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January 2009


Technion Professor Joseph Itskovitz-Eldor
Professor Joseph Itskovitz-Eldor

The first scientific agreement between Japan and Israel will bring together Technion Professor Joseph Itskovitz-Eldor of the Faculty of Medicine and researchers from Rikan Research in Japan. The $600,000 joint grant from the ministries of science in Japan and Israel will focus on development of methods to create blood vessels from embryonic stem cells.

“Japan is a superpower in the field of stem cell research and conversion of adult stem cells to embryonic cells,” Prof. Itskovitz-Eldor said of this historic scientific agreement. “The unique platform that we are developing together with Japanese scientists will, in the future, enable innovative use of human stem cells.” Itskovitz-Eldor knows the value of collaboration. In 1998, he was part of the international team that first isolated embryonic stem cells.

To read more about Technion stem cell research click here


Technion Professor Dan Shechtman
Professor Dan Shechtman

“If you believe in your research then fight for it. Fight for the truth.” And fight is just what Technion Professor Dan Shechtman did.

When he announced his discovery of five-fold symmetric crystals — a pattern that was considered impossible under the prevailing scientific paradigm — no one believed him. But he persevered and his subsequent work turned the non-believers into enthusiasts about quasicrystals, a new form of matter.

Prof. Shechtman has since received numerous prizes in recognition of his discovery of quasicrystals, now dubbed “Shechtmanite.” The practical applications can been found in surgical equipment, the manufacture of super strong steel, and even in shavers.

Hear the story of Prof. Shechtman’s courageous defense of his experiments in his own words on the new ATS You Tube page.


The end of winter will be significantly brightened by some of the Technion’s best and brightest when they visit more than a dozen US cities on the annual dean and student tour. This year’s visitors are involved in a wide range of research from water purification to novel cancer detection techniques, to finding ways to meet the ever-growing demand for clean energy and a new approach to stemming neurodegenerative diseases and brain tumors.

The annual visits allow ATS members to meet the students who will go on to lead Israel with the scientific breakthroughs that are paving our routes to tomorrow, and to hear how ATS support impacts campus life.

To find out about the events in you area contact your regional ATS office  

ATS MISSION TO ISRAEL: June 1-11, 2010

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Celebrate the culmination of our $1 billion “Shaping Israel’s Future” campaign and see the future at the Technion — the leading world-class university we’ve helped create.

Enjoy insider’s perspectives on Israel as you visit a Druze village, explore the hidden secrets of the Jezreel Valley, and tour the rooftops of the Old City and see Tel Aviv at twilight. See the impact of Technion graduates on Israel’s economy during hosted visits to their high-tech companies, and witness Israel’s Green future at the Ariel Sharon National Park that is being revitalized under the guidance of Technion graduates.

At the Technion you will hear discussions on taking research from the laboratory to the marketplace and Technion’s role in Israel’s security. You’ll meet with the Technion president for Shabbat dinner and honor fellow mission participants who have dedications and ceremonies during the mission.

Click here for details on how you can be part of this extraordinary opportunity.

For more information and a copy of the itinerary please contact your regional director or write to  



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