Brain Sciences

Brain Sciences

The game-changing discoveries of our outstanding researchers are unraveling the mysteries of the mind, and closing in on a cure for neurological disorders such as Parkinsons and Alzheimers.

 


About Brain Sciences: The Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences


The new Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences (ELSC) builds upon the Hebrew University’s strengths in neuroscience research — namely, collaborative multidisciplinary research conducted by world-renowned faculty and top students — and seeks to bring together a powerful team of leading scientists to explore the profound mysteries of the brain.


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How do we differ from Neanderthals, and why did we outlive extinct humanoid types?

A team of Hebrew University scientists from the Alexander Silberman Institute of Life Sciences have reconstructed the epigenome of the Neanderthal and the Denisovan, modern man's archaic cousins. By comparing the ancient epigenome with modern ones, they have identified genes that affected the development of modern man in our most recent evolution. They found that many crucial genetic changes were expressed in brain development, some of which may now underlie diseases like Alzheimer’s and schizophrenia. More

Hebrew University participant in €6 million European research initiative on source of pain

The Hebrew University is the only Israeli institution participating in ncRNAPain, a new European research project exploring the biological mechanisms underlying chronic pain. Prof. Hermona Soreq, a member of the Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences (ELSC) and the Charlotte Slesinger Professor of Molecular Neuroscience, will lead the Israeli team.

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Hebrew University Prof. wins inaugural $100,000 Annual Mathematical Neuroscience Prize

Hebrew University pioneer in computational neuroscience Prof. Haim Sompolinsky is a joint winner of the inaugural Annual Mathematical Neuroscience Award. His mathematical models of information processing in the brain’s neural circuits have established principles that contribute to our understanding of the system-wide failures that take place in brain diseases.

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'Braintoons' exhibition is brainchild of Israel's top cartoonists and neuroscientists

As part of the Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences’ (ELSC) ongoing outreach and its public education mandate, its top neuroscientists have collaborated with Israel's leading cartoonists to create the 'Braintoons' exhibition at Jerusalem's First Station compound. The 20 thematic caricatures encapsulate the cartoonists' interpretation of the multidisciplinary brain research taking place at the University.

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President Peres opens brain science exhibit as Hebrew U’s Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences (ELSC) is launched

At the public launch of the Hebrew University’s Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences (ELSC), held at the Israeli Presidential Conference brain science exhibit, Mrs. Lily Safra presented President Shimon Peres with a gift in honor of honor his 90th birthday — a postdoctoral fellowship in his name. Also attending the launch were Prince Albert II of Monaco, University President Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson and ELSC Director Prof. Eilon Vaadia.

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