Research Institutes and Centers - Faculty of Biology

The Norman and Helen Asher Center for Brain Imaging   is dedicated to the imaging and understanding of human brain function. The center supports the operations of the most advanced neuroimaging technology available, including a 4-tesla f-MRI (Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging) machine. This equipment, which enables viewing the brain at very high resolution, allows for unprecedented research and diagnostic inroads into the functions and malfunctions of the human mind. Beyond its implications for basic science, the potential for clinical and biomedical applications based on this research is enormous. In the longer term, increased understanding of the causes of such mental disorders as depression, schizophrenia, autism, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, epilepsy, stroke, dementia and countless others, will lead to the development of diagnostic tools and treatment modalities.
Prof. Noam Sobel, Director

The  Nella and Leon Benoziyo Center for Neurosciences  promotes studies of the nervous system at molecular, cellular, and multi-cellular levels. The center supports research aimed at unraveling structure-function-activity relationships in the brain to understand the complex neuronal mechanisms underlying learning, memory, and sensory processing, as well as the relationship between brain and mind.
Prof. Noam Sobel, Director

The   Carl and Micaela Einhorn-Dominic Institute for Brain Research   focuses on initiating new activities in brain research at the Weizmann Institute, particularly those requiring collaborations among several disciplines in several faculties. The Einhorn-Dominic Institute’s policy is to encourage brain research in the Department of Neurobiology and all other faculties targeted at the studies of higher brain functions. Among its previous initiatives was the planning of a new human brain imaging facility (fMRI and Electroencephalography) and joint molecular and cellular brain research. 
Prof. Noam Sobel, Director

The   Murray H. and Meyer Grodetsky Center for Research of Higher Brain Functions   focuses on a better understanding of the principles underlying the link between cognitive processes such as perception, action, memory and emotional regulation and the multiple scales of spatio-temporal patterns of brain activity.  The center supports research projects, invited lectures and symposia aimed at advancing this goal.
Prof. Rafi Malach, Director

The   Helen and Martin Kimmel Institute for Stem Cell Research   supports the vast array of stem cell activities on campus, and of the Israel Stem Cell Society. One of its major goals is to promote collaborative investigations, uniting Weizmann Institute scientists from various departments and disciplines and helping to advance the exciting and rapidly developing field of stem cell biology. The Kimmel Institute for Stem Cell Research further promotes scientific information exchange by organizing local and international scientific meetings. In addition, it has been involved in the creation of infrastructure components aimed at assisting the work of stem cell investigators.
Prof. Tsvee Lapidot, Director

The   Kirk Center for Childhood Cancer and Immunological Disorders   promotes biomedical research primarily in the field of childhood diseases, including cancers like Wilms’ Tumors, leukemia, and multiple myeloma; and immunological disorders such as asthma, allergies, and acquired immunodeficiencies. Much of the progress in this area is being driven by new understanding of genetics and the cellular workings of the immune system.
Prof. Michal Neeman, Director

The Henry Chanoch Krenter Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Genomics was established to enable the convergence of imaging and genomics under one roof, toward realizing their synergistic potential in creating a fuller understanding of tumors and related events in the body. Among the Krenter Institute’s goals is the desire to capitalize on the tremendous advances in imaging technology which are enabling scientists and physicians alike to view the human body at unprecedented resolution—enabling a better understanding of function—and in the case of disease—dysfunction. The combination of bioimaging and genomic techniques provides, for the first time, the ability to a form a coherent picture of a tumor’s ability to function, grow, evade treatment, and respond to treatment.
Prof. Michal Neeman, Director

The Dr. Erhard, Emmi and Fred Loewinsohn Center for Pediatric Health is designed to propel pediatric health research on the Weizmann Institute campus and maximize Weizmann Institute research contributions to medicine and science in this biomedical field. Under its auspices, scientists from various Institute departments will explore pediatric health issues and congenital diseases in novel and multidisciplinary ways. The Dr. Erhard, Emmi and Fred Loewinsohn Center for Pediatric Health is the dominant engine of research in this field on campus, enabling the introduction of new research directions and translational studies, supporting multi-disciplinary collaborations, and expanding education and intellectual exchange activities in the field. The Center will also aid in the effort to personalize medical treatments and translate basic insights into effective therapies for countless young patients worldwide. 
Prof. Zvi Livneh, Director

The   Belle S. and Irving E. Meller Center for the Biology of Aging   aims to advance research that will contribute to the understanding of the fundamental biological processes related to the phenomena of aging and its pathology. Areas of research supported concentrate on the cellular interactions in the immune system and related aspects of the structure and function of the vascular system, connective tissues, the molecular genetics of differentiation, and the molecular basis of malignant transformation.
Prof. Yair Reisner, Director

The     WiWiWillWilllfWio    Willner Family Center for Vascalar Biology focuses on the regulation of vascular processes such as angiogenesis (the development of new blood vessels), neovascularization (de novo stimulation of new blood supplies to a growing tumor), and tissue remodeling. Another research direction is the identification of related signaling molecules, their receptors, their target cells, and the mechanisms involved in the transduction of these signals. Since misregulation of vascular processes causes many human diseases such as heart failure, stroke, and cancer, research findings that emerge from the center are being used to develop early diagnosis tools of these ailments, and for the design of new drugs for pharmacological intervention.
Prof. Rony Seger, Director

The Women's Health Research Center (WHRC)       attempts to bridge the gap between basic research and clinical studies in women’s and gender health-related issues. The center primarily supports research projects pertinent to ovarian function and infertility, gender-specific malignancies, and basic research in the field of bone structure and development as it directly pertains to the occurrence of osteoporosis and the development of a potential cure.
Prof. Varda Rotter, Director

The   Yad Abraham Research Center for Cancer Diagnostics and Therapy   promotes cancer research, in particular for the development of new avenues for early detection of malignant processes and of novel therapeutic approaches. The center supports research projects focusing on the genetic basis for cancer, including the characterization of oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes as well as studies on the relationships between cancer and programmed cell death. Special attention is given to studies concerning the relationship between malignant processes studied in vitro and in experimental animals and those associated with human cancer.
Prof. Elior Peles, Director

 

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