Is There a New Wonder Drug?

Is cannabis the new wonder drug? The powerful plant used to make marijuana and hashish may prove to be the wonder drug of the century. Israeli researchers have long been at the forefront of discovering which of its many components — and in what quantity and form of delivery –- are effective for which ailments. Already since the 1990s, medical cannabis has been permitted … [Read more...]

Economic Mission Assists in Facilitating $15.9M ALS Grant

Last week, California’s Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) announced a $15.9 million grant awarded to Israeli-based Brainstorm Cell Therapeutics. The grant will support a Phase III study for a stem cell based treatment of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The Israel Economic Mission to the West Coast was instrumental in creating … [Read more...]

Erasing Traumatic Memories May Help To Eradicate PTSD

Erasing unwanted memories isn’t yet possible. However, Israeli scientists are now reporting that they have succeeded in erasing one type of memory in mice – fear. This new technique may one day help extinguish traumatic memories in humans – for example, in people with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. “The brain is good at creating new memories when these are … [Read more...]

Tiny Barcodes Help In Cancer Therapy

Tiny “barcodes” made of synthetic DNA can help determine the suitability of specific anticancer drugs to a specific patient before treatment even begins, according to an Israeli study recently published  in Nature Communications. The new diagnostic technology was developed by Technion-Israel Institute of Technology researchers led by Assistant Prof. Avi Schroeder of the … [Read more...]

New Cancer Research Center Opens In Israel

Researchers from around the world gathered recently in Israel for the inauguration of the Technion Integrated Cancer Center (TICC), a first-of-its kind hub for global cancer research, aimed at developing new treatments and inventing cutting-edge early stage diagnostic technologies. “Conquering cancer is one of the global community’s most pressing challenges, and it requires … [Read more...]