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Award Event - 2011

Two Hebrew University Researchers Share 2011 SZCUF Prize

 

Dr Eli Pikarsky, Hadassah Medical School, HU and Assoc Prof Sigal Ben-Yehuda. Faculty of Medicine, HU have shared the 2011 Sir Zelman Cowen Universities Fund Prize for Medical Research for their respective, contributions to our understanding of human disease.

Prize medals, crafted by Melbourne sculptor Michael Meszaros, and the shared cash award of $10,000 were presented to the scientists by Fund Trustee, Mr Robert Simons OAM, at a ceremony held during the Board of Governor’s Meeting at the HU in Jerusalem in June 2011.

This is the first time the award has been shared between two nominees. Prof Jonathan Stone, Managing Trustee of the Sir Zelman Cowen Universities Fund, speaking about the award said, “Both winners have made impressive contributions to our understanding of complex and difficult diseases – cancer, and antibiotic-resistant infections. Their discoveries are impressive examples of how well-targeted research can tackle serious medical challenges”.

Mr Robert Simons OAM at the Prize presentation with A/Prof Sigal Ben-Yehuda & Dr Eli Pikarsky displaying their Prize Medals

Dr Pikarsky was nominated for insights gained from his work in complex mouse models, into the development of human diseases. His work provides new understanding of the determinants of malignancy in testicular cancer; of the impact of inflammation on the progress of liver cancer and the regulation of liver regeneration, important in all conditions which damage liver function.

Assoc Prof Ben-Yehuda was nominated for her contributions to our understanding of the biology of bacteria. Her discoveries, which include the demonstration of a previously unknown ‘nanotube’ form of communication between cells, are also fundamental for understanding the mechanisms of bacterial resistance to antibiotics. This gives her work great importance for the treatment of infections caused by the growing number of resistant bacteria.

First presented at the University of Sydney in 2006, the Sir Zelman Cowen Universities Fund Prize for Medical Research recognises discovery in medical research by researchers under 45 years of age, emphasising contributions to the understanding or treatment of disease. The Prize is awarded in alternate years at the University of Sydney and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 2012 award of the Prize will be for scientists at the University of Sydney. The 2012 award will be sponsored by The Schwartz Foundation.

Further information about Dr Pikarsky’s work can be found here.

Further information about Assoc Prof Ben-Yehuda’s work can be found here.

Read more about the Prize.