Hebrew U Researchers Win Prize To Boost Fight Against Diabetes And Obesity

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Jerusalem Post header - Hebrew U Researchers Win Prize To Boost Fight Against Diabetes And Obesity - They are the first group outside the UK to win the prize, which was presented at the recent 30th Rosetrees Trust Anniversary Symposium in London

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Two Hebrew University scientists have earned a prestigious prize for their bold new model of human metabolism.

Profs. Yaakov Nahmias and Nir Friedman won the Rosetrees Trust Interdisciplinary Prize for 2017 for their research proposal to engineer a platform that mimics the physiological dynamics of human metabolism.

The research will be instrumental to drug development, offering a route to the rational design of therapeutics for obesity, fatty liver disease and type 2 diabetes.

They are the first group outside the UK to win the prize, which was presented at the recent 30th Rosetrees Trust Anniversary Symposium in London. The prize is given each year to two researchers from different disciplines with the purpose of inspiring collaborative research between medicine and another field, in the hopes of pushing forward medical breakthroughs in the realm of human health.

Rosetrees Trust logoWith funding from the Rosetrees Trust, the two scientists will lead a team of HU scientists in combining Nahmias’s groundbreaking organ-on-chip platform with Friedman’s key understanding of molecular networks.

This interdisciplinary partnership will unravel the complex interplay between changing metabolism and its underlying genetic regulation in human cells, replacing current animal models that lack clinical relevance. The circadian rhythm or “body clock” is a daily cycle that regulates many physiological processes, such as telling our bodies when to eat or when to sleep.

The Rosetrees Trust is a private, family funded charity founded in 1987 to support medical research.

The theme of the 2017 Rosetrees Interdisciplinary Prize is to promote collaborative research between medicine and engineering; the prize is worth up to 250,000 British pounds over three years.
 

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