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  • In 2009, a group of researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem led by Ron Ofri, a Professor of Veterinary Ophthalmology, working together with teams from Hadassah Medical Center (led by Prof Eyal Banin) and the Volcani Agricultural Research Organization (led by Prof Elisha Gootwine) identified a herd of sheep suffering from day blindness.
  • Hebrew U is keeping Buzzy! Established in 1976, the innovative B. Triwaks Bee Research Center is part of the university's department of Entomology, Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment.
  • CFHU is pleased to announce the appointment of Mike Kraft as Co-Chair of the 2018/19 Alumni-run online Madness fundraising sports tournaments with fellow alumnus, Lorne Persiko. The just-launched CFHU’s 4th Annual Online Football Madness Tournament is now open for registration.
  • The final pieces are now in place for an international effort to take wildlife tracking to a new level. The International Cooperation for Animal Research Using Space (ICARUS) seeks to attach tiny transmitters to creatures in unprecedented numbers, with astronauts this week installing the antenna on the International Space Station (ISS) that will collate all the data and relay it to scientists on the ground.
  • According to a new study published on August 15 in iScience, an open source interdisciplinary journal, ocean microbes may play a key role in atmospheric processes like cloud formation. The research, led by Miri Trainic of the Weizmann Institute of Science and Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, has shown that in an infected state, one particular phytoplankton may promote cloud formation and potentially alter atmospheric processes. Essentially, the phytoplankton release gases and particles into the atmosphere that provide surfaces, or “seeds,” upon which water vapour can condense to form clouds.
  • The discovery of new antimicrobial agents is a major public health objective. In Bacillus cereus, a human pathogenic bacteria, virulence gene expression is synchronized and relies on the ability of the bacteria to communicate with each other. In Hayouka’s lab at the faculty of Agriculture, food and environment of the Hebrew University with their French colleagues have designed synthetic peptides capable of inhibiting the intercellular communication system involved in this process.
  • Rambam Hospital physicians discover causes of kidney injury in near-drowning victims.
  • Two Israeli universities topped the list of the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)’s ranking of higher education institutions. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HU) ranked 95th among 1,200 universities surveyed, with HU placing in the top 100 for 15 years in a row, excepting 2017.

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