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Award Event - 2013

2013 SZCUF PRIZE FOR DISCOVERY IN MEDICAL RESEARCH AWARDED TO HU SCIENTIST FOR STEM CELL RESEARCH

 

The 2013 SZCUF Prize was presented to Associate Professor Eran Meshorer at the prize-giving ceremony which is one of the highlights of the annual meeting of the Board of Governors of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in June each year. The SZCUF Prize is one of several prestigeous awards presented to scholars in a wide range of fields at this ceremony .

The award of $10,000 and a medal crafted by renowned Melbourne sculptor, Michael Meszaros, was presented to Professor Meshorer by SZCUF Trustee, Mr Michael Dunkel who is also a member of the HU Board of Governors.


Mr Michael Dunkel presenting the award to Prof Eran Meshorer


Professor Meshorer, Dept of Genetics, Institute of Life Sciences, HU was selected for the award of the 2013 SZCUF Prize for his work on pluripotency which is the ability of embryonic stem cells to both renew themselves making more embryonic stem cells, as well as to differentiate to form the cells needed for other parts of the body, such as skin, bone, muscle etc.

Understanding the mechanism of this process is one of the greatest quests of modern biology. It is hoped this understanding when attained, will allow the process to be switched backwards and forwards making it possible to take say a skin cell, turn it back into an embryonic stem cell and then change it into the type of cell required, such as a brain cell to assist with urrently incurable neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Being able to manipulate cells in this way would both speed up the process as wells eliminating many of the questions currently associated with the harvesting of embryonic stem cells.

Established in 2005 to recognise the work of young scientists, the Prize is presented in alternate years at the University of Sydney and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Read more about the Prize.

Further information about Associate Professor Meshorer’s work can be found here.

B’nai B’rith

The 2013 Award has been sponsored by B’nai B’rith Lodge Sydney.





The last call for nominations for the Prize was announced in August 2013. It was for scientists working at the University of Sydney. The 2014 award of the Prize will be sponsored by The Schwartz Foundation.