ARCHES Prize Awarded To IMRIC's Dr. Rotem Karni

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ARCHES Prize Awarded To IMRIC's Dr. Rotem Karni

Outstanding contribution by German-Israeli collaboration in the field of cancer research

Berlin - January 2010 - Dr. Rotem Karni, of Hebrew University's Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada (IMRIC) received the 2009 ARCHES award together with his research partner, Dr. Lars Zender of Hanover's Helmholtz Center for Infection Research, for their joint project  "The involvement of splicing factors in Hepatocellular carcinoma development and maintenance".

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research launched the German-Israeli young researcher award ARCHES (Award for Research Cooperation and High Excellence in Science) in 2008. The award is meant to recognise and reward outstanding contributions to research and was also designed to strengthen German-Israeli scientific collaboration. The award is presented annually to German-Israeli research teams headed by two highly-qualified and talented young scientists. ARCHES comes with 200,000 Euros prize money, to be split between the researchers.

Dr. Rotem Karni and Dr. Lars Zender at the ARCHES awards ceremonyThe ceremony of the Minerva Foundation handing out the ARCHES award was held in January in the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in Berlin, and Dr. Karni and Dr. Zender received it personally from the German Minister for Education and Research Prof. Annette Schavan.

The first contacts between German and Israeli scientists occurred on December 1, 1959, after the Israeli Weizmann Institute had issued an invitation to the researchers of the Max Planck Society. “This invitation - 15 years after the Holocaust - was anything but natural”, said Professor Schavan in Berlin on the occasion of the awarding of the prize: “Nevertheless, a diplomatic step by step confidence developed between Germany and Israel. A strong and dynamic partnership in science and research developed from this first contact, which which has handled a variety of high-quality projects with great success. The ARCHES prize serves to reward such projects.”

Visit Dr. Karni's research page at the The Research Site of the Faculty of Medicine at Hebrew University by clicking here.


For more information about the Minerva Foundation and the history of German-Israeli scientific cooperation, please click here to view a page from BMBF's website.

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