From research to reality

Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019
L to R: Dr. Roi Avraham, Weizmann UK Executive Director Sheridan Gould, Dr. Moshe Biton, Prof. Karina Yaniv, Prof. Alan Dangour, and Weizmann UK Chair Arabella Duffield

L to R: Dr. Roi Avraham, Weizmann UK Executive Director Sheridan Gould, Dr. Moshe Biton, Prof. Karina Yaniv, Prof. Alan Dangour, and Weizmann UK Chair Arabella Duffield

Three scientists from the Weizmann Institute’s Department of Biological Regulation traveled to London for Weizmann UK’s annual Ambassadors’ Lecture, From Research to Reality, on November 25 at the Wellcome Collection, London. More than 100 guests attended the evening to hear the latest research on various aspects of immunology.

Dr. Roi Avraham explained how he aims to understand more about the dynamics of infection in the human body, and to design new ways for fighting infection at its earliest stages, especially in the face of widespread antibiotic resistance.

Dr. Moshe Biton offered a peek into his promising research on the dynamics of the human gut to study how the diverse range of cells found in the digestive system may hold the key to a range of diseases affecting the whole body.

Lastly, Prof. Karina Yaniv gave the audience pause for thought to consider that we all started life as a single cell and explored how advances in our understanding of blood vessels and the lymphatic system will provide important insights into organ regeneration.

Weizmann UK Chair Dr. Arabella Duffield gave the opening remarks at the event and the panel was moderated by Prof. Alan Dangour from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and a Trustee of Weizmann UK who said: “These three scientists have really given us an amazing glimpse into the incredible research taking place at the Weizmann Institute of Science.”

Thethree Weizmann researchers were also in the UK to take part in a joint Manchester-Weizmann Symposium at the University of Manchester on New Frontiers in Cell Biology and Immunology.

A dinner was also hosted in Manchester by Weizmann friend Lord Alliance to tie in with the symposium. The evening celebrated Get Connected, the unique partnership of scientific collaboration between the Weizmann Institute and the University of Manchester.