HU Prof. Hermona Soreq Receives Honorary Doctorate From Ben Gurion University

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[img_assist|nid=271|title=President of Ben Gurion University (right) Prof. Rivka Carmi, Prof. Hermona Soreq (center) and Rector of Ben Gurion University (Photo: Dani Machlis) |desc=|link=none|align=left|width=360|height=260]HU Prof. Hermona Soreq receives honorary doctorate from Ben Gurion University

22 November, 2007 - Prof. Hermona Soreq, Dean of the Faculty of Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has been awarded an honorary doctorate from Ben Gurion University of the Negev. The doctorate was awarded to her on November 18 by the President of the State of Israel, Shimon Peres, in recognition of her excellence in the field of molecular neurobiology.

Prof. Soreq's research has shed new light on the response mechanisms in the brain to stressful and traumatic situations. Ben Gurion University recognized Prof. Soreq as a ''brilliant scientist'' for her work deciphering the genetic basis of the cholinergic system, which led to the development of new medications for the treatment and prevention of post-traumatic disorders and degenerative diseases of the brain and nervous system.

Prof. Soreq is a former President of the Israeli Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; is active in promoting women in science; is a gifted lecturer; and actively supports education of future generations of scientists and researchers. Ben Gurion University acknowledged her significant contribution to basic and applied science, to higher education in Israel, to modern medicine and to a better understanding of the close connection between the body and soul.

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