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May 2010



Stem Cells "Born" at the Technion Get New Life

Stem Cells Four stem cell lines "born" at the Technion were re-approved for research by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on April 27, which means that the potentially life-saving research conducted with them can continue.

All four lines were derived in the lab of Prof. Joseph Itskovitz-Eldor of the Faculty of Medicine. One of the lines, known as WiCell Research Institute’s "H9," accounts for more than 40% of the orders through the National Stem Cell Bank and has been cited in more than 550 scientific papers studying possible cures for diseases. This Technion-born line is often called the "gold standard" of stem cells because of its stability over the long term.

Read more about the re-approval of the Technion’s superstar stem cells...



Benjamin Podbilewicz
Benjamin Podbilewicz

Worm "Menorahs" May Repair Brains

The key role of a protein involved in the formation of tree-like "menorah" nerve cell structures was discovered by Technion Prof. Benjamin Podbilewicz of the Faculty of Biology by studying the small round C. elegans worm.

While scientists have observed the millionth-of-an-inch menorah-shaped structures before, their formation was a mystery until the Technion team uncovered the role of the protein, called EFF-1, in the process. These new clues about how the body builds nerve cell structures might help treat neurodegenerative diseases and repair nerves damaged from injuries.

Read more about this Technion breakthrough that may lead to the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases...


Technion Teams Tops in Microsoft’s Imagine Cup

A new way to cry "Help" put three Technion students at the top of 30 teams from nine institutes competing in the Israeli Microsoft Imagine Cup Challenge. Yoav Cantor, Keren Gorenstein, and Amit Gil devised "Help," touch-triggered mobile phone software that sends Bluetooth and text messages to emergency responders. The winning team will represent Israel in the worldwide finals of the Imagine Cup in Warsaw from July 3-8.

Second place went to "Mech," also created by a team of Technion students. This project enhances emergency response by transmitting medical alerts from a patient’s monitoring device to doctors and medical authorities.

The Technion’s dominance of the Microsoft Imagine Cup should be no surprise -- Microsoft’s Imagine Cup calls for students to "imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems," something Technion students are asked to do every day.

Read more from the Jerusalem Post article...

Technion Teams Tops in Microsoft's Imagine Cup


Pendulum-Launched Basketball Wins 2010 TechnoBrain Competition

Pendulum-Launched Basketball Wins 2010 TechnoBrain Competition

The winner of the 2010 TechnoBrain competition winner was Faculty of Mechanical Engineering graduate student Alexander Lisyansky. 

A basketball won this year’s "Dr. Bob's TechnoBrain" student competition at the Technion, traveling further than objects ranging from bicycle tires to superballs to gears.

The objective of the April 7th competition was to design and launch objects from a 39-ft. high, swinging pendulum. Technion graduate student Alexander Lisyansky, of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, designed the method for launching the basketball that rolled the furthest distance.

The annual TechnoBrain competition promotes engineering creativity and is supported by Dr. Bob Shillman of San Diego, Calif.

Click here to view a video showing the camaraderie during the TechnoBrain competition...

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