who did not experience the Holocaust and their offspring.  

    Date: 2019-01-21 Hour: 15:54

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  • Basil infected with Downy Mildew

    Basil infected with Downy Mildew

    Introducing PROSPERA®: A New Sweet Basil Hybrid Resistant to Downy Mildew

    Researchers at Bar-Ilan University, in cooperation with Genesis Seeds Ltd., have developed a hybrid of basil, the culinary herb, which is highly resistant to Downy Mildew, a devastating disease caused by a fungus-like pathogen. The new, patented product contains no pesticides and will provide much-needed relief to farmers and consumers worldwide.   

    Date: 2019-01-20 Hour: 14:24

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  • Dr. Krauthammer (far right) with then University President Prof. Moshe Kaveh and Mrs. Ingeborg Rennert at the ceremony in which he received the Guardian of Zion Award

    Dr. Krauthammer (far right) with then University President Prof. Moshe Kaveh and Mrs. Ingeborg Rennert at the ceremony in which he received the Guardian of Zion Award

    Bar-Ilan University and the Ingeborg Rennert Center for Jerusalem Studies Deeply Mourn the Passing of Dr. Charles Krauthammer

    Bar-Ilan University and the Ingeborg Rennert Center for Jerusalem Studies deeply mourn the passing of Dr. Charles Krauthammer, columnist and staunch defender of the State of Israel.  

    Date: 2018-06-24 Hour: 13:15

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  • Twelve Researchers Receive Rector's Prize for Scientific Innovation

    The 2018 Rector's Prize for Scientific Innovation has been awarded to 12 faculty members in recognition of their outstanding scientific achievements.  The recipients were selected by a committee headed by University Rector Prof. Miriam Faust, and including Vice President for Research Prof. Shulamit Michaeli, Prof. (Emeritus) Moshe Deutsch, and Prof. (Emerita) Roselyne Koren.

    Date: 2018-06-11 Hour: 10:41

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  • The rTMS coil is placed near the head and pulses of currents (yellow) are transmitted through it. These pulses generate a magnetic field which excites neurons in a specific spot in the brain, allowing for non-invasive treatment. At right: A scheme of

    The rTMS coil is placed near the head and pulses of currents (yellow) are transmitted through it. These pulses generate a magnetic field which excites neurons in a specific spot in the brain, allowing for non-invasive treatment. At right: A scheme of opti

    In Brain Stimulation Therapy less might be more

    Theoretical and experimental results demonstrate a new insight for optimizing rTMS, one of the common non-invasive magnetic brain stimulation therapies used to treatbrain disorders such as depression and neuropathic pain.

    Date: 2018-05-27 Hour: 10:43

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  • Left to right: Prof. Joshua Schwartz, Mrs. Ingeborg Rennert, Rabbi Lau, Prof.  Arie Zaban

    Left to right: Prof. Joshua Schwartz, Mrs. Ingeborg Rennert, Rabbi Lau, Prof. Arie Zaban

    Ingeborg Rennert Center Honors Former Chief Rabbi Israel Meir Lau

    Bar-Ilan University's Ingeborg Rennert Center for Jerusalem Studies last evening bestowed its Guardian of Zion Award upon Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, former Chief Rabbi of Israel. In delivering the annual Distinguished Rennert Lecture, entitled " “From Shoah to Revival: Reflections and Conclusions Regarding Dramatic and Historic Events", Lau spoke of a number of worrisome threats facing the Jewish people. 

    Date: 2018-05-27 Hour: 10:12

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  • The highly diverse coral reefs in the Gulf of Aqaba

    Some of the highly diverse coral reefs in the Gulf of Aqaba

    Excess Nutrients, Coupled with Climate Change, Damage the Most Highly Resilient Corals

    Israeli scientists joined forces with researchers from the Mote Marine Laboratory in Florida and the University of Mississippi to determine how excess nutrients might negatively affect the coral reefs and reduce their resilience to climate change and acidification.

    Date: 2018-05-27 Hour: 10:07

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  • Archaeologists Uncover Earliest Evidence of Equid Bit Wear in the Ancient Near East

    An international team, including archaeologists from Bar-Ilan University, has uncovered the earliest example of the use of a bridle bit with an equid (horse family) in the Near East.  The discovery provides first evidence of the use of the bit (mouth piece) to control an animal long before the appearance of the horse in the Near East.

    Date: 2018-05-22 Hour: 12:33

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