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April 2010

The ATS wishes you a happy Yom Ha'atzmaut! In just 62 short years Israel has become the center for innovative high-technology, science and entrepreneurship. The following are just a few examples of the research, people and events that characterize the Technion and its vital contribution to the State of Israel.



moussa youdimNew Hope for Victims of Alzheimer’s Disease

A comprehensive Alzheimer’s drug moved closer to market when the exclusive commercial rights for Ladostigil were granted to a Jerusalem-based pharmaceutical company. Ladostigil — derived from rasagiline (Azilect), the FDA-approved anti-Parkinson’s drug discovered by Technion Profs. Moussa Youdim and John Finberg — is the first multi-functional anti-Alzheimer’s disease drug to reach clinical trials.

Learn more about Ladostigil...



Technion graduate student Yohay Swirski taking underwater photos
Technion graduate student Yohay Swirski taking underwater photos

3D Underwater Images Clear as Day

By taking advantage of a previously undesirable optical effect, researchers have discovered a way to improve underwater picture quality and reconstruct the three-dimensional structure of underwater scenes. The breakthrough could be used for underwater mapping; marine archeology; oceanic engineering; inspection of underwater structures; search, rescue and recovery; and recreational photography.

Read more about this advance in underwater imaging...

Watch illustrative video clips of the technique in use: Clip #1 or Clip #2


Technion as Center for Art?

Known as Israel’s premier science and technology university, the Technion is also the destination for some of the most intriguing outdoor art installations. The collection is available for viewing as a virtual tour of the campus that includes the Calatrava Obelisk in the heart of the Technion campus.

View the Technion Art Online


Yitzhak Apeloig Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Apeloig head

Former Technion President Professor Yitzhak Apeloig is among the 229 leaders in the sciences, humanities and the arts, business, public affairs, and the nonprofit sector recently elected members of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Founded by John Adams, John Hancock and other scholar-patriots, the Academy counts among its members more than 250 Nobel laureates and 60 Pulitzer Prize winners. The new class will be inducted during an October 9, 2010 ceremony to be held in Cambridge, Mass.

View a complete list of the Academy’s 2010 class


Boston Israeli Innovation: Healing the World Through TechnologyIsraeli Innovation Weekend in Boston

If you’re in Boston for the weekend of April 30-May 2nd, we invite you attend the Alan J. Tichnor Memorial Weekend: Israeli Innovation Healing The World Through Technology. An exciting program is planned with events taking place at Congregation Mishkan Tefila and the Boston Museum of Science, where the Technion will have an exhibit. On Sunday night a panel discussion moderated by Dan Senor, co-author of "Start-Up Nation," will feature Technion President Peretz Lavie.

Learn more about this event and register!

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