Overcoming Drug Resistant Melanoma

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Researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have suggested a new approach to overcoming anticancer-drug resistance in melanoma based on the discovery of  two proteins that together play together a major role in the phenomenon.

The research, published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, was headed by Prof. Amir Orian (head of the lab for the study of genetic networks at the Faculty of Medicine and a member of the Technion’s Integrated Cancer Research Center of the Technion’s Rapaport Faculty of Medicine) and Dr. Emily Avitan-Hersh (a lecturer in the Technion’s Faculty of Medicine and deputy director of the dermatology department and a member of the Rambam Clinical Research Institute at Rambam Medical Center), in collaboration with Prof. Ze’ev A. Ronai of the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute in California.

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World Brain Day

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Everyday, scientists are learning more about the miraculous human brain. Researchers are discovering innovative ways to treat and prevent neuro-degenerative disease, exploring new frontiers of psychology, and uncovering how to promote and maintain brain health.

In honour of World Brain Day on July 22, Technion Canada is highlighting some of the ground-breaking brain research taking place at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.  Read on to learn more about exciting discoveries and innovations in brain health!

POSITIVE EMOTIONS CAN SHRINK CANCER TUMORS

Researchers at the Technion were able to prove that positive emotions can shrink cancer tumors based on a study that involves activating the reward system in the brains of mice.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF STORYTELLING FOR BABIES

Storytelling doesn’t just stimulate our imaginations. Assistant Professor Tzipi Horowitz-Kraus,  Director of the Educational Neuroimaging Center in the Faculty of Education in Science and Technology in the Technion, explains just how important this nighttime routine can be in developing the minds of babies and children.

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NEXT GENERATION MRI

Thanks to a patented technology from Technion, the next generation of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) will help us see the bigger picture of the brain.

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 MINIMIZING RISK DURING BRAIN SURGERY

Technion student Shaked Ron has invented a breakthrough technology mapping the cerebral cortex during brain surgery while minimizing risk.

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GPS FOR THE BRAIN

Technion graduates, Imad and Reem Younis, developed a GPS for the brain that helps guide doctors to treat movement and psychiatric disorders in hundreds of hospital and labs around the world.

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VR FOR BRAIN SURGERY REHEARSALS

Surgical Theater’s VR platform lets doctors and patients see inside the brain and rehearse for surgery. COO Alon Zuckerman, a Technion graduate, is helping build more confidence for neurosurgeons in hospitals around the United States.

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SILICON CHIP TO SLOW DOWN ALZHEIMER’S

Technion researchers have found a way to slow down and possibly repair the effects of Alzheimer’s and other neuro-degenerative diseases by administering a specific protein called “neuro growth factor”.

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SOLUTION FOR THE SLEEP CRISIS

Technion researchers have developed an AI-based technology to help accurately identify those with sleep apnea.

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BRAIN RESEARCH TO REVOLUTIONIZE THE FIELD OF PERSONALIZED MEDICINE

Professor Itama Kahn, director of the Brain Systems Organization in Health and Disease Lab at Technion, is leading a brain research that involves identifying neurodegenerative diseases years before their effects are noticed.

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Technion researchers and alumni are gaining new understanding about the complexity of our brains, and discovering new ways to treat and prevent brain-related disease. Your contribution to the Technion Fund will support neuro-science research and advancements that will improve the health of people world-wide.

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In Heart Micro-computers

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Vectorius Medical’s V-LAP Left Atrial Filling Pressure Sensor, Image Credit: Vectorius Medical

TAKE HEART: Every year, millions of adults worldwide are diagnosed with heart failure. Vectorious’ V-LAP, the world’s first direct heart pressure monitor located on the heart’s left atrium, is allowing physicians to get unprecedented access to the earliest indication of heart pressure changes before the patient feels any symptoms, in order to manage the disease and to live a better life.

Vectorius co-founders, Oren Goldshtein and Dr. Eyal Orion, are both Technion Alumni.

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