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Award Event - 2015

2015 SZCUF PRIZE FOR DISCOVERY IN MEDICAL RESEARCH AWARDED TO HU SCIENTIST FOR NEW APPROACHES TO DRUG DESIGN

 

The 2015 SCZUF Prize was presented to Professor Assaf Friedler 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 prestigious 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 Friedler by SZCUF Trustee, Mr Robert Simons OAM who is also a member of the HU Board of Governors.

Mr Robert Simons OAM presenting the award to Prof Assaf Friedler

Professor Friedler, Institute of Chemistry, HU was selected for the award of the 2015 SZCUF Prize for his extensive and groundbreaking work focused on protein interactions as targets for drug design.

Prof Friedler’s research deals with the fundamental questions of how proteins interact with each other in health and how these interactions are impaired in disease. This serves as a basis for developing new approaches for drug design.

To achieve these goals he and his team developed an interdisciplinary experimental platform at the Hebrew University, combining chemistry, biophysics and biology.

The major achievements of this work are two novel approaches for drug design that significantly expand the scope of potential drug targets and can be applied to a large variety of disease-related proteins.

One of these approaches has been successfully demonstrated as a novel approach for anti-AIDS therapy.

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 Prof Friedler's work can be found here.

B’nai B’rith



The 2015 Award has been sponsored by B’nai B’rith Lodge Sydney.



The next call for nominations for the Prize will be announced in September 2015. It will be for scientists working at the University of Sydney. The 2016 award of the Prize will be sponsored by The Schwartz Foundation.