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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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  • Prof. Gur Yaari, Alexander Kofkin Faculty of Engineering

    Prof. Gur Yaari, Alexander Kofkin Faculty of Engineering

    EU and Canada Award €8.65 Million to iReceptor Plus Project to Ease Genomic and Health Data Sharing

    The new collaborative international project, headed by Bar-Ilan University, aims to promote human immunological data storage, integration and controlled sharing to enable personalized medicine.

    Date: 2019-01-15 Hour: 16:07

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  • Prof. Chen Feng, Dean of Shandong University's Department of Physics (right), presents a gift to Dr. Yossi Ben-Zion, Deputy Chairman of Bar-Ilan University's Department of Physics

    Prof. Chen Feng, Dean of Shandong University's Department of Physics (right), presents a gift to Dr. Yossi Ben-Zion, Deputy Chairman of Bar-Ilan University's Department of Physics

    Academic and Research Cooperation with Shandong University on the Horizon

    Dr. Yossi Ben-Zion, Deputy Chairman of the Department of Physics, has just returned from a visit to Shandong University in China, where he met with the Dean and other senior officials from Shandong's Department of Physics, and several faculty members from the Physics and Mathematics Departments in order to discuss undergraduate and graduate academic exchange, and research cooperation among the two universities. During his visit, Ben-Zion also delivered lectures and met with students.

    Date: 2019-01-13 Hour: 12:28

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

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

    Parental CPTSD Increases Transmission of Trauma to Offspring of Tutsi Genocide Survivors

    Nearly 25 years after the genocide against the Tutsi of Rwanda took the lives of up to one million victims, the offspring of Tutsi survivors, who weren't even born at the time, are among those most affected by trauma, according to a new study published by researchers at Bar-Ilan University, in collaboration with a Rwandan therapist and genocide survivor.  

    Date: 2019-01-09 Hour: 15:49

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  • Nir Lahav, Department of Physics

    Nir Lahav, Department of Physics

    Scientists Reveal for First Time the Exact Process by which Chaotic Systems Synchronize

    A new phenomenon, called Topological Synchronization, may lead to a better understanding of self-organization in complex systems in nature, such as the human brain. 

    Date: 2019-01-08 Hour: 8:05

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  • Vice President for Research Prof. Shulamit Michaeli addresses the gathering.  Seated alongside her are Dean of the Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences Prof. Doron Ginsberg, and BIRAD General Manager Dr. Tzvika Ben Porat

    Vice President for Research Prof. Shulamit Michaeli addresses the gathering. Seated alongside her are Dean of the Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences Prof. Doron Ginsberg, and BIRAD General Manager Dr. Tzvika Ben Porat

    Bar-Ilan University Holds Conference to Encourage Cooperation with Industry

    Bar-Ilan University's Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences recently hosted scores of representatives from companies and industry in order to explore opportunities for expanding collaboration.

    Date: 2019-01-07 Hour: 14:31

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  • Left to right: Prof. Dror Fixler following his lecture at the SPIE annual conference, with his lab team members Ph.D. candidate Eran Bar Noy and Dr. Ruchira Chakraborty

    Left to right: Prof. Dror Fixler following his lecture at the SPIE annual conference, with his lab team members Ph.D. candidate Eran Bar Noy and Dr. Ruchira Chakraborty

    Prof. Dror Fixler Named Fellow of Prestigious Optics and Photonics Society

    Prof. Dror Fixler, of the Alexander Kofkin Faculty of Engineering and Director of the Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials, has been named a Fellow of The International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE). Prof Fixler received this prestigious honor for his technical achievement in nanophotonics and nanomedicine and for his service to the general optics community and to SPIE in particular. 

    Date: 2019-01-07 Hour: 8:20

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  • Prof. Erez Levanon, Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences

    Prof. Erez Levanon, Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences

    Researchers Reveal New Mechanism to "Activate" the Immune System against Cancer

    A new mechanism for activating the immune system against cancer cells allows immune cells to detect and destroy cancer cells better than before, according to a study published this week in the journal Nature. The study was led by Prof. Nick Haining, of Harvard Medical School, and co-authored by Prof. Erez Levanon, doctoral student Ilana Buchumansky, of the Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences at Bar-Ilan University, and an international team.

    Date: 2019-01-03 Hour: 15:00

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  • Left to right: Faculty of Humanities Dean Prof. Eliezer Schlossberg, Deputy President Prof. Moshe Lewenstein and Dangoor Centre Director Dr. Danielle Gurevitch at the Dangoor Centre inauguration

    Left to right: Faculty of Humanities Dean Prof. Eliezer Schlossberg, Deputy President Prof. Moshe Lewenstein and Dangoor Centre Director Dr. Danielle Gurevitch at the Dangoor Centre inauguration

    University Inaugurates Dangoor Centre for Universal Monotheism

    The Faculty of Humanities recently inaugurated the Sir Naim Dangoor Centre for Universal Monotheism.  The Centre will act as an interreligious and intercultural mediator in a variety of fields and common interests shared by all peoples and cultures, traditions and heritage based on tolerance, mutual respect and an intellectual, humanistic worldview.

    Date: 2019-01-02 Hour: 15:42

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  • Prof. Eitan Okun, of the Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Sciences and Gonda (Goldschmied) Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center, whose work was named as one of the most inspiring of 2018

    Prof. Eitan Okun, of the Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Sciences and Gonda (Goldschmied) Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center, whose work was named as one of the most inspiring of 2018

    Bar-Ilan Research and Innovation Named among 35 Ways in which Israel Inspired the World in 2018

    Three of the 35 ways Israel inspired the world in 2018 were developed at Bar-Ilan University!  That's according an article on "The Best of 2018" just published by the online news magazine Israel 21c.  The three include the development of an Alzheimer's vaccine, a technology which could eliminate the need for eyeglasses, and a groundbreaking new theory about how the brain learns.

    Date: 2018-12-30 Hour: 13:58

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  • Prof. Dov Ber Kotlerman, Joseph and Norman Department of Literature of the Jewish People and Rena Costa Center

    Prof. Dov Ber Kotlerman, Joseph and Norman Department of Literature of the Jewish People and Rena Costa Center

    Prof. Dov Ber Kotlerman Receives Canadian Award for Yiddish Literature

    Prof. Dov Ber Kotlerman, of Bar-Ilan University's Joseph and Norman Berman Department of Literature of the Jewish People and Rena Costa Center for Yiddish Studies, has won the Dr. Hirsh and Dvora Rosenfeld Award for Yiddish Literature for his collection of novellas Der sod fun vayse bern (The Secret of Polar Bears).

    Date: 2018-12-27 Hour: 8:16

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  • Prof. Ido Kanter, Department of Physics and Gonda (Goldschmied) Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center

    Prof. Ido Kanter, Department of Physics and Gonda (Goldschmied) Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center

    Prof. Ido Kanter's Research on the Brain Named One of the 25 Best of 2018

    Medical Xpress, a web-based medical and health news service, has named research published earlier this year by Prof. Ido Kanter and a team of scientists from the Department of Physics and Gonda (Goldschmied) Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center as one of the 25 Best of 2018. Prof. Kanter's study is the only Israeli research appearing on Medical Xpress' list this year, which also singles out the World Health Organization.

    Date: 2018-12-23 Hour: 12:01

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  • Prof. Moshe Orfali, of the Israel and Golda Koschitzky Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry, presents a gift to Academic Secretary Dr. Rachel-Shelly Levy-Drummer

    Prof. Moshe Orfali, of the Israel and Golda Koschitzky Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry, presents a gift to Academic Secretary Dr. Rachel-Shelly Levy-Drummer

    University marks 10th of Tevet

    The Arnold and Leona Finkler Institute of Holocaust Research at Bar-Ilan University held a special event to mark the 10th of Tevet (Wednesday December 19, 2018) the "General Day of Kaddish" designated by the Israeli Chief Rabbinate as the date one says Kaddish for Holocaust victims whose date of death is unknown. 

    Date: 2018-12-20 Hour: 14:12

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  • Sensitive magnetic imaging detects strain tunable magnetism

    Sensitive magnetic imaging detects strain tunable magnetism

    Pressure Tuned Magnetism Paves the Way for Novel Electronic Devices

    Using very sensitive magnetic probes, an international team of researchers led by Prof. Beena Kalisky, of Bar-Ilan University's (BIU) Department of Physics and Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials (BINA) and Prof. Nini Pryds, of Technical University of Denmark’s (DTU) Department of Energy, has found surprising evidence that magnetism emerging at the interfaces between non-magnetic oxide layers can be easily tuned by exerting tiny mechanical forces.

    Date: 2018-12-19 Hour: 11:17

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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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