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Award Event 2009

2009 Prize presented at HU to stem cell researcher

 

Dr. Adi Mizrahi of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem was awarded the Sir Zelman Cowen Universities Fund Prize for Discovery in Medical Research for 2009, in Jerusalem at a special function on June 9, 2009 during the 72nd meeting of the Board of Governors of the Hebrew University.

The prize was awarded to Dr. Mizrahi of the Department of Neurobiology at the Alexander Silberman Institute of Life Sciences for his contribution to the understanding of the formation of synapses (nerve connections) in the central nervous system (CNS), and for the importance of his group's findings for the development of techniques of CNS repair.

The prize, for scientists under 45 years of age, recognizes discoveries which have contributed to the understanding of disease. It is awarded in alternate years at the University of Sydney and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Dr Adi Misrachi

Nominating Dr Mizrahi's work, his nominator, Prof Yosef Yarom, wrote, ''Dr Mizrahi's novel work breaks new ground in understanding how neuronal stem cells integrate into adult neural circuits and are maintained there. It opens the way to uncover the physiological role of newborn neurons in mature circuits and improve understanding of the cues that allow stem cells to develop and regenerate injured tissues to restore function in the damaged brain. The possibility to image new stem cells in the intact brain, which has been opened up by Dr. Mizrahi's work, will challenge new therapies that promote nerve regeneration in the central nervous system.''

The significance of Dr Mizrahi's work has been acknowledged by its publication and citation in many highly ranked journals, and by invitations to present his findings at many international conferences.

Read more about the Prize.

Read more about Dr Mizrahi’s work here.